Sneak Preview of the America: The Remix Issue with our 100 Years of Progress poster: Piecing Together a Multiracial Nation. Also, exclusive interview with Nobel prize winner Elinor Ostrom, new cartoon, and much, much more.
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Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions   February 2010

100 Years of Progress: Piecing Together a Multiracial Nation. YES! Poster
America: The Remix

By mid-century, people of color will be the majority in the United States. The new issue of YES! Magazine brings you stories of the people and collaborations that are helping our nation finally embrace its identity as a multiracial society.

Learn how Obama-energized youth are building beyond racism, and how neighbors are creating just, inclusive and green cities. Also, what white people fear (and what to do about it); how to start healing conversations; what to say to a screaming bigot; and how songs, stories, and even economic hard times can help us find strength in our diversity.

Here’s a sneak preview of the issue with our new poster: 100 Years of Progress—milestones on the way to an inclusive, just nation.

If you’re not already a subscriber, check out our special offer of just $15 for a year of YES!, and get an extra issue free. Subscribe to YES! today.

Exclusive YES! interview: Wisdom from newest economic Nobel laureate

Nobel winner Elinor Ostrom. Photo by Chris Meyer, Indiana University

Elinor Ostrom was an unusual choice for the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. For one thing, she is the first woman to receive the prize. But what makes this award particularly special is that her work is about cooperation, while standard economics focuses on competition.

Learn more in Fran Korten’s exclusive YES! interview with Nobel laureate Elinor Ostrom.

Swiss Alps pastures / wikicommons :: 8 KEYS TO A SUCCESSFUL COMMONS
   Advice on how to govern our commons
   by Nobel winner Elinor Ostrom.

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Signs of Life: Small Stories About Big Change

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Nicola lost both parents in the earthquake. Unicef reports that nearly 40 percent of the Haitian population is under the age of 14, and there are estimates of tens of thousands of newly orphaned children in the country. Photo by Willie Davis
“Pro-poor” Relief for Haiti
In the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that is believed to have killed more than 150,000 people, a call is growing for more long-term, sustainable solutions, such as debt relief. MORE…

Sweden’s largest national chain of burger restaurants, Max, was one of the first to add emissions calculations next to each item on its menu boards.
Sweden Labels Food With CO2 Data
The Swedish government announced new food guidelines that recommend eating habits based on greenhouse-gas emissions. MORE…

Residents of Porto Alegre, Brazil, gather in May for the annual Regional Participatory Budgeting assembly. Porto Alegre was the first city to use participatory budgeting, and during some years all budgeting decisions were discussed and as much as 10 percent was decided directly by residents. Photo by Michael Fox
Chicago Ward Tries Citizen Budgeting
In a city with a history of corruption and lack of transparency, one elected official is restoring meaning to the term “public funds.” Alderman Joe Moore has launched what is believed to be the United States’ first experiment with “participatory budgeting.” MORE…


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