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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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How the US election result could trigger a society of empathy

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 17:25

For those shocked by the election result, anger and blame may be convenient ways to make sense of it. But Charles Eisenstein, who predicted Trump’s victory, says that in this time of uncertainty there is an opportunity for empathy to drive a new political story

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Resilience in a Greek refugee camp: the ‘boy of steel’

Fri, 11/11/2016 - 11:30

We meet the photographer who captured a young Kurdish-Syrian superhero at a refugee camp in Greece

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New school rules? Swotting up on ‘positive education’

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 15:00

With both youth depression and youth unemployment on the rise, calls are growing for a different kind of learning. Could ‘positive education’ enhance not just wellbeing, but academic performance too?

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The project redirecting US election cash toward long-term progress

Thu, 10/11/2016 - 13:00

Both Trump and Clinton’s presidential election campaigns have spent huge sums on advertising – up to $1m per day. What if this went to grassroots community groups working year-round on solutions instead?

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Urging students to teach themselves

Wed, 09/11/2016 - 14:45

The Hole in the Wall experiment, carried out in the slums of India by education professor Sugata Mitra in 1999, suggested that children, without direction, will seek out new knowledge. More than 15 years on, primary school teacher Sarah Leonard explains why she embraces his approach

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5 things you might not expect schoolchildren to say (but these ones do)

Wed, 09/11/2016 - 13:00

We met students from around the world who attend ‘positive education’ institutions. Their thoughts capture how the model could rewrite the rules around learning

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3 places sparking change through ‘positive education’

Wed, 09/11/2016 - 12:37

From India to the Netherlands, 3 schools and colleges where learning is not about academic achievement alone

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US election thrusts gender equality into the spotlight

Tue, 08/11/2016 - 14:46

Though it has been characterised by negativity, the US presidential election race has also brought women’s rights sharply to the fore. Does it show that sexist rhetoric will no longer be tolerated?

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3 women’s rights campaigns sparked by the US election

Tue, 08/11/2016 - 14:00

From heartfelt outpourings on social media to colourful flashmobs with a sartorial twist, this year’s US presidential election has prompted a slew of women's rights campaigns. We list three of our favourites

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As Trump attempts to woo Hindu Americans, young people respond with anti-hate campaign

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 15:00

Trump is trying to win votes from Hindu Americans but a group of young people have launched an ad campaign of their own, appealing to immigrant family members who might be considering voting for him

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Milking art to improve food ethics

Fri, 04/11/2016 - 14:30

Discovering that milk can be cheaper than water left a sour taste in the mouth of artist Nessie Reid. She explains why she turned to performance art to challenge the modern dairy industry

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As links between literacy and depression become clear, why reading matters

Fri, 04/11/2016 - 10:29

Research reveals that England’s children have less positive attitudes to reading than other countries, while a third of adults don’t read for pleasure – and this could be affecting wellbeing. Could charities and public figures help make reading appealing again?

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