People Power

PEOPLE POWER

How “we the people” decide what we want, and how we get it.

A Poor Man’s IPO? These Working-Class Bostonians Built a Composting Co-Op With Local Investment
It’s not easy to fund a startup if you don’t have rich friends or deep pockets, but the worker-owners of CERO Cooperative Inc. are figuring out how to do it anyway.
Jan 28, 2015
Six Ways the U.S. 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.
Jan 27, 2015
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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.
Jan 23, 2015
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“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.
Jan 17, 2015
Hopscotch. By D. Sharon Pruitt / Flickr.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
Jan 16, 2015
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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.
Jan 16, 2015
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.
Jan 07, 2015
Emanuel McCray photo courtesy of United Workers
Laid-Off Baltimore Workers Beat Disney in Court—And Ask All the Right Questions About Urban Development
By some estimates, the city of Baltimore has sunk more than $1.5 billion into its Inner Harbor. Workers and residents want their share too.
Jan 06, 2015
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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.
Dec 30, 2014
Seeds photo by Prensa 420 / Flickr.
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.
Dec 29, 2014
Black Lives Matter Boy photo by Sarah-Ji
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.
Dec 29, 2014
Creeped Out by "Baby, It's Cold Outside"? Try This Feminist Version
In the original song, she wants to go home, he says no, and then he spikes her drink. Blogger Dara Laine replaces the uncomfortable Christmas refrain with the female-friendly "Baby, It's Consent Inside."
Dec 24, 2014
Hashtags in protest by Luen Thompson
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 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.
Dec 19, 2014
COP20 in Lima, Peru. Photo by Presidencia Perú.
UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up
Negotiators have stopped trying to win a binding international agreement on carbon emissions. Now it’s up to the people to push our governments to action.
Dec 11, 2014
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The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity
Democratic ownership, localized food production, and a shift to renewables are key principles in this growing movement to re-envision our economy.
Dec 10, 2014