We can have democracy and a prosperous, just, and sustainable human future. Or we can have corporate rule. We cannot have both.
Can the Left and Right Unite to End Corporate Rule? An Interview with Ralph Nader and Daniel McCarthy
Partisan gridlock keeps the focus on the fight—but we might have some radical ideas in common.
Exactly how much difference do “new economy” organizations make? Economists looked into it, and here are a few of their results.
Successful initiatives are investing in human relationships, not faceless call centers or centralized headquarters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Akaya Windwood responds to the winners of the Winter 2015 "Letting Go of Worry" essay competition.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What if we measured wealth in terms of life, and how well we serve it?
From Warrior Cops to Community Police: A Former Chief on How We Can Turn Back the Tide of Militarization
Police in America belong to the people—not the other way around. Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper on how we can turn militarized cops into neighborhood-oriented officers, responsive to community needs.
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In a new music video, two members from Russian punk band Pussy Riot get dirt shoveled over their faces and are buried alive. It's powerful and disturbing to watch.
This co-op south of Portland wants to strengthen the local food system by helping local farmers cooperate instead of compete with one another.
More and more people have come to understand that behaving as if they hold all rights to Earth’s bounty amounts to an eighth deadly sin.
At feminist hackerspaces, members are less interested in digital trespassing than in developing a safe community for experimenting, creating, and collaborating.
We’re closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion.
We need to shift the stories we tell ourselves about the value of elders, the care they need, and later life itself.
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?