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Building a Just and Sustainable World   August 2007

YES! and the Strategic Corporate Initiative (SCI) teamed up to produce the Fall 2007 issue. SCI's director Michael Marx co-authored the lead article, and we invited him to introduce Stand Up to Corporate Power.

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Stand Up to Corporate Power

Dear Reader,

Stand Up to Corporate Power, the Fall 2007 edition of YES! Magazine, asks perhaps the most important question of our time: Who Will Rule—People or Corporations?

How we answer it will determine whether we survive the triple threat of climate change, an end to cheap oil, and extreme resource depletion and extinction. If corporations rule, we will likely not survive. If people rule, there is a chance.

Stand Up to Corporate Power shows how we can reclaim the power that corporations have seized. It's a bold call to action that tells the stories of people and organizations that are expanding and protecting the commons, achieving a separation of corporation and state, and asserting the superiority of community rights over corporate rights. I strongly encourage a cover-to-cover reading.

YES! Magazine has never been timid about putting critical issues before us, and this issue is no exception. If you’re not already a subscriber, this is the perfect time to try a Free Trial copy. I promise you won’t be disappointed!

Michael Marx,
Director, Strategic Corporate Initiative Project
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We the People vs the Corporate Giants
It's the power struggle of our time. At stake: control of our health care, our energy future, our quality of life and our planet. A global citizens' movement can make corporations serve the public good.

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Living Wealth: Better Than Money
To serve money or to serve life—that is the question that will determine the sort of world future generations will inherit. David Korten examines what it means to measure value in human terms.

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Communities Take Power
It's a rude awakening when a corporation decides to build a hog farm or a big-box store next door. Communities across the country are taking our founding documents at their word and declaring citizens' right and duty to protect their water, land, local economy and way of life, even if it means taking on the enormous power of corporations.
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Where have you felt most free?
Photo of Go from Wikimedia CommonsIn the game of chess, you win by confronting and vanquishing your enemy. In the game of Go, you win by taking over spaces. You simply surround territory and make it yours.

Our next issue of YES! Magazine will be about “liberated spaces”... taking the game of Go into the way we live our lives. Instead of waiting for the world to change so we can live as we would like to live, we create the spaces where we can make it so, now.

We'll look at physical spaces, virtual spaces (online), and consciousness spaces (the freed mind); any spaces that can be liberated. And we want your input. Use the form below to answer this question: Where have you felt most free?

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In 2000, the top 200 corporations' sales were 18 times the combined yearly income of the 1.2 billion people living in “severe” poverty.
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