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People Power

Musicians From Egypt to Rwanda Are Blending Musical Traditions and Building Unity to Protect the Nile River Basin

The Nile Project is made up of musicians from different countries, musical genres, and traditions. Their purpose? To promote cooperation and cultural understanding as the diverse peoples of the Nile face threats from water scarcity and climate change.

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People Power

What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek

Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.

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Happiness

A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now

For decades, we've been taught that economic growth and buying more stuff will make us happy—while trashing the planet. The good news is, there’s a better kind of happy: It starts with meaningful work, loving relationships, and a thriving natural world.

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Happiness

Sharing Music Builds Trust, Empathy, and Cooperation—Here Are Four Ways Science Proves It

There is something about listening to music, or playing it with other people, that makes you feel connected to those around you. Even science says so.

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Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year

After 30 years, the practice of paying every resident—including children—at least $1,000 has made Alaska one of the least unequal states in America. Here's what the rest of us can learn.

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Happiness

Young Adults Love Walking, Biking, and Buses—11 Reasons That’s Good For Everyone

Buses, trains, bikes, and walking represent more than an efficient means of getting from one place to another. They move us toward a brighter future because of the many social and economic benefits they foster.

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Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid

In this red state, publicly owned utilities provide electricity to all 1.8 million people. Here's how Nebraska took its energy out of corporate hands and made it affordable for everyday residents.

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These Gorgeous Photographs Show Indigenous Americans Without the Stereotypes

Three years ago, Matika Wilbur set out on an ambitious undertaking: a vast road trip across America to photograph members of all 562 of America’s federally-recognized tribes.

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Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money

The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.

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People Power

Anti-Austerity Party Sweeps Greek Elections—What US Progressives Can Learn

There are plenty of lessons to be taken from Syriza’s victory and the rise to power of Spain's Podemos party, but striving to speak to people rather than politics might be chief among them.

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Peace and Justice

Radical Farmers Use Fresh Food to Fight Racial Injustice and the New Jim Crow

If we are to create a society that values black life, we cannot ignore the role of food and land.

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How One Boston Neighborhood Stopped Gentrification in Its Tracks

Community land trusts create housing that is permanently affordable. And they also help new city farmers get land.

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New Economy

Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy

Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.

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Welcome to the New YES! Website

We’ve redesigned our site to be mobile-friendly and more enjoyable to read with you, our loyal readers, in mind.

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People Power

“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens

Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.

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How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally

In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.

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In 10 Years, No One In Helsinki Will Even Want to Own a Car: 3 Simple Ideas That Are Making Cities Sustainable

An app that combines the affordability of ride sharing with the reliability of taxis. Playgrounds built as sponges for reusable greywater. From Finland to California, the cities of the future are here.

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Happiness

Video: A Letter from Your 14-Year-Old Self

Bruce Farrer has been assigning a special project to his students: a 10-page letter handwritten to themselves, which he mails back 20 years later.

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People Power

400,000 Harry Potter Fans—and J.K. Rowling—Just Won a Deal to Get Child Labor Out of Chocolate

Harry Potter stood up for his world's most vulnerable people. Now, legions of real-world kids are too—by demanding Fair Trade certification for products sold in their hero's name.

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This Rust-Belt Town’s Survival Strategy Is All About Giving Workers Control

Reading is one of Pennsylvania’s poorest cities. Can its residents turn things around by building a more democratic economy?

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Spring 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Learning that Matters

Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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Peace and Justice

How #FergusonSyllabus Helps Teachers Discuss Police, Racism, and History

“Teachers are better prepared because #FergusonSyllabus created a space for exchange among educators about best practices and materials for illustrating the best and worst of our democracy.”

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Happiness

Can Empathy for Birds Make Us Happier? Ten Breakthroughs in the Science of a Meaningful Life

Last year, scientists found that gratitude makes us financially smarter, mindfulness reduces racism, a little sadness makes for healthier people, and compassion for birds could help tackle climate change.

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Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead

Advocates didn’t get the public bank they wanted. But the compromise they reached in the end was still a rare and significant win over Wall Street banks.

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LA Imports Nearly 85 Percent of Its Water—Can It Change That by Gathering Rain?

The urban drainage-ways of Los Angeles can never quite look like wild creeks, but restoring some of their capacity to store, slow, and filter water fixes many problems at once.

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Infographic: Transportation for the New Generation

Walk! Bike! Ride the bus! Check out this infographic to learn how young people are leading the way in replacing driving with alternative transportation. Don’t be fooled— it’s not just because they want to save the planet.

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The Knotted Line

Get your students ready for an imaginative ride through history. The Knotted Line uses interactive media and over 50 paintings—representing historic and future events from 1495 to 2025—to explore the relationship between freedom and incarceration in America.

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Visual Learning: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

This Visual Learning Lesson uses an intriguing photo to get your students thinking about the tensions between wilderness and industry, and the importance of being a conscious consumer.

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Practicing Awareness: A Living Memorial to Four Slain Kent State Students

In the spring of 2013, Kent State Professor Karen Cunningham used the YES! Magazine article "What Can Change When We Learn to See Each Other," to challenge students to practice empathy and compassion in their everyday lives, and then write about their experiences. The results, for both Professor Cunningham and her students, were life-changing. This is Karen’s story.

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Happiness

How “Granny Flats” and Suburban Downtowns Are Creating a Different (and Better) Kind of Density

Density has become a dirty word in some circles because people associate it with big, ugly buildings. Luckily, there are other ways to get people living close together.

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New Economy

Owning Together Is the New Sharing

Companies and startups are aspiring toward an economy, and an Internet, that is more fully ours with the use of cooperatives, "commons-based peer production," and cryptocurrencies.

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Planet

How a Low-Tech Seed Bank in Greece Preserves Thousands of Heritage Crops

Members of the Greek seed bank Peliti say that keeping their wares in production—instead of in refrigerators—improves the health of the plants they’re working to save.

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People Power

10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)

Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.

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Peace and Justice

Restorative Justice at Work: How This Indigenous Wood Carver Is Finding Peace After a Seattle Officer Killed His Brother

Rick Williams asked for calm when protesters demanded justice for his brother, who was shot and killed by a Seattle police officer. But he realizes that "the only way you can help change the system is show them you are a human being."

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