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.

Debt Collective Marches on New Orleans for Free Higher Ed
by Araz Hachadourian
“It’s not about freeloading. It’s about what we’re willing to extend to each other as a society.”
I’m My Daughter’s Best Friend. How Do I Help Her Become Her Own Person?
by Shannon Hayes
Our isolated life on the farm keeps my family close, but it can also stand in the way of my daughter becoming her own person.
Rev. Sekou on Today’s Civil Rights Leaders: “I Take My Orders From 23-Year-Old Queer Women”
by Sarah van Gelder
A leading activist pastor speaks about the emerging face of civil rights leadership in 21st century America.
One Poem That Saved a Forest
by Jacqueline Suskin
How the friendship between a poet and a timber baron kept a grove of California redwoods from clear-cutting.
In a Place Where Teaching Girls Can Get You Poisoned, This Afghan Woman Got Men on Her Side
by Kristin Moe
How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center.
All Sign Language, No Subtitles: Behind the Ukrainian Thriller That’s Changing How We Experience Cinema
by Christopher Zumski Finke
"The Tribe" has no spoken dialogue at all—viewers must search for meaning through body language and emotion. This is why it works.
Economic Growth Doesn't Make a Wealthy Nation, Safety and Happiness Do
by Araz Hachadourian
Economist Kate Raworth explains why economic growth shouldn't be the only measure of a nation's wealth.
The Case for a “Jazz Revolution” Against Corporate Capitalism
by Keith Harrington
Bottom up? Top down? Improvisation is the key to a middle way.
Dangerous Isolation: Meet the Fearless Advocates Helping Rural Women Escape Abuse
by Laura Michele Diener
“If you live miles up in the holler and your cellphone doesn’t work up there, and you don’t have a car, and you don’t read and write very well, and you’ve got three kids, how are you going to get help?”
Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try
by Nur Lalji
Should we treat robots sort of like animals, or strictly as tools? Researcher Kate Darling says the time has come to take these questions seriously.
Swapping Screen Time for Getting Dirty: Why Kids Need to Spend More Time Outside
by Shannon Hayes
In his new book “How to Raise a Wild Child,” Dr. Scott D. Sampson argues that the current disconnect between kids and the natural world is a threat to their physical, mental, and emotional health.
Watch These 12-Year-Olds Talk About Race More Candidly Than Most Adults Do
by Araz Hachadourian
These New York City middle-schoolers opened up about their experiences with race and racism in WNYC's "Being 12" series.
Truth and Reconciliation at Work: How These Commissions Help Heal Wounds From Racial Injustice
by Fania Davis
Fania Davis explains how Truth and Reconciliation Commissions can help communities heal from a history of racial violence and oppression.
7 Small Towns Taking Big Steps to Get People Walking
by Jay Walljasper
These communities are helping residents take steps towards healthier lives by making walking a priority.
Bikesharing Trends to Watch in 2015
by Shared-Use Mobility Center
There are a number of bikesharing trends to be excited about this year, from better technology to increased access in low-income communities.