Posted on November 7, 2005 - 7:50am :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Economics
By Joel Makower
01 Nov 2005 | Grist Magazine

TF! Editorial Comment: Few people are perhaps aware of the toxic mixture of cleaning agents that comprise the typical janitorial "arsenal." Institutional cleaning alone uses some 6 billion pounds of formulated chemicals a year, chemical which persist in building interiors but also find their way "downstream." In the article below, corporate sustainability guru Joel Makower exposes the addiction to chemicals that describes current janitorial practices and the real possibilities for a change to "green cleaning" practices.
Posted on November 6, 2005 - 8:14pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Society
By Angela Castellanos
October 16, 2005 | Women's e News

TF! Editorial Comment: While many have already come to recognize the skills and capacities of women to hold leadership positions--whether in political, economic or cultural life--disparities persist in levels of participation by women in most of these positions. The article below describes an innovative attempt by the Mayor of Bogota to bring governance and accountability closer to the community – and he is relying on women to do it.
Posted on November 6, 2005 - 8:11pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Mario Osava
Oct 31, 2005 | Inter Press Service (IPS)

TF! Editorial Comment: Around the world, social movements are questioning the failure of electoral democracy to address fundamental social justice issues such as poverty, inequality and environmental destruction, among others. As discussed in the article below, "people's assemblies" in Brazil are providing spaces for the re-visioning of development and for the beginnings of a more participatory democracy.
Posted on November 6, 2005 - 7:54pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Culture
Emily Gertz
October 31, 2005 | WorldChanging.com

TF! Editorial Comment: The increasing availability and proliferation of mobile telephony is radically changing the communication landscape. Short message service (SMS) or text messaging is a big part of this revolution that has taken off in many countries, especially in the global South. The article below describes innovations in using text messaging for social justice campaigns in Africa.
Posted on October 30, 2005 - 7:15pm :: Good News | ISD-World Affairs | Society
by Elina Valkonen
27 October 2005 | Six Degrees, Finland

TF! Editorial Comment: The old adage that laughter is the best medicine is ringing true for many enthusiasts who say that laughter reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, helps sleep habits, and conditions abdominal muscles among other benefits. In the article below, laughter yoga is catching on as a new stress reduction technique with clubs in many countries.