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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.

Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love Bikes! Co-Ops! Voyages of Self-Discovery! This Project Brings Together Everything You Love
In the summers of 2012 and 2013, a group of college students and recent grads bicycled across America, visiting cooperative businesses and re-imagining the country they were about to inherit.
Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme
by Roman Krznaric
Want to learn to change the world with empathy? Get ready to learn from the masters.
6 Ways Americans Voted Against Corporate Power in the Most Expensive Midterm Elections Ever 6 Ways Americans Voted Against Corporate Power in the Most Expensive Midterm Elections Ever
by Mary Hansen, Kayla Schultz
So the national elections didn’t go so well. But across the country—from California to North Dakota—citizens made decisions that will give you reason to hope.
Divestment Helped to End Apartheid in South Africa—Can It Work for Fossil Fuels? Divestment Helped to End Apartheid in South Africa—Can It Work for Fossil Fuels?
by Bryan Farrell
When it comes to divestment, the anti-apartheid struggle is always cited as an influence. Here's how South Africans are starting to apply those same lessons to addressing climate change.
“We Couldn’t Possibly Be Poor”: How a Doctor Fell Into Poverty “We Couldn’t Possibly Be Poor”: How a Doctor Fell Into Poverty
by Robin Dickinson
“As we found ourselves choosing between rice, oatmeal, or potatoes for every meal, it occurred to us that being in poverty isn’t about how hard you work; it’s about how much money you make.”
YES! National Student Writing Competition YES! National Student Writing Competition
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North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out North Dakota Has a Unique Law Protecting Locally Owned Pharmacies—But This Ballot Measure Could Wipe It Out
by Mary Hansen
In the far north of the Great Plains, you have to be a pharmacist to own a pharmacy. Next week, voters could overturn that rule—putting the state's thriving independent drugstores at risk.
Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High Next Week Oregon, Alaska, and D.C. Vote on Recreational Pot—And It's About More Than Just Getting High
by Yessenia Funes
If those three measures pass, more states will be added to the list of places where healing from the drug war can begin, places where people will no longer face jail time because of a little nugget in their pockets.
Video: Instead of Paying Our Kids to Do Their Homework, Let’s Teach Them Gratitude Video: Instead of Paying Our Kids to Do Their Homework, Let’s Teach Them Gratitude
by Kayla Schultz
At this pay-it-forward restaurant, everyone's meal is paid for by previous guests—out of generosity. Karma Kitchen's founder on how kindness became contagious
The Avengers Join Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel Heroes to Make Bullying History The Avengers Join Guardians of the Galaxy and Other Marvel Heroes to Make Bullying History
by Christopher Zumski Finke
“The center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest superheroes having to contend with—and rise above—bullying, in all its forms.”
To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors To Curb Gun Violence, Chicago Residents Hit The Streets—And Really Listened to Their Neighbors
by Panyin Conduah
When a group of volunteers walked the streets of Chicago's east side, they learned that gun violence was not the only problem plaguing their neighborhood.
Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World! Before the Zombie Apocalypse—These 4 Trade Deals Were Ravaging the World!
by James Trimarco, Marc J. Palm
Forget ghouls and goblins. From deregulating Wall Street to shredding environmental and labor protections—these policy monsters are way scarier.
These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money These Two Vets Walked Thousands of Miles to Heal Trauma and Raise Money
by Ricardo Torres
Two veterans trekked across America to leave behind the trauma of war and raise money for fellow vets. Now they want to offer the same healing experience to others like them.
In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts In Washington State, a Green Governor Fights Climate Change on Multiple Fronts
by Dahr Jamail
Jay Inslee’s multipronged approach includes meeting with farmers and members of indigenous tribes, working toward policies like cap-and-trade, and closing the state’s last coal-fired power plant.

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