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.

Connect and Engage: Food and Water
by Jing Fong
Give your students more hands-on activities with these captivating lesson plans about life’s most basic means of survival: food and water.
Finding Your Voice Through Food
by Karen Cherubini
Karen Cherubini's third graders accepted the EPA's challenge to reduce their carbon footprint by making different food choices. They also learned how asking questions can change your life. This is Karen’s story.
Focus on Fair Trade
by Jing Fong
These three TransFair USA curricula are designed to help students understand the concept of fair trade and to highlight its values and significance to farmers and communities. Using familiar imported foods—chocolate, bananas and coffee—as the focus, your students will gain an appreciation for the hard work of the farmer and will feel empowered knowing their consumer choices have real impact on real people.
Plenty
by Alisa Smith
One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locall
Hungry Planet
by Jason Mark
Peter Menzel travels to 24 countries to pose families with a week’s worth of food.
Elephant Cartoon
"It's hard to hide two tons of ego anywhere." Caption submitted by Chuck Manske.
How Does Your CEO Get to Work?
by Fran Korten
Fran Korten’s rain-or-shine commute to YES! Magazine gives her 3.4 carbon-free miles and an intrepid outlook. Oh, and fun helmet hair.
An Interview with Winona LaDuke
by Sarah van Gelder
Winona LaDuke on wild rice, wind power, Thunder Beings, self-reliance, and our covenant with the Creator.
Smart Security and the End of War
by David Korten
We humans have arrived at a defining moment. We must bring ourselves into balance with one another and Earth or suffer the consequences of social and environmental collapse. It creates a unique opportunity for bold action to end war as an instrument of foreign policy, dismantle the military establishment, and create a world that works for all.
Smart Security and the End of War
by David Korten
We humans have arrived at a defining moment. We must bring ourselves into balance with one another and Earth or suffer the consequences of social and environmental collapse. It creates a unique opportunity for bold action to end war as an instrument of foreign policy, dismantle the military establishment, and create a world that works for all.
DIY Foreign Policy Heroes
Think foreign policy is just for politicians? These people can change your mind.
What to Do with Your Money During Tough Times
by Michael Kramer
First rule: Don’'t panic. How to weather an economic storm and help make the transition to a less crisis-prone future.
Dave Eggers: How We Learn
by Dave Eggers
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. He talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world.
Connect and Engage: Foreign Policy
by Jing Fong
As a teacher, helping your students understand foreign policy requires that you explore other cultures and nations and how they relate to the United States. Here are a couple of curriculum options to help you make that connection.
Students as Citizen Diplomats
by Brendan Clarke
Since 1986, Bainbridge Island, WA, has maintained a strong relationship with its sister city Ometepe, Nicaragua. Instead of just learning about foreign relations, students and teachers forge their own personal connections. Here are their stories.