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Drafting humanity’s new story

Thu, 06/11/2014 - 06:00
We need a transformation in our identity as human beings, says Lucy Purdy, as she reflects on the New Story Summit – a gathering of people from around the world to challenge civilisation's norms while attempting to create a new ‘story that serves’

Positive Travel: Around the world without the planes

Wed, 05/11/2014 - 06:00
Slow traveller and author Ed Gillespie discovers the joy of slow travel on a 45,000 mile flight-free journey around the world

Big Lottery Fund puts pound-power into the hands of deprived communities

Tue, 04/11/2014 - 06:00
A new £200m National Lottery programme takes a bold approach to regeneration, investing over ten years in communities which have been overlooked for funding in the past and, most radically, letting residents hold the £1m purse-strings

Oldest animal-built reef discovered in Namibia

Mon, 03/11/2014 - 08:00
An ancient reef that once teemed with primitive sea life has been unearthed in Africa

‘I want a network of young people creating a different economy’

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 11:59
With young people trapped between unemployment and underemployment, the political response is too paternalistic, says new organisation AltGen. Launching an award for new co-operative enterprises, it is encouraging 18-29-year-olds to shape their own futures

Broccoli drink helps body fight air pollutants

Thu, 30/10/2014 - 06:00
A clinical trial involving nearly 300 men and women in one of China’s most polluted regions has found that daily consumption of a broccoli beverage helped excretion of benzene, a known carcinogen, and acrolein, a lung irritant

Dancing from the heart

Wed, 29/10/2014 - 06:00
According to psychologists, dance can not only help improve our mood and fitness, it can aid creativity and make us feel more alive. Jini Reddy discovers how even novice dancers have no excuse not to get their bodies moving

Kenya passes law to protect against human trafficking

Tue, 28/10/2014 - 06:00
It's hoped that improved support for victims will lead to a greater number of convictions

Good Business: Ben Byford, Eulergy

Mon, 27/10/2014 - 06:00
Eulergy helps connect businesses and academics for social good. Founder Ben Byford tells Nicola Slawson about the positive potential of higher education and the importance of a cohesive ethos in a small company

Naomi Klein: Changing the climate conversation

Fri, 24/10/2014 - 05:00
Our economy is shooting itself in the foot, author and activist Naomi Klein warned an audience in Westminster this month, and a radical change in the way we approach the climate conversation is the only way to turn things around

Raving into the day

Thu, 23/10/2014 - 05:00
Partying hard at 6am isn't a big deal in trendy east London, but as Nicola Slawson finds, it's an altogether different experience when you're fresh out of bed and raving on your way to work

Positive Travel: Following the threads of authentic Arabia in Oman

Wed, 22/10/2014 - 05:00
Justin Francis, managing director of sustainable tourism site responsibletravel.com, travels to Oman in search of an authentic Arabian experience far removed from the high-rise tourism usually associated with the Gulf States

Wind power now the cheapest form of electricity in Denmark

Tue, 21/10/2014 - 05:00
Danish ministers hope the rest of Europe will follow its example in deriving power from renewable sources

Movement for fossil fuel divestment spreads globally

Mon, 20/10/2014 - 05:00
As organisations ranging from city councils to churches withdraw their investments in fossil fuels, Nicola Slawson looks at how a small US student campaign has become a global movement to tackle climate change

UK’s first workshop in ‘constructive journalism’ announced

Fri, 17/10/2014 - 12:22
A pioneering workshop in London next month aims to equip journalists to better serve society by creating content that is more engaging and empowering for their audiences

Live music series to showcase unique Cornish musicians and venues

Thu, 16/10/2014 - 09:56
The Somerwick Sessions in Cornwall aims to support the local music scene by championing talented new artists and unique venues

Monique Villa: Human stories shine in the new media landscape

Wed, 15/10/2014 - 05:00
Journalists have a responsibility to reflect the world more accurately, believes Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. But as she tells Lucy Purdy, there is now a resurgence in human-centred stories and media that triggers positive change

Catalysing change

Tue, 14/10/2014 - 05:00
Catalyst is a leading five-day residential course for young people aged 18-25, hosted at Embercombe, a educational centre for sustainable living in Devon. Catalyst alumni Jasmine Irving reflects on her experience

People, planet and (not for) profit

Mon, 13/10/2014 - 05:00
Greta Rossi, co-founder and chief empathy officer of Akasha Innovation, examines a richer, more sustainable alternative to the traditional three Ps