Smart Solutions to the Fiscal Crisis, Stories of Hope and Change from 2008, and David Korten on Why We Are Hard-Wired to Connect
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Building a Just and Sustainable World   October 2008
Better Than a Bailout: Smart Solutions to the Fiscal Crisis

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They Stood Up to the Banks
American populists stood up, and the bailout package went down.
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Leslie Christian reminds us to stay calm and not act from fear and panic.

Main Street Before Wall Street
David Korten urges a solution that benefits Main Street rather than Wall Street.

Project Censored 2009
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The Secret is Out

Project Censored has worked for years to uncover the most significant, underreported news stories. For the second time in a row, their roundup includes a chapter of positive stories: The News is Good! Stories of Hope and Change from 2008. They turned to YES! to help find those stories.

Read an excerpt from Project Censored 2009.

Conversations Across the Divide
Inuit in Nunavut, Canada, photo by John Hasyn

We Are Hard-Wired to Care and Connect
David Korten says it's good news: The changes we must make to avoid ultimate collapse are identical to the changes we must make to create the world of our common dream.
Sheppard family photo Why My Dad’s Going Green
Kate Sheppard recounts how she found common ground with her father, a conservative farmer.
Immigrant discussion group, photo by Dinah Chung Immigrants & American-Born
Hundreds gathered across the U.S. to grapple with the human side of immigration.
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LGBT youth take a road trip to conservative Christian campuses. See the photo essay
Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, photo by Susan Megy Churches & Social Justice
Christian conservatives put aside hot-button issues to focus on poverty, global warming, and peace.
The Food Crisis: How to Solve It
Sarah Miles
Welcoming Strangers to the Table
Feeding the hungry. This simple act turned out to be both revolutionary and controversial for Sara Miles, a lesbian who had just converted to Christianity.

BIG PICTURE: Raj Patel Suggests a Grassroots Fix For the Food Crisis
Tell Us What You Think :: The Secret to Happiness
A man relaxing. Christiania, Denmark. Photo by Birgit Carlsson
The Winter 2009 issue of YES! Magazine asks what is real happiness and what does it take to find it.

If, as we've been told in the U.S., happiness is all about getting material things, why are Americans so unhappy? Why do global surveys show the highest levels of happiness in some of the poorest countries in the world?

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What are you most grateful for in your life?

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Live From Main Street
Live From Main Street logo In this week's virtual town hall series, Laura Flanders talks to activists in Ohio on how to Protect the Vote.
Stay tuned for the upcoming Seattle event: Women on Real National Security.
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The Inuit of Nunavut
What does a close connection between youth and elders look like?

Inuit elder teaching traditional parka making to youth, photo by John Hasyn

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In a Lower Manhattan apartment, one of the greatest living musicians and activists sat down with one of the country's newest great leaders …

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