New Economy

Yes, Social Media Can Be Used For Positive Change
by Alaina Leary
Hashtag movements like #MeToo and #BlackLivesMatter have lasting impacts. Here’s how.
Call for Submissions: The Mental Health Issue
by YES! Editors
Send us your leads and pitches by May 1.
Tax Overhaul and the Immorality of Inequality
by Sarah van Gelder
A society that fails to invest in its children, to protect its land and water, or to build a future is courting collapse.
Tariffs Aren’t a Terrible Idea—If They’re About Well-Being of People, Not Corporations
by David Korten
Tariffs on imports could be part of reorienting the global economy. Now is a good time to talk about it.
The Global Economy Needs Fixing, but Tariffs and a Trade War Won’t Do That
by Chris Winters
If there’s any silver lining, it’s that out of this chaos may come an opportunity to rebuild globalized systems that are fair.
TV Stations Follow John Oliver’s Lead in the Movement to Forgive Medical Debt
by Sarah van Gelder
How former debt collectors showed everyone how to buy up people’s medical debt at pennies on the dollar.
Unstable Stock Market Is a Warning: Treat Your House Like a Home
by Chris Winters
A precarious housing market is no place for homeowners and renters who just want a safe place to live and a community to belong to.
Yes, Lots of People Go to Jail Because They Can’t Pay a Fine
by Sarah van Gelder
One of the most chilling reasons for being sent back to prison is failure to pay a fine or court or supervision fees.
No Price Tags: These Neighbors Built Their Own Economy Without Money
by Araz Hachadourian
Time-banking is a model for trading skills, goods, and labor instead of money. There are close to 500 such banks across the country.
New Medicaid Rules Could Cost the Government More in the Long Run
by Diane Dewar
Without access to routine care, those who lose coverage will make more expensive trips to emergency rooms.
Can the President Really Do That?
by Lisa Manheim, Kathryn Watts
Trump’s power is limited. Here’s how people can use their own power to support or oppose his actions.
How to Bring Caring for Kids and Elders (and Other Acts of Love) Into the Economy
by Ai-jen Poo, Sarita Gupta
It’s one of the most concrete representations of love that we have, yet it’s extremely undervalued.
A Populism of Hope Begins When People Feel Their Own Power
by Nathan Schneider
At work behind almost any great social movement is an engine of counter-economy.
Beware of “Go Local” Centrists Who Want to Save Your City—for Themselves
by Gar Alperovitz
Revitalizing cities requires organizers, workers, and people of color to have leadership roles.
The Netherlands Can Feed the World. Here’s Why It Shouldn’t
by Olga Mecking
What gets lost when we focus solely on increasing food efficiency?