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.

Dear Jeff Bezos, Let’s Talk About Your Money and How It Can Actually Benefit the Planet
by David Korten
An invitation to the wealthiest man in the world to consider putting Earth ahead of space.
What Really Helps the Unemployed Find Full-Time Jobs
by Amanda Abrams
Social safety net programs need more money, not less, for a work requirement program to succeed.
For Young Professionals, Rural Towns Are Doing What Cities Can’t
by Debra Utacia Krol
Low housing prices, good school systems, and friendly neighbors make small-town living an appealing option for young people—but is it for everybody?
How a University and a Tribe Are Teaming Up to Revive a Lost Language
by Mary Annette Pember
At Miami University in Ohio, the Myaamia Center is revitalizing culture and building racial equity. The project was decades in the making.
The High School Where Learning to Farm Is a Graduation Requirement
by Mary Ann Lieser
The nation’s first USDA-certified organic campus integrates farm work and food production into every aspect of student life.
Tiny Houses Alone Can’t Solve the Housing Crisis. But Here’s What Can
by Chris Winters
People are looking beyond traditional boundaries to find housing that works for them.
Agroecology Is Becoming A Global Movement. But Where Does the U.S. Fit In?
by Antonio Roman-Alcalá
If there’s one thing the American food movement could learn from the global movement for agroecology, it’s that movements move government policy, not the other way around.
How Artists and Neighbors Turned a Bomb Site Into a Medicine Garden
by Olivia Rosane
Amid a housing crisis, a London neighborhood found a way to protect a parcel of rewilded land—then transform it into something better.
Nature Is Medicine—Even in a Prison Cell
by Nalini Nadkarni
The “Moss-in-Prison” project helped me bring my love for trees and forest to men and women in the deepest windowless reaches of the prison system.
Can Organics Help Rural America Rebound?
by Twilight Greenaway
One of organic agriculture’s benefits is that it retains and attracts young farmers—the key to rural reinvigoration.
A Lesson From the Fireflies
by Andreas Weber
Biologist and philosopher Andreas Weber takes a walk on a spring night—and experiences the interconnected relationships of nature.
“What Took So Long?”: Coming Out When You’re Well Into Adulthood
by Christopher Zumski Finke
A new memoir explores why it’s OK to be uncertain about your identity at any age.
How Restorative Justice Can Work to Keep Students of Color in School
by Samuel Song
A recent federal report shows boys, black students, and students with disabilities get kicked out of school at higher rates than their peers.
What Ben Carson Gets Wrong About Fair Housing
by Prentiss A. Dantzler
Housing policy that emphasizes “self-sufficiency" creates the illusion that where people live is solely their choice.
An Indigenous Poet on SPAM and Colonialism
by Craig Santos Perez
Our guttural love of SPAM was born in 1944, when cases of the shiny cans were berthed from aircraft carriers.