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Compost Toilets and Self-Rule
by Madhu Suri Prakash
The ecological toilet is one of today's most hope-filled expressions of people's power. How composting toilets help us take back our power and autonomy.
Being the Change: In Gandhi's Footsteps
by Manish Jain
Manish Jain talks about how he is trying to learn how to live his values today rather than waiting for the system to change. How can we find the courage to walk out of institutions and structures that reinforce violence, injustice and exploitation.
Building Autonomy, One Co-op at a Time
by Michael Fox
Over 20,000 member families live in cooperatively owned housing in Uruguay. The co-ops are not just housing members, but also involving them in social politics, management and organization. And they are working to spread the concept across the Americas.
Dutch Traffic Calming
by Jay Walljasper
Traffic calming began in the Netherlands with people putting furniture in the streets and has spread from there. An excerpt from "The Great Neighborhood Book: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Placemaking"
A Taste of Freedom at Home
by Adam & Kibby MacKinnon
Living their values in a community in Seattle, Adam and Kibby MacKinnon describe how Emma Goldman Finishing School provides a new kind of freedom.
It Took a Village
by Heather Mueller
In Miami, homeless citizens didn’t wait for the city. They created their own home and found dignity and safety.
MySpace Music Revolution
by Glenn Peoples
Everyone from aspiring hopefuls to superstars uses MySpace pages to connect with fans. It is becoming a technological equalizer.
Don't Fall in Love with the Guitarist. Be the Guitarist!
by Lisa Bolyos
All over the world, ladiezzz are celebrating, holding workshops and making music around the vague issue of being queer—by their own definitions.
Can We Talk?
by Vicki Robin
Conversation Cafés are there to create a space for diverse strangers and neighbors to gather and talk about things of common interest and concern—culture, politics, philosophy and more.
Hot for Burning Man
by Charles Shaw
From the far-flung parts of the globe, Burners come to give expression to possibilities for the human race in unregulated space.
Zen, Busking and Anarchy
by Parke Burgess
Playing music on the street resonates mightily with the subversive tone of Zen anarchism. It calls us to feel what we feel, to express what we are, and to be real.
Reclaiming Our Freedom to Learn
by Gustavo Esteva
Creating alternatives to traditional schools, in Oaxaca they created their own university, "unitierra", where students learn whatever they want to learn, where students are their communities, and learn by apprenticeship.
The Fine Art of Raising a Ruckus
by Jen Angel
Clowns and puppets, theater and drumbeats—street spectacle carves out space for experiencing a new world.
Live Free—Do It Yourself
by Sarah van Gelder, Doug Pibel
The consumer life carries invisible chains. Let's make spaces where we can be free. Step off the path. Free of debt, free of consumerism, moving into community and joy.
Taking Freedom to the Streets
by Sarah van Gelder
By liberating exterior spaces, people are also freeing their minds and hearts and opening up the potential of human society for greatness. Sarah van Gelder introduces the "Liberate Your Space" Winter 2008 issue of YES!