Today something good happened

Why is there no global search engine for good news?

Imagine… a humungous aggregator of all the positive good that millions of people have done today. The tiny, but not so insignificant acts of kindness and philanthropy, which if joined together would add up to one heck of a powerful narrative for a more just world.

Bad news happens fast and travels fast, while a good story can take much longer to blossom and bear fruit.

Where are the stories of the courageous people who through their own efforts, or with a little leg up such as a Kiva loan, overcome their material poverty to create a brighter tomorrow for themselves and their communities, one person at a time.

There’s a lot of doom and gloom around at the moment. Even the last item on the late evening news – the one that is intended to make us forget the previous 25 minutes of bad news – well, even that has recently dropped off the end of the bulletin. It seems it’s all bad news.

Bloody hell, why can’t those news people get some perspective. Can’t they find just one, simple but remarkable thing that someone, or some group has done today with real and lasting social impact? Did they bother to look?

If you’re reading this and work for a charity – this is an invitation to demonstrate the positive impact of your work, more than you do today. Don’t tell me what £50 will buy for ‘someone like’; show me what £50 has achieved. Better still, let me watch a video of a ‘real person’ that will bring me to within a heartbeat of your work. I’ll even donate towards buying a new computer, if you show me that the old one was used to empower a network of activists to make a positive difference.

I do not want to feel remote, guilty and helpless. I want to feel inspired and involved in making good stuff happen, right now.

We all want to be part of a good news story. Good news begets more good news.

And remember, today something good did happen. For a start, thousands and thousands of people participated in Blog Action Day.

Maybe it’s because I’m a glass-is-half-full kinda guy, but please tell me some good news, and I’ll gladly pass it on.

What are your ideas for making the good news more visible?

I was going to write about something else for Blog Action Day. I was going to write about Save the Children’s Kroo Bay and DfID’s bloggers. I’ll mention them, because they’re worth your attention.

I’m shortly going to be doing some work with Global Giving UK, to embed some more good news around the social web.

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5 Responses to Today something good happened

  1. Steve -
    A wonderful post. And yes, the good news is so important. Been reading lots of positives today on Blog Action Day, and also heard of wonderful action taking place this evening too.

  2. Martin says:

    Love this Steve,
    Great blog for today.
    The only thing I’ve come across that comes close to the ideal is Positive News (http://www.positivenews.org.uk/cgi-bin/Positive_News/welcome.cgi)
    It was very much my intention to have Penny be the voice for all the great work of the 3rd sector, to be a megaphone for the emerging stars from the grass roots, to capture the energy of people as they breakthrough from limiting beliefs to certainty and purpose.
    And … that’s the great thing with intentions … they have a power of their own.

  3. Gicela says:

    We all get affected when we hear bad news. I wonder if more charities reported good news more often we would be more inclined to get involved. I think Comic Relief achieve this very well when they show the results of their big fundraising events.

  4. Brett says:

    Oh, this is too funny. I just read the news for today at my local newspaper’s online addition. All there was to read was who got robbed, killed, raped, etc. I just don’t want to read that anymore. Like Steve wrote, where is all the news of what went right, what was wonderful and kind? So on a whim I went to google and searched on “good news that happened today.” And here was your blog post from six days before! There was the smile I was looking for. Thanks!

  5. Iliana says:

    I found this link online :) http://www.globalgoodnews.com/
    My new favourite website (although I’m not religious, it has something about everything).

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