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.

Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis Goldstein
Advocates didn’t get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks.
Laid-Off Baltimore Workers Beat Disney in Court—And Ask All the Right Questions About Urban Development
by Christina Arrison
By some estimates, the city of Baltimore has sunk more than $1.5 billion into its Inner Harbor. Workers and residents want their share too.
LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?
by Madeline Ostrander
The urban drainage-ways of Los Angeles can never quite look like wild creeks, but restoring some of their capacity to store, slow, and filter water fixes many problems at once.
Can You Imagine a City Where Trees and Swing Sets Matter More Than Cars?
by Jason F. McLennan
As we reimagine our future cities, we can make room for nature and humanity.
How to Grow Oyster Mushrooms at Home (and Get Plenty of Flavor and Protein for Free)
by YES! editors
You don't need a garden to grow mushrooms—any cool, shady space will do, even a cupboard or dark corner.
Infographic: Transportation for the New Generation
by Morgan Wright
Walk! Bike! Ride the bus! Check out this infographic to learn how young people are leading the way in replacing driving with alternative transportation. Don’t be fooled— it’s not just because they want to save the planet.
The Knotted Line
by Jing Fong
Get your students ready for an imaginative ride through history. The Knotted Line uses interactive media and over 50 paintings—representing historic and future events from 1495 to 2025—to explore the relationship between freedom and incarceration in America.
Visual Learning: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
by Morgan Wright
This Visual Learning Lesson uses an intriguing photo to get your students thinking about the tensions between wilderness and industry, and the importance of being a conscious consumer.
Practicing Awareness: A Living Memorial to Four Slain Kent State Students
by Karen Cunningham
In the spring of 2013, Kent State Professor Karen Cunningham used the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," to challenge students to practice empathy and compassion in their everyday lives, and then write about their experiences. The results, for both Professor Cunningham and her students, were life-changing. This is Karen’s story.
How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density
by Jay Walljasper
Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.
Owning Together Is the New Sharing
by Nathan Schneider
Companies and startups are aspiring toward an economy, and an Internet, that is more fully ours with the use of cooperatives, "commons-based peer production," and cryptocurrencies.
How a Low-Tech Seed Bank in Greece Preserves Thousands of Heritage Crops
by Jeffrey Andreoni
Members of the Greek seed bank Peliti say that keeping their wares in production—instead of in refrigerators—improves the health of the plants they’re working to save.
10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)
by Sarah van Gelder
Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother
by Kayla Schultz
Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."
I Can’t Breathe Until Everyone Can Breathe
by Gerald Mitchell
The late Maya Angelou said: “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” When it comes to injustices like those we saw in Ferguson, we’re all part of the problem—and the solution.