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 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.
Teaching with the News
by Jing Fong
The Choices Program’s Teaching with the News initiative provides online curriculum materials and ideas to connect the content of the classroom to the headlines in the news. Its twelve lesson plans cover a range of foreign policy and international issues, from analyzing U.S. efforts to combat terrorism to exploring policy alternatives for relations with Iran.
Navigating The Great Turning From Empire To Earth Community
by David Korten
David Korten’s presentation to the Seattle Green Festival shows that we humans can choose to turn this moment of planetary crisis into a new era, grounded in life-affirming values of community, caring, and cooperation.
Common Good Finance
Common Good Banks Can Make A Better World For Everyone
Balloons Cartoon
"When Al Gore was elected president in 2016, he had Air Force One converted to run on helium."Caption submitted by Bryan Falla.
Quote :: Split This Rock
“I dream of a child who will ask, ‘Mother, what was war?’” From the Split This Rock collaborative collage poem delivered by individual poets in front of the White House, March 23, 2008.
How We Can Do It: How to get free of nuclear weapons
The United States, as the owner of the biggest nuclear arsenal, must take the initiative and lead the world to take these seven steps towards nuclear abolition.
How to Join the Family of Nations
by Sarah van Gelder
Nearly two out of three Americans believe U.S. relations with the rest of the world are on the wrong track. That doesn’t have to be bad news, though. The Summer 2008 issue of YES! shows the people turning that around: voting for peace in their city or town, supporting Iraq veterans, and starting conversations with your neighbors about how to create a just world.
YES! But How? :: Non-toxic Art
by Noah Grant, Christiane Ranc
Practical tips on non-toxic art materials, compact fluorescent bulbs, zip loc bags, and how to grow your own fresh air.
From the Publisher :: America Can Change
by Fran Korten
With enough citizen understanding and action, America can change. Were you one of the millions deeply moved by Barack Obama’s March 18 speech from Philadelphia? He supported his optimism with a fierce faith in this country, saying “What we know, what we have seen, is that America can change—that is the true genius of this nation.”
YES! Film Picks: Making Whiteness Visible
by Carol Estes
Maddening and motivating independent films: Mirrors of Privilege, Abel Raises Cain and Pilgrimage.