‘Tis the season to cease writing emails to you lot and begin winding down. So this would be the final Upside publication of 2020.
I have to admit, there have been occasions this 12 months when it’s been exhausting to stay optimistic, given every little thing that has occurred. Occasions when it has appeared absurd to search for the silver lining, give how exhausting the rain has come down.
However we have been blessed by the spirit and indefatigability of Upside readers, who by no means stopped chirping in our inbox with heartening tales of pandemic positivity: knitting, volunteering, strolling, educating, exercising, singing, gardening, dressing up, Zooming, reflecting, dancing, kidding round. You actually are inspirational.
We’ve collated an article that showcases the resilience, compassion, kindness and general awesomeness of Upside readers via this horrible 12 months. Get pleasure from.
However we didn’t cease there: we’ve additionally pulled collectively a group of essentially the most optimistic journalism from the Guardian of 2020 and poured it into our moderately beautiful app. Will probably be revealed subsequent week, that means that if you sign up for a free trial now you’ll get this very particular Christmas bonus in your digital “stocking” on Christmas Eve. Now what might be extra Upside than that?
In any other case, this week we discovered the Upside in
• the surprising impact of Covid on homelessness. Four-minute read
• the low charges of coronavirus in south-east Asia. สามนาที
• the rise of train via 2020. 90-second sprint
• one Briton vaccinated each 4 seconds. By the time you’ve read this article, another 30 people in the UK will have had the jab
• how artwork is feeding hungry Individuals this winter. Four-minute read
Some vaccine doses are going a little bit additional than anticipated, with pharmacists discovering they’ll squeeze six and even seven doses out of a vial supposed to carry solely 5 doses, the New York Times reported. In the meantime, New Zealand is to purchase enough vaccine for its Pacific island neighbours.
Elsewhere, MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, has given away $4bn (£2.9bn) over the past four months to assist these affected by the pandemic.
Oh, and apparently, all the reindeer are female – aside from Rudolf.
What we appreciated
In fact we cherished the Constructive Institute’s 24-hour rolling conference on the way forward for journalism. The Upside took half within the opening session on why individuals keep away from information and what will be finished about it. You may see our dialog with the estimable Sir Martyn Lewis right here:
Talking of occasions, we’re trying ahead to a session referred to as Bridging Our Divides subsequent week, arrange by the Progress Community, to look at methods to begin placing the US again collectively once more. It’s on Monday at 8pm and is free: nice for all our readers within the western hemisphere.
The top of the 12 months is a pure time to take inventory and assess 12 months of labor. The Options Journalism Community are pioneers within the optimistic information area, and here they relate their standout solutions pieces of 2020.
And eventually, a shout-out to our mates at Struggles from Beneath and their latest piece on how community land trusts could advance racial equality in cities.
What we heard
Sue Lloyd salutes an area who’s brightening up her city.
Right here in Minehead, Steven Heard, who’s deaf, taught himself to weld throughout the first lockdown. Till then, he used to go on litter patrols in his buggy and is a widely known native determine.
Now he makes amusing brightly-painted figures out of recycled steel containers and places them round city to cheer us all up. They’re so fashionable, he now will get orders from native companies. It actually brightens the place up!
In Edinburgh, Jane Whiting has been serving to out with a neighborhood kitchen and meals financial institution.
I started volunteering at Empty kitchens full hearts Edinburgh three months in the past, as featured in the Observer just lately. One unemployed chef has arrange an operation delivering greater than 800 meal packs a day throughout Edinburgh every day in addition to 35 to 45 sizzling lunches served on the Leith Theatre and as much as 100 night meals. All out of waste meals with round 300 volunteers.
Doug Schneider in Cincinnati, Ohio, applauds the idea of citizens assemblies.
I like the concept of residents assemblies. No less than in America, plainly we’d like them to debate the important thought of how we shield democracy itself. Disavowing election outcomes via authorized processes and threats of violence is just not the way in which for a democracy to go. It results in residents being afraid to say what they assume.
The place was the Upside?
With all our readers and supporters, who flocked to us in record numbers this 12 months.