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For two years, we have posted thousands of articles available exclusively online and from our flagship print publication, YES! Magazine, telling the extraordinary stories of the people, movements, and communities that are making the world a better place—despite (and often in response to) the challenges of our time.

Our online team has selected the 20 top articles to share with you for this year-end newsletter. We chose articles based on popularity and how they address important issues and cover the major events of the year 2011. I encourage you to scroll through this compilation as you reflect upon the year.

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The 12 Most Hopeful Trends to Build On in 2012

Sarah van Gelder   |   Dec 30, 2011

2011 was full of surprises, many of them the good kind. But which ones will matter in the coming year? Here’s our pick of trends to watch.   MORE »
Fireworks, photo by bayasaa


Photo by TckTckTck After Durban: Climate Activists Target Corporate Power

Madeline Ostrander   |   Dec 13, 2011

After another disappointing round of UN negotiations, climate justice activists have a new strategy.   MORE »

Lessons from a Surprise Bike Town

Jay Walljasper   |   Sep 28, 2011

How snowy Minneapolis beat out Portland for the title of best bike city in America.   MORE »

Photo by Cynr The People v. the Pipeline: Time to Join In

Wendell Berry, Bill McKibben, Danny Glover, Maude Barlow, Tom Goldtooth, James Hansen, Wes Jackson, Naomi Klein, George Poitras, David Suzuki, Gus Speth   |   Jun 22, 2011

How you can get involved in the one of the most important climate struggles happening in North America.   MORE »

Tim DeChristopher, photo by Daphne Hougard More Powerful Than We Know: Interview with Tim DeChristopher

Brooke Jarvis   |   Feb 25, 2011

Facing jail time for civil disobedience, Tim DeChristopher on why “we have more than enough power” to stop the fossil fuel industry.   MORE »


Photo by HollyWata L.A. and Occupy L.A. Agree: It’s Time to End Corporate Personhood

Brooke Jarvis   |   Dec 06, 2011

What’s the issue that unites the occupiers and the city they’re occupying? Getting corporate money out of politics.   MORE »

Occupy Together photo by Brett Casper This Changes Everything: How the 99% Woke Up

Sarah van Gelder   |   Nov 18, 2011

Introducing the movement that’s shifting our vision of what kind of world is possible—from the new book, “This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.”   MORE »

World map graphic by Michelle Ney 10 Everyday Acts of Resistance That Changed the World

Steve Crawshaw, John Jackson   |   Apr 01, 2011

Václav Havel called it “the power of the powerless.” How regular people, from Denmark to Liberia, have stood up to power—and won.   MORE »

'Filling the Rotunda.' Protest in Madison over Budget repair bill. Photo by Peter Gorman. Wisconsin: The First Stop in An American Uprising?

Sarah van Gelder   |   Feb 18, 2011

It took a while, but Wisconsin shows that the poor and middle class of the U.S. may be ready to push back. Madison may be only the beginning.   MORE »


Coffee Strong photo by Paul Dunn Military Resistance a Strong Brew

Dean Paton   |   Nov 11, 2011

Near the gates of Fort Lewis, anti-war veterans serve up support and solidarity (along with double-tall lattes) to their friends in uniform.   MORE »

Fatou Batta photo courtesy of Groundswell International Women Farmers Feed the World

Christa Hillstrom   |   Oct 22, 2011

In West Africa, women’s resistance to the new Green Revolution shows that the question of agricultural sustainability is also a question of equality.   MORE »

Photo courtesy of Martina Davis-Correia The Locked Gate: Standing Up for My Brother, Troy Davis, on Death Row

Martina Davis-Correia, as told to Jen Marlowe   |   May 10, 2011

My brother and I don’t always agree, but I defend his innocence, and I’ll never walk out on him again.   MORE »

Photo by Andrew Bossi I’m Looking for Justice, Not Vengeance

Brooke Jarvis   |   May 03, 2011

A 9/11 widow on working for peace when the world expects you to want revenge.   MORE »


Toilet Paper Preparedness vs. True Resilience

Shannon Hayes   |   Nov 02, 2011

What I learned from the hurricane: Real emergency preparedness has more to do with community than canned goods.   MORE »

Piggyback photo by Chris Suspect Less Work, More Living

Juliet Schor   |   Sep 02, 2011

Working fewer hours could save our economy, save our sanity, and help save our planet.   MORE »

'Work is a core class intersection in American life.' Photo by Laura The Moral Underground: How Ordinary Americans Subvert an Unfair Economy

Lisa Dodson   |   Mar 18, 2011

All around you are everyday heroes who refuse to be complicit in the economic mistreatment of other people.   MORE »

Horses nuzzle together. Photo iStock. The Emotional Lives of Animals

Marc Bekoff   |   Mar 02, 2011

Grief, friendship, gratitude, wonder, and other things we animals experience.   MORE »


Piggy Bank photo by Alan Cleaver Bank Transfer Day: A Guide to Closing Your Account

Oct 25, 2011

To protest the behavior of big banks, thousands pledged to switch to small credit unions on November 5. It’s not too late to join them by following these steps.    MORE »

Corbyn Hightower photo by Lane Hartwell Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?

Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel   |   Sep 07, 2011

Corporations aren’t hiring, and Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.   MORE »

North Dakota’s Economic “Miracle”—It’s Not Oil

Ellen Brown   |   Aug 31, 2011

North Dakota has had the nation’s lowest unemployment ever since the economy tanked. What’s its secret?   MORE »

Photo by Beverly & Pack How to Liberate America

David Korten   |   Jul 19, 2011

How is it that our nation is awash in money, but too broke to provide jobs and services? David Korten introduces a landmark new report, “How to Liberate America from Wall Street Rule.”   MORE »

#60: See who they chose.

Find out where the Occupy movement came from in the words of the people who were there, what issues it’s bringing to public attention, and how you can support it. Buy your copies of This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement.

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