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.

DIY Liberation: Discussion Guide
by Margit Christenson, Brooke Jarvis
This issue of YES! introduces us to people who are done waiting for a leader to come along; who are recognizing their own power to liberate the spaces where they live, work, learn, and create.
Vote Hope: Our Best Hopes for Election '08
by Sarah van Gelder
Where are the opportunities for real change in the 2008 election? To find out, we spoke to some grassroots organizers, national leaders, and elected officials who are working for change. Cheri Honkala, Lennox Yearwood, Mark Ritchie, Bill McKibben, Chris Hedges, and Barbara Lee.
Acupuncture for All
by Pamela O'Malley Chang
With increasing numbers of people unable to afford health care, community practitioners are making acupuncture accessible to everyone. Pamela O'Malley Change invites us to "Imagine acupuncture being the medicine everyone uses and values."
People Power
by Aimee Allison, David Solnit
It hasn't been enough to be right about the war or to be in the majority. To stop this war—and the next one—we need to reclaim our proud tradition of “people power.”
The DIY Liberation Guide
by Lilja Otto
Walk out, get free stuff, toss a flower bomb. Simple steps for day-to-day liberation. Go ahead: free your world.
World Social Forum :: Liberated Spaces at Your Doorstep
by Lilja Otto
Since 2001, people from all corners of the globe have come to the World Social Forums (WSF) to build strategies for another world. This year, the World Social Forum is coming to them.
Pirates on the Open Airwaves
by Brooke Jarvis
Low-power transmitters are making local radio accessible to many. Is this pirate radio or is it serving the public interest?
On Critical Mass and the First Amendment
by Reverend Billy
Do you need a permit to ride bicycles in New York? Critical Mass bicyclists say the First Amendment is their permit.
Compost Toilets and Self-Rule
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The ecological toilet is one of today's most hope-filled expressions of people's power. How composting toilets help us take back our power and autonomy.
Being the Change: In Gandhi's Footsteps
by Manish Jain
Manish Jain talks about how he is trying to learn how to live his values today rather than waiting for the system to change. How can we find the courage to walk out of institutions and structures that reinforce violence, injustice and exploitation.
Building Autonomy, One Co-op at a Time
by Michael Fox
Over 20,000 member families live in cooperatively owned housing in Uruguay. The co-ops are not just housing members, but also involving them in social politics, management and organization. And they are working to spread the concept across the Americas.
Dutch Traffic Calming
by Jay Walljasper
Traffic calming began in the Netherlands with people putting furniture in the streets and has spread from there. An excerpt from "The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking"
A Taste of Freedom at Home
by Adam & Kibby MacKinnon
Living their values in a community in Seattle, Adam and Kibby MacKinnon describe how Emma Goldman Finishing School provides a new kind of freedom.
It Took a Village
by Heather Mueller
In Miami, homeless citizens didn’t wait for the city. They created their own home and found dignity and safety.
MySpace Music Revolution
by Glenn Peoples
Everyone from aspiring hopefuls to superstars uses MySpace pages to connect with fans. It is becoming a technological equalizer.