People Power

When the Grandmothers Awoke
by Jennifer Browdy
Becoming a global family, one that unites ancient indigenous wisdom with other faith and cultural traditions, is essential if humanity is to overcome the crises of climate change.
From Warrior Cops to Community Police: A Former Chief on How We Can Turn Back the Tide of Militarization
by Norm Stamper
Police in America belong to the people—not the other way around. Former Seattle police Chief Norm Stamper on how we can turn militarized cops into neighborhood-oriented officers, responsive to community needs.
Is the Maker Movement About Hacking Society—Or Just Hardware?
by Kayla Schultz
At feminist hackerspaces, members are less interested in digital trespassing than in developing a safe community for experimenting, creating, and collaborating.
Will the Elder Boom Spur a Caring Revolution? Ai-jen Poo’s Inspiring Vision
by Wendy Lustbader
We need to shift the stories we tell ourselves about the value of elders, the care they need, and later life itself.
What a Real-Life Rosie the Riveter Taught This Feminist Geek
by Lindsey Weedston
Before meeting Geraldine, I’d assumed that most of the women from the 1940s were unaware of how capable they were. I was wrong.
A Brief History of Happiness: How America Lost Track of the Good Life—and Where to Find It Now
by Sarah van Gelder
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.
Sharing Music Builds Trust, Empathy, and Cooperation—Here Are Four Ways Science Proves It
by Jill Suttie
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.
Alaska Bolstered Its Economy and Curbed Inequality—By Paying Everyone Thousands in Oil Dividends Every Year
by Peter Barnes
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.
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?