A citizen survey has recorded increases in the number of certain birds – from the robin to more unusual visitors – being spotted in British gardens
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’
Author Mark Stevenson has travelled the world, from Brazilian favelas to a shed in the English home counties, meeting remarkable innovators
What’s at stake in a world where science is marginalised? Programmes such as AguaClara, which offer sustainable, low-cost solutions to Honduran communities in need of safe water
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 [...]
Premature babies are at an increased risk of brain damage, but many are too fragile to make the journey to an MRI machine for a clearer diagnosis. Soon, thanks to the world’s first mini scanner, [...]
Recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in pilgrimage; journeying on foot. Now that it is open to all – religious or not – how can it help connect us with deep meaning, the land and each other?
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
The first project of its kind in Asia, towers covered in thousands of plants and trees are under construction in China. The architect wants to build more across Chinese cities to help offset pollution
Meet Alexandra Rizio, the lawyer who represents child refugees facing deportation, and two other people advocating for immigrants and refugees
“There is a whole world waiting for us, ready to welcome us home,” says environmental philosopher Derrick Jensen. He explains our near-universal belief in the superiority of humans – and the [...]
From ‘tuned in’ spiders to signal-sending plants, nature has its very own advanced intelligence networks