July 13th, 2010
01:31 PM ET

Is the world ready for good news?

Richard Galant

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War and terrorism besiege countries around the world. Infectious diseases kill millions. Environmental catastrophes threaten nature. Is this a time for a conference titled "And Now the Good News"?

Yes it is, according to Bruno Giussani, European director for TED, the nonprofit organization that on Tuesday is beginning TEDGlobal 2010, its third conference in Oxford.

"Someone has written, in presenting the conference, that good news is a species that is becoming extinct. If you look at any newspaper ... we are bombarded by bad news," he said as attendees chatted at a welcome party at Keble College on Monday. "But if you dig, if you look under the surface and search, you will find a lot of new technology, new science, new art, new ways of thinking, politically, socially, philosophically that may give you, when you string them all together, a more optimistic view of the future."

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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Rose from Muscoy, Calif

    I was told, " For every problem there's a solution, when everyone works together for the Better-Good of the world".

    July 13, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  2. Denise

    I know I'm ready for good news. I read the Popualr Science magazines very once in a while. There is so much hope for the future. More than what we get on a daily basis watching television. People should read more often and see what wonderful things are available to us. (or becoming available)

    July 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  3. alicia johnson

    Finally! I am so tired of our media networks thinking that only the horrible, gruesome images and stories will sell. I'm raising our future leaders, our children. I'm terrified they might tune in to the disgusting stories the media claims is "news". Instead, show us the truth! Show us the brave people of the world willing to do what's right and good, and actually get credit for it! Give airtime to the worthy, and I promise my family will stay tuned.

    July 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm |
  4. casey nunez

    great news would be every business and person boycotting Waste Management for their assault on the state of Mississippi

    July 13, 2010 at 1:34 pm |

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