New Economy

Big News for Small Forests
by Ian Hanna
Sustainable, small-scale working forests are feeling the economic pinch. But nonprofit groups are helping family- and community-owned woodlands thrive by connecting them with carbon markets.
12 Innovations From the '00s That Could Save Us
by Sarah van Gelder
With climate disruption, war, and a faltering economy, the '00s were tough. Still, seeds were sewn for a more green and egalitarian 2010s. And peoples movements offer the power to make real change happen.
Growing Home—Urban Agriculture in Chicago
Orrin Williams of Growing Home explains urban agriculture's crucial role in rebuilding our cities and communities—from increasing job security and food access to decreasing the environmental impact of farming.
Crossroads in Copenhagen Crossroads in Copenhagen
by Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins discusses the conflicting emotions that Copenhagen causes.
Debt Relief: The Results Are In
by Hayley Hathaway
Debt relief has allowed poor nations to pay for schools and health care instead of loan interest. A new bill in the U.S. Congress would offer relief to more countries and make lending more responsible.
Was Lehman So Long Ago?
by Robert Weissman
While the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act makes some positive strides, what's really needed is a popular uprising for stronger regulation.
Bolivia's Economic Success
by Sara Kozameh
By regaining public ownership of natural resources and focusing on social programs, the Morales administration has achieved record growth despite the recession.
Why is Costa Rica Smiling?
by Lisa Gale Garrigues
How a focus on peace is helping this Central American country top the Happy Planet Index.
Human Rights in the Age of Obama
by Tanya Dawkins
Interview with Ajamu Baraka: Protecting human rights during a recession means rethinking the role of government, taking direct action, and creating an equitable society.
Seeds of a Movement for the Unemployed
by Jake Blumgart
Where do working Americans turn when they lose their jobs?
People We Love :: Lorraine Kerwood
by Keeley Harding
Rebuilding computers for the community.
Womanshare Deals in Skills, Community
by Heather Purser
12 years ago YES! Magazine wrote about Womanshare, a grassroots group that allows members to exchange services for time, not money. Has the promise of the story we’ve published turned into reality?
How the Seattle WTO Protests Changed the World
Video: United Steelworkers remember the union role in taking on the WTO.
Recovery Act's Green Jobs: Weatherization in New York City
640,329 jobs have been created or saved by the Recovery Act. Green for All provides a glimpse into how the program affects the people who hold those jobs and the residents receiving weatherization services in New York City.
Africa and the Economic Crisis
by Emira Woods
The recession creates an opportunity to challenge flawed existing models and assert new strategies for Africa's economic progress.