Curated Good News

Most news sites are 90% (or higher) bad news. I try to curate some links to good news each week day. To, you know, show that it's not all bad out there.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-07-03

I missed a few days this week. I’ve been busy, and may miss some days next week, too. I leave it to you to find your own good news!

African teens create urine-fueled generator There are some skeptical questions, but this is a wonderfully clever and inventive approach.

Burglar Sends Apology and Money 22 Years After Theft Important evidence that people do change, learn and grow. Having been a criminal doesn’t mean always being one.

9-Year-Old Passes on Gifts for His Birthday, Saves Dogs Instead Start doing good young, I think it’s more likely to last.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Curated Good News–2014-06-25

Poland Has Some Great Street Musicians A “semi-news” article, but this fellow is fantastic!

Richmond Cop Rescues Woman from Approaching Train The incident was captured on the squad car’s video. A testament to this officer’s training.

Daily TED Talk

Capturing memories in video art (5min) Gabriel Barcia-Colombo loves collecting things. He wondered how he would like to memorialize his own and other’s lives as moments in time. So, he put them in jars And a blender. A funny and fascinating demonstration of video art.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Curated Good News–2014-06-24

President Obama Awards the Medal of Honor to Corporal William “Kyle” Carpenter While war isn’t good news, bravery is. This young man is a fine model.

Crossing Guard Makes Sandy Hook a Brighter Place, One Dance at a Time I’ve read of dancing crossing guards before. As always, they make me smile. I love her statement, “All I do is try to make people happy, I wasn’t expecting the gifts.”

(No TED Talk today)

Friday, June 20, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-20

Just two, today, all about happiness.

10 Quickest Ways to Boost Happiness Ways based in science, not merely opinion. Love this one: “Just by reading all the way through this article, you’ll have achieved something-so you’ll feel good.”

Daily TED Talk

Flow, the secret to happiness (20min). I usually post 5 min talks in the interests of everyone’s time, but Czikszentmihalyi’s talk is worth the time. And, he has a fantastic last name.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-19

Benefit Corporations Look Beyond the Profit Motive B Corps: an affirmation of something I believe, which is that businesses aren’t “for making a profit,” they’re for providing a good or service. Profit is the means, not the end.

Homeless runner embraced by S.F. Marathon He’s not even taking the fund-raising for himself. It’s to benefit the homeless charity that helped him.

Daily TED Talk

The refugees of boom-and-bust (3 min) “At TEDGlobal U, Cameron Sinclair shows the unreported cost of real estate megaprojects gone bust: thousands of migrant construction laborers left stranded and penniless. To his fellow architects, he says there is only one ethical response.”

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-17

Father Devices “Bionic Pancreas” to Help Son With Diabetes Ed Damiano, a professor of biomedical engineering, has developed a system to help control blood sugar. While others are working on similar devices, his does more.

Warren Buffett Ready to Double Renewable Energy Investment to $30 Billion Altruism? Savvy Business? Both? You decide, but it’s still good news to me that alternative and more ecologically sound energy production is getting this boost.

High School Students Respond to Racist Flyer An anti-immigration group distributed a racist flyer near a high school, “The Changing Face of Brampton.” A class decided to redo it, and answer the question “Is this really what you want?”

Daily TED Talk

The Dog Song (4 min) “Animal fan Nellie McKay sings a sparkling tribute to her dear dog. She suggests we all do the same: ‘Just go right to the pound/ And find yourself a hound/ And make that doggie proud/ 'cause that's what it's all about.’”

Friday, June 13, 2014

Curated Good News 2014-06-13

Seahawks FB Coleman Gives Flight Seat to Marine What I like is that Coleman didn’t seek publicity. He just did something for someone else because he wanted to.

Man Paints Toenails to Cheer Up Wife With Cancer: Hundreds Join In Nothing puts a smile on your face like purple toes.

Daily TED Talk

The sore problem of prosthetic limbs An affecting five minutes. David Sengeh speaks with seriousness and fire. He is exhilarating and sincere. I believe this guy. “It does not matter how powerful your prosthetic ankle is. If your prosthetic socket is uncomfortable, you will not use your leg, and that is just simply unacceptable in our age.”