Is Van Jones a Job Creator?

Posted August 29, 2011
By Clay Cerny

In Yes! magazine, Sara Van Gelder interviews Van Jones on several subjects, including how green investments could also yield new jobs.  Jones is smart and practical.  He points out that the U.S economy is still twice as large as China’s.  Then Jones boils his point on jobs down to a simple formula: “It’s not a question of wallets but a question of will—whether or not we connect all the people who need work with all the great work that needs to be done in our country.”  I strongly recommend this interview and everything else published by Yes!. 

It’s interesting that so much of our politics is negative and angry.  Yes! and Utne  are magazines that present thinkers like Van Jones who look at the world with more open, optimistic eyes.  We need a change in our political and social lives.  Too much is negative, conflict-driven.  It’s time to do what Jones calls the “great work,” a task we all should share.