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Inside Our Fall Issue

New Livelihoods
YES! Magazine Issue 59 Fall 2011

When we decided to do this issue in early 2011, the jobs crisis had slipped off the political radar. We decided to focus on jobs and livelihoods anyway, because it was clear that to ordinary Americans, jobs and the economy are the issues they most worry about. This issue shows that we can build strong local economies that can sustain us, even in an era of ecological limits. And it shows how we can support each other in challenging times and begin to build a more just and sustainable American Dream.

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New Visions

Solving today's big problems will take more than a quick fix. These authors offer clarity about the roots of our problems and visions of a better way.

59TOC Lead

Who's Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?

Corporations aren’t hiring (at least not at home). And Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.

PLUS: Lies, Damned Lies, and Economics

VIDEO: Creating Jobs in the New Normal: Sarah van Gelder talks about the new issue on Free Speech TV

59TOC Quote Page

59TOC Van Jones

Want Jobs? Rebuild the Dream

Van Jones is leading a national mobilization to rebuild the middle class—through decent work, fair taxes, and opportunities for all.

PLUS VIDEO: The American Dream, Reloaded


How to Build a People's Movement

Now's the time to challenge economic orthodoxy—but only a massive social movement can turn things around.

Quote Page: Deepak Bhargava


World and Community

New models that foster justice and real prosperity, and sustain the Earth's living systems. How can we bring these models to life and put them to work?

59TOC Chang

Best Job in the Neighborhood—and They Own It

Solar power, a laundry, a newspaper and a greenhouse—Cleveland worker co-ops bring living-wage jobs to the Rust Belt.

PLUS VIDEO:  Why the Evergreen Cooperatives work.

59TOC 7 solutions

7 Smart Solutions

Free Geek computers, Citizen Space, Fab Labs, Freelancers Union are among innovations that support local jobs.

59TOC Ostrander

Green Jobs Calling

The citizens of two cities are finding the customers, finances, and skills to put together green jobs.

59TOC Mitchell

State Banks Bring the Money Home

Big banks freeze out small business, but North Dakota’s state bank supports local jobs. The idea is catching on. 

PLUS VIDEO: Free Speech TV talks to Stacy Mitchell about what we can do about the jobs crisis.

The Power of One

Stories of people who find their courage, open their hearts, and discover what it means to be human in today's world.

59TOC Harris

Graduates Get a Crash Course in Sharing

New graduates improvise when expected careers don’t pan out.

Work Less, Live More

Share the work, reduce your eco-footprint, and reclaim your time.

PLUS: More articles on how to take back your time—and share it, too.

59TOC Freedman

Elders a (Labor) Force for Social Change

Boomers will bring experience and savvy to encore careers with purpose.

by Marc Freedman


Water fountain piggyback photo by CSuspect

Breaking Open

Humor, storytelling, and the arts—taking you into unexpected spaces where business-as-usual breaks open into new possibilities.

59TOC Trimarco

Painting the Town Prosperous

Share the work, reduce your eco-footprint, and reclaim your time.

PLUS VIDEO: How art healed and united Philadelphia communities.

DIY Jobs

  • Meat Plant Goes Veggie

  • Living Wages Plus Benefits

  • Pedaling Soup—Sustainably

  • Urban Farmers for Hire

  • Re-fashioning Clothing

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5 Steps to Redefine Making a Living

Life out of balance? Ask yourself this ...


Also in the Fall 2011 Issue ...

59TOC Merwin

Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin on Doing the Impossible

W.S. Merwin accepted an appointment as U.S. poet laureate so he could offer just one simple warning.

PLUS VIDEO: At home with W.S. Merwin.

59TOC Marlowe

Standing on the Side of Peace

How one man’s story changed everything I thought I knew about the Israel-Palestine conflict.

PLUS VIDEO: GRITtv's Laura Flanders talks to Jen Marlowe and Sami al Jundi about their book.