10 Resilient Ideas to Build Community, 10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem, Signs of Life: Small Stories About Big Change, and the best new articles online
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         September 2010 


In this newsletter, a preview of the new issue of YES! Magazine,
Ready for Anything
Build Resilience Now For Hard Times Ahead

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The new issue of YES! Magazine, Resilient Communities. Example spread from the magazine of the Hand-Built Home article

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10 Resilient Ideas for Building Community

Ideas for building resilience from communities across the country—from a hand-made house to rooftop beekeeping.

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  See this YES! photo essay on the building of a cob house. Here, the light from the windows falls on the smoothed out cob walls with their embedded hooks and shelves. Photo by Brian Liloia
Building Your Own Home … Together


No fortune? No skills? No problem. How a novice builder used mud—and teamwork—to make a house from scratch.   MORE …
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photo icon Building a Handmade Cob House
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Brian Liloia had never built anything before he took on the task of building his own home. See how he turned a mixture of straw, clay, and sand into a uniquely cozy place to live.


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  YES! Solutions…  

Fran Korten 10 Ways to Solve the Jobs Problem
by Fran Korten

Imagine a no-holds-barred “summit” to come up with ideas to solve both our job and environmental problems. What might it produce?

Here is my starter list. Find out the reasons for these choices, and add your own ideas on our website.  MORE …


number 1 More farms, less agribusiness.
number 2 More repair, fewer products.
number 3 More recycling, less mining.
number 4 More renovations, less construction.
number 5 More restoration, less destruction.
number 6 More bike paths, fewer highways.
number 7 More local businesses, fewer megastores.
number 8 More dishwashing, fewer throwaways.
number 9 More education, less advertising.
number 10 More clean energy, less fossil fuel.
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  10 to the Power …   
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Everybody loves a list. In that spirit, here are 3 more of your favorite YES! lists, from Jen Angel, David Korten, and Colin “No Impact Man” Beavan.

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10 Things Science Says Will Make You Happy
Scientists can tell us how to be happy. Really. Here are 10 ways, with the research to prove it.
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spacer 10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy
It’s time we the people declare our independence from the money-favoring Wall Street economy.
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Colin Beavan shares his ideas for powering cultural change. See “No Impact Man’s” picks for a climate-friendly life.
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  What’s New Online…  
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Here are two new blog posts from Radical Homemaker Shannon Hayes, and the editor’s pick of the top online stories of recent weeks.
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Shannon Hayes
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On Facing Judgment
Live radically, and you’ll inevitably face the judgment of others. For Shannon Hayes, loving unconditionally is the antidote.
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Shannon Hayes used movies to give her daughters—and herself—an occasional break. Then they began to take over.

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Michael Janzen's tiny free house spacer Spill ... or disaster. What happened in the Gulf? spacer A crop-dusting plane flying over a field in Ripley, Mississippi. Photo by Roger Smith. flickr.com/photos/ rogersmith spacer Cover image from John Robbins ' book The New Good Life
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My Tiny, Free House
Michael Janzen had a big house and a big mortgage. Then the financial crisis hit, and he wondered just how small, and how cheap, a house could be.

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How we tell the story of a better world matters—and the best way is to live the alternatives we advocate.

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April Dávila wondered what it would take to cut the GMO giant out of her family’s life. She found that it was far more entrenched than she’d ever realized.

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We’ve been measuring happiness in all the wrong ways. What’s the pathway to true quality of life? John Robbins finds out how to live better in an age of less.

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  From the new issue of YES! Magazine…  
Signs of Life
Small Stories About Big Change
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Gwaii Haanas National Park, recently named Haida Gwaii, 'islands of the people.' Photo by Edna Winti Canada Extends Conservation Area to Seafloor
Victory in the 25-year struggle to protect the “Galapagos of the North”—from mountaintops to the bottom of the sea.
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Children gather water from a pond sand filter in Bangladesh. Photo courtesy of The Uncultured Project. flickr.com/photos/uncultured U.N. Vote on Water, Sanitation Rights
The resolution to act on the world’s “most violated human right.”


:: At Last, a Human Right to Water
Just Pay It campaign logo Students Score Victory for Honduran Workers
How the “Just Pay It!” campaign on college campuses netted $1.5 million for Nike garment workers.

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One of Banksy's images in New Orleans
Banksy Street Art
British street artist, Banksy, makes his mark in New Orleans.

Official program The Women's Suffrage Procession, Washington D.C. March 3, 1913
The Road to Women’s Suffrage
Remembering the long fight for a woman’s right to vote.

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“Love Harder”
Van Jones addresses the Netroots Nation conference, sharing his ways to “put Americans back to work and pull America back together.”

Poet Tanya Davis in her movie How to Be Alone
How to Be Alone
What can we learn about ourselves when we let go of our fear of loneliness. A poet offers her advice in this quirky video.

Image from the video Fallen Fruit Fallen Fruit
Fruit from trees on public land is free for the picking. Fallen Fruit’s maps show locals where to find it.


Pete Seeger performing
Pete Seeger: Don’t Give Up, Don’t Give In
As Willie Nelson taught us, you just can’t play a sad song on a banjo. Folk legend Pete Seeger unveils his newest protest song.
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In Pakistan, flood survivors line up for drinking water. Photo by Nicholas Brooks/Oxfam
5 Ways You Can Help Pakistan (and the Rest of Us)
The Pakistani people need our help. Here’s how we can help now and also reduce the number of future disasters.

By Sarah van Gelder.
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