Art & Creativity

Good News & Ways To Do Good

Wind Turbines Are Being Recycled Into Bike Shelters, High-speed Rail Lines, Power Line Poles, and Roofs

The Danish port city of Aalborg, where the new recyclable blades are being made, has found an innovative new use for old blades, by turning them into bike shelters for the city’s cyclists.
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How To Unplug From Bad News, Stay in Touch With Reality, and Find Good in the Everyday

Adam J. Kurtz: If you need a reprieve from bad news, allow it, but keep one eye open to the reality on the other side of your rainbow perimeter.
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Art Is Helping Refugee Women Connect and Express Themselves

A new study in Australia has looked at the experiences of refugee and migrant women who shared creative art in community exhibitions. The women supported each other, learnt about each other’s cultures and taught each other new skills, including unique sewing techniques.
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Researchers Have Found a Creative Way To Save Forests: They're Letting Trees Tweet

The tweeting tree’s messages are based on data from a suite of sensors on and around its trunk, using a real-time approach to tree monitoring pioneered by Witness Tree’s inspiration and sister project TreeWatch.net.
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Where to Find Diverse Stock Photos and Why Representation Matters

Representation matters in stock photography. Here's where you can find diverse free and paid stock photography that genuinely represents communities without perpetuating harmful stereotypes.
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Turning Trauma Into a Tune: An Egyptian Band Is Helping Women Tackle Taboos

Feminist duo ElBouma cover subjects from child marriage to FGM based on testimonies of girls in rural Egypt
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K-pop Fans in Peru Are Becoming Activists, Doing Good in Their Communities

K-pop fans are active around the world. During last year's Black Lives Matter protests following the murder of George Floyd in the United States, the donation of one million dollars from the K-pop band BTS made global headlines.
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Virtual Reality May Help Us Develop Empathy for Oceans and Marine Life

Getting people to care about the oceans — which are out of sight and out of mind for many — can be particularly challenging. And virtual reality may be a creative solution.
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Meet the World-Changing Fellows of the 2021 MacArthur Program

By investing in solution-makers, the MacArthur Foundation remains committed to doing real, actionable good. As part of their program, the foundation has an annual fellowship where some of the brightest minds are given a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000 over the course of five years.
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Artists Turned Empty Dutch Prisons Into Colorful Homes for Refugees

Plunging crime rates in the country have left prisons empty, and many are closing down. But the government is now using some of these empty prisons to house refugees, a population that’s growing as more migrants arrive in the country seeking asylum.
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