Reason #1: The Yes Lab is Revolting
In the last twenty years, we Yes Men have taken on some of the world’s nastiest corporate criminals, using harmless lies to expose some really harmful stuff. We founded the Yes Lab in 2009 to train others in our no-holds-barred approach to fighting the bad guys.
It's been successful—so successful that we'll be scaling up dramatically in 2014 with the Action Switchboard, which we'll launch off the back of our upcoming film. Together, these are designed to get thousands of people out of their seats and into the streets, giving them the motivation, tools, and community to act for change. Truly revolting.
So prepare yourself for some extra doses of meaningful mischief in the coming years… but only if we can get the financial support we need right now.
Some of the Yes Lab's recent successes include:
Dashing Shell's Arctic drilling dreams—a moratorium has since been placed on arctic drilling
Monkey wrenching Enbridge's and Energy East's suicidal tar sands pipelines and their PR campaigns—Enbridge's plans faltered and soon so will Energy East's
The US Chamber of Commerce's PR meltdown and policy change—after fighting tooth and nail they finally dropped their opposition to climate change legislation
Naturally, we didn't do this all on our own. At the Yes Lab, we use humor to hijack media and provide a surge of attention for a crucial cause at just theright moment. At our best, we push existing campaigns over the edge. None of that would be possible without the work of the organizers and activists we partner with.
Here’s the thing: this work takes relatively little money, but it does take some. As our organization grows, we are able to do more and more actions and trainings. We will soon need to increase our capacity, which may mean hiring new staff to tackle the many intricacies of our blossoming non-profit. We rely on you to make this work possible—any amount helps.
From all of us here at Yes Lab