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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         November 2010 


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Billy Bragg, photographed by Betty Udesen for YES! Magazine
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Billy Bragg. Photo by Betty Udesen for YES! Magazine
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THE YES! INTERVIEW:

Rocking the Cynical World

In the mid-1990s, when Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s daughter, was looking for someone to set some of her father’s unpublished lyrics to music, she passed over the obvious choices—such as Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, or Woody’s old traveling companion, Pete Seeger …
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She turned instead to British icon Billy Bragg, whose song-writing and activism are as relevant to today’s predicaments—soaring economic inequality, Tea Parties, Glenn Beck, and racism—as Guthrie’s were to the Great Depression.

On a damp Seattle Saturday in September, a YES! photographer and I met him at a coffee shop. He was milder and more personable than I had expected, smiling at us as if we were old friends. I asked him to explain how a singer can help change an election, reach millions of young people, and use music to fight the fear and cynicism that is undermining the democratic process in both of our countries.   READ ON …

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Madeline Ostrander
Senior Editor, YES! Magazine



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Holding up a $10 bill in front of the U.S. Treasury. Photo by Ryan MacFarland. www.zieak.com Fran Korten 7 Ways to Transform Banking
by Fran Korten

Are you as outraged as I am by Wall Street bankers with their fat bonuses, shoddy mortgages, and financial shenanigans? With the gridlock in Washington, I wanted to know what “we the people” can do to turn our fury into constructive action.

Here are seven things I’ve learned that we can each do to build a resilient financial system that will serve real people in real communities.   MORE …


Tell us what you’ve done and add your own ideas in the comment section for this article.
 
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MORE ON THE NEW ECONOMY:
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Photo of a Berkshare courtesy of Jason Houston. All rights reserved.
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A Day in the Life of a BerkShare
by Bill McKibben
What’s it really like to deal in regional currency?
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by Ellen Brown
By understanding that money is simply credit, we unleash it as a powerful tool for our communities.
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by David Korten
“Neither of our two major parties has a credible vision for our economic future. And that’s why this is a moment of opportunity.”
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  NEW Photo Essays …  
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A pond near a homestead on Dancing Rabbit's neighboring spin-off, Red Earth Farms, serves as an AC alternative in the muggy summers. Photo by DeSha Metschke Reaching for Resilience
10 ways that one rural ecovillage is building strong foundations for coming times. spacer

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See how Brian Liloia turned a mixture of straw, clay, and sand into a uniquely cozy place to live …
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Who knew that reasonableness could be so entertaining? Sure, Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were there, but the clever (and moderate) signs were the best part of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear.
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After the Campaign Cash, the Backlash
The 2010 midterm elections—the first since Citizens United opened the floodgates to corporate cash—were the most expensive in history. What happens next?

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A system of bicycle routes to connect the nation? It’s happening.

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Pam’s next step for personal resilience: bringing a wild beehive home.

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Without the support of others, we get drained, we burn out, we sit out elections, or we vote our fears. With it, we can make real change.

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