Overthrowing the Fossilized System

The Quiet Revolution of Cooperation

America is in the midst of a new revolution. But this revolution is quiet, incremental, nonviolent, and traveling beneath the mainstream media’s radar. The new American revolution challenges the current notions of dog-eat-dog capitalism — through the building of a parallel economic system that shares, cooperates, empowers, and benefits fellow workers and community members.

Reordering the World’s Priorities Is Exciting

Rich, famous guy encourages young scientists to consider the needs of the poorest in deciding what to do for their life’s work

“I admonish you to consider the needs of the poorest in the work that you do,” [Bill Gates] told the scientists. “The advances there will be particularly important in coming years and without your attention they will not take place.” Gates made his comments following his induction into the honorary senate of the Foundation of the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

Turning the Cult of Narcissism Against Itself

Girl who was made fun of uses her fame to help charitable organization

She was just an average thirteen-year-old girl, until overnight her awkward dancing in the background of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video made her a target of near-universal derision on the Internet…When Benni Cinkle finally responded to the attention and began answering questions, the hordes anticipating more lulz at her expense did a 180, surprised to themselves interacting with a gracious, humble person with a sense of humor about herself. In the months since, Cinkle’s website, That Girl in Pink, has become a launchpad for her charitable works.

Not All Journalists Are Too Lazy or Cynical to Actually Do the Work to Find Interesting Good News

7 Pieces of Good News No One Is Reporting

The news media has a filtering process that only lets the bad stuff through. When they do break up the monotony with something lighthearted, it’s always something pointless and inconsequential, like that thing recently with the monkey that learned to fly a helicopter. But there actually is good news out there — on some of the big issues of the day, no less.

Idealism Run Rampant

Matt Damon Wants to Bring Clean Water to Africa

For all his star power, though, Damon is more than just the pretty face of Water.org. He has turned himself into a development expert. This would seem like an obvious and necessary first step for someone embracing the global water crisis as a personal mission. But, in fact, it’s highly unusual for a celebrity to dive this deep into a problem this daunting. Whether talking microfinance strategy with rural bankers, giving detailed reports from the field at the annual Clinton Global Initiative, or personally thanking donors like PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, Damon has quietly developed the cred of a program geek.