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  Powerful Ideas, Practical Actions         September 2010 


The Resilient Communities Issue

Dear Reader,

I sit behind my cabin and look up at sun filtering through the massive cedar trees and hear the same wind rustling the tree needles as has been heard for thousands of years. I have food to eat, a place to lay my head, and my family is safe. But I know many others are not so lucky, and not a day goes by when I’m not aware of the crises we all confront as natural and social systems fall apart.

I’ll confess that while YES! and others have warned about the crises for years, I didn’t think they would converge so soon. So what are we to do?

This issue of YES! shows how people are creating more resilient ways of life in the face of uncertain times—turning to each other for the security they don’t find in the business-as-usual world.

We too can ground ourselves in the hands-on work of growing food, becoming energy efficient, and fostering relationships of respect and appreciation. We don’t have to wait for an election or a petition to sign. We can just get on with the community work that will allow us to live better … together.

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

Wishing you all the best,
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Sarah van Gelder
Executive Editor, YES! Magazine

Ready for Anything: Build Resilience Now For Hard Times Ahead, the cover of the Fall 2010 issue of YES! Magazine
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  Highlights from the New Issue of YES! Magazine…  
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Crash Course in Resilience? Sarah van Gelder's article in the Resilient Communities issue of YES Crash Course in Resilience
With the economy still shaking and peak oil and climate change on the horizon, it’s hard to plan for the future. Here’s a no-regrets strategy for building resilience into your life. spacer

:: JUST THE FACTS: WHY RESILIENCE MATTERS
Why build resilience now? Because here’s what we can’t rely on …
spacer Reskilling Expo sign. Photo courtesy TransitionUS.org In U.S. Transition Towns, the Big Challenge is Bringing People Together
When it comes to local resilience, it takes all kinds: Building bridges for a post-oil America.

Skill Up and Party Too
Transition Towns make plans for an oil-poor future—and have a blast doing it.
Transition conference in Devon, UK. Photo by Mike Grenville
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  Signs of Hope …  
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Cover of the new book Censored 2011, a report by Project Censored :: The top underreported stories of hope & change
YES! Magazine Project Censored Awards, 2009-2010

Standard journalism comes through a filter: one that says “real news” is disaster, scandal, tragedy, and war. And even then we don't get the full story. As a YES! reader, you already know there's other news: stories of people building a better world.

Project Censored has worked for years to uncover the most significant, underreported news stories of the year. In 2008, they began offering a new feature: a chapter of the top underreported stories of hope and creative change. In their latest installment, Censored 2011, stories of powerful ideas and practical actions from YES! Magazine once again make up the majority of the chapter.

READ THE STORIES CHOSEN FOR CENSORED 2011
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  Going (Hyper)Local …  
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Vicki Robin My 10-Mile Diet

When Tricia Beckner asked me to only eat for a month what she can produce on her small CSA farm, just to see what would happen, I was game. We’ve widened the circle a little to include food produced within 10 miles of my home on Whidbey Island, with exceptions made for 4 essentials: oil, salt (+5 other spices), caffeine, and lemons.
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:: FOLLOW VICKI ROBIN ON HER MONTH OF
   HYPERLOCAL EATING

Granville Public Market. Photo by Evan Leeson. flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/3077048704
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  What’s New Online…  
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Ithaca Freeskool, image by Shira Golding spacer The Income Tax square on a Monopoly board. Photo by Alan Cleaver. flickr.com/photos/ alancleave spacer Raffi and friends. Photo courtesy Childhonouring.org spacer Canned fruit. Photo by Wade Courtney. flickr.com/photos/ elpicos
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DIY Education: How to Start a Freeskool
Who defines what schools are or what they teach? Why not you?

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Why one wealthy American wants the Bush tax cuts to expire and the estate tax to be reinstated.

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A movement to put children’s rights at the center of our collective decisions is taking hold.

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We’re facing a very different world than the one we knew. Here’s what people are doing to prepare …

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  YES! Monthly Cartoon Caption  
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New YES! Cartoon Write a caption for this month’s YES! cartoon. Winning entries will be posted online, and the funniest will be printed in YES!

YES! Mac Doctor Cartoon

Enter the competition.

“I think, therefore I’m stumped.”
The best captions for this cartoon.

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  Did you miss…  
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YES! Email Newsletter archive Highlights from recent newsletters:

:: Building Your Own Home … Together  
No fortune? No skills? No problem. How a novice builder used mud—and teamwork—to make a house from scratch.


:: 10 Common Sense Principles for a New Economy
David Korten: “It’s time we the people declare our independence from the money-favoring Wall Street economy.”

:: My Tiny, Free House  
Michael Janzen had a big house and a big mortgage. Then the financial crisis hit, and he wondered just how small, and how cheap, a house could be.

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Photo by Hirni Pathak “Emerging at the other end, we will not be the same as we were; we will have become more humble, more connected to the natural world, fitter, leaner, more skilled and, ultimately, wiser.”
—Rob Hopkins, Originator of the Transition Town movement
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  Web Picks  
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Music Music picks for Fall MUSIC

YES! Music for Fall
Musical inspiration while putting out this issue: listen to tracks from Preservation, Earth Amplified, and Leonard Cohen’s Live in London.

Photo PHOTO ESSAYS

Rebar's PARKcycle—a human-powered, moving park
Happy Park(ing) Day
What does it take to turn parking spaces into lively public parks? Not much, it turns out.

Browne Molyneux, Journalist and Randall Flemming, Graphic Designer, two of the Los Angelenos living car-free
Without a Car in the World
Los Angelenos tell stories of living car-free in the city.

Video Image from Janine Beyrus' TED talk on Biomimicry VIDEO

Biomimicry in Action
If nature can orchestrate something as beautiful as spring every year, perhaps it is time to look to the natural world to answer some of our own design questions.

Image from the video Score!
Score and Swap, For Free!
One person’s trash really is another person’s treasure. At the inaugural swap organized by Score!, over 1,300 people attended to “score” new items and donate to a selected charity.

Film Poster for the film Black Wave FILM

Black Wave
A twenty-year fight between a small Alaska town and one of the largest oil companies shows the resilience of communities.
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