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2nd June 2017

The Good List #20

Last week was particularly gloomy: 22 people were killed in Manchester in the most devastating terrorist attack seen on British soil since the 2005 London bombings. Finding positivity in midst of such horror is no easy task however this week’s GOOD news draws on ordinary people doing wonderful things in moments of collective distress. 
 
Also in the GOOD news this week: Grayson Perry offers an enlightening view on Brexit, Lorenzo Fioramonti posits an economy based on the wellbeing of the planet, Fast Company report on an ICFF dominated by recycled goods and The Pool offers a personal account of living with deafness as a twenty-something. 
 
Katie’s GOOD news: 
As the whole world was collectively shocked and distressed by the recent terror attack in Manchester, it's difficult to find any positivity. Katie’s GOOD news however comes in the form of Positive News’ round up of some of the most inspiring grassroots responses to the attack. The five accounts “capture resilience and togetherness at the most difficult of times” and provide a glimmer of light in such a dark time. | Find them here. 

Image: Giles Whiteley
Amy’s GOOD news: 
Amy’s GOOD news comes in the form of an article she read on Quartz Africa in which professor Lorenzo Fioramonti discusses some of the ideas behind his book Wellbeing Economy: Success in a World Without Growth. The article examines the huge potential for a new model of growth in response to the failure of the traditional system, which inherently favours war, crime and corruption. Lorenzo instead suggests an economy based on the wellbeing of the planet and those who inhabit it. |  Read the article here. 

EPA/Ahmed Jallanzo
Sabine’s GOOD news: 
Losing your hearing, especially when you love music, quick witticisms and, um, nature, can be a pretty intimidating thing. Losing your hearing in your 20s and being told that there is no cure, and that it'll get progressively worse, all-the-while running a communications (oh the irony!) business, can be mildly terrifying.
 
Jo Berry’s article on The Pool isn't going to enable me to hear. It’s not going to bring back my ability to hear my boyfriend's whispered sweet nothings; my friends' hilarious, inappropriate and sarcastic rubbish; the birds singing, the kids next door mucking about; or my friends yelling my name across the street. What this article did, however, was make me feel less alone. 
 
No one I know is deaf or hard of hearing, so it's something that I find myself explaining day after day after day. Noisy parties and gigs (something that I used to LOVE) can be exhausting. However, as I always say (daily), as disability goes, I'm happy that it's this and nothing more drastic or painful. I'm also lucky that hearing aids work for me at this stage in my loss. 
 
I’m aware that this isn't massively good news, but feeling less alone in the world, as well as knowing that there is a community of people who are experiencing the same thing, is bloody comforting. | Read Jo’s full account on The Pool.
Photo: Stocksy
Dorothy’s GOOD news: 
Dorothy was incredibly happy to read that Fast Company rated recycled design products as one of the standout offerings at this year’s ICFF.  After working with ALUSID for Design Undefined, and seeing first hand how excited and surprised people were at the beauty of the brand’s SilicaStone (manufactured using almost 100% recycled materials), it is encouraging that a global shift towards beautiful and sustainable design is taking place. “While using reclaimed materials isn’t a new concept, this month’s NYXxDesign events showed that the execution has matured and become more sophisticated,” reported Fast Company.  “Using materials that would normally be cast off into landfill kills two birds with one stone: they’re affordable and utilize resources more effectively.” | Read Fast Company’s report from ICFF here. 
Jodi’s GOOD news:  
This week Jodi’s GOOD news comes via Greenpeace. Last week the environmental organisation sent a clear message to President Donald Trump during his visit to the Vatican by projecting a message in lights onto the dome of St. Peter’s Basilica reading “Planet Earth First”. Police allowed the lights to shine for “a few moments” before shutting down the peaceful protest. | Read more via The Independent.

Anya’s GOOD news: 
Turner Prize-winning ceramicist, cross-dresser and social commentator Grayson Perry returned to the nation’s television screens on Tuesday. Grayson is no stranger to Channel Four. Tuesday’s show followed a series of socially-charged programmes hosted by Grayson (All Man explored how contemporary masculinity shapes men's lives, while Who Are You examined constructs of identity), however his latest offering, Britain Divided, was particularly poignant. SPOILER AHEAD… 
 
Britain Divided saw Grayson tackle the fallout of the Brexit vote head on. During the programme, the artist visits both Remain and Leave voters and makes two vases, one for representing each side of the debate. The end result was surprising: the vases, named The Matching Pair, were overwhelmingly similar. This was intentional. Having visited both Remain and Leave voters, and receiving pictures depicting the most loved parts of Britain from people both sides of the vote, Grayson concluded that Brits have more in common than they have at odds. The media rhetoric states that Leave and Remain voters should, almost by default, be opposed to each other in each and every facet of their lives. Grayson points out that this simply isn’t the case. 
 
At the end of the programme, Grayson brings together the two groups for the grand unveiling of the vases. Following a moment of awkward silence, the two groups begin to speak (this ending reminded me of the Worlds Apart ad put out earlier in the year by Heineken). While fiercely opposing Brexit, it’s important to remember that the EU referendum wasn’t about two groups of society with no common ground, as the media would suggest. It’s instead important that we come together, talk, and celebrate our wealth of common ground rather than allow an even greater divide to be formed | Watch the programme here.

Grayson Perry as Claire
Jess’s GOOD news: 
Last Wednesday, the Metro filled its front page with a photograph of “beautiful” 8 year old Saffie Rose Roussos, one of 22 people that died in the the Manchester terrorist attack, and a smaller image of “killer” Salman Abadi. Accompanying the two images was a massive title stating “Now they kill our little girls”. The wider implication of messages like this make our gut twist with angry, devastated frustration. However, the good news is that Jess had just spent the morning at Migrants Organise, where the core message of the charity is about inclusivity and integration, rather than violent, divisive nonsense. 
 
Double Down News’s video with comedian Guz Khan was the best bit of alternative news to come out of the attacks and gave Jess reassuring faith in the common sense of individuals rather than the generalised, madness of the media. | Watch the video featuring Guz Khan below. 

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