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.
The Boomers "Failed" Us: Climate Activist Tim DeChristopher on Anger, Love, and Sacrifice
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 30, 2014
- First the anger, then the love—overcoming generational anger to find the courage required for the difficult work ahead.
How Stories Shape Our World
by Sarah van Gelderposted May 23, 2014
- This issue of YES! looks at the ways new voices are being heard, and at how their stories are transforming our culture.
Return of Hometown News: Old-School Reporters and Citizen Journalists Unite to Bring it Back
by Dan Kennedyposted Jun 13, 2014
- Filling a void left by big city newspapers, online projects combine community news, journalism, and conversations with our neighbors.
First He Came Out as Undocumented. Then As Gay. Here's What It Means For Immigration Debate.
by Kristin Moeposted Jun 20, 2014
- Felipe Matos told his story in three words: "I am undocumented." It was an act of desperation—but it gave him a sense of agency and power.
Change Is Divine: How Sci Fi Visionary Octavia Butler Influenced This Detroit Revolutionary
by Adrienne Maree Brownposted Jun 27, 2014
- "The ideas in Butler's fiction challenge us to contend with our own choices and take responsibility for our own power."
These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way
by Christine St. Pierreposted Jul 01, 2014
- Longhouse Media helps indigenous artists step behind the camera and document their lives.
Gar Alperovitz on Why the New Economy Movement Needs to Think Big
by Scott Gastposted Jul 02, 2014
- His new book, "What Then Must We Do?" imagines how a new economic system might actually emerge, from the bottom up, in the next few decades.
This East LA Band's Rebel Version of "La Bamba" Speaks Out Against Racism
by Christine St. Pierreposted Jun 06, 2014
- Las Cafeteras uses acoustic instruments and punk attitude to spread their message of social justice and equality.
Talking Cows Take on Factory Farms—Matrix Style
by Jonah Sachsposted Jun 04, 2014
- The viral success of "The Meatrix" shows how a good story trumps a mountain of facts.