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The New Economy

This downturn marks the end of an unsustainable economy. There is an alternative… Meet the activists, visionaries, and upstarts building something new: an economy that puts people first and works within the carrying capacity of the Earth.

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Issue 50
Summer 2009

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THEME GUIDE:
The New Economy
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EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: The New Economy Starts Now by Sarah van Gelder

New Visions
Solving today’s big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.
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Why This Crisis May Be Our Best Chance
Wall Street is bankrupt. Instead of trying to save it, we can build a new economy that puts money and business in the service of people and the planet—not the other way around.
By David Korten

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YES! audio iconDavid Korten reads from his latest book, Agenda for a New Economy
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:: HOW YOU'RE MAKING IT THROUGH:
Our readers share their strategies for surviving and thriving in hard economic times.


spacer Rebecca Adamson. Photo by Rebecca Sell for YES! MagazineAge-Old Wisdom for the New Economy
Indigenous peoples have learned a few things about making it through hard times. Rebecca Adamson discusses what traditional economies did to foster abundance, sharing, and harmony with Mother Earth.
An interview by Sarah van Gelder
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YES! Poster: 31 Ways to Jump Start the Local Economy31 Ways to Jump Start the Local Economy
Build a secure, sustainable economy beginning at home and in your community.
By Sarah van Gelder

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A different recipe is needed—with fresh priorities: let's make things that last and shift to a new, green economic engine that provides well-being for all.
By Alisa Gravitz

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:: JUST THE FACTS:
Why we can’t go back to the old economy

World & Community
New models that foster justice and real prosperity, and sustain the Earth’s living systems. How can we bring these models to life and put them to work?
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People Power Pushed the New Deal
Roosevelt didn’t come up with all those progressive programs on his own.
By Sarah Anderson
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Think your money comes from the U.S. Mint? Think again.
By James Robertson
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:: How Banks Create Money Out of Thin Air

spacer Photo by Jason Houston, jasonhouston.comDollars with Good Sense: DIY Cash
Three ways ordinary people are printing their own money without breaking the law.
By Judith Schwartz

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The Power of One
Stories of people who find their courage, open their hearts, and discover what it means to be human in today’s world.
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First National Bank of Orwell, Vermont, one of the smallest banks in the nation. Photo by Don Shall. flickr.com/photos/donshall
Small Banks, Radical Vision
Local banks can change the world, one investment at a time.
By Zach Carter

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:: My Best Investments Are Down the Street—Judy Wicks

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YES! Photo iconRead about Judy Wicks and the White Dog Café
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Americans want to invest locally: here's how.
By Michael Shuman
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:: It's Classic: Community Investment

YES! Photo iconJeff Golden’s ideas for sustainable investment
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Green and just jobs you can own.
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:: SOUTH BRONX:
Worker co-op turns trash into treasure

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:: MONDRAGÓN:
Look who makes the profits

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:: CLEVELAND: Rust-belt to recovery
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Omar Friello. Photo by Erica McDonald for YES! Magazine
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Breaking Open
Humor, story-telling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.
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Illustrations by Bodhi Hill, istock.com. Wendell Berry poster Exerpted from the essay'Conserving Communities,' from Another Turn of the Crank, by Wendell Berry © 1995 by Wendell Berry. Counterpoint PressWendell Berry’s 17 Rules for Communities
Common sense and neighborliness: what a thriving economy is made of.

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What the old economy didn’t do for us—and what a sustainable economy could do.
Cartoon by Stephanie McMillan for YES! Magazine

Features
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Vandana Shiva. Photo by Franziska Seel Vandana Shiva on Gandhi for Today’s World
Some say terrorism makes Gandhi irrelevant. Vandana Shiva, farmer, seed saver, and global justice activist, says we need him more than ever.
Interview by David Barsamian
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YES! mouse iconRead an excerpt from Vandana Shiva's new book, Soil Not Oil
spacer Sherman Alexie. Photo by Kevin CurlettSherman Alexie, How Dare You Tell the Truth?
A young, native writer’s ambush interview with Sherman Alexie throws her into a whirlpool of unanswerable questions about tribal loyalty, silence, and healing.
By Heather Purser

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YES! video iconA conversation with Sherman Alexie

Departments
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

COMMENTARY
:: Instant Runoff and Election ’08
By Rob Richie

SIGNS OF LIFE
:: Defending the Right to Water
:: Maine Towns Fight Back
:: A Push for Public Health Care
:: Landmark Climate Change Bill
:: New Mexico Ends Capital Punishment

:: Activists Protest Drone Warfare

:: Germany Mandates Paper-Trail Voting


PEOPLE WE LOVE
:: Chris Goodman
:: Waseem Mahmood
:: Peter Marshall
:: Agnes Pareyio

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YES! video iconMusic video for Yeh Hum Naheen
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YES! video iconHonoring Maasai culture, creating alternatives to FGM

UPDATE :: YES! STORIES REVISITED
:: Gaviotas—Still Dreaming and Growing

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QUOTE PAGE:
Reverend Billy
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READERS FORUM

FROM THE PUBLISHER
Does print have a future?
By Fran Korten

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:: Things to Do…

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YES! BUT HOW?
:: When to go organic
:: Which beer?
:: Fly patrol

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IN REVIEW
BOOKS
:: Hand-Powered home
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:: Tree intimacy
:: Rules for online radicals

YES! MUSIC PICKS
:: Dark was the Night
:: Delcoa
:: David Francey
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YES! FILM PICKS
:: Justicia Now!
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:: The Singing Revolution
:: Flow
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