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