New Magazine: Yes! Journal of Positive Futures

Posted by on November 22, 2002

[From Novella Keith, Temple University]

This is a wonderful resource, if you haven’t seen it yet. The guide is based on articles published in “Yes!” (A Journal of Positive Futures), a quarterly publication by the Positive Futures Network (best $24 I ever spent on a subscription). The Winter 2003 (last) issue is on the topic “What Would Democracy Look Like?” and is especially interesting and “hopeful” given the media’s focus on what’s been happening and reported here and in the world. It includes an article by Lani Guenier and Gerald Torres, based on their book The Miner’s Canary (main thesis: “power with” allows us to work with the canary in the mine, so we can not only “save ourselves” but all of us as well); on Porto Alegre, Brazil, and the successes of its participatory budget process (possible
future for other cities??); on Finland’s social welfare system which has made it the most equitable country in the world; on “Clean Elections” in Maine and Arizona; also an interview with Vandana Shiva — if you haven’t heard of her yet, read her!

There is also a special web-only issue on Iraq (Fall 2002). Other issues have focused on livable economies, the arts, community, etc., etc. (web site for the journal is

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