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.

Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil
by David Goodman
The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.
Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them
by Johann Hari
Fifteen years ago, the Portuguese had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. So they decriminalized drugs, took money out of prisons, put it into holistic rehabilitation, and found that human connection is the antidote to addiction.
What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy
by Laura Flanders
A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?
Musicians From Egypt to Rwanda Are Blending Musical Traditions and Building Unity to Protect the Nile River Basin
by Valerie Schloredt
The Nile Project is made up of musicians from different countries, musical genres, and traditions. Their purpose? To promote cooperation and cultural understanding as the diverse peoples of the Nile face threats from water scarcity and climate change.
What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek
by Lindsey Weedston
Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.
A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now
by Sarah van Gelder
For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.
Sharing Music Builds Trust, Empathy, and Cooperation—Here Are Four Ways Science Proves It
by Jill Suttie
There is something about listening to music, or playing it with other people, that makes you feel connected to those around you. Even science says so.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
by Peter Barnes
After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.
Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone
by Jay Walljasper
Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.
Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
by Thomas M. Hanna
In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.
These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes
by Natasha Donovan
Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.
Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money
by Laura Flanders
The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.
Anti-Austerity Party Sweeps Greek Elections—What US Progressives Can Learn
by Kate Aronoff
There are plenty of lessons to be taken from Syriza’s victory and the rise to power of Spain's Podemos party, but striving to speak to people rather than politics might be chief among them.
Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow
by Leah Penniman
If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land.
How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks
by Penn Loh
Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.