Can We Learn About Empathy From Torturing Robots? This MIT Researcher Is Giving It a Try
by Nur LaljiJul 14, 2015
- Should we treat robots sort of like animals, or strictly as tools? Researcher Kate Darling says the time has come to take these questions seriously.
Watch Jon Stewart’s Moving Comments on Charleston Shooting and Racism in America
by Liz PleasantJun 24, 2015
- For once, Stewart had no jokes to offer.
“Mad Max: Fury Road” Is a Resource-Conscious Blockbuster for Our Time
by Kate AronoffMay 22, 2015
- Who ruined Mad Max’s world? The new film isn't afraid to lay blame — and suggest a way forward.
Job Opening: YES! Reporting Fellow
May 07, 2015
- This position is ideal for journalists from underrepresented communities who are somewhat obsessed with things like worker-owned cooperatives, community banking, and land trusts—and how clever people are using them to build a world that works for everybody
Climate Scientists Are for Real—Video Project Shows They’re Parents, Neighbors, Just Like You
by A.C. ShiltonMar 25, 2015
- The project offers climate scientists a chance to speak to the public for themselves.
Welcome to the New YES! Website
by Rod ArakakiJan 23, 2015
- We’ve redesigned our site to be mobile-friendly and more enjoyable to read with you, our loyal readers, in mind.
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
by Lindsey WeedstonDec 19, 2014
- Slacktivism? Not so much. From #BlackLivesMatter to #BringBackOurGirls, this year's best hashtags around issues of social justice brought fresh voices into some of our most important conversations.
Why You Need to Know About a Gross Thing Called #GamerGate—And the Women Who Fight It
by Christopher Zumski FinkeOct 22, 2014
- We can learn a lot about the future of culture wars from a “movement” of video game players angry about efforts to make gaming more welcoming for women.
See How the National Park Service Rocks Instagram
by Mary HansenSep 16, 2014
- There’s no better way to celebrate America’s public lands than to visit them. But these Instagram accounts are a nice substitute for times when you can’t.
Today's Movement for Racial Justice Has Found Its Graphic Designer (And Her Name Is Sandra Khalifa)
by Joe SolomonSep 08, 2014
- In this Q and A, the talented Khalifa talks about how she became interested in issues of racial justice, her work with the Dream Defenders, and the power of social media.
The Antidote to Mansplaining: Rebecca Solnit on Everyday Sexism and What We Can Do About It
by Valerie SchloredtSep 03, 2014
- Useful as it may be as journalistic shorthand, “mansplaining” is cultural bubblegum in comparison to Solnit’s actual body of work.
6 Ways to Bring More Empathy to the Internet
by Liz Pleasant, Jim McGowanSep 02, 2014
- We asked psychologists, user experience designers, and writers what web users could to do to promote more empathic interaction in online places. Here's what they said.
Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media
by Alexis GoldsteinAug 15, 2014
- Other tweets from Palestinians pointed out parallels in racial injustice between the two situations.
A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists
by Molly RuskAug 06, 2014
- StreetToolbox offers new tools for the political communicator—from a remote controlled car that writes messages in colored sand to a kit that turns your bike into a mobile printing press.
To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State
by Kali SwensonJul 31, 2014
- The campaign has collected 700 hand-knitted bricks to dump on the Supreme Court steps to protest its infamous decision.