REI Will #OptOutside on Black Friday. Can It Change Retail (and the Economy)?
by Parag Rajendra Khandhar
All 143 REI stores will be closed on Black Friday. But what more can the co-op do to live up to its values and transform the conversation in the United States?
How College Students Are Resisting the Mental-Illness Stigma
by Donna Jackel
Student-led organizations are bringing mental illness into the light to lower the suicide rates of young people.
Video: How to Use What You Don’t Know to Your Advantage
by Liz Pleasant
Is intelligence really all it's cracked up to be? Author John Lloyd explains the value of ignorance.
First Openly Gay Country Singer Shares Advice His Dad Gave Him as a Teen
by Liz Pleasant
The lead singer for Lavender Country, the first openly gay country band, shares the touching advice he received from his father.
A Quarter of Pakistani Girls Are Married Before They’re 18. This Film Shows What That Feels Like
by Christopher Zumski Finke
In her directorial debut, Afia Nathaniel brings the reality of Pakistan's child bride crisis to American audiences.
Where Have Our Corpses Gone? How America's Death Phobia May Be Hurting Us
by Liz Pleasant
Los Angeles-based mortician Caitlin Doughty talks about America’s tendency to keep dead bodies out of sight, and how that may be bad for our families and communities.
How Creative Finance Launched Worker-Owned Co-ops In Post-Sandy New York
by Araz Hachadourian
Half of small businesses don’t make it past the first five years, and owners lose everything trying to pay off the loans. The Working World lets co-ops stabilize before repayment even begins.
10 Kids' Halloween Costumes Inspired By Rad American Women, From Angela Davis to Patti Smith
by Kate Schatz
At a time when GOP candidates can barely name an important woman from history, these Rad American Women of Halloween are a great way to have fun and educate others.
Take a Walk: 11 Ways to Build the Healthy Habit
by Jay Walljasper
Walking might just be the easiest way to get in daily exercise. Here are a few ways to make the practice even easier.
Researchers Say Watching Movies Helps You Work Your Empathy Muscle
by Christopher Zumski Finke
Can something as simple as watching movies—and empathizing with fictional characters—help generate more compassion and understanding in the real world?
California Challenges Gender Discrimination With Equal Pay Law (and Other News to Chew On)
by YES! Staff
A Louisiana university helps solve the national shortage of black doctors, Uber drivers are left with car payments after a raise in fees, and Mother Jones explores whether mammograms do more harm than good.
Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
by Larry Gabriel
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.
A Lifelong Search for Real Education
by Julia Putnam
Grace Lee and Jimmy Boggs brought people together to rebuild inner-city Detroit and to teach the things you can’t learn in a classroom. At 94, Grace is still at it.
NYC’s Credit Unions Give Mom-and-Pop Stores a Chance, Despite Gentrification
by Abigail Savitch-Lew
They're a lifeline to business owners. So why do these credit unions have trouble growing?
How Can We Be Happier? Experts Say Stop Worrying About Happiness in the First Place
by Liz Pleasant
In this video, The Atlantic asked a group of experts what we can do to be happier. Turns out our obsession with happiness might actually be hurting us.