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People Power

It's Time to Think Boldly About Building a New American System

The inability of politics to address poverty, climate change, and other basic challenges has fueled extraordinary experimentation in American communities. Welcome to a new conversation on how we make change happen.

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Nature Needs a New Pronoun: To Stop the Age of Extinction, Let's Start by Ditching "It"

Calling the natural world “it” absolves us of moral responsibility and opens the door to exploitation. Here's what we can say instead.http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2015/02/housing-first-solution-to-homelessness-utah

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This “Raging Granny” Crashed a Wall Street Dinner to Demand Answers

“Two Raging Grannies” is a beautifully shot film that juxtaposes a journey into activism with a profound meditation on aging.

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Call for Submissions: Debt, Power, and Life After Loans

Rolling Jubilee, debtors unions, underwater mortgages, and more: We're about to dive deep into debt. Send us your pitches by April 13!

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People Power

"Shame Cannot Survive Empathy": Monica Lewinsky Was the Internet's First Victim. Here's How She Bounced Back

In 1998, the brutal public shaming Lewinsky underwent was an online phenomenon we'd never seen before. Today, it's a growing trend that can only be curbed by compassion.

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Wendell Berry on Climate Change: To Save the Future, Live in the Present

In this selection from his new book, the poet and farmer Wendell Berry connects the dangers of the future to a failure to live fully in the here and now.

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New Economy

How to Become a Citizen Eater: A Trip Behind the Labels of Your Ethical Cup of Coffee

Labels like "fair trade" and "direct trade" indicate food is ethically sourced—but how do you know what they really mean, and whether they're effective?

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New Economy

A March Madness Makeover: 5 Ways to Bring Fairness Into College Basketball

March Madness is now a bigger cash cow than the Super Bowl, but in college sports the only people not getting a piece of the billion-dollar pie are the players.

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Happiness

Why “Broad City” Is the Perfect Comedy for the Student Debt Generation

The Comedy Central show allows millennials of a specific demographic—and even those outside of it—to laugh at the situation the 1 percent has handed them.

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Happiness

7 Myths About Housewives, Debunked

Are housewives less ambitious than career women? Are they bad feminists? Read on to go beyond the stereotypes.

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Old Leaves, New Wisdom

This Visual Learning Lesson will get your students thinking about what modern civilization can learn from ancient texts and traditions.

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This Marine Biologist Taught at Occupy Camps. Now She’s Written Curriculum to Inspire Students to Action.

Middle school and high school students constantly hear about the many challenges our society faces—from fracking to police shootings to corporatization. What they don’t hear enough about is what they can do to make their world better.

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Ecological Footprint Calculator

Take the Ecological Footprint quiz to measure your impact, and explore solutions to leave a kinder, gentler impression on Mother Earth. Bonus: K-12 Climate Change Week activities

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Monarchs and Ballerinas: How Butterflies Turn My Students Into Earth Heroes

Minnuette Rodriguez teaches biology at the Julian E. Blanco Specialized Ballet School in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 2012, she started a small butterfly nursery to help her students strengthen their connection to nature. As students watch the butterflies’ transformations from egg to adult, Minnuette watches her students transform themselves. This is Minnuette’s story.

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Alternative Currencies Are Bigger Than Bitcoin: How They’re Building Prosperity From London to Kenya

The Brixton Pound, Koru Kenya, and Mazacoin are all attempting to achieve a common goal: empowering people in a monetarily unequal world, from the bottom up.

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3 Rad Vegan Chefs Share Their Inspiration (and Recipes!)

And agree that healthy, sustainable cooking can still be delicious and enjoyed by all.

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New Economy

Do Corporations Really Need More Rights? Why Fast Track for the TPP Is a Bad Idea

We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.

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New Economy

Craigslist Saved 5M Tons of Stuff From Landfills—And 4 Other New Stats on Local Economies

Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.

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People Power

“The Internet Is My Lifeline”: Hip-Hop Artist Jasiri X on the FCC’s Net Neutrality Vote

The political artist from Pittsburgh speaks about the importance of the Internet and social media in making the voices of low-income people of color heard.

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When the Grandmothers Awoke

Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate change.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Middle School Winner Leah Berkowitz

Leah Berkowitz is a student at West Valley City School in Spokane, Washington. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Leah's essay about replacing worry with bravery.

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"Letting Go of Worry" High School Winner Rechanne Waddell

Rechanne Waddell is a student at Cypress Springs High School in Cypress, Texas. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Rechanne's essay about the impact that worry has on her and her family.

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"Letting Go of Worry" University Winner Noah Schultz

Noah Schultz is studying for a double major in human development and sustainability through Oregon State University's online program. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Noah's essay about the role that worry has in his relationship with his father.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Melanie Fox

Melanie Fox is a student at Orchard View Charter School in Sebastopol, California. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Melanie's essay about how a person's worries can define them, for better or for worse.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Carolina Mendez

Carolina Mendez is a student at Foundations Venture Academy in Stockton, California. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Carolina's essay about how letting go of worry helped her deal with the effects of Vitiligo, an autoimmune disease affecting skin pigmentation.

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Akaya Windwood's Response to "Letting Go of Worry" Essay Winners

Akaya Windwood responds to the winners of the Winter 2015 "Letting Go of Worry" essay competition.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Powerful Voice Winner Margaret O'Neil

Margaret O'Neil is a student at Casey Middle School in Boulder, Colorado. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine online article "Life After Worry" by Akaya Windwood. Read Margaret's essay about replacing her worry with gratitude.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Literary Gems

We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.

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Happiness

Forget Dystopian Fiction: This New Novel Explores Being a Modern Teenager Waiting for the End Times

In Bryan Bliss' debut novel, 16-year-old Abigail's family follows a charismatic preacher to San Francisco, where they live in a van to wait out the apocalypse. But if you believe completely that the world is coming to an end, what do you do when it doesn’t?

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Planet

Women Over 65 Own Nearly a Third of Iowa’s Farmland—Can They Prevent the Next Dust Bowl?

So many older women are inheriting farms that some experts believe training them in land conservation may be society's best bet in protecting the food supply.

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We're Young, Passionate, and Bent on Justice: Why #BlackLivesMatter Is Irresistible

The people dying are moms and dads, kids and teenagers, nerdy, quiet boys and girls. This movement is showing what wholeness looks like and demanding an uncompromised justice.

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New Economy

These Neighbors Got Together to Buy Vacant Buildings. Now They’re Renting to Bakers and Brewers

Though the model is new and small, it holds outsize potential for the many neighborhoods whose downtowns are controlled by faraway landlords or retail chains.

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New Economy

These Cities Built Cheap, Fast, Community-Owned Broadband. Here's What Net Neutrality Means For Them

Publicly owned broadband lets local communities from Iowa to Louisiana control a vital economic resource—rather than leaving it in the hands of a few monopolistic corporations. The outcome of this week's FCC vote could either help or hinder the path forward.

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New Economy

Students for Economic Pluralism, Unite! How College Kids Are Taking on the “High Priests” of Money

After years of work as a climate activist, Keith Harrington decided to get a degree in economics. Now, he’s working to transform the field.

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