Most Recent Articles - YES!

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.

The Secret Strength of Standing Rock
by Michael J. Dax
Natives and non-Native water protectors have found room in this movement for their passions, from traditional wisdom to direct action against fossil fuels.
6 Ways to Make Our Money Bring Us More Happiness
by Kira M. Newman
What if we defined wise spending in terms of the happiness that it brings? Research shows certain spending can bring us closer to others.
We Need Young Farmers, and Colleges Can Help
by Chelsey Simpson
The documentary Occupy the Farm shows the positive impact universities could have if they leveraged their resources to create more farms and farmers.
Before Europe Lets Uber Run Wild, It Should Consider What It Did to US Workers
by Jamie K. McCallum
An unregulated Uber has helped to create an economy where part-time, low-wage, on-demand work is the new norm. Should Europe really follow suit?
Why I Dropped Everything to Head to Standing Rock
by Paula Schmidt
After industry and greed destroyed my life in northern Pennsylvania’s Marcellus shale fracking country, I knew I needed to stand with the water protectors.
Why Standing Rock Is a Test for Obama—And All Climate Choices Ahead
by Mark Trahant
Paris agreements take effect November 4, and climate math shows we need a managed decline of fossil fuels in the U.S. That means no Dakota Access pipeline.
Why “Diversity” Is Nearly Meaningless
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Author Jeff Chang talks about Trumpism, Whiteness, and cultural equity in his new book, “We Gon’ Be Alright.”
The Elephant in the Room: What Trump, Clinton, and Even Stein Are Missing
by David Korten
What is the most important—yet neglected—issue in the political debate? Hint: It isn’t the ideal body weight of Miss Universe. Part 1.
8 Cities Have New Co-op-Style Black Worker Centers—And They’re Tackling Unemployment
by Melissa Hellmann
A member-led cooperative structure empowers Black workers as they navigate challenges like discriminatory hiring practices and high incarceration rates.
Why We Are Singing for Water—In Front of Men With Guns and Surveillance Helicopters
by Linda Hogan
We were water beings from the beginning. The river was our Grandmother and supplied everything we needed to survive.
The School That Put Local, Healthy, and Homemade on the Lunch Menu
by Kaylee Domzalski
When the school district pulled out, parents at a Eugene, Ore., charter school stepped in to reinvent how lunch is done.
Standing Rock Joins the World’s Indigenous Fighting for Land and Life
by Jenni Monet
Military-style troops confronted Dakota Access water defenders recently, underscoring the common narrative U.S. tribes share with the world’s Indigenous Peoples.
Even in the Most Bike-Friendly States, Women Are Left Behind
by Barbara Clabots
Local transportation planning could be missing the mark for women cyclists. Here are 6 ways to change that (for everyone).
How to Contact the 17 Banks Funding the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Emily Fuller
Here are CEO names, emails, and phone numbers—because banks have choices when it comes to what projects they give loans to.
How Oregon Became the Easiest Place to Vote in America
by Lornet Turnbull
Voters are automatically registered at the DMV, then can easily vote in elections by mail-in ballot.