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Positive News - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

Could the student housing co-ops popping up across the UK challenge the frequently exploitative relationship between landlords and tenants? They're already inspiring young people to set up their own co-operative businesses, finds Rhiannon J Davies who visited Edinburgh Student Housing Co-...

Positive News - 2017-11-20 - Original post - cached version

You may have heard of co-operatively run supermarkets, banks and even energy companies, but the co-op model has been taken up by all sorts of organisations. We've picked three that may take you by surprise

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Positive News - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

From the gig economy to the unfairly shared spoils of global capitalism, inequality threatens to drive the UK apart. Could the answer be to work together, owning and controlling the things that really matter to us? Lucy Douglas meets the co-operators

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Positive News - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

At the worker-owned Leeds Bread Co-operative, all employees have a say in decisions – right down to the kind of bread that gets baked. The business model is proving a recipe for success, finds Tom Lawson

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Positive News - 2017-11-17 - Original post - cached version

Our pick of the UK businesses that combine food and drink with a tasty dose of co-operation

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Positive News - 2017-11-16 - Original post - cached version

The seemingly unstoppable rise of companies such as Google, Amazon, eBay, Uber and Airbnb has left many feeling powerless over their economic security. But could a more ethical business model challenge their dominance? The Phone Co-op founder Vivian Woodell makes the case for co-operatives...

Positive News - 2017-11-15 - Original post - cached version

A new tech startup allows people to fund employment training and careers advice to help homeless people in the UK

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Positive News - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

Mothers can be dismissed by employers because of gaps in their CVs. Now, a campaign gives mums a way to proudly list maternity leave as a full-time job

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Positive News - 2017-11-14 - Original post - cached version

From learning in-demand skills to flexible working hours, we round up initiatives that are making it easier for full-time mums and carers to return to the workplace

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Positive News - 2017-11-13 - Original post - cached version

The Church of England has issued transphobic bullying guidance, saying that pupils should be free to explore “who they might be”

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Positive News - 2017-11-10 - Original post - cached version

A London-based catering business is turning surplus artisan produce into high-quality, affordable meals

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Positive News - 2017-11-09 - Original post - cached version

The UK will support a total ban on insect-harming pesticides being used across Europe, environment secretary Michael Gove has announced

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Positive News - 2017-11-08 - Original post - cached version

From Morocco to Miami, intriguing stories lie behind some of the most colourful cities in the world. We go where grey is not an option

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Positive News - 2017-11-07 - Original post - cached version

From motion-powered mobile phone chargers to urine-powered electricity; three ways in which human energy is pushing society forward

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Positive News - 2017-11-06 - Original post - cached version

Think you can read people? You can at the Human Library, an international project that aims to dissolve prejudices by getting people to talk to others they wouldn’t ordinarily meet

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Positive News - 2017-11-03 - Original post - cached version

From planting native wildflowers to leading mini-beast safaris, 5 projects that help people give nature a boost 

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Positive News - 2017-11-02 - Original post - cached version

‘Tawai ’ is the word the indigenous hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their connection with nature. It’s also a new film about human potential by explorer Bruce Parry. He talks about balancing scepticism and spirituality, why he gave up sex, and the Siberian mountain named after him...

Positive News - 2017-11-01 - Original post - cached version

French-born artist Camille Walala brightens up the streets of London with her signature colourful style

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Positive News - 2017-10-30 - Original post - cached version

Historically, the word ‘foreigner’ has had negative connotations: alien, outsider. Is that about to change? Franki Cookney meets the co-founder of a UK-based online magazine showcasing stories that highlight how diversity and tolerance can be a force for good

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Positive News - 2017-10-27 - Original post - cached version

Scare tactics simply aren’t working when it comes to altering our behaviour to tackle climate change, believes Solitaire Townsend, CEO of sustainability consultancy Futerra. Highlighting instead what we stand to gain is something that everyone can get on board with, she writes

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Positive News - 2017-10-26 - Original post - cached version

Plastic microbeads used by the cosmetics industry are to be banned by the UK government in an effort to eliminate the harmful impact they have on both marine ecosystems and human health

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Positive News - 2017-10-25 - Original post - cached version

New rules from the Advertising Standards Authority will allow the removal of adverts across all media that demean, mock or objectify on the basis of gender

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Positive News - 2017-10-24 - Original post - cached version

New guidelines set out by the CMI and the British Academy of Management could lead to greater diversity in the workplace and help boost the UK economy

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Positive News - 2017-10-24 - Original post - cached version

Glitter lovers can now sparkle with a conscience thanks to a biodegradable alternative

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Positive News - 2017-10-20 - Original post - cached version

From how we grow our food, to how we look after older people, the crowdfunding community is reimagining the world we want to live in – and raising the money to make it happen. Having ripped up the fundraising rulebook, the UK’s biggest crowdfunding platform has now set its sights on making...

Positive News - 2017-10-19 - Original post - cached version

Germany is ploughing ahead when it comes to more sustainable agriculture with more land under organic production than ever before

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Positive News - 2017-10-17 - Original post - cached version

A new 'pop-up' shop in Hackney has banished plastic in a bid to help Londoners shop more sustainably

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Positive News - 2017-10-16 - Original post - cached version

The designer behind a range of clothes that expand to fit growing babies and toddlers has been awarded the James Dyson award for student innovation

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Positive News - 2017-10-15 - Original post - cached version

An estimated 272m school days are missed every year around the year due to diarrhoea. Goodluck, a student in rural Tanzania, is trying to tackle this in his own school and community by becoming an advocate for handwashing

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Positive News - 2017-10-15 - Original post - cached version

As agriculture becomes ever more reliant on technology, horse-drawn farming seems consigned to a bygone age. But working with horses reduces the reliance on fossil fuels, cuts soil compaction, and can be economically viable on a small scale, writes Eleanor Paddock, from her farm in the shadow of...

Positive News - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

Negative stereotypes around growing older are rife. But as Sonia Zhuravlyova reports, a fresh generation is thinking less ‘forever young’ and more ‘ageing joyfully’

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Positive News - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

From ballet dancing to mountain climbing and from art to athletics, we meet seven older people who prove that later life can be anything but dull

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Positive News - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

Male players will contribute a portion of their commercial earnings to their female counterparts under the agreement, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the world

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Positive News - 2017-10-12 - Original post - cached version

Since 2003, dedicated crafters up and down the UK have been knitting miniature woolly hats to sit atop bottles of innocent smoothies. More than six million hats later, the Big Knit has raised more than £2 million to help Age UK be there for older people. We unravel the story behind a cosy...

Positive News - 2017-10-11 - Original post - cached version

City and county councils in Oxford have submitted joint proposals to introduce a Zero Emission Zone in Oxford city centre. They say it would be the first of its kind in the world, and could lead to “historic” reductions in air pollution

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Positive News - 2017-10-10 - Original post - cached version

Older age often has negative connotations but a movement is building towards a richer celebration of later life, reports the new issue of Positive News magazine, which launched at the media co-op’s Annual Inspiration Meeting

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Positive News - 2017-10-09 - Original post - cached version

From war clouds over Korea and wranglings over Brexit, to a shooting in Las Vegas and violence in Catalonia: bad news has dominated in recent months. But we think there are inspiring stories that are worthy of attention too. Get a fuller picture with our top 20 positive developments from July to...

Positive News - 2017-10-09 - Original post - cached version

Three years ago, writer Kevin Braddock hit rock bottom and tried to kill himself. At the last minute, he found the courage to ask for help and went on to turn his struggle into a way to help others. On 10 October – World Mental Health Day – he tells his story

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Positive News - 2017-10-05 - Original post - cached version

With no Faroese on Google Translate, residents of the Faroe Islands have created a community-led service to help visitors decipher the local lingo

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Positive News - 2017-10-04 - Original post - cached version

As the UK organics market continues to grow and Brexit poses both challenges and opportunities, experts are eyeing a sea change in the way we think about food. Could thinking of ourselves as citizens rather than consumers transform our food system?

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Positive News - 2017-10-04 - Original post - cached version

Positive News editor Lucy Purdy introduces the new issue of the magazine, which includes features about ageing, prisons and the co-operatives movement. Despite humanity’s destructive ability, we’re capable of greatness too, she says – if we choose where to look

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Positive News - 2017-10-04 - Original post - cached version

Photographer Ashley Cooper’s book Images from a Warming Planet documents his personal journey to come to terms with humanity's impact on the planet

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Positive News - 2017-10-03 - Original post - cached version

Challenging the narrative around today’s youth as a smartphone-obsessed, insecure generation, Bexy Cameron argues that, in fact, they foster the type of innovation, balance and progressiveness to shape a brighter future

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Positive News - 2017-10-02 - Original post - cached version

From 1932 to 1968, hundreds of tonnes of mercury seeped into the clear waters of Minamata Bay, Japan, causing health and environmental problems still felt today. As the first global treaty on mercury finally comes into force, what have we really learned from this disaster?

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Positive News - 2017-09-29 - Original post - cached version

The National Poetry Library is collecting poems written in endangered languages to help preserve them for future generations

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Positive News - 2017-09-28 - Original post - cached version

The ban on women in Saudi Arabia being able to drive independently has been lifted in the deeply conservative nation

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Positive News - 2017-09-27 - Original post - cached version

The potentially harmful practice of skin lightening is a multi-billion dollar industry that walks the line between aesthetic choice and racial prejudice. Mary-Rose Abraham meets those standing up to an ingrained bias towards fairer skin

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Positive News - 2017-09-26 - Original post - cached version

Former US president Barack Obama says that, despite "extraordinary challenges," now is the time to embrace optimism

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Positive News - 2017-09-25 - Original post - cached version

A book featuring portraits of women from around the world aims to challenge the narrow concept of beauty depicted by the mass media, and celebrate diversity

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Positive News - 2017-09-22 - Original post - cached version

The 2017 European Social Innovation Competition aims to reward startups from across Europe that are working to make the digital economy accessible to all

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