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.

With Obama in Power, What is Next?
by Van Jones, Sarah van Gelder
Van Jones' leadership has been especially important in bridging the environmental and social justice worlds through his call for green collar jobs. This is one of the key promises of the Obama campaign, so in this interview, conducted on November 12, 2008, I asked him whether he now planned to join the Obama administration.
We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
by David Korten
Recent research has shown that our brains are made to support caring, cooperation, and service. David Korten says there is evidence that we can learn to get along across the red-blue divide—after all, we want most of the same things. As a bonus, we'll be healthier and happier if we do.
Obama: No Human Being is Illegal
by Roberto Dr. Cintli Rodriguez
Sen. Barack Obama's resounding victory is a generational victory. As one friend told me, it is 400 years in the making. In that sense, that explains the tears and the dancing in the streets across the nation and across the suddenly very small world we live in...
Quote :: issue 43 :: Judy Wicks
by Judy Wicks
“I'm helping to create an economic system that will respect and protect the earth—one which would replace corporate globalization with a global network of local living economies. Business is beautiful when it's a vehicle for serving the common good.”
Quote :: issue 47 :: Ernest Hello
“There are those who would quickly love each other if once they were to speak to each other; for when they spoke they would discover that their souls were only separated by phantoms and delusions.”
Quote :: issue 48 :: E.L. Konigsburg
by E.L. Konigsburg
“Happiness is excitement that has found a settling down place. But there is always a little corner that keeps flapping around.”
Quote :: issue 46 :: Split This Rock
“I dream of a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’”
Quote :: issue 45 :: Lester Brown
One way or another, the choice will be made by our generation, but it will affect life on earth for all generations to come. Illustrated with a photo of solar units brought on foot to a Himalayan village. The Barefoot College of Tilonia, India is training locals on installation and repair of solar units.
Quote :: issue 44 :: Paul Goodman
by Paul Goodman
Paul Goodman quote that appears in the inside front cover of print magazine: “Suppose you had the revolution you are talking and dreaming about. Suppose your side had won, and you had the kind of society that you wanted. How would you live, you personally, in that society? Start living that way now!”
Quote: The Once-ler, from The Lorax with photos by Chris Jordan
by Dr. Seuss
Quote from The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and images from Chris Jordan's stunning series on America's obsession with consumption, Intolerable Beauty.
Quote :: issue 38 :: Joanna Macy
by Joanna Macy
“Future generations, if there is a livable world for them, will look back at the epochal transition we are making to a life-sustaining society. And they may well call this the time of the Great Turning.” Joanna Macy
Quote :: issue 42 :: Eduardo Galeano
by Eduardo Galeano
“Perhaps one day the world, our world, won’t be upside down, and then any newborn human being will be welcome. Saying, ‘Welcome. Come. Come in. Enter. The entire earth will be your kingdom. Your legs will be your passport, valid forever.’”
Quote :: issue 41 :: Cornel West
by Cornel West
America—this monument to the genius of ordinary men and women, this place where hope becomes capacity, this long, halting turn of the NO into the YES, needs citizens who love it enough to re-imagine and remake it.” Cornel West.
A Sensible Plan for Recovery
by Institute for Policy Studies
The Institute for Policy Studies lays out a program to address the root causes of our financial collapse and restore trust and confidence in our economic system.
Bhutan :: Land of the Thunder Dragon :: 1
by JenFu Cheng
“I do believe that I have left a part of my heart in this mountain land. And, in return, the people of Bhutan continue to lift my soul each day.” says photographer JenFu Cheng about his journey to Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon.