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YES! Magazine

YES! Magazine - Online Edition

YES! Magazine is an award-winning, ad-free, publication, available both in print and online, that reframes the biggest problems of our time in terms of their solutions, and is published by Positive Futures Network, an independent, 501(3)(c) non-profit.

YES! Magazine - Print Edition

Today’s world is not the one we want. Climate change, financial collapse, poverty, and war leave many feeling overwhelmed and hopeless. We outline a positive path forward with in-depth analysis, tools for citizen engagement, and inspiring stories about real people working for a better world. For over 15 years, YES! Magazine has been spotlighting the best possibilities for deep shifts that can lead to a just and sustainable world.

YES! Magazine is printed on 100% post-consumer waste, chlorine-free paper, and reaches more than 150,000 readers quarterly, More than 150,000 people visit our web site each month, where we post new stories every day. Most magazines make their money from advertising, but we don’t want advertisers to influence the content of YES! Magazine. That’s why we’re third-party ad-free, and rely on tax-deductible donations, as well as sales of our publications and from our online store.

For more information, please feel free to visit our main web site at http://www.yesmagazine.org/.

YES! Magazine’s Online Store

If you’re interested in signing-up for a YES! Magazine subscription, or giving one as a gift to someone else, the cheapest place to do so is here at the YES! Magazine’s Online Store. Apart from offering far cheaper rates than mail-in or phone subscription offer, you can browse through pictures and summaries of every one of our more than sixty previous issues, and place orders for individual back-issues, or even a full set of all available back issues. The YES! Store also provides a wide selection of posters and books to browse, with offers you won’t see elsewhere, such as copies of David Korten’s book set, signed by the author, and 50% off for our seminal book on the Occupy Wall Street movement. Royalties from the sale of this book will be donated to the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Meet the Team

In March 2012 we switched from our old web store, which you may have been familiar with, to the new one that you see now, which has been developed and written from scratch with you, the customer, in mind. Previously we used different systems to handle web orders, phone orders, inventory, accounts, subscriptions and mailing lists. Now all of these areas are integrated into a single centralized system, enabling us to respond more quickly to inquiries and better assist our customers. Many YES! staff and other people were involved in making this happen, for which we are extremely grateful. Our core team members responsible for launching this site are:

Neil Cresswell's Photo
Neil Cresswell

Neil was responsible for the architecture, design and development of the complete YES! Store web site and its database, starting from an empty slate. You may have already appreciated some of his ideas and work, from the clean look we now have to careful touches such as a brighter and friendlier CAPTCHA, using positive phrases from over fifteen years of YES! Magazine publications.

A native of London, England, Neil has been working in the USA since 1994, and his background encompasses almost thirty years as a software developer and manager, with a wide range of clients ranging from larger businesses, such as Microsoft and Oracle, to numerous small start-ups. Neil is particularly pleased to have worked on this project, as he supports the positive message and practical and persuasive solutions that YES! presents.

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Michael Winter's Photo
Michael Winter

As YES! Magazine’s IT Manager, Michael is responsible for keeping our servers and our office systems up and running. For this project, he was involved in several key pivotal roles, including configuration and population of our central data repository, with its products and packages, and liaising with the vendor who provided the engine driving our centralized system.

Michael has been an IT professional for over twenty years, working as a technologist and project manager for a variety of governmental agencies and private companies, before moving on to YES! Achieving independence from fossil fuel energy, climate change and general environmental sustainability are important issues for Michael, and are the driving forces behind his working with YES!, to use technology to help bring the YES! message to everyone.

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Rod Arakaki

Along with running two very busy departments, Rod had the seemingly impossible task of managing the migration of hundreds of thousands of customer records from each of our old and wildly diverse systems into one, consistent format for our new, centralized system. For each customer, where appropriate, purchase histories and messages were also migrated.

Rod joined the YES! Magazine staff in the Fall of 1999, first as an interim Associate Editor for the Winter issue of YES!, and then as a Network Coordinator, helping to develop the State of the Possible retreat series. In 2002, he became Operations Manager, and, in 2007, Business Manager, before taking on the role of Audience Development Director in 2009.

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