For Best Results, Keep Re-Evaluating Your Biases

Steven Pinker charts the decline of violence from Biblical times to the present, and argues that, though it may seem illogical and even obscene, given Iraq and Darfur, we are living in the most peaceful time in our species’ existence.


You Can’t Recreate the Future Unless You Visualize the Future You Want

The 12 Most Hopeful Trends to Build On in 2012

Today, people ranging from Ben Bernake, chair of the Federal Reserve, to filmmaker Michael Moore are expressing sympathy for the Occupy Movement and concern for those losing homes, retirement savings, access to health care, and hope of ever finding a job.

This uprising is the biggest reason for hope in 2012. The following are 12 ways the Occupy Movement and other major trends of 2011 offer a foundation for a transformative 2012.

Whether You Think the World’s Getting Worse or Better Probably Depends on Which Set of Facts You Choose to Believe

Best. Decade. Ever.

For all its problems, the first 10 years of the 21st century were in fact humanity’s finest, a time when more people lived better, longer, more peaceful, and more prosperous lives than ever before.


Freedom Is Growing

Portugal draws about half its electricity from renewable sources. Other successes: It has universal health care, decriminalized drugs, and gay marriage.


Benevolent Conspiracies Abound

Fewer children are dying worldwide


Pronoia Lifetime Achievement Awards

These two magazines continue to be wellsprings of crafty optimism and discerning hope and wild discipline:


I Dare You to Look for Beauty

“Ten Reasons to Be Hopeful about 2009”

The above article was written by the cofounder of YES magazine, an excellent pronoiac resource.