People Power

Community-Owned Energy: How Nebraska Became the Only State to Bring Everyone Power From a Public Grid
by Thomas M. Hanna
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.
Forget Venture Capitalists—This Scrappy Composting Co-Op Found Another Way to Get Startup Money
by Laura Flanders
The banking system makes it tough for local businesses to get their hands on startup money. But creative entrepreneurs are finding solutions.
Anti-Austerity Party Sweeps Greek Elections—What US Progressives Can Learn
by Kate Aronoff
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.
Six Ways the US Is Building a People-Powered Economy
by Sarah van Gelder
Alternative business models such as worker-owned cooperatives are gaining ground, proving that a more just and sustainable future is possible.
Welcome to the New YES! Website
by Rod Arakaki
We’ve redesigned our site to be mobile-friendly and more enjoyable to read with you, our loyal readers, in mind.
“Selma”: A Beautifully Shot Film Shows How Change Really Happens
by Kate Aronoff
Neither a “great man” history of Martin Luther King Jr., nor a tale of forgotten underdogs, Selma is about skilled activists building a movement.
A Baltimore Public School Teacher Explains Why It Pays to Put Kids in Control
by Andy Lee Roth
What do Shakespeare’s plays tell us about how to run classrooms in an unequal society?
How to Hack City Money: Let 16 Year Olds Vote on Budgets, Get Banks to Invest Locally
by Shannan Stoll
In California and Ohio, two city governments are entrusting their citizens with budgeting and rewarding banks for valuing local communities.
Vermonters Lobby for Public Bank—And Win Millions for Local Investment Instead
by Alexis Goldstein
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.
Laid-Off Baltimore Workers Beat Disney in Court—And Ask All the Right Questions About Urban Development
by Christina Arrison
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.
Owning Together Is the New Sharing
by Nathan Schneider
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.
How a Low-Tech Seed Bank in Greece Preserves Thousands of Heritage Crops
by Jeffrey Andreoni
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.
10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)
by Sarah van Gelder
Let’s be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.
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."
12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014
by Lindsey Weedston
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.