Sarah Van Gelder

Date of Dialogue: Jan. 10, 2012

Description: As Editor-in-Chief of the extraordinary YES! Magazine, Sarah van Gelder spoke with us about the then-in-motion Occupy movement, our transforming systems and the paradigm nested underneath the changes we are seeing. Her take on justice and restorative systems has informed special editions of YES! and as she shares in this dialogue, it is fully in motion as an exponential movement changing within and on the ground. We discussed the media’s role in social change, and learned how Sarah embarked on her own path to become one of the country’s leaders in media distribution that puts first truth, social change, tools, and powerful stories from the day to day ground of change.

Brief Bio: Sarah van Gelder is editor of "This Changes Everything: Occupy Wall Street and the 99% Movement" and co-founder of YES! Magazine and

YES! reframes today's crises, showing how a radically different approach can bring about a more just and sustainable world. Each issue highlights the leadership coming from grassroots communities, social movements, and activists who are building a future that can work for all.

Sarah has interviewed Pete Seeger, Winona LaDuke, George Shultz, Harry Belafonte, Vandana Shiva, Chris Hedges, Danny Glover, and many other known and unknown leaders who are working to create a better world.

In addition to her regular features in the printed magazine, Sarah blogs at, lectures nationally and internationally, and interviews regularly on radio talk shows nationwide.


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