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.

Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers—Here’s How We’re Undoing the Damage
by Diane Brooks
All around the United States, people are stepping up to help a damaged planet heal.
7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked
by Lindsey Weedston
Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.
Old Leaves, New Wisdom
by Morgan Wright
This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about what modern civilization can learn from ancient texts and traditions.
This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action.
by Morgan Wright
Middle school and high school students constantly hear about the many challenges our society faces—from fracking to police shootings to corporatization. What they don’t hear enough about is what they can do to make their world better.
Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes
by Minnuette Rodriguez
Minnuette Rodriguez teaches biology at the Julian E. Blanco Specialized Ballet School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, she started a small butterfly nursery to help her students strengthen their connection to nature. As students watch the butterflies’ transformations from egg to adult, Minnuette watches her students transform themselves. This is Minnuette’s story.
Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya
by Raúl Carrillo
The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.
3 Rad Vegan Chefs Share Their Inspiration (and Recipes!)
by Miles Schneiderman, Peter D'Auria
And agree that healthy, sustainable cooking can still be delicious and enjoyed by all.
Photo Contest: One Earth Community, One Common Destiny
by Jing Fong
This year marks the 15th anniversary of the launching of the Earth Charter. YES! Magazine is a sponsor of the #ECplus15 photo contest organized by Earth Charter International. Submit your photo by Earth Day, April 22!
Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea
by David Korten
We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
by Sarah van Gelder
Partisan gridlock keeps the focus on the fight—but we might have some radical ideas in common.
Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies
by Mary Hansen
Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.
What’s the True Impact of the Alternative Economy? Researchers Decide It’s Time to Find Out
by Eban Goodstein, Robin Hahnel
Successful initiatives are investing in human relationships, not faceless call centers or centralized headquarters.
“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote
by Kayla Schultz
The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.
When the Grandmothers Awoke
by Jennifer Browdy
Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate change.
"Letting Go of Worry" Middle School Winner Leah Berkowitz
by Leah Berkowitz
Leah Berkowitz is a student at West Valley City School in Spokane, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Leah's essay about replacing worry with bravery.