Unfortunately Avaaz suspended its Daily Briefing project. I’ve been hoping ever since they’ll start it up again, but it doesn’t seem hopeful.
I’ve been a fan and a supporter of Avaaz for a long time, and felt that it was one of the few political campaigning platforms that I really felt an unreserved sense of resonance with. I’ve also had another feeling for a long time: that there were no good websites to get news from a conscious perspective. I think I’d just said something like that to a friend a day before I found out that Avaaz has started making its own news source, its “Daily Briefing”. As I’d expect from Avaaz, which is both a very conscious organisation and one that, by necessity, needs to be very in tune with what’s going on in the world, it’s very good.
I hadn’t read the news for a very long time, because a) I knew that the media is full of lies, propaganda, and manipulation, and b) because it focuses on negative stuff and basically just seems to exist to feed fear and other negative emotions. Indeed I think people read it because they’re addicted to such emotions.
I’d seen a couple of “good news” websites pop up but then disappear. I liked them, but they weren’t quite what I was looking for.
Then a few days ago I thought something like, “I’d like to be up to date with what’s going on in the world, but from a perspective similar to my own, that knows how to filter good and bad vibrations and focus on what’s really important.” I also had a thought like, “Hmm, maybe I should stop trying to do everything myself and just send my energy out there so that someone who is better positioned to create something like this can do it.” This last thought is pretty freaky, both if you choose to see it as a coincidence, or as an example of the Law of Attraction in action. I think it was just the day after that I discovered Avaaz’s new project.
I think Avaaz’s conscious news site is an improvement on all the other attempts at making “good news” sites because it makes a distinction between the gratuitously bad news of the mainstream media and the sort of bad news that a concerned activist might need to know. It also combines this bad news with uplifting news of success in activism as well as the calls to action which Avaaz was always so good at. So, even when there’s bad news, there’s both hope, and a sense of power coming from the affirmation of our ability to make a difference, and not this horrible hopelessness which mainstream media tries to instill in us. I think this balance is a lot more realistic than JUST focusing on good news, or JUST focusing on bad news. Besides, why would we *want* to know what’s going on in the world unless we had some eye to doing something about it?
I’ll leave you with a few links to some randomly selected articles I think are interesting.
Woman Stands Up To Religious Police – A woman in Saudi Arabia makes a stand for her rights.
Lovefest In Beijing – Talk about recent events which give an idea of how geopolitics among the “superpowers” are leaning for the future.
Euro 2012 Kicks Off – With A Boycott – a mix of hopefulness and grim reality paint a picture for us regarding the terrible Ukranian regime and international response to it.
Watch The Venus Transit In Ultra Hi-Def – Avaaz shares a video created by Nasa which shows the recent transit of Venus in incredible quality.
Grab Your Paintbrush! Let’s All Fight Climate Change – A very inspiring video about a simple and effective initiative for countering climate change.
Sesame Street Goes To Gitmo – A candid, though not dysmal, look at the way the American government uses torture.
Meet Lucy, The Political Goat – An interesting and positive look at the status of LGBT animals in zoos. (Seriously. I love it).
…Finally, for something uplifting, Avaaz has an entire section on “Progress“.
So check those out, and enjoy. I am getting a feeling that from now on, I, personally, am going to be a lot more in tune with worldwide goings-on. I love Avaaz and consider it the single greatest organisation in terms of what I want to support. It’d be a great feeling to get immoderately wealthy and then splurge on giving Avaaz a new security system to prevent attacks from tyrannical governments (note on that link: that attack happened a couple of months ago and has now abated) or extra staff for writing and publicising news articles. Even now, I donate to Avaaz from time to time, even though in my life I’m currently going by the reasoning that, as an impoverished lightworker, the best charity to invest in is myself.
Tell me what you think! What’s your favourite news item from Avaaz? Do you have other conscious news sites you want to share??