Positive news is more than just a news story; its about a reporting technique and a way of reframing a situation so the reader can feel the potential of positivity. One organization seeks to teach other journalists about positive techniques that help “open up” a story.
In May this year, 12 classically trained reporters sat down for three full days studying positive news and how to master it in the conventional news media. The class, in Copenhagen, Denmark, is still small and offered only on a quarterly basis. But the significance of these 12 reporters teaming up to learn what is being defined as ‘constructive news reporting’, is not to be underestimated. It has the potential to change the face of conventional news media for good. And for good. As a constructive approach becomes adopted, conventional media would begin to report systematically on positives, uncover solutions for society’s problems, and actively use mediation principles in debates. It would investigate abuse of power but also investigate new constructive roads ahead after an abuse is uncovered.
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Some countries just seem so pulled-together. You know, like that friend who always seems to wear just the right outfit but even looks great in jeans and a t-shirt? Sweden is that fashionable friend…because they just got rid of trash! Read on:
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma. They have run out of trash.
Sweden’s waste management and recycling programs are second to none as only four percent of the nation’s waste ends up in landfills. By contrast, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over half of the waste produced by U.S. households ends up in landfills.
Because the Swedish manage waste so effectively and then use what remains to partly power their country, they are now living an environmentalist’s dream; a shortage of garbage.
In order to continue fueling the waste-to-energy factories that provide electricity to a quarter of a million homes and 20 percent of the entire country’s district heating, Sweden is now importing trash from the landfills of other European countries. In fact, those countries are paying Sweden to do so.
You read that correctly, countries are paying to get rid of a source of fuel they themselves produced so that Sweden can continue to have the energy output they need. You don’t have to be an economist to know that’s one highly enviable energy model.
Source: Positive TV
We’re always happy to support our fellow positive news bloggers so today, our spotlight shines on Meg Willis and her Simple Pleasures blog.
Some of Meg’s simple pleasures include:
- Being able to wee with the door open in my room at university halls
- Wearing clothes fresh out of the tumble dryer
- People unknowingly creating sexual innuendos
- Those times when it is highly inappropriate to laugh
- Finding more left over vodka than I remember
- The realisation that a horrendous spot is finally disappearing
- Observing mildly disliked people telling a joke and getting zero reaction apart from a large dose of tumbleweed
- Mass spooning
- Cooking the perfect dippy egg
Keep up with Meg here.
Even if you don’t sail, you probably understand the freedom and magic that comes with such an airy pursuit. Sail in your mind today, even if you’re stuck somewhere with nary a breeze!
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn’t worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it’s life or death. – Morgan Freeman
I keep sailing on in this middle passage. I am sailing into the wind and the dark. But I am doing my best to keep my boat steady and my sails full. – Arthur Ashe
I use filming as an excuse to take classes. I got my certification in sailing for ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and now I can handle a 26-foot boat. I played a seamstress once, so I took sewing classes. I love dipping into these other lives. – Rachel McAdams
I have no interest in sailing around the world. Not that there is any lack of requests for me to do so. – Edward Heath
What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous. -Thomas Merton
What most of us fear–povertyy–one woman pursued purposefully and happily. How? Read the details below and look for an upcoming documentary on this remarkable woman:
Shine.com reports that Heidemarie Schwermer, a 69-year-old German woman, lived without money for 16 years. The grandmother of three is the subject of the documentary film, “Living Without Money,” by award-winning Norwegian filmmaker Line Halvorsen. The film, produced in 2010, is currently screening internationally and is also available on DVD (http://livingwithoutmoney.org/).
“I do this because I clearly feel it doesn’t work the way it is,” Schwermer says in the film’s trailer.
The film, which will be screened next in Cape Town, South Africa, Jan. 30, details Schwermer’s experiment to live completely without money for 16 years. The experiment stemmed from Schwermer’s Tauschring – a swap shop where people could trade their items for other’s goods or skills. According to Oddity Central, the store, named “Gibb und NM” (Give and Take), was an attempt to help the Ruhr area’s large homeless population in Dortmund.
The grandmother herself had come from a background of deprivation as a refugee in World War II. When her Tauschring was successful, Schwermer decided to quit her job, give away most of her possessions and move out of her home, according to Shine.
She told the Austrian Times that she “had become irritated by the greedy consumer society” she was witnessing.
“After my apartment was emptied, I jumped around for joy,” Schwermer says in the film’s trailer.
Schwermer lived nomadically, trading different services for food and shelter. She detailed her experience in three books, beginning with The Star Money Experiment.
We all know the power of kind words from someone we love…but what about loving words from a stranger? Apparently, not only does it make the recipient feel better, it aids in the writer’s happiness as well. Here’s how one woman found some peace in reaching out to strangers:
After graduating from college and moving to New York City, Hannah Brencher was feeling anxious and depressed. She found herself not wanting to be around other people and “just really unravelling”.
Then she started writing love letters to strangers and leaving them all over the city. The first letter she left on a train simply addressed: “If you find this letter then it’s for you.”
Since then she has left letters in libraries and cafes, and even hidden them around the United Nations building.
“What I noticed was that my sadness and loneliness got backburnered,” she told the BBC. “I found something that allowed me to take the focus off of myself.”
Here’s an example:
To whoever finds this letter:
You and I don’t know one another. We may never sit and laugh over cups of coffee. We may never dance in the same circles or yawn together by the midnight hour. None of that really matters to me. It is so small and meaningless to the things I wish you would know on a daily basis: that you are lovely. That you are worthy. That those hands of yours were made for mighty, mighty things.
You probably think I am crazy. You are probably sitting here with this letter in your hands thinking, you cannot know that… you don’t know me… you don’t know a stitch of me. Yes, you’re right. But I know all the things I thought I never deserved. I know how very hard it once was to love myself and value myself and even find myself worth the reflection in the mirror. And so I know I am not alone in needing a boost some days, in needing to know that I matter to someone somewhere.
You matter to me. In a way I cannot explain, you matter to me. And you, you are a marvel… you and all the parts of you.
A Girl Just Trying to Find her Way
Every day, there are new advances in medical science and most of the time, they’re buried in the depths of news. We don’t take the time to realize the massive implications. In this case, blind mice that can now see will soon, hopefully, mean a lot to their human counterparts.
Patients with retinitis pigmentosa gradually lose light-sensing cells from the retina and can become blind.
The research team, at the University of Oxford, used mice with a complete lack of light-sensing photoreceptor cells in their retinas. The mice were unable to tell the difference between light and dark.
They injected “precursor” cells which will develop into the building blocks of a retina once inside the eye. Two weeks after the injections a retina had formed, according to the findings presented in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences journal.
Prof Robert MacLaren said: “We have recreated the whole structure, basically it’s the first proof that you can take a completely blind mouse, put the cells in and reconstruct the entire light-sensitive layer.”
Whether metaphorically or literally, singing is a beautiful way of expressing yourself. So let your heart sing out or sing your favorite song proudly. Let these quotes inspire you to sing today. Sing like you just don’t care.
My heart is like a singing bird.
I spent many years laughing at Harry Secombe’s singing until somebody told me that it wasn’t a joke.
Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.
Love, I find, is like singing. Everybody can do enough to satisfy themselves, though it may not impress the neighbors as being very much.
Zora Neale Hurston
My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil’s mind, and behold, all things are changed!
No; we have been as usual asking the wrong question. It does not matter a hoot what the mockingbird on the chimney is singing. The real and proper question is: Why is it beautiful?
Nothing I have done professionally will top the feeling I got when singing with John Farnham at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Singing is the love of my life, but I was ready to give it all up because I couldn’t handle people talking about how fat I was.
Whether you are for or against the Occupy Wall Street movement, one thing can be agreed on: people have the power to make change globally. If you believe in what these groups are doing around the world, help them in whatever way possible. Here are some suggestions.
We cannot go on expecting solutions to come from the political and economic elites who ride in limousines with security guards. They are not exposed to the impacts of their policies, so the feedback loop has been broken by the concentration of wealth and power in a few hands. This is why so many people are out in the streets demanding a transition from the dominant system (guns and money) to a new system that will give social justice and environmental restoration a higher priority than corporate profit-making.
By Kevin Danaher – Co-Founder, Global Exchange
Let’s take a moment of thanks and appreciation for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. You don’t have to agree with them. But they are exercising their rights as US citizens and taking a stand and attempting to make a positive change.
What can you do today to take a stand, no matter how small? Make a difference in your own life first and the ripple effect will occur. How can you instill in others around you the importance of standing up for your rights?