Sarah van Gelder: The Revolution Where You Live [Ep. 66]

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Sarah van Gelder is the co-founder of YES! Magazine and author of The Revolution Where You Live: Stories from a 12,000 Mile Journey Through a New America (Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2017). Sarah speaks and writes regularly about solutions journalism, grassroots innovations, and social change movements. She is also the editor of Sustainable Happiness: Living Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference, and This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99 Percent Movement (both with Berrett Koehler).


In our interview, we discuss:

  • Her experiences living and working in China in the mid 1980s

  • How she first got interested in “solutions journalism” and when she decided to start YES! Magazine

  • Her thoughts on Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, and the future of the democratic party

  • The top solutions she found on her 12,000 mile journey through America

  • And finally, we discuss her new school project that has a goal of increasing collaboration across communities and spreading some of the key learnings that she found while writing the book “The Revolution Where You Live.”



Book: Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life by Marshall B. Rosenberg

Sarah van Gelder’s talk on Sustainable Happiness: Living Simply, Live Well, Make a Difference

Book: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

W.S. Merwin

Wendell Berry

Indigenous Environmental Network

Honor The Earth


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Ryan Honeyman is a Partner at LIFT Economy and author of The B Corp Handbook: How to Use Business as a Force for Good (Berrett-Koehler Publishers). LIFT Economy is an impact consulting firm whose mission is to create, model, and share a locally self-reliant economy that works for the benefit of all life. You can follow Ryan on Twitter @honeymanconsult or email him