Above The Fold: David Byrne’s alternative guide to 2018

A couple of years ago, former Talking Heads frontman David Byrne found himself being hit by wave after wave of bad news. Rather than being swept under by the growing tide of despair, Byrne decided to take stock and began collecting reports that made him feel optimistic about the future of humanity. “For my own mental health I needed to do something,” he explains.

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David Byrne Launches the “Reasons to Be Cheerful” Web Site: A Compendium of News Meant to Remind Us That the World Isn’t Actually Falling Apart

What kind of positive stuff has Byrne found? He identifies certain common qualities among the stories that have caught his eye: "Almost all of these initiatives are local, they come from cities or small regions who have taken it upon themselves to try something that might offer a better alternative than what exists."

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