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Why now is the time for serious optimism

Sun, 04/12/2016 - 20:31

Recent political events have shown that the ‘doom and gloom’ news narrative no longer serves society. A more inspiring lens on the world is needed in order to heal division and empower people to bring about change, says Sean Dagan Wood

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Resparking an ancient craft: a London blacksmith

Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:02

Kevin Boy followed in the footsteps of his grandfather to master the art of blacksmithing and has run his forge at Surrey Docks Farm, London, for 25 years – helping a new generation rediscover this ancient art

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More than just fun and games? Sport as a tool of empowerment

Thu, 01/12/2016 - 18:09

From downtown New York to remote corners of India, sport is being used to break social barriers and address issues from homelessness to addiction

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15 reasons to support Positive News

Thu, 01/12/2016 - 17:13

From supporting journalism that exposes solutions and backing people-owned media, to boosting your wellbeing: the top reasons to become a Positive News supporter

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Christmas presence: how to survive seasonal dysfunction

Wed, 30/11/2016 - 18:08

Stuck with family members and an expectation of joyfulness, Christmas can spark tension and arguments too. Jamie Catto suggests how to replace dysfunction and disconnection with empowerment

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Wired for happiness? How ‘risky’ genes could go either way

Tue, 29/11/2016 - 16:26

Experimental psychologist at the University of Oxford, Elaine Fox, tells Lauren Razavi about her surprising research into the links between genes and happiness

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“Conflict is not inevitable”

Mon, 28/11/2016 - 17:43

Fabian Hamilton is the shadow minister for peace and disarmament, the first post of its kind in UK parliament. Appointed in October by Jeremy Corbyn, we ask Hamilton how he will tackle his brief to reduce violence, war and conflict

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Who’s stepping away from fossil fuels? Divestment in numbers

Mon, 28/11/2016 - 11:53

The global divestment campaign, urging people to move their money out of oil, coal and gas companies, has gained momentum. Here are some key figures

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Refuelling progress: divestment in fossil fuels gathers pace

Fri, 25/11/2016 - 09:50

We revisit the divestment movement. What progress has been made?

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Learning deep compassion from whales

Wed, 23/11/2016 - 13:18

The latest in our Through My Lens series, a photographer describes his experience of being caught between two giants of the deep

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Resilience in northern Uganda

Tue, 22/11/2016 - 16:33

A new documentary about northern Uganda documents the region’s recovery from two decades of civil war. Its co-director explains why the film draws on hope, rather than the wounds of the past

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‘We can become more conscious consumers of news’

Mon, 21/11/2016 - 17:45

Frustrated with the way mainstream media ignores much of the progress being made in the world, researcher Jodie Jackson set out to uncover the power of positive news. She tells Danielle Batist what she has learned

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Guerrilla campaign for tolerance takes to the streets of London

Mon, 21/11/2016 - 11:27

After noticing signs of divisiveness and fear in recent weeks, Daianna Karaian came up with a plan to prevent society sinking into intolerance. Turning to a traditional symbol of welcome, she took guerilla action on the streets of London

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Positive news stories bring people together, study finds

Fri, 18/11/2016 - 15:54

Consuming positive news can lead to an increased acceptance of others, a feeling of community and motivation to contribute to social change, new research shows

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Meet the ‘place hackers’ reclaiming city spaces

Thu, 17/11/2016 - 20:47

In the face of explosive urban development, there is new confidence about reclaiming public space for the people. We explore how cities became a playground for experimentation

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Could ‘secondhand first’ be an antidote to fast fashion?

Wed, 16/11/2016 - 18:47

Next week, clothes recycling charity Traid will be urging people to wear secondhand instead of buying new. Could instilling pride in wearing pre-owned clothes help avoid wasteful fast fashion?

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Stop Funding Hate campaign urges firms to halt advertising in ‘inflammatory, divisive’ newspapers

Tue, 15/11/2016 - 17:20

A campaign calling on advertisers to boycott newspapers that promote “demonisation and division” is also asking the public to lobby the advertisers in a positive, constructive way

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Could banking be a force for good?

Mon, 14/11/2016 - 17:06

Restoring public trust in banking is a huge task. But Triodos Bank’s Bevis Watts is no ordinary banker, and he thinks it’s possible. We ask him: could the financial sector benefit people and planet, as well as profits?

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Mind how you go: 3 ways travel can help boost mental health

Mon, 14/11/2016 - 13:30

Meaningful travel is about more than being a responsible tourist; there are mental health benefits too

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6 women who made history in the US election

Sat, 12/11/2016 - 23:41

Though the US didn’t see a woman elected to the highest office this week, other women running on platforms of equality and progressive reform did win

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