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A Portlandia Sendup of Tiny House Living
by YES! online staffposted Apr 11, 2013
- Portlandia’s Kumail Nanjiani visits a tiny house and asks some of the questions on everybody’s mind.
Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria’s Master Storyteller
by YES! online staffposted Mar 22, 2013
- The great Nigerian author and essayist Chinua Achebe died on Thursday in Boston. In this interview with Bill Moyers, first broadcast in 1988, he explains why “The storyteller has a different agenda from the emperor.”
Puget Sound Tribe Plans for Rising Seas
by Benjamin Drummond, Sara Steeleposted Feb 25, 2013
- Video: The Swinomish tribe could lose up to 15 percent of their land on low-lying Fidalgo Island to climate-change related sea level rise. They’re working with planners to make sure they can survive—and thrive—in the region’s changing climate.
Oakland Youth Swap Fast Food for Fresh Food
by YES! online staffposted Feb 12, 2013
- Video: A group of young people in West Oakland are taking control of what they eat and using pedal power to bring local groceries to produce-strapped communities.
Neighborhood Chalkboard Reveals Secrets and Dreams
posted Feb 01, 2013
- TEDTalk by Candy Chang on connecting communities through art, sharing, and usable public spaces.
What a Wonderful World, from David Attenborough
posted Dec 24, 2012
- A beautiful short film that will remind you it is, indeed, a wonderful world.
Animal Odd Couples
posted Dec 21, 2012
- Are animals capable of feeling emotions? PBS Nature shares evidence that humans are not the only ones on the planet who cares, loves, and empathizes. Meet five animal odd couples.
Writing Love Letters to Hundreds of Strangers “Absolutely Healed Me”
posted Dec 18, 2012
- To cope with intense loneliness after moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher offered to write an old-fashioned love letter to any stranger who needed one. She never guessed how many people she would ultimately reach.
20 Machines for a DIY Civilization
posted Dec 06, 2012
- Video: Open Source Ecology has released free plans for building tractors, brick compressors, and other essential machines. Why pay more for stuff that's designed to fall apart?
“Africa for Norway” Global Aid Spoof Goes Viral
by Ayla Harbinposted Nov 30, 2012
- “There’s heat enough for Norway, if Africans would share,” quips this parody of overblown charity fundraisers that’s blowing up the Web. The purpose? To swap stereotypes for real needs.
Stacy Mitchell: We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Better Economy
posted Nov 29, 2012
- Buying local isn’t enough. If we’re going to get our economy back on track, we have to re-center on communities.
Rapper 2 Chainz: Ex-Felons Can Get Their Voting Rights Back
posted Oct 31, 2012
- One the biggest voting myths is that those with felonies on their record have lost the right to vote forever. Here’s how you can get re-enfranchised.
The Power of Introverts
posted Oct 12, 2012
- Does society favor extroverts over introverts? In this TEDTalk, social psychologist Susan Cain takes us into an introvert's world, and shares why being quiet and contemplative should be acknowledged and celebrated.
Gar Alperovitz on Cooperative Economy: “I’ll Bet My Life on It”
posted Oct 04, 2012
- Gar Alperovitz was in Seattle for the annual meeting of the National Cooperative Business Association and spoke at Town Hall Seattle immediately following a live screening of the first presidential debate. YES! Magazine’s executive editor Sarah van Gelder introduced him.
Minnesota’s Ground Zero for Unjust Evictions
posted Jul 18, 2012
- A glitch in PNC Bank’s online payment system meant the Cruz family’s home fell into foreclosure, putting it at the center of a committed community stand-off.