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/ Positive People

24 Apr 2013


When Hannah Brencher started leaving inspirational notes around New York, she had no idea of the positive effect she was having on strangers’ lives. Here, she talks to Lucy Purdy about the power of kind words and the fight against loneliness

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/ Wellbeing

20 Apr 2013


From the US army to Oxford University, the concept of mindfulness is being embraced in some surprising places. Nikki Allen discovers the growing popularity of a simple approach to helping people change how they experience life

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/ Wellbeing

20 Apr 2013


Billed a "social phenomenon" by its leading advocate, Jon Kabat-Zinn, mindfulness is changing the face of health and humanity. Naomi Tolley reports from London


/ Education

18 Apr 2013


A new breed of online courses offers in-depth learning for free, from anywhere in the world. Nicola Slawson tries one out and considers the effects Massive Open Online Courses will have on traditional education

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/ Positive Products

04 Apr 2013


Rin Simpson rounds up some good buys for the conscious shopper. This issue she looks at technology products

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/ Peace & Democracy

03 Apr 2013


Is the world as doomed as some media might have us believe? There are five major global issues, explains Dan Smith, and although the world is facing deep crises, significant progress on some of these key issues shows that there are ways forward


/ Economics & Innovation

01 Apr 2013


Money separates us from what we consume and hides us from the impacts of our behaviour. But there is an economic model that could not only bring us closer to each other and to the effects of how we live, it's also booming, says Mark Boyle

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/ Paul Fletcher, Positive Perspective, Spirit

29 Mar 2013


The meeting of cutting-edge scientific and spiritual understandings of the world could be the foundation for us to live sustainably, writes Paul Fletcher


/ Ideas worth spreading

29 Mar 2013


Biologist Rupert Sheldrake and author Graham Hancock have called for a public debate on issues at the edge of mainstream science, after their talks as part of the TED series were removed from its YouTube channel


/ Positive Psychology

28 Mar 2013


In the first of a new series of articles, Chris Johnstone looks at how Positive News reflects some of the principles of positive psychology and how the understandings of this new science can help us cultivate wellbeing

Dagahaley ICT center in Dadaab refugee camp. Centre funded by Danish Refugee Council (c) Jesper Guhle Mogensen

/ Peace & Democracy

24 Mar 2013


The UN’s Youth division has run a four-week online consultation to engage with young international migrants. The results will be fed into the UN's 2013 Youth Report


/ Environment, Renewable Energy

23 Mar 2013


Projected electricity demands for 2050 could be met by solar energy derived from 1% of the world's land mass, according to a new report


/ Environment

21 Mar 2013


The United Nation’s International Day of Forests aims to inform people across the world about how important trees really are, and why they need our help


/ Media

21 Mar 2013


New independent e-news service the Avaaz Daily Briefing aims to cut through “bias, propaganda, and spin,” to deliver the latest clear-cut news on key global issues


/ Food

16 Mar 2013


MEPs have banned wasteful practices to try to make EU fishing more sustainable. But it's not just policymakers who can have an impact, argues the Marine Conservation Society. Bernadette Clarke explains choices consumers can make to help secure the future of fish

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/ Wellbeing

15 Mar 2013


The first ever International Day of Happiness encourages people all over the globe to reflect on what really matters, and to have lots of fun doing so

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/ Ideas worth spreading

05 Feb 2013


The second entry in a regular blog reviewing our pick of the most inspiring videos on offer in the TED talks series, which showcases visionary ideas


/ Environment

01 Feb 2013


A new website has launched enabling businesses and charities to exchange unwanted items, such as building materials and office furniture, for free


/ Renewable Energy

31 Jan 2013


Cramped, windowless dwellings in impoverished parts of the world are being given a new lease of life thanks to a remarkably simple invention

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/ Ideas worth spreading

30 Jan 2013


The first entry in a regular blog reviewing our pick of the most inspiring videos on offer in the TED talks series, which showcases visionary ideas