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.

"Learning That Matters" Powerful Voice Winner Annabel Paul
by Annabel Paul
Annabel Paul is a student at Ethical Culture Fieldston Middle School in New York City. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Annabel's essay about why stories about transgender people should be included in the curriculum.
"Learning That Matters" Powerful Voice Winner Noah Carey-Smith
by Noah Carey-Smith
Noah Carey-Smith is a student at the Aveson School of Leaders in Altadena, California. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won" by Jing Fong. Read Noah's essay about how self-directed learning inspires him to make the world a better place.
Curtis Acosta's Response to "Learning That Matters" Essay Winners
by Curtis Acosta
Curtis Acosta responds to the winners of the Spring 2015 "Learning That Matters" essay competition.
A Trade Rule that Makes It Illegal to Favor Local Business? Newest Leak Shows TPP Would Do That And More
by David Korten
The leaked text is full of dense legal jargon. But a close reading makes its corporate agenda crystal clear.
"Learning That Matters" Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
We received many powerful essays for the Spring 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
How I Learned to Ask For Handouts (No Matter How Weird It Feels)
by Shannon Hayes
Farming and writing don't bring home the bacon—why I'm no longer ashamed to ask my community to help.
We Aren’t Alone in Our Cities: 12 Ways Animals Have Adapted to Urban Life
by Matt Soniak
City living is changing animals in surprising ways. But they’re also transforming the cities they share with us.
Beyond Compost: 5 Ways to Get Your Soil Ready This Spring
by Peter D'Auria, Miles Schneiderman
The key to a great garden? Good dirt. Here’s how you can grow your own.
What If Uber Were a Unionized, Worker-Owned Co-Op? These Denver Cabbies Are Making It Happen
by Mary Hansen
Workers at app-driven companies like Uber don’t have the rights of full employees. But with the help of traditional unions, some are banding together into worker-owned cooperatives.
8 Striking Portraits of People in the Path of Canada’s Mega Tar Sands Pipeline
by Kristin Moe
TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline would span thousands of miles, from rural Alberta to the Atlantic coast of New Brunswick.
When It’s Time to Hand the Farm to the Next Generation, the Simple Life Is Anything But
by Shannon Hayes
This year’s muddy spring presents my family with the chance to pull together more closely than ever.
From Watersheds to Mountains, What If We Based Our Borders on Nature?
by Rachael Stoeve
Bioregionalism is one possible vision of a future that works for people and for the Earth.
Drink Your Way to Sustainability With These Climate-Conscious Microbrews
by Kayla Schultz
It's the weekend! Plan your happy hour with our interactive map of forward-thinking breweries.
In a Win for Opponents of Mountaintop Removal, W.Va. Govt Decides to Study Health Impacts
by Laura Michele Diener
The state's shift in approach is also good news for environmentalists worldwide, who want to see more urgency in transitioning away from fossil fuels.
What Your Town Can Learn From America's Most Walkable Suburb
by Jay Walljasper
It's got great transit, plenty of sidewalks, and values people more than cars.