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How compassion and understanding can end the economy of shame

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 11:54
Could society move beyond the rhetoric of 'strivers' and 'skivers' and be rebuilt around understanding and compassion? The effects would be revolutionary, argues Elena Blackmore

Good Business: Heather Moore, Bee the Change

Thu, 23/04/2015 - 06:00
The UK's bee population is in trouble, having nearly halved over the last 25 years. Bee the Change, a social enterprise based in Bristol, is working to tackle the decline with a combination mentoring and educational courses for all ages

Germany tells firms to bring women into the boardroom

Wed, 22/04/2015 - 06:00
New quota will see women fill at least 30% of supervisory board seats

From quiet stillness comes positive action

Tue, 21/04/2015 - 06:00
‘Doing’ without ‘being’ has led humankind down a troublesome path, says Giles Hutchins. Now is the time to transform the way we exist in the world

Turning plastic bottles into boardshorts

Mon, 20/04/2015 - 06:00
A London-based surf brand wants to tackle increasing levels of plastic waste along the UK coastline by transforming it into beachwear

‘Stopping war and hate comes from each of us’ – Arun Gandhi shares lessons from his grandfather

Fri, 17/04/2015 - 06:00
Peace activist Arun Gandhi reflects on the enduring wisdom of his grandfather, the Indian spiritual and political leader Mahatma Gandhi

How voting ‘none’ in May could transform UK politics

Thu, 16/04/2015 - 06:00
There is an ‘unheard third’ of the UK who choose not to vote in general elections. But, argues Simon Pardoe, by turning up at the polls, even to vote 'none', they could help change the system that they seem so dissatisfied with

Restorative justice is repairing social harm

Wed, 15/04/2015 - 06:00
The process of restorative justice – where offenders and victims meet in a safe, guided environment – is helping reduce crime and giving victims a chance to move on with their lives

Review: Ibeyi – Ibeyi

Tue, 14/04/2015 - 06:00
Folklore has it that there’s something a little spooky about twins, and Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz use this to incredible, uncanny advantage in their debut album

‘Politicians need to connect with the digital age’

Mon, 13/04/2015 - 06:00
As we approach May’s general election, Mollie Malone, representative for youth-facing organisation Stand Up Be Counted, asks if politicians are doing enough to engage young voters

Could a UK Peace Department create a new narrative for global harmony?

Fri, 10/04/2015 - 06:00
Peace is no longer a utopian ideal, says Peace in the City director Ella Matheson, who explores the idea of a government department focused solely on promoting peace and harmony

Iran agrees major nuclear cuts in diplomatic breakthrough

Thu, 09/04/2015 - 15:18
Iran has agreed to significantly curtail its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions, following international negotiations

Palestinians demonstrate resistance, brick by brick

Wed, 08/04/2015 - 16:30
Palestinians in the Jordan Valley are reviving the ancient art of earth building, learning resistance from the Earth during a time of conflict

Art, nature and spirituality may help prevent disease, study finds

Tue, 07/04/2015 - 17:22
The sense of awe on experiencing the beauty of nature, art and spirituality may boost our immune systems, according to a new study

Portugal addiction rates halved after community, not jail, is trialled as solution

Thu, 02/04/2015 - 11:13
UK politicians have been urged to decriminalise the use and possession of most drugs after addiction rates in Portugal were cut by half following decriminalisation in the country almost 15 years ago

Holistic holidays for summer 2015

Wed, 01/04/2015 - 12:32
Speed up your personal evolution this summer with one these transformative travel experiences

Survivors of war and torture united by music

Mon, 30/03/2015 - 14:23
Stone Flowers – a musical group comprised of war and torture survivors – is releasing its new album Ngunda, proving that something beautiful can come out of unimaginable violence

OpenPolitics look to the future of democracy

Fri, 27/03/2015 - 11:43
Democracy is arguably out of step with the way the world communicates. Could open source software and a so-called parliamentary ‘cyber chamber’ help address this disconnect?

Israeli and Palestinian farmers unite over olive oil

Thu, 26/03/2015 - 07:00
A project is fostering cooperation and trust among Palestinians and Israelis in the olive oil industry

Work less, play more

Wed, 25/03/2015 - 07:00
The 40-hour work week is an ingrained part of our culture, but it does very little to enrich our lives. Lucy Purdy explores alternative working models that do away with the idea of the nine-to-five