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yes! Magazine – Solutions Journalism


yes! is an an ad-free, nonprofit, nonpartisan, reader-supported and independent solutions media magazine that is available every day online and quarterly in print.

Through rigorous reporting on the positive ways communities are responding to social problems and insightful commentary that sparks constructive discourse, yes! Magazine has grown from a group of cheery folk in the basement of a rented house in Washington State, USA, in 1996 into yes! Media, “an independent publisher of solutions journalism”.

Many of the issues that yes! Magazine covered as fringe ideas back then, such as ‘eat local’, have now entered the mainstream, which is why their vision then remains still today that we can do far better than society has been doing – but another world is possible.

Their mission is to help people understand that there are things wrong that need to be changed, and then to help people find out how to change them.

Their explanatory journalism analyses societal problems. Their stories uncover environmental, economic, and social justice intersections. Their solutions reporting spotlights the ideas and initiatives of people building a better world.

Their commentaries consider alternative ways of thinking that can produce a more equitable and Earth-friendly world.

yes! Magazine online and in print are a great place to turn to for some flick-through reading pleasure mixed in with deeper articles for longer reading, all presented with that pleasant, professional glossy mag feel, yet always covering important, solutions-focused topics at the same time.

There is so much media that says no, and the yes! team strive to be something different by reporting on things we can say yes! to.

Discussion Point

If more people became aware of upbeat magazine-style solutions media like yes! Magazine, could there reach a tipping point that would change the discourse among the people into one about feeling inspired to participate in building a just and sustainable world?

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