Today’s Solutions: June 30, 2022

Global Development

In an increasingly globalized world, international development efforts aim to improve living conditions, equity, and human rights around the world. Our global development section tracks this globalization and reports on specific equitable and sustainable development initiatives.

Oakland, CA to launch large-sc

Oakland, CA to launch large-scale UBI experiment

After encouraging preliminary results from Stockton's universal basic income (UBI) experiment, another California city is testing out guaranteed income as a strategy for economic empowerment for marginalized groups. The City of Oakland announced this week that it will provide $500 a month to 600 Read More...

The Optimist View: Knocking do

The Optimist View: Knocking down the negative news bias

“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” - Victor Frankel The old news mantra, “If it bleeds, it leads” has long steered traditional media outlets towards the violent, the Read More...

Move for Hunger makes it easy

Move for Hunger makes it easy to donate unwanted food when you move

Adam Lowy grew up working for his family’s moving company and noticed that a large amount of food, including nonperishables, gets left behind and thrown away during the process. Lowy saw this as an opportunity to boost moving efficiency while reducing food waste and in 2009, he launched Move for Read More...

Cleaning up abandoned oil and

Cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells would yield billions in benefits

New research is revealing time and time again that often the most sustainable solution is also the most economically viable. The latest example of this phenomenon is found in abandoned US oil and gas fields. New research from Hendrix College has found that cleaning up abandoned oil and gas wells Read More...

Research: The success of San F

Research: The success of San Francisco’s pandemic hotel housing program

When the pandemic hit, San Francisco was one of the cities that took advantage of empty hotel rooms to safely house the unsheltered and slow the spread of Covid-19. Now, almost a year down the line, researchers are understandably curious about the impact this public health move had on the city’s Read More...

Embracing acts of service can

Embracing acts of service can boost professional productivity

If you’re finding little motivation at work, feeling uninspired, or just sluggish during daily tasks, you may be suffering from a productivity slump. With limited social contact and the stress of the pandemic, it’s normal to see a lapse in productivity, but embracing acts of service can be a Read More...

Optimist View: Taking Ownershi

Optimist View: Taking Ownership & Choosing A Better Future

“All that you touch you Change. All that you Change, Changes you. The only lasting truth is Change. God is Change.” - Octavia E. Butler BY KRISTY JANSEN  We humans have had and will continue to have a profound effect on this planet and the biosphere. It's no longer debatable and that’s Read More...

The Optimist View: “Our

The Optimist View: "Our Moment of Choice" - Reflections on hope for the future

“A conscious business is a mission with a business, not a business with a mission.” - Steve Farrell, in Our Moment of Choice  BY ARIELLE TIANGCO As I reflect on the unexpected events of this past year, I am confronted with a strange mix of emotions. Trepidation clashes with gratitude. Read More...

Alex Trebek’s wardrobe donat

Alex Trebek’s wardrobe donated to professional development nonprofit

 Late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek collected quite the extensive wardrobe in his more than 35 years hosting the game show. After his passing last year, his family has decided to donate a significant portion of his wardrobe to The Doe Fund to help those in need get back on their feet.  The Read More...

The ozone hole is on track to

The ozone hole is on track to close within 50 years

The Montreal Protocol banned the use of trichlorofluoromethane (CFC-11) in 1987 after CFCs were linked to ozone depletion. New atmospheric data shows that the protocol has been effective and the hole in the ozone is on schedule to close within the next 50 years.  Researchers were concerned Read More...