More from YES! Magazine’s Winter 2012 issue, The YES! Breakthrough 15, featuring four more honorees, Nipun Mehta, Lily Yeh, Jason McLennan, Henry Red Cloud
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         December 2011 :: The YES! Breakthrough 15 

Meet 15 Extraordinary People Transforming the Way We Live
Nipun Mehta. Photo by Lane Hartwell for YES! Magazine.
Nipun Mehta: An Economy to Feed Your Soul

How relationships are our real wealth.

“In practice, there is no grand chasm to cross. Just do the small act of kindness for the person in front of you, right now. Small acts may or may not change the world, but they definitely change you. And when you look at the world with fresh eyes, its a whole new realm of possibilities.” —Nipun Mehta

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photo icon ALSO: A Taste of the Gift Economy
At a restaurant in Berkeley, there’s no bill at the end of the meal—just a request to pay it forward for those who come after you.
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The YES! Breakthrough 15 issue cover
Composite of Lily Yeh photos courtesy of Cleveland Foundation with Awakening Creativity: Dandelion School Blossoms photos courtesy of Lily Yeh and New Village Press.
Lily Yeh: Beauty in Broken Places

Healing war-torn, broken, and economically devastated communities through art.

“I nominate Lily Yeh as a transformative leader because she is a healing grace on the planet who is fearless. She reminds us not only what is possible but necessary. I submit this nomination, humbly, so grateful to call Lily my friend, my sister.” —Terry Tempest Williams

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photo icon Also: Read an excerpt from Lily Yeh’s Awakening Creativity



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:: PEEK INSIDE THE WINTER ISSUE
  Sustainability Imagination  

Jason McClennan’s Living Building Challenge takes green to a new level: Buildings that are not just “less bad,” but that actually do good for the environment. Henry Red Cloud’s innovative solar heating systems reduce carbon emissions, cut heating bills, and provide jobs in one of the poorest communities in the United States.


Henry Red Cloud photo by Dan Bihn Henry Red Cloud: Solar Warrior for Native America
“Tribes are under intense pressure to allow their lands to be punctured by fossil fuel development. Red Cloud is showing that there is another path out of poverty.” —Naomi Klein

Jason McLennan. Photo by Paul Dunn for YES! Magazine. Jason F. McLennan: Bringing Buildings to Life
“Jason’s ability to combine breakthrough thinking with large-scale practical application exceeds that of any of the extraordinary social innovators it has been my privilege to know.” —David Korten

  Do-It-Yourself Ways to Live Sustainably  
Rosehips and Fire Cider illustrations

YES! But How?  
6 Recipes for Winter Wellness


Garlic has been used for medicinal purposes since the Egyptian pyramids were built. In the early 1700s, French gravediggers drank a mixture of crushed garlic and wine as protection against the plague. During World War I, soldiers were given garlic to prevent gangrene.
Learn how to make Fire Cider and five other ways to fight seasonal maladies the natural way. …
  1. Thyme Gargle
  2. Organic Lip Balm
  3. Rosehip Syrup
  4. Fire Cider
  5. Roasted Squash Seeds
  6. Ginger Honey Tea

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land will live again by pameladrew212 occupy homes banner by blue cinema rev. John Helmiere by jordan jobe Protesters in Durban, photo by TckTckTck

From the Farm to the Occupation
by Shannon Hayes

Shannon Hayes on taking farm politics to Occupy Wall Street...and talking about the politics of Occupy in her farming community.

Occupy Moves to the Home Front
by Nathan Schneider

Why the attempt to take on foreclosures directly is our clearest glimpse yet of what Occupy Phase II will look like.

A Lesson in Love From the Protest at the Port
by Reverend John Helmiere

A minister and occupier, beaten and arrested by police, on his continuing belief in the power of love.

After Durban: Climate Activists Target Corporate Power
by Madeline Ostrander

After another disappointing round of UN negotiations, climate justice activists have a new strategy.


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:: Grace Boggs: Reviving the Lost City
The YES! Breakthrough 15: A decades-long revolution to rekindle the soul of urban neighborhoods.

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Our holiday guide to thoughtful gifts that will get you on the nice list.  


Gift Bag. Photo by Alexandria Abdallah. YES! But How? (Gift) bag Your Calendar
by Alyssa B. Johnson

Easy steps for turning your old calendars into holiday gift bags.  


Colin Beavan plays with his daughter Isabella at Washington Square Park near their home. As creator of the “No Impact Man” blog, Beavan and his family committed to living in the middle of New York City without making any net impact on the environment. Photo by Paul Dunn for YES! Magazine Christmas with No Presents?
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“No Impact Man” suspected the holidays would be just as merry without all the stuff.  

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Girl Scouts photo by Juverna. Girl Scouts Take Aim at their Own Cookie Ingredients

Two seventh-graders set out to save orangutans—and ended up changing the recipe for Girl Scout cookies.  


DREAM Act photo by Paulina Clemente New Rights for California’s Immigrants

New laws signed last autumn will strengthen civil rights, improve access to education, and protect jobs for undocumented immigrants.  


Plastic Bag photo by Kate Ter Haar Cities Take Up the “Ban the Bag” Fight
by Rebecca Leisher

Why new policies across the nation could mean the end of plastic bags.  

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