Taking The High Road To a Positive Future

I dare you: take a look at YES! magazine’s front page online, and see if you are not tempted to read more.

Then go farther: click on the New Economy tab. Look around and see if these topics don’t encourage you to hope there is a better way ahead for our communities–if not our country–from the grassroots, up.

Now, I’ll save you some steps, because eventually, you’d be drawn to any of the pieces by David Korten–husband of the publisher of the magazine, and someone whose gentle and well-articulated wisdom I’ve come to appreciate in my brief exposure to his writing (and the beginning of a much more complete exploration of his ideas.)

Might as well just go to David’s blog and bookmark it, because you’ll want to come back often. There are links to his new edition of Agenda for a New Economy but don’t miss the discussions and articles at NewEcoomy Working Group.

And finally, before you flit off to sip from the blooms of other media-meadows, get yourself a free trial copy of YES! magazine (a no-ads not-for-profit publication.)  Find the button, upper left corner, of the web site.

“YES! reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions. Online and in print, we outline a path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and stories about real people working for a better world.”

While our “leaders” tell us no, because we can, should and MUST make progress on so many aspects of our culture and society and species, let’s say YES!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. It was good to peruse the articles in Yes. I rarely take time to read these days, so I won’t subscribe, but I hope many people do, and act on what they read. There is certainly a lot of hope and new ideas in the younger generation, God bless ’em.