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Good news & Change Blog

  • Afghanistan sets October date for much-delayed elections: “IMG_3645” flickr photo by philmofresh https://flickr.com/photos/phickmanfresh/10621978575 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Alaskans reject anti-transgender ‘bathroom bill’:
  • Costa Rica’s young president-elect Carlos Alvarado Quesada wins pitching progressive values: “Costa Rican Flag” flickr photo by kasthor https://flickr.com/photos/kasthor/79941814 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Decline in plastic bags on seabed near UK suggests measures to tackle waste are working: MichaelisScientists (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:1682478-poster-1280-plasticbags.jpg), „1682478-poster-1280-plasticbags“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/legalcode
  • Iran raises minimum wage in concession to workers: “Pol-e Tabi’at, Tehran, 20170407” flickr photo by G · RTM https://flickr.com/photos/g-rtm/33840466662 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • New Zealand bans new offshore drilling, citing climate change: “Amelia-A” flickr photo by Strocchi https://flickr.com/photos/strocchi/2057466280 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Trinidad & Tobago decriminalizes homosexuality in landmark court case: “Maracas, Trinidad” flickr photo by neiljs https://flickr.com/photos/neiljs/4500445157 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • UK department store Sel:fridges to stop selling single-use plastic bottles: “Selfridges” flickr photo by ell brown https://flickr.com/photos/ell-r-brown/3623340962 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • UK’s Costa Coffee to recycle equivalent of all its takeaway cups each year: “COSTA COFFEE” flickr photo by Richard, enjoy my life! https://flickr.com/photos/ladyous/8303332797 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • UK supermarket Waitrose to stop using disposable coffee cups: “waitrose cricket” flickr photo by osde8info https://flickr.com/photos/osde-info/14738419933 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Andrea Jenkins becomes the first openly transgender black woman elected to public office in the U.S.: “be not afraid, scott richard 2012” flickr photo by torbakhopper https://flickr.com/photos/gazeronly/26241477411 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Brett Ratner has been kicked off the next Wonder Woman film: “Wonder Woman Deflecting Bullets” flickr photo by earldan https://flickr.com/photos/im_earl/28383665850 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Cards Against Humanity buys land on Mexican border to stump Trump’s wall plan: “Cards Against Humanity” flickr photo by Brett Jordan https://flickr.com/photos/x1brett/15608587025 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • EU reaches deal to overhaul world’s largest emissions market: “EU Flag” flickr photo by EU Naval Force Media and Public Information Office https://flickr.com/photos/eunavfor/8250009574 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Frontline workers push Guinea worm disease to the brink of eradication: “Guinea Worm case containment center” flickr photo by UNICEF Ethiopia https://flickr.com/photos/unicefethiopia/14740517732 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • Garrison Keillor, founder of ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ fired after allegations of improper behavior: “Garrison Keillor Poetry Reading” flickr photo by Ryan Somma https://flickr.com/photos/ideonexus/6190507095 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Grindr updates its app to be more inclusive of transgender and non-binary users: “be not afraid, scott richard 2012” flickr photo by torbakhopper https://flickr.com/photos/gazeronly/26241477411 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • In conflict with myself: “what to do ?” flickr photo by Mysi(new stream: www.flickr.com/photos/mysianne) https://flickr.com/photos/astromysicism/3041178313 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Saudi Arabia pledges $100 million to G5 Sahel force: “AMISOM & Somali National Army operation to capture Afgoye Corridor Day #2 14” flickr photo by AMISOM Public Information https://flickr.com/photos/au_unistphotostream/7300508014 shared into the public domain using (CC0)
  • Virginia Politics Danica Roem of Virginia to be first openly transgender person elected, seated in a U.S. statehouse: “Downtown Minneapolis” flickr photo by m01229 https://flickr.com/photos/39908901@N06/7816199456 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Witnessing a change moment: “” flickr photo by 1323 https://flickr.com/photos/1323/6886708606 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Bernie Sanders to introduce single-payer bill with major support in Senate: “Bernie & Jane Sanders” flickr photo by Gage Skidmore https://flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/25826818705 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Cambodia and Laos wipe out trachoma—leading infectious cause of blindness: “IMG_6413” flickr photo by Pan American Health Organization PAHO https://flickr.com/photos/pahowho/14176342451 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Duke to increase employee minimum wage to $15 by 2019: “Duke University” flickr photo by ilysewhitney https://flickr.com/photos/134348486@N05/35365922032 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Harvard pays students to host ‘brave spaces’ for social justice: “Harvard” flickr photo by angela n. https://flickr.com/photos/aon/6273971705 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s massive share sales will support prison reform and other progressive causes: “Alcatraz Prison” flickr photo by Alexander C. Kafka https://flickr.com/photos/alexanderkafka/14929841472 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license

  • Mars counters Trump’s climate stance with $1bn sustainability plan: “MANDM” flickr photo by Dominic Rooney https://flickr.com/photos/rooneydom/7298143350 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Minnesota’s clean energy jobs grew 3.8 times faster than overall job growth: “Downtown Minneapolis” flickr photo by m01229
  • New blockchain-based ‘carbon currency’ aims to make carbon pricing mainstream: “Bitcoin Chain IMG_9179” flickr photo by btckeychain https://flickr.com/photos/btckeychain/14861107819 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

  • Scotland to ‘phase out’ new petrol and diesel cars by 2032: “Edinburgh Prince’s Street” flickr photo by ddh Photos https://flickr.com/photos/16190595@N05/32312365752 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Somalia gets first forensic center to deliver justice in sexual assault cases: “Feeding center” flickr photo by rjones0856 https://flickr.com/photos/91829349@N00/3222724232 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Target to raise its minimum wage to $11 per hour, promising $15 by 2020: “At Target again!” flickr photo by cote https://flickr.com/photos/cote/4902896335 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • UC Irvine aims to transform public health with record-breaking $200-million donation: “Love those Anteaters” flickr photo by cogdogblog https://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/10014174454 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • UN brokers deal to end use of children in Nigeria’s battle with Boko Haram: “More Boko Haram Terrorist Attacks 3” flickr photo by ssoosay https://flickr.com/photos/ssoosay/13979209164 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • A “world first” fusion reactor just created its first plasma: “Nuclear Fusion Reactor” flickr photo by jurvetson https://flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/4844626925 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • 46 Republicans buck party to help Democrats take down anti-climate military action amendment: “U.S. Capitol Building detail” flickr photo by Kevin Burkett https://flickr.com/photos/kevinwburkett/3415364650 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Cameroon fights pollution by turning used plastic into jobs: “Plastics” flickr photo by EdinburghGreens https://flickr.com/photos/edinburghgreens/5326907987 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Court finds that approval of Dakota Access Pipeline violated the law: “Standing Rock 4” flickr photo by unitedchurchofchrist https://flickr.com/photos/7724093@N05/30205885184 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Court rules it’s reasonable consumers wouldn’t consider glyphosate-containing Nature Valley Granola Bars ‘natural’: “Chafer -43” flickr photo by Chafer Machinery https://flickr.com/photos/chafermachinery/15412945324 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • The good news of haters: “Haters” flickr photo by Johnny Silvercloud https://flickr.com/photos/johnnysilvercloud/24011761923 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Human Rights Campaign announces largest grassroots expansion in its history: “Human Rights Campaign 2791” flickr photo by tedeytan https://flickr.com/photos/taedc/5824691944 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Kenya is first in Africa to get latest generic AIDS drug: “kenya” flickr photo by kevinzim https://flickr.com/photos/86624586@N00/112509725 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Microsoft and Puget Sound Energy get OK for clean-energy deal to help power software giant’s campus: “Microsoft” flickr photo by bfishadow https://flickr.com/photos/bfishadow/4405446485 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Reimagining Progress: “Abstract” flickr photo by EuroSlice https://flickr.com/photos/104021946@N05/15436324094 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Scientists report a rare case of H.I.V. remission: “Virus” flickr photo by Dominic’s pics https://flickr.com/photos/dominicspics/5425951169 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license, cropping by Peter Schulte
  • Should Radiohead perform in Israel?: “Radiohead” flickr photo by angela n. https://flickr.com/photos/aon/2488538303 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Target tackles “branded trash” with new recycling initiatives: “At Target again!” flickr photo by cote https://flickr.com/photos/cote/4902896335 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Washington State will now alert survivors when domestic abusers try to buy a gun: “handgun” flickr photo by robertnelson https://flickr.com/photos/robertnelson/439618310 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • World’s first malaria vaccine will be given to thousands of babies in Africa: “Mosquito” flickr photo by turkletom https://flickr.com/photos/turkletom/4584117897 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • 43 brands will fix or replace anything you buy from them — forever: “Patagonia Wood Sign” flickr photo by Dave Dugdale https://flickr.com/photos/davedugdale/4959660085 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Berkeley becomes first city to divest from U.S.-Mexico border wall companies: “Berkeley, California (1959)” flickr photo by roger4336 https://flickr.com/photos/24736216@N07/4071052000 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Breckinridge Capital adopts Social Progress Index to reward cities for “inclusiveness.”: Matt Mechtley from Heidelberg, Deutschland (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Inclusive_community_(citation_needed)_(2205859730).jpg), „Inclusive community (citation needed) (2205859730)“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/legalcode
  • Lithium-ion battery inventor introduces new technology for fast-charging, noncombustible batteries: “New electric car charging station at Kahala Mall” flickr photo by coconut wireless https://flickr.com/photos/frikitiki/6784128074 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Maryland House votes to ban fracking by veto-proof margin: “Fracking” flickr photo by SFU – University Communications https://flickr.com/photos/sfupamr/14601885300 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Rikers Island prison to close, New York mayor says: “2012_03_14_aus-iah-bos_402” flickr photo by dsearls https://flickr.com/photos/docsearls/7042515751 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Duke University launches program for men to consider their toxic masculinities: “Duke University Library” flickr photo by fw_gadget https://flickr.com/photos/26240579@N05/3926497441 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • The first Latina senator ever is coming to Washington: “Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada Attorney General” flickr photo by The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Right https://flickr.com/photos/lccr/6777894706 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
  • George Soros pledges $10 million to fight hate crimes: “George Soros, Rebecca Harms” flickr photo by boellstiftung https://flickr.com/photos/boellstiftung/13307595893 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Hillary Clinton: The next systems candidate: “Hillary Clinton” flickr photo by Nrbelex https://flickr.com/photos/nrbelex/2232632457 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Progressive champion Pramila Jayapal became the first ever Indian-American woman elected to congress: “Pramila Jayapal” flickr photo by javacolleen https://flickr.com/photos/javacolleen/5682448787 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license

Timeline of Human Genius

  • Bands of human begin forming in tribes, starting in the the Fertile Crescent (~11,000 B.C.): “Naga women from the Patkoi hills, Assam” flickr photo by collection of old photos https://flickr.com/photos/54729153@N07/10495675535 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • First human settlement is built in Australia (~50,000 B.C.): “Flinders Ranges” flickr photo by mecookie https://flickr.com/photos/mecookie/3166232212 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • The first permanent human settlement is built, perhaps in modern day Czech Republic (~25,000 B.C): “Dolni Vestonice (12)” flickr photo by korom https://flickr.com/photos/korom/8310424708 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Humans arrive in Australia for first time (~65,000 B.C.): “Uluru” flickr photo by robertpaulyoung https://flickr.com/photos/robertpaulyoung/2715652141 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Humans begin practicing ceremonial burial (~50,000 B.C.): “Skeleton” flickr photo by farrokhi https://flickr.com/photos/farrokhi/5035628957 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license, cropping by Peter Schulte
  • Humans begin to use spears with complex stone blades (~200,000 B.C.): “Spears” flickr photo by Hilde Kari https://flickr.com/photos/29745454@N04/5075033849 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license
  • Humans begin using flutes – perhaps first musical instruments ever – in modern-day Germany (~49,000 B.C.): “Music” flickr photo by Steve Snodgrass https://flickr.com/photos/stevensnodgrass/2449130669 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Human behavior evolves to “behavioral modernity”, including abstract thinking, planning depth, and symbolic thinking (~50,000 B.C. ???): “Exercise Plays Vital Role Maintaining Brain Health” flickr photo by A Health Blog https://flickr.com/photos/healthblog/8384110298 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Humans created art for the first time, possibly in Indonesia (~40,000 B.C.): “Cave Paintings” flickr photo by GOC53 https://flickr.com/photos/graeme/8977513982 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Humanity develops mysticism, creating meaning and purpose beyond survival (???): “Cave Paintings” flickr photo by GOC53 https://flickr.com/photos/graeme/8977513982 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Humans first arrive in New Guinea (~40,000 B.C ???): “Goroka Show” flickr photo by Anselmo Lastra https://flickr.com/photos/lastra/1547170234 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Humans in Africa invent the bow and arrow (~60,000 B.C.): “hunters” flickr photo by hans s https://flickr.com/photos/archeon/3950771215 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Humans in Ancient Morocco manufacture jewelry for first time (~80,000 B.C): “Button LACMA M.76.97.626” flickr photo by Fæ https://flickr.com/photos/wikimediacommons/15777964424 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Humans invent clothing (~170,000 B.C.): “Pels – liv og død / Fur – an issue of life and death” flickr photo by Nationalmuseet https://flickr.com/photos/nationalmuseet/15425279721 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Human invent pottery, perhaps in modern-day Jiangxi province in China (~18,000 B.C. ???): Zhangzhugang (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:National_Museum_of_China_2014.02.01_14-43-38.jpg), „National Museum of China 2014.02.01 14-43-38“, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode
  • Human invent tally marks, their first numeral systems (~40,000 B.C): “counting IIII (cc)” flickr photo by marfis75 https://flickr.com/photos/marfis75/13848268535 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Humans migrate from Siberia to Americas across the Bering Land Bridge (~20,000 B.C.): “20150603_BELA_KutiztrinRiver_KenHill” flickr photo by AlaskaNPS https://flickr.com/photos/alaskanps/33365592715 shared into the public domain using (PDM)
  • Humans reach and begin settling Tasmania (~40,000 B.C. ???): “Autumn. It’s raining in Queensland!” flickr photo by Tatters ✾ https://flickr.com/photos/tgerus/4399205945 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Humans reach Europe (~43,000 B.C.): “Travel Map : Europe” flickr photo by roundedbygravity https://flickr.com/photos/unfoldedorigami/3080582791 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Kebarian Culture thrives in the Levant (~17,000 B.C.): The-Levant-sr.svg: *The_Levant_3.png: MapMaster derivative work: Ivan25 (talk) derivative work: Snaevar (talk) (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The-Levant-is.svg), „The-Levant-is“, Cropping by Peter Schulte, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/legalcode
  • “Mitochondrial Eve” is born, probably somewhere in Africa (~200,000 B.C. ???): “Adam and Eve in the Earthly Paradise” flickr photo by rjhuttondfw https://flickr.com/photos/rjhuttondfw/20199540225 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Proto-humans in modern-day Siberia begin using sewing needles (~50,000 B.C.): “Viroconium Cornoviorum . Roman bone sewing needles” flickr photo by John McLinden https://flickr.com/photos/fogey03/14012853820 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • Rock paintings tradition begins in Bhimbetka rock shelters in India (~30,000 B.C. ???): “Bhimbetka, rock paintings” flickr photo by Arian Zwegers https://flickr.com/photos/azwegers/9839910925 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Ancient Egyptians begin practice of mummification (~3,500 B.C.): “MUMMY!” flickr photo by silver marquis https://flickr.com/photos/silvermarquis/2609447874 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • The Bronze Age begins, first in Greece and China (~3,500 B.C.): “Bronze age bread oven” flickr photo by hans s https://flickr.com/photos/archeon/33958310 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • The Cairn of Barnenez – prehistoric mausoleum – is constructed in Brittany, France (~4,800 B.C.): “Side view, tunnel entrances” flickr photo by Simon Bramwell https://flickr.com/photos/sbramwell/4972140735 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • Çatalhöyük, a large Neolithic and Chalcolithic proto-city settlement in modern-day Turkey, flourishes (~7,000 B.C.): “6204” flickr photo by Panegyrics of Granovetter https://flickr.com/photos/sarah_c_murray/4884063946 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Copper smelting invented in ancient Serbia (~5,500 B.C.): “Copper crystal in copper mass (Mesoproterozoic, 1.05-1.06 Ga; Ahmeek, Upper Peninsula of Michigan, USA) 3” flickr photo by James St. John https://flickr.com/photos/jsjgeology/17110448199 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • First paved roads built in cities of Ur and Babylon (~4,000 B.C.): “processional street – شارع الموكب” flickr photo by MohammadAliHuzam https://flickr.com/photos/150744296@N08/33943692924 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • The first settlement at the site of modern-day Jericho are founded (~9,000 B.C ???): “” flickr photo by Michele Benericetti https://flickr.com/photos/benericetti/5638942164 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-ND) license
  • First systems of writing begin to emerge in Sumeria (~3500 B.C.): “Cuneiform script” flickr photo by auxesis https://flickr.com/photos/auxesis/3920533954 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • The first year of the ancient Egyptian calendar commences (4,242 B.C.): “Detail of heiroglyphics” flickr photo by dustinpsmith https://flickr.com/photos/dustinpsmith/510240241 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Feng shui developed in ancient China (~4,000 B.C.): “Feng Shui Designs 005” flickr photo by IDEAleemade https://flickr.com/photos/idealeemade/6281674419 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • First human settlements are constructed at Ain Ghazal in modern-day Jordan (~9,200 B.C ???): “Ain Ghazal” flickr photo by alazaat https://flickr.com/photos/alazaat/32438535252 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Gobekli Tepe – perhaps the world’s first temple – constructed in modern-day Turkey (~9,000 B.C.): “12,000-Year-Old Concrete Pavement/Blocks”: flickr photo by lin440315 https://flickr.com/photos/fossil_lin/14717628009 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license “12,000-Year-Old Concrete Pavement/Blocks”
  • Peiligang culture begins in ancient China (~7,000 B.C.): “Red Pottery Pot – Peiligang Culture 6000-5200BC” flickr photo by mifl68 https://flickr.com/photos/mifl68/8213781981 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-ND) license
  • The Plains Indians begin their purification ceremonies held in sweat lodges (~800 A.D. ???): “Sacred Sites” flickr photo by baldeaglebluff https://flickr.com/photos/baldeaglebluff/2342662572 shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license
  • Uruk, in Mesopotamia, becomes first city in the history of humanity (~4,500 B.C.): “Ur, Iraq” flickr photo by u07ch https://flickr.com/photos/u07ch/25001512830 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license
  • Use of the healing Iboga plant emerges in Western African spiritual ceremonies (????): Marco Schmidt[1], Tabernanthe iboga MS 4098, Cropping by Peter Schulte, CC BY-SA 2.5

Next Systems

  • “I need a rock this size…”: Lee Sauer
  • “Tools of a systems think”: Emma Segal