Among the words officially added to Oxford Dictionaries earlier this year was 'clicktivism' – activism using digital media. The term is often deployed with derision. But so-called armchair [...]
From the ‘pay as you feel’ cafes transforming surplus food into feasts, to a restaurant that provides homeless people with fine dining – our pick of five projects that are democratising good food
Experts agree that children have far too little contact with the natural world. Could lessons about flora and fauna – a natural history GCSE – be the answer?
One in every four Americans experiences mental illness, and a lack of police understanding can lead to tragedy. What if more of us were trained to deal with depression and anxiety? New York City [...]
Mary Colwell is the driving force behind a petition to urge the government to develop a GCSE in natural history. She explains why she believes the qualification could address conservation apathy
From political upheaval to humanitarian crises, the first three months of 2017 have seen many challenges. But behind the headlines, there are signs of progress and possibility. Here are 20 of our [...]
With a cover story about making sex education sexy, the inspiring current affairs magazine considers the power of giving attention to what is desired rather than what is feared
A province in Pakistan has made DNA testing compulsory in rape cases, part of ongoing national reforms to improve support for victims
In an attempt to improve the health of its citizens, a group of islands in the South Pacific have pledged to restrict imported junk food in favour of organic, homegrown produce
Against a backdrop of Brexit, now is a pertinent time to rethink our ideas of society. Jon Alexander suggests that when we consider ourselves citizens rather than consumers, communities are [...]
From participatory democracy to local currencies, signs abound that communities are taking power back into their own hands. Our pick of fascinating facts about people coming together
New Internationalist, a 44-year-old magazine with a global perspective and a focus on social and environmental justice, launches the most ambitious community share offer by a media organisation to date
After 140 years of negotiation, New Zealand’s parliament has approved a bill recognising the Whanganui river as having the same legal rights as a human being
Integrity Idol: the TV talent show that rewards honesty and integrity in government officials
Astronaut Jeanette Epps made history in January when Nasa announced she will be the first black American to board the International Space Station. We ask: how do you prepare for six months in space?
Slovenia's parliament adopts amendment that declares the country’s water supplies are ‘a public good managed by the state’ and ‘not a market commodity’
The 2017 World Happiness Report, released yesterday to coincide with International Day of Happiness, names Norway the happiest country in the world. What lessons can we learn from the nations at [...]
New research challenges the government’s assertion that there is little capacity to house Syrian refugees. Local authorities have now committed to accommodate nearly 22,000 people fleeing from [...]
A month after opening, London’s first community fridge has redistributed 50kg of food to those in need and attracted enquiries from around the world. What lessons can we learn from the project so far?
Iceland’s prime minister has announced proposals for legislation to close the country’s 14 to 18 per cent gender pay gap