Highlights from the Spring issue of YES! Magazine, Can Animals Save Us?, are now online, including Animals Among Us, Our Animal Selves, and Just the Facts. Also, David Korten's 7 Steps for Action Toward a New Economy.
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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         March 2011 

The “Animals” issue of YES! Magazine

Can Animals Save Us? What They Teach Us About Being Human, the Spring 2011 issue of YES! Magazine
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Dear Reader,

The new issue of YES! Magazine focuses on the animals that live among us.

We love our animals, and we rely on them. But are we willing to transform our food system so farm animals can be treated humanely? And will we do what it takes to protect our wild cousins?

Our relationship with animals is filled with contradictions. Out of these contradictions, a relationship with animals that is both new—and very old—is emerging.

We are questioning practices that treat animals as commodities and instead looking for respectful ways to coexist. We are moving toward relationships with animals that are more like those of indigenous peoples—seeing animals as fellow creatures living alongside us in complex, interdependent ecosystems. We, too, are animals after all, and the bright lines we draw to separate ourselves from the animal kingdom don’t hold up to scrutiny.

In this issue of YES! you’ll find stories of magpies that grieve their dead, chimps that dance at the base of a waterfall, crows that train their young to make tools, and dogs that can diagnose early stages of lung cancer.

And you’ll find the words of farmer Joel Salatin, chimp researcher Jane Goodall, and Chickasaw poet and animal rescuer Linda Hogan.

See what’s inside the issue, and if you’re not already a subscriber, make this issue the first in your subscription with this special introductory $15 offer.


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  Highlights from the New Issue of YES! Magazine…  

Our Animal Selves, Linda Hogan's article in the Can Animals Save Us? issue of YES! Magazine
Animals, Our Selves

Western culture draws a sharp line between humans and animals. An indigenous writer reflects on what happens when we accept animals as our relatives and offer compassion to the entire living world.

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Just the Facts :: Should We Eat Animals?
We can feed the world and still eat meat—but only a little bit.
Land and energy use in a default livestock system is minimal... and only jumps when food that could have been fed to humans is fed to livestock. YES! Magazine graphic
  YES! Solutions…  

David Korten 7 Steps for Action Toward a New Economy
by David Korten

Seven reasons why our Old Economy is failing—each paired with its New Economy solution

Children in Ladakh, India. Rather than becoming more competitive with other nations, we should turn to global cooperation so that every child can look forward to a secure future. Photo copyright alles-schlumpf flickr.com/29487767@N02 Hope for our common human future depends on global cooperation to create a world in which every child can look forward to a prosperous, secure, and meaningful life irrespective of nationality, race, or religion. This will require replacing the economic policies and institutions responsible for Old Economy failure with the policies and institutions of a New Economy—one based on positive life-values and a democratic distribution of power.



David Korten's Agenda for a New Economy, 2nd edition Agenda for a New Economy:

David Korten: “I wrote Agenda to spur a national conversation on economic policy issues and options that are otherwise largely ignored.” Read excerpts from his book, or get it here from the YES! Store: 22% off the cover price, or FREE if you become a Dedicated Friend of YES!
David Korten's roots in small town America taught him the value of community. Photo by Steve Minor flickr.com/sminor
People often fail to recognize the difference between phantom financial assets and real, living wealth. Photo by Mike Bitzenhofer. flickr.com/bitzcelt
The Fleet of the East India Co., Homeward Bound from China, Under the Command of Sir Nanthaniel Dance. Painting by William Daniell, 1804
My Defection Story
How I came to challenge the legitimacy of the institutions I once served.
The Illusion of Money
Real wealth or phantom assets? David Korten explores the difference between the kind of wealth that makes life better and the phantom wealth created by financial speculation.
On the Origin of Corporations
How the buccaneers and privateers of days past came to be the Wall Street profiteers of the present.
  What’s New Online…  

Shannon Hayes and daughter. Photo by Bob Hooper Kids in masks. Photo courtesy of Nazareth College The Burj Khalifa building in Dubai stands at 2,717 feet, making it the world's tallest built structure The Wisconsin State Capitol is once again full of demonstrators. Photo by Jessie Reeder

My Antidote to Overwhelm
Shannon Hayes: People ask me, “How do you do it all?” The answer is, I don’t … and there’s a good reason for that.

What Is Democratic Education?
Sure, we teach democracy in our schools—but we need to practice it there, too.

The Tyranny of the Big, the Beauty of the Small
Green building leader Jason McLennan on ways to keep our buildings and cities at a healthy, human scale.

“This is Not Democracy”—Wisconsin’s Anti-Union Bill Passes
In a controversial move, Republicans maneuvered the passage of Wisconsin’s assault on collective bargaining. How’d they do it, and what happens next?

  From the new issue of YES! Magazine…  
Signs of Life
Small Stories About Big Change
Outdoor Office. Photo courtesy of Office Now Benefit Corps, a New Kind of Company
Corporations committed to both profits and people could change the mindset of the business world.
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On a crisp, clear day last October, 50,000 parents and children gathered in New York’s Central Park to reclaim play Dealing With a U.S. Deficit: Outdoor Playtime For Kids
On a crisp, clear day last October, 50,000 parents and children gathered in New York’s Central Park for the “Ultimate Block Party” … to reclaim play.

The science is overwhelming in showing the detrimental impacts on the water and the community health impacts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Voices Public Pressure Saves 2,200 Mountain Acres
An Appalachian victory in the battle against mountaintop mining.

:: Sitting In with Wendell Berry to End Mountaintop Removal
  Did you miss…  

YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from the last newsletter:

:: The Emotional Lives of Animals   
Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience.

:: A Little Meditation Goes a Long Way  
A new study offers the strongest evidence to date that meditation can change the structure of your brain.

:: The Story of Citizens United  
Annie Leonard’s new film asks: Why have corporations gotten so powerful? And what can we do about it?

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—Mary Lou Randour, author and animal advocate

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US Uncut photo essay
US Uncut: Standing Up to Corporate Tax Dodgers
“Austerity for us, prosperity for them”—and more signs from US Uncut’s 50-city protests of corporate tax avoidance.

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Image from the film Economics of Happiness The Economics of Happiness
How going local can restore our ecosystems, our societies, and our spirits.



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What Lies Beneath
The Census of Marine Life reveals more than 6,000 potential new species living in our oceans.

Image from Oasis in a Food Desert An Oasis in a Food Desert
In West Oakland, a community cooperative is providing an alternative to fast food and packaged snacks.
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