The Power of Story
Can our many small voices win against big media?
We define our culture through the stories we tell—our family histories, our traditions, our shared experience. But sometimes it’s been a struggle to be heard over Big Media promoting the official version, and we’ve surrendered our stories to those with money and power. Today’s storytellers are finding new and creative ways to be heard.
Comic: How Big Media Drowned Out the Rest of Us
by A collaboration of Symbolia and YES! Magazineposted May 23, 2014
- Today, six corporations own most of our media—but we could be poised to take it back.
The Surface Areas of Russia and Pluto Are Extremely Similar
by Christine St. Pierre, Kali Swensonposted May 21, 2014
- And 25 other facts you should probably know.
Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance
by Christine St. Pierreposted Jun 11, 2014
- Low-power FM radio stations bring a much-needed focus on local issues and culture.
11 Years After Her Death, This 23-Year-Old Peace Activist Keeps Inspiring Us
by Kali Swensonposted Jun 17, 2014
- Rachel Corrie was killed in 2003, but her passion for peace lives on in her writings.
How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests
by Madeline Ostranderposted Jul 08, 2014
- In his new book "How to Make Trouble and Influence People," Iain McIntyre offers readers an alternative version of Australian history.
The Eerie Beauty of Landscapes Devastated by Industry
by Christine St. Pierreposted Jul 11, 2014
- Edward Burtynsky documents the environmental effects of oil extraction through striking landscape photography.
Can We Keep the Internet Free?
by Candace Clementposted May 14, 2014
- The struggle to save the world's greatest communication network.
The Young Turks on YouTube: Keepin' It Real and Beating Out Corporate News
by Kali Swensonposted Jun 24, 2014
- With over one billion views on YouTube and counting, The Young Turks prove that successful, independent, online news is possible.
Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project
by Kali Swensonposted Jul 15, 2014
- Many Japanese Americans were incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. Densho is preserving their stories and the cultural knowledge that comes with them.
FabLabs, Time Banks, and Other Hidden Treasures You Didn’t Know You Owned
by David Bollierposted Jul 16, 2014
- Self-organized commons are undergoing a renaissance today as one of the most robust alternatives to modern-day capitalism.
Too Many Political T-Shirts? 6 Ways to Repurpose Them
by Christine St. Pierre, Kali Swensonposted Jul 22, 2014
- The messages may be eternal, but T-shirts aren't forever. These DIY projects can give them new life.
Infographic: Why Social Security's Not Going Broke
by Doug Pibelposted May 21, 2014
- Making Social Security solvent in the long run isn't that hard. But who should bear the cost?
From Stand-up to Twitter, A New Generation’s Fresh Take on Storytelling
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 23, 2014
- Today's storytellers show that each of us can be part of something more powerful, diverse, and creative than we might have imagined.
When It Comes to Shaping Public Debate, What Can a Magazine Do?
by Fran Kortenposted May 13, 2014
- "Education Uprising," the Spring issue of YES!, connected people across the country and helped catalyze the movement to reclaim education—a living example of how national conversations can change.
Fear of a Brown Planet: Watch This Stand-Up Comedian Explain 'Reverse Racism'
by Kali Swensonposted May 27, 2014
- Bullying, police brutality, and everyday insensitivities are regularly lampooned with Australians Aamer Rahman and Nazeem Hussain's weapon of choice: comedy.