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‘The age of the citizen is coming’

Wed, 29/03/2017 - 16:30

Against a backdrop of Brexit, now is a pertinent time to rethink our ideas of society. Jon Alexander suggests that when we consider ourselves citizens rather than consumers, communities are stronger and more effective

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A river in New Zealand is recognised as a living entity

Tue, 28/03/2017 - 16:30

After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand’s parliament has approved a bill recognising the Whanganui river as having the same legal rights as a human being

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TV talent contest rewards Integrity Idols

Mon, 27/03/2017 - 09:30

Integrity Idol: the TV talent show that rewards honesty and integrity in government officials

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Making history: Jeanette’s giant leap

Fri, 24/03/2017 - 17:30

Astronaut Jeanette Epps made history in January when Nasa announced she will be the first black American to board the International Space Station. We ask: how do you prepare for six months in space?

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Slovenia names water a fundamental right

Thu, 23/03/2017 - 17:30

Slovenia's parliament adopts amendment that declares the country’s water supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’

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The outsiders rebooting our world

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 17:30

Author Mark Stevenson has travelled the world, from Brazilian favelas to a shed in the English home counties, meeting remarkable innovators

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This invention lets rural Hondurans clean their water – and own the treatment plants

Wed, 22/03/2017 - 08:43

What’s at stake in a world where science is marginalised? Programmes such as AguaClara, which offer sustainable, low-cost solutions to Honduran communities in need of safe water

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‘It’s time to build social trust, not guns or walls’

Tue, 21/03/2017 - 06:00

The 2017 World Happiness Report, released yesterday to coincide with International Day of Happiness, names Norway the happiest country in the world. What lessons can we learn from the nations at the top of the table?

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The baby MRI: shrinking tech to save newborn lives

Fri, 17/03/2017 - 19:22

Premature babies are at an increased risk of brain damage, but many are too fragile to make the journey to an MRI machine for a clearer diagnosis. Soon, thanks to the world’s first mini scanner, they may not need to

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Pilgrimage: a change is afoot in Britain

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 19:43

Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in pilgrimage; journeying on foot. Now that it is open to all – religious or not – how can it help connect us with deep meaning, the land and each other?

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Take in more Syrian refugees, urges UK public

Wed, 15/03/2017 - 17:28

New research challenges the government’s assertion that there is little capacity to house Syrian refugees. Local authorities have now committed to accommodate nearly 22,000 people fleeing from the country – and grassroots pressure has been key

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10 lessons from London’s first community fridge

Tue, 14/03/2017 - 20:24

A month after opening, London’s first community fridge has redistributed 50kg of food to those in need and attracted enquiries from around the world. What lessons can we learn from the project so far?

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Iceland reveals plans to close gender pay gap by 2022

Mon, 13/03/2017 - 20:39

Iceland’s prime minister has announced proposals for legislation to close the country’s 14 to 18 per cent gender pay gap

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The ‘vertical forest’ to combat pollution in China

Fri, 10/03/2017 - 17:12

The first project of its kind in Asia, towers covered in thousands of plants and trees are under construction in China. The architect wants to build more across Chinese cities to help offset pollution

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The woman providing child refugees with free lawyers

Thu, 09/03/2017 - 18:49

Meet Alexandra Rizio, the lawyer who represents child refugees facing deportation, and two other people advocating for immigrants and refugees

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Are you a human supremacist?

Wed, 08/03/2017 - 20:51

“There is a whole world waiting for us, ready to welcome us home,” says environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen. He explains our near-universal belief in the superiority of humans – and the possibility of looking at life anew

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Fascinating facts: the intelligence of nature

Wed, 08/03/2017 - 20:48

From ‘tuned in’ spiders to signal-sending plants, nature has its very own advanced intelligence networks

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How forgiveness can break the cycle of vengeance

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 19:41

Real life stories of forgiveness from the victims and perpetrators of crime and violence feature in a new interactive exhibition

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Restorative justice: Jacob’s story

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 19:38

In 2011, Jacob Dunne fatally knocked a man to his death in an unprovoked attack. After prison, he found himself homeless, unemployed and struggling. But with the encouragement of his victim’s parents, he began a degree in criminology

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Photos capture the ‘incredible strength’ of Yezidi women in Iraq

Tue, 07/03/2017 - 11:59

A photographic exhibition, #IAmYezidi, conveys the resilience of Yezidi women in Iraq and coincides with International Women’s Day

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