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 Speech President Obama Should Deliver… But Won't
by David Korten
David Korten's new book outlines an agenda to bring into being a new economy—locally based, community oriented, and devoted to creating a better life for all. In this excerpt Korten offers a version of the economic address to the nation he wishes Barack Obama were able to deliver.
Pete Seeger Slide Show
This photo series by Michael Bowman for YES! Magazine shows folk-legend Pete Seeger at his home in Beacon, New York, overlooking the Hudson River, in December, 2007. Photographer Michael Bowman is a historian by education, which he says explains his fascination with old buildings, cars and technology. His work can be seen at www.desolateplaces.com. His flickr photo postings go under the moniker of DuffSuds.
10 Reasons to be Hopeful about 2009, and 3 Reasons to be Terrified
by Sarah van Gelder
Sarah van Gelder looks forward to the new year. And she says there are plenty of reasons you can too.
Rescue the Planet
by Stephanie McMillan
A comic strip by Stephanie McMillan with additional curriculum materials on analyzing comics and cartoons.
Interview with “No Impact Man” Colin Beavan
by Colin Beavan, Amy Goodman
Amy Goodman talks with Colin Beavan on Democracy Now. “And finally, on this Christmas Eve, I’m joined by a man who makes a compelling environmental case for a non-consumptive Christmas. Colin Beavan is also known as the No Impact Man. Beavan, along with his wife, their two-year-old daughter and dog, spent a year attempting to minimize their ecological footprint while continuing to live in the heart of New York City.”
Visual Learning: NYC Pillow Fight
by Jing Fong
Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not).
Health Care By and For the People
by Sarah van Gelder
The Obama transition team is asking you to help create a new health care policy. Really. This may be more important than it sounds. The key dividing lines over how to fix our country's broken health care system are becoming clear.
Tutorial: How to Make a Gift Bow out of Magazine Pages
by Jon Sayer, Kim Nochi
YES! interns Kim Nochi and Jon Sayer show you how to make the YES! Greenest Gift Bow in this YES! But How? video.
The Globally Responsible Way to Recycle Your Electronics
by Jon Sayer
A non-profit in northwest Washington state takes people's unwanted computers and either sells them to people who can't afford a typical computer or recycles them in a safe, sustainable way.
Three Cups of Tea
In Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace . . . One School at a Time, Greg Mortenson, and journalist David Oliver Relin, take you on a journey that begins with a climber’s failed attempt to scale Pakistan’s K2 and follows with his repaying a poor Pakistani village that nursed him back to health by building them a school.
Happy Teachers :: Reader Comments
The Winter 2009 issue of YES! investigates how to be happy … sustainably. We asked you about happiness in the classroom and beyond. Here is what your colleagues say.
Challenge Day
Imagine a school where every child feels safe, loved, and celebrated, where bullying, violence, and other forms of oppression are things of the past.
Free Hugs Campaign
Sometimes, a hug is all that we need. Free Hugs is the real life controversial story of Juan Mann, a man whose sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to put a smile on their face.
Finding Happiness Beyond the Classroom
by Chris Goodman
At 19, Chris Goodman has worked in the field of education for six years, beginning as a math tutor. Today, he helps inspire students in Baltimore to fight for their rights.
Connect and Engage: Happiness
by Jing Fong
These two top-notch resources offer opportunities for you and your students to truly understand the benefits of giving, and the strengths and virtues that make people and communities thrive.