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YES! has a positive solution-oriented focus. We reframe issues, reflect diverse human-scale stories, and offer tools for people to use and to pass along. Here are our most recent articles and blogs.

Want to Fight the Corporate Takeover? Start with a Pint at the Pub Want to Fight the Corporate Takeover? Start with a Pint at the Pub
by David Bollier
The British government is reversing damage done to local economies by the Great Recession by protecting local pubs.
How Cities Can Be Designed to Help—or Hinder—Sharing How Cities Can Be Designed to Help—or Hinder—Sharing
by Jay Walljasper
City-dwellers are more likely than others to share housing, transit, and knowledge. Creating a new urban economy depends on valuing this interaction over individual consumption.
You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter You Can’t Bounce Off the Walls If There Are No Walls: Outdoor Schools Make Kids Happier—and Smarter
by David Sobel
New approaches to kindergarten offer us a glimpse of what childhood used to be, and still could be—the modern re-creation of the children’s garden. If we looked to these examples, we might be able to rescue childhood.
Soul Food That's Vegan and Healthy? A Cooking Remix Made in Heaven Soul Food That's Vegan and Healthy? A Cooking Remix Made in Heaven
by Molly Rusk
From the author of Vegan Soul Kitchen, this cookbook charts a new course for southern, African American, and Caribbean cuisine.
Mondragón and the System Problem Mondragón and the System Problem
by Gar Alperovitz, Thomas M. Hanna
Among the lessons of a major cooperative business' bankruptcy: The success of big co-ops might depend on things like radically reforming transportation and other parts of the larger economy.
Recycling One Aluminum Can Will Power a Laptop for More Than Five Hours Recycling One Aluminum Can Will Power a Laptop for More Than Five Hours
by Miles Becker, Christine St. Pierre
And other facts you should probably know.
Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars Legalization is a Human Rights Issue: Latin America Steps Up Resolve to End the Drug Wars
by Wendy Call
On the heels of pot legalization in Washington and Colorado, the movement for less punitive drug policy is coalescing at every level. Its new leaders could come from the very countries that have suffered the most.
Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks Edward Snowden's TED Talk Offers Guided Tour of NSA Leaks
The former NSA contractor, who is living in asylum in Russia, spoke from the screen of a wheeled robot.
The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity The “Twilight” Manifesto: What Pop Culture Gets Wrong—and Right—About Masculinity
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Blockbuster series like Twilight have left their mark on a generation of girls, but what message are they sending boys? Here are a few to look out for.
Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement Defending the Earth, Even After Death: The Green Burial Movement
by Hunter Marshall
The greenest burial places essentially transform the cemetery into a nature preserve—and a "posthumous occupation" of a $20 billion funeral industry.
An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming An End to "The Hole"?: 6 Signs that Solitary Confinement Reform Is Coming
by Nur Lalji
Much of the momentum in the movement to reform the use of solitary confinement in the United States comes from the work of prisoners themselves.
A New Story for a New Economy A New Story for a New Economy
by David Korten
David Korten's new essay (available to read as a PDF) connects the work of finding a new sacred story with the effort to build a new economy.
Three Arrests in Latest Blockade of Tar Sands Equipment Three Arrests in Latest Blockade of Tar Sands Equipment
by Rachael Stoeve
The equipment has been blocked in Oregon, Idaho, and Montana—in each case by an alliance between Native Americans and environmental groups.
Curriculum & Resources: What Kids Can Do Curriculum & Resources: What Kids Can Do
What Kids Can Do uses digital, print, and broadcast media to showcase the power youth can achieve when they are taken seriously. Check out writing curricula, stories, and other powerful learning resources that give voice to the opinions and talents of young people, particularly those compromised by poverty, race, and language.
Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It Russian Aggression Deserves a Response, But U.S. Lacks Credibility to Lead It
by Stephen Zunes
The United States cannot legitimately lead an international response to the illegal Russian aggression in Ukraine until it abides by international law itself.
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