Reasons to be cheerful

    David Byrne, a talented musician and author of one of my favourite books, has started a great new project:

    I imagine, like a lot of you who look back over the past year, it seems like the world is going to Hell. I wake up in the morning, look at the paper, and go, "Oh no!" Often I’m depressed for half the day. It doesn’t matter how you voted on Brexit, the French elections or the U.S. election—many of us of all persuasions and party affiliations feel remarkably similar.

    As a kind of remedy and possibly as a kind of therapy, I started collecting good news that reminded me, “Hey, there’s actually some positive stuff going on!” Almost all of these initiatives are local, they come from cities or small regions who have taken it upon themselves to try something that might offer a better alternative than what exits. Hope is often local. Change begins in communities.

    The website will include material that falls into some pre-defined categories:

    These bits of good news tend to fall into a few categories:
    • Education
    • Health
    • Civic Engagement
    • Science/Tech
    • Urban/Transportation
    • Energy
    • Culture
    I'm looking forward to following his progress. I'd prefer an RSS feed, but you can follow along on social media or (like me) sign up by email.

    Source: Reasons to be Cheerful