Society News

June 20, 2013
World Poverty Comming to an End

Half Way There – World Wide Poverty Rate Drops by Half

If Finally Good News could wake up to any morning headline it would be “World Poverty Eliminated!” Maybe “Global Peace Achieved!” would be a close second. Either would be enough of a jolt to make me skip my cup of coffee. OK, my second cup of coffee was what I […]
April 23, 2013
Happy April Fools Day!

The Lesson in the Hoax

Holidays can boost certain human inclinations. We like our holidays of giving that make us more generous. We enjoy ourselves more on special days of merriment. It also happens that other less pleasant tendencies can sometimes get freer reign. Giving can turn into crass materialism and merry-making just an excuse […]
April 2, 2013
Keith Chen

Back to the Future Tense

Scientific American is a bit late boarding the train for this one. Keith Chen, an economics professor at Yale, started circulating his unpublished working paper over a year ago. His daring hypothesis: The language you speak actually determines your economic habits. It was only in February when Chen appeared on […]
March 24, 2013
Tim O'Reilly

DIY, YC, and VC

The new media guru, Tim O’Reilly, recently linked to DYI, a website geared towards kids-as-would-be-makers. It’s not just adults; young people also need an online community that fosters the do-it-yourself spirit. They too benefit from sharing creative projects and drawing inspiration from other young makers. Trending topics range from rocket […]
February 6, 2013
Hong Kong

The Spring Continues

It’s amazing to how the Arab Spring uprisings throughout North Africa and the Middle East are continuing to have repercussions throughout the world. The role of technology, of course, cannot be underplayed in these events – social media has been a valuable conduit and meeting place to spread this contagious notion […]
October 30, 2012
protests in china

People Power in Modern China

China’s rapid ascent in the last decade as a new global economic superpower has taken many forms, and the once-despotic nature of the ruling class is now careful to tread lightly for fear of Prague spring-style rebellions erupting. This vast nation is a fascinating social and economic cauldron facing a […]
September 24, 2012

Workers’ Rights Still Big News

China and India continue to command the attention of the international media, as the world watches these two emerging superpowers grow, develop and contend with increasing notions of democratization in all of its manifestations. India’s latest concern is whether or not to allow international companies to operate on native soil, […]
May 14, 2012
Finally Good News - Different Races Joining Hands

Good News: We’re All Connected!

An interesting article recently appeared on the BBC website, detailing a new study that links linguistics and culture with areas rich in biodiversity. In the past, the study of languages and biology were two distinctly separate camps without any evidence to support the claim that ecosystems are tied to human […]