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Letting Go of Worry

What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?

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About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine

Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.

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Digital Empathy

What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?

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Restorative Justice

Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?

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Support for Veterans

Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?

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Simple Living

If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?

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Genetically Modified Food

Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?

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Seeing the Unseen

What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?

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Your Dream House

If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?

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Eating Together

Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?

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The Ethics of Hunting

Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?

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Bridging Differences

How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?

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Your Unique Gifts

We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?

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Deep in the Amazon, a Tiny Tribe Is Beating Big Oil

The people of Sarayaku are a leading force in 21st century indigenous resistance, engaging the western world politically, legally, and philosophically.

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Peace and Justice

Portugal Cut Addiction Rates in Half by Connecting Drug Users With Communities Instead of Jailing Them

Fifteen years ago, the Portuguese had one of the worst drug problems in Europe. So they decriminalized drugs, took money out of prisons, put it into holistic rehabilitation, and found that human connection is the antidote to addiction.

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What Does It Take to Start a Worker Co-Op? A Practical Video Guide to Democratizing Our Economy

A new film asks whether practicing workplace democracy would be easier if our media gave us as many visions of collaboration as they do of competition?

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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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