Across business, culture, society and the environment, we shine the spotlight on 100 inspiring people and exciting projects that are driving progress, giving reasons for optimism in the year and decade ahead
Between devastating wildfires in Australia and tensions in the Middle East, the new year has brought with it fresh causes for concern. But you don’t have to look far to find reasons to be optimistic about the year ahead, too.
Whether it’s innovative technologies that are paving the way for fully circular economies, grassroots projects tackling inequality, or a network of women leading on conflict resolution, there are signs of progress everywhere.
To celebrate these pioneers of positive change, we’re highlighting 100 people and organisations that are inspiring hope for the future, and over the coming days and weeks we’ll be sharing their stories.
They are grouped into four categories: business, society, environment and culture. Each entry represents progress towards at least one of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.
Those we’ve selected range from the UK’s first elected, black mayor and his bold plan for his city, to a 17-year-old conservationist championing diversity; from a Yorkshire seaweed farm to a global movement to transform capitalism.
Whether they represent the world of music or economics, education or art, the one thing they all have in common is they’re offering hope for 2020 and beyond. This is the Positive News Hope 100.
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