Why I Give
Katherine Macomber Millman of Port Townsend, Washington
What kind of work and/or volunteering do you do?
I’ve been doing body-centered healing work since 1986, after focusing for over 10 years in social activist and collectivist work around domestic violence and sexual assault. I moved into bodywork because that’s where violence is experienced. I create safe spaces to help people step into their own centers, listen to the wisdom of their bodies, and live into their fullest selves. I believe that as we awaken to our own embodied sense of place and purpose and possibilities, we become part of the great collective improvisation, birthing a new and better world.
How did you come to YES!?
I saw the magazine and thought, “‘Yes’ is one of my favorite words! I have to read it!” Right away, I loved it because it was about real people doing real things, showing what’s possible. We talk about how we’d like the world to be, but YES! takes the possibilities and brings them down to Earth. It says, “These things are really happening in these places.” We desperately need that voice to ground where we’re trying to go and give us something to focus on beyond the negative, cynical cacophony that’s out there.
Why do you feel the work of YES! is important?
I feel like YES! is a beacon or a North Star. When you see that people are doing things that are making the world better, you understand that those things are possible. YES! is a glimpse into the future as much as it’s showing what’s happening in the present. It says, “This is what we mean when we say we want a more just, beautiful, kind, and fun world,” and it shows us how we can get there.
How does YES! support your values and your work to build a better world?
Well, I can’t do everything. There are too many issues that need addressing! But I believe we’re each wired for doing certain things. When I look at YES!, I see other people bringing their gifts to other issue areas, and I can rest in the knowledge that we’re each doing what we’re meant to do—and the whole big organism of us gets to thrive.
Why do you support YES! at this level?
Getting this information into people’s hands is such a beautiful way to support the emerging collective culture—and I’m all for that!