Chris Jordan on overcoming grief, Brett Dennen on his most important songs, People We Love, and the latest from Shannon Hayes' Radical Homemaker blog
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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions   April 2010

The Power of Art to Transform

Photographs from Chris Jordan's trip to Midway, Sep 2009. Photo of Chris by Jan Vozenilek flickr.com/photos/midwayjourney/3925597560
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Bearing Witness :: Chris Jordan on Art, Grief, and Transformation
Photographer Chris Jordan journeyed to Midway to witness the catastrophic effect of our disposable culture on some of the world’s most beautiful and symbolic creatures. The project left him feeling grief and hopelessness. Now he wants more people to discover how productive those emotions can be.

“I believe that we need to allow ourselves to feel grief deeply. Anger and rage and shame—those are surface feelings. Grief is deep. Grief and love might be the two deepest human emotions. When we allow ourselves to really grieve, it's a transformational experience.”

Learn more in Brooke Jarvis’ YES! interview with artist Chris Jordan.

photo icon VIEW CHRIS JORDAN’S PHOTOS FROM MIDWAY

Highlights from the current issue of YES! …

America: The Remix
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A tough economy makes cross-race organizing more important than ever.
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How to make our cities just, inclusive, and green.
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:: 10 STRATEGIES TO CREATE SOCIALLY JUST, MULTIRACIAL CITIES
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Milestones on the way to a multiracial nation.
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Singer/songwriter Brett Dennen of the Mosaic Project :: POP STAR TEACHES KIDS TO STAND UP TO INTOLERANCE

My Most Important Songs

Seven years before pop star Brett Dennen climbed to the top 10 of the indie music charts, he spent much of his time singing to children about peace, discrimination, and acceptance.

His first album became the centerpiece of a program called The Mosaic Project, which uses Dennen’s songs to get fourth- and fifth-graders talking about subjects that are tough even for adults—like stereotyping, violence, and empathy.  
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:: YES! interview: Brett Dennen on the Healing Power of Music
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What’s New Online

On Christmas Eve, shoppers linger to talk to one another at a farmers' market in Canterbury, UK. Photo by Chris Beckett
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Local Economies Close the Distance Between Us
But our city planning policies are rigged against them. How can we support neighborhood businesses that slow the pace of life and encourage people to get to know each other?
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After 28 years as a primary care physician in the United States, Dr. Ken Fabert traveled to New Zealand to see what patients and doctors think of their single-payer system.
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How one man’s choice to live car-free brought him more in touch with his neighbors, his community, and himself.

People We Love
Carol Beckley
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Carol Beckley
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CULTIVATING A RURAL COMMUNITY
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CHOOSING A SUSTAINABLE PATH
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REVAMPING THE CAFETERIA MENU
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CLEANING UP NEW ORLEANS

In Review

Photo by Larissa Belova. iStock.com

The 12,000-Year Calm Before the Storm
A review of The End of the Long Summer: Why We Must Remake Our Civilization to Survive on a Volatile Earth


A new book by a leading science writer tells what we need to do to survive climate change. It’s time for each of us to have a talk with our inner economist. If humanity is to survive the hardships that lie ahead due to climate change, we’ve got to abandon the now universal, but originally Western, ethos of economic growth.

Dianne Dumanoski video icon  VIDEO:
Author Dianne Dumanoski explains why climate change is ultimately not a crisis for the earth, but a crisis for humans, and why we must find our way “through this thicket of uncertainty.”
Getting to the Heart of Interfaith
The Eye-Opening, Hope-Filled Friendship of a Pastor, a Rabbi, and a Sheikh

Meet the Interfaith Amigos: They came together after 9/11 believing that in the face of today’s immense global challenges, it is imperative that we work together to solve common problems. “It’s a matter of our survival,” they say, and thus begins the captivating story of their shared journey.

:: EXCERPT :: Honoring the Spirit
The Interfaith Amigos describe one of the most meaningful moments they have experienced in their work together.

:: YES! BLOG ::
Follow the Interfaith Amigos on the YES! Magazine website.

Help Us Think About Our Future Issues

Illustration from the upcoming Water issue of YES! Magazine The Summer 2010 issue of YES! Magazine is all about Water: how to keep it clean, free from privatization, and abundant in the age of climate change.

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We'd love to learn about something you’re doing to save water or protect your local river, lake, or waterway—it can be a simple, rewarding action or a creative and innovative project. How has that action changed your awareness of the water you use or the waterways around you?
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Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: The Story of Bottled Water
    Should you be worried about your tap water? Yes, but not for the reason you expected.

:: What Do You Say to a Screaming Bigot?
    How one woman finds the courage to take the immigration dialogue to talk radio.

:: Lessons from Howard Zinn
    The late historian and activist was a compelling example of someone committed to, and enjoying to its fullest, a life of struggle.

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Radical Homemaking
Shannon Hayes with her daughters Saoirse and Ula. Photo by Bob Hooper The Kid Question
How one woman decided whether reproduction had a place in her quest for a sustainable life.

:: SHANNON HAYES’ BLOG
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YES! But How?
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Changing or enhancing your hair color doesn’t have to jeopardize your health…

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Our new problems might require paying attention to old wisdom. A new documentary looks to indigenous leadership for answers—and throws our way of life into sharp relief.

RESOURCES Discussion Guide
Discussion Guide icon Conversation starters and article summaries for the Remix issue.

Resource Guide
Resource Guide icon Movements & resources to discover the strength that lies in our differences.

PHOTO ESSAYS Sashya. Half Asian (Japanese), Half White. Photo by Mike Tauber, part of his Blended Nation project Blended Nation
A Portrait of Mixed-Race America. Photos that teach about the complexities of race.


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See Susan Hardman’s gorgeous photos from the tiny Central American country that’s winning the global happiness sweepstakes.


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