What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?
How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?
We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?
The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.
Peace and Justice
Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them
Fifteen years ago, the Portuguese had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. So they decriminalized drugs, took money out of prisons, put it into holistic rehabilitation, and found that human connection is the antidote to addiction.
A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?
Musicians From Egypt to Rwanda Are Blending Musical Traditions and Building Unity to Protect the Nile River Basin
The Nile Project is made up of musicians from different countries, musical genres, and traditions. Their purpose? To promote cooperation and cultural understanding as the diverse peoples of the Nile face threats from water scarcity and climate change.
Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.
For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.
There is something about listening to music, or playing it with other people, that makes you feel connected to those around you. Even science says so.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.
Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.
The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.
There are plenty of lessons to be taken from Syriza’s victory and the rise to power of Spain's Podemos party, but striving to speak to people rather than politics might be chief among them.
Peace and Justice
If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land.
Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.
Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.
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Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.
In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable
An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.
Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.
Three Ideas for Inclusive Cities: How Raleigh, Seattle, and Others Are Bringing Everyone Into the Fold
From city-issued ID cards to open-source data anyone can access, simple urban innovations are creating more transparent and equitable cities.
Harry Potter stood up for his world's most vulnerable people. Now, legions of real-world kids are too—by demanding Fair Trade certification for products sold in their hero's name.
Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Can its residents turn things around by building a more democratic economy?
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Peace and Justice
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