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.

It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System
The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.
Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let's Start by Ditching "It"
by Robin Wall Kimmerer
Calling the natural world “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. Here's what we can say instead.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah
This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers
by Peter D'Auria
“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.
Call for Submissions: Debt, Power, and Life After Loans
Rolling Jubilee, debtors unions, underwater mortgages, and more: We're about to dive deep into debt. Send us your pitches by April 13!
This Activist Went to Prison for the Climate. Now He Wants Churches To Take Moral Leadership
by Tim DeChristopher
The movements that persevere are those that find a form of hope, even in dark times.
Climate Scientists Are for Real—Video Project Shows They’re Parents, Neighbors, Just Like You
by A.C. Shilton
The project offers climate scientists a chance to speak to the public for themselves.
"Shame Cannot Survive Empathy": Monica Lewinsky Was the Internet's First Victim. Here's How She Bounced Back
by Lindsey Weedston
In 1998, the brutal public shaming Lewinsky underwent was an online phenomenon we'd never seen before. Today, it's a growing trend that can only be curbed by compassion.
Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present
by Wendell Berry
In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.
How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee
by Rachael Stoeve
Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?
A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball
by Christopher Zumski Finke
March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.
Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation
by Kate Aronoff
The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.
Depaving Cities, Undamming Rivers—Here’s How We’re Undoing the Damage
by Diane Brooks
All around the United States, people are stepping up to help a damaged planet heal.
7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked
by Lindsey Weedston
Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.
Old Leaves, New Wisdom
by Morgan Wright
This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about what modern civilization can learn from ancient texts and traditions.
Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes
by Minnuette Rodriguez
Minnuette Rodriguez teaches biology at the Julian E. Blanco Specialized Ballet School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, she started a small butterfly nursery to help her students strengthen their connection to nature. As students watch the butterflies’ transformations from egg to adult, Minnuette watches her students transform themselves. This is Minnuette’s story.