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The entrepreneurs challenging ‘copy and paste’ high streets

High streets are dominated by homogenous chains and empty shops. A new model is offered by artists, makers, small businesses, and offers an alternative vision. Her mission is to connect artists, creative entrepreneurs, and independent businesses with affordable pop up spaces in high-footfall areas. Meet Tillie Peel. Pop-Up ClubA movement that is helping to revitalize […]

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The future of high street fashion? A hub where you mend, make and swap clothes – FFA

A Manchester shopping centre’s empty unit has been transformed into a bustling hub where people can find inspiration to go beyond fast fashion. As people wander past the unit in a shopping centre that has seen better days, they can’t help but peer in. They see brightly coloured yarn and fabric scattered throughout the room […]

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What went right: the ‘live-and-let-live’ UK, plus more positive news

A ‘life-and-let-live’ attitude prevails in the UK – report The divisive debate playing out in Westminster and online around gender identity is out of sync with the public’s approach to the issue.  That’s according to a report by the More in Common thinktank. It surveyed 5,000 adults and found that a ‘live and let live’ […]

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Meet the Russians helping Ukrainians stranded in Russia

Many Ukrainians have fled the war to Russia itself, where they need help finding housing, work and schools – or leaving the country While Russia’s military has decimated Ukrainian towns and cities, killing thousands in its attempt to take control of the country, some residents in the Russian city of St Petersburg are helping refugees […]

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This fashion label turns refugee lifejackets into statement clothing

Mohamed Malim, founder of fashion label and ex-refugee, believes that the discarded jackets are a symbol for perseverance. Mohamed Malim, a former Somali refugee, is looking to get conversations started with his fashion label.  His Minnesota-based startup EpimoniaLifejackets taken from Lesbos, Greece, that were worn by refugees crossing the Mediterranean, are transformed into bracelets, jackets, […]

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‘We greet them with tea’: 11 organisations that help refugees in the UK

1. Hastings Supports Refugees  This community group was established in Calais Jungle to aid refugees. Since then, it has been at the forefront for the refugee crisis. Local RNLI crews often rescue dinghies carrying people across English Channel. Volunteers Hastings Supports RefugeesThey are often the first to greet them on dry ground. “We go down […]

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‘It’s time to break the bad news bias’ – FFA

Positive News’ latest report confirmed what we have suspected for years: people are leaving mainstream news because it is so negative.  ResearchThe Reuters Institute published data showing that 38% of people around the world avoid news. In the UK, that figure was 46 per cent – a rate that has nearly doubled since 2016.  Among […]

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Can art save our high streets? In Yorkshire, it’s already happening

Stilt walkers stalk the pavement and a flashmob suddenly appears from behind a row of neon mannequin legs within a former department store: the high street in Keighley, West Yorkshire, may have lost some major retail players in recent years, but it’s anything but dead.  Visitors to Keighley were told to “expect the unexpected” via […]

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What went right: saving Europe’s ‘last wild river’, plus more positive news

Albania vowed to protect Europe’s ‘last wild river’ The Vjosa is a rare bird on a continent where most rivers have been dammed. It is fast, unimpeded by pollution and flows for 170 miles from Albania to the Adriatic Sea. They call it Europe’s ‘last wild river’.  The Albanian government pledged to keep it that […]

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Five possible solutions to deforestation – FFA

If we want to end the climate and biodiversity crises, it is essential that we stop tree loss. We have the tools to tackle the challenge. Here are five ways to stop deforestation Let’s not beat around the bush: trees are one of our planet’s greatest resources. They are carbon sinks and purify the air, […]

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