On Oct. 7-8, you’re invited to YES! Fest, a two-day virtual festival celebrating 25 years of YES! Ahead of the event, I wanted to share a little more about the program for the first day on Oct. 7. (You can get your free ticket here if you haven’t already.)
For starters, world-renowned scholar and activist Vandana Shiva will give a keynote address. Vandana is a longtime YES! contributing editor, and her words and work have appeared in many of our issues over the past 25 years. She’s known for her work in the anti-globalization movement, as well as her advocacy for food sovereignty, biodiversity, and protecting the commons in the face of GMO monocultures and global climate change. I can’t wait to hear the wisdom she’ll share with us at YES! Fest.
Next, I’ll have the privilege of moderating a conversation with Vandana and the co-founders of YES!, David Korten and Sarah van Gelder. David is an author whose work challenges us to rethink the very foundation of our economy so that we can better support life and ecological well-being. And Sarah has been dedicated to telling stories of community resilience for more than 30 years, from her time as executive editor of YES! Magazine to her book, The Revolution Where You Live. The three of them will reflect on some of the big ideas and movements of the past 25 years, and where they see us headed now.
Finally, you’ll be treated to a conversation between adrienne maree brown and Fania Davis. adrienne is a writer, facilitator, and YES! contributing editor whose book Emergent Strategy has helped shape a generation of activists. And Fania is an activist, attorney, educator, and practitioner of restorative justice who is helping to change our paradigm of what justice looks like: from punishment and control to healing and restoration. Their conversation will tee us up for our second day of panels and speeches exploring the theme of transformative justice.
And that’s just Day 1!
In between our main sessions on both days, we’ll be treated to performances from some of our favorite national recording artists and poets, including Brett Dennen, Dar Williams, Raye Zaragoza, Chris Pierce, Mollywop!, Taíni Asili, and Tawana Petty.
You’ll also get to meet more of the people behind YES!, have the chance to win prizes (including an electric bike!), and learn about the work we have planned for the future and how you can support it.
Reader, I hope you’ll join me for what’s sure to be a spectacular two days.
YES! Editorial Director
P.S. Reserve your spot now to join us at YES! Fest.
Sunnivie Brydum is the editorial director at YES! An award-winning investigative journalist with a background covering LGBTQ equality, Sunnivie previously led digital coverage at The Advocate, Free Speech TV, and Out Front Colorado. Her writing has appeared in Vox, Religion Dispatches, them., and elsewhere. She has a degree in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and is a co-founder of Historias No Contadas, an annual symposium in Medellín, Colombia that amplifies the stories of LGBTQ people in Latin America. She is based in Seattle, speaks English and Spanish, and is a member of NLGJA, SPJ, and ONA.