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Can we change the news for good?

Action for Happiness

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

Can we change the news for good?

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Join us for an evening of insight and discussion about the nature of our news and its relentless negativity.

Could more balanced news coverage - including positive as well as negative stories - be not only more inspiring but also a more accurate and useful reflection of reality?

With this vital debate having been reinvigorated by the recent Good News is No News show on BBC Radio 4, we will be joined by two pioneers challenging the status quo.

This event is a collaboration between Action for Happiness and Positive News.

About The Speakers

Martyn Lewis CBE first called for a greater focus on positive stories 20 years ago, but was vilified by his peers. The former BBC news presenter will explain why it’s more vital than ever that journalism holds up a proper mirror to society - to show the good as well as the bad.

"There is still a sense that something is only really news if it’s going wrong – that bad news sells. But I see so many good stories that don’t get covered, stories that could lift and inspire" ~ Martyn Lewis

Seán Dagan Wood is at the forefront of the constructive journalism movement. The editor of Positive News, he also trains journalists to use more positive approaches. He says the media has a duty to report in a way that leaves us empowered rather than cynical.

"Journalism can reflect the world in an accurate way that includes the stories of positive change, possibility and solutions. Rather than triggering cynicism, it can instead trigger the human potential." ~ Seán Dagan Wood

Location and Timings 

This event will take place at Conway Hall in central London on Wednesday 25 March 2015. Doors will open at 18:30 and the event will start at 19:00


This event is in support of Action for Happiness. We want to make it accessible to as many people as possible, so rather than charging a fixed fee we're instead asking you to make a donation. It would be great if you could donate £15, but if you can spare more, or feel unable to give that much, then please give what you feel is appropriate.

Any funds raised (beyond the costs of the event) will contribute directly to Action for Happiness' work relating to growing the movement and supporting local action groups relating to happiness and well-being. Action for Happiness is part of the Young Foundation, a Registered Charity (274345) in England and Wales.

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When & Where

Conway Hall
25 Red Lion Square
WC1R 4RL London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 25 March 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (GMT)

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Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness is a movement of people committed to creating a happier society by making positive changes in their personal lives, homes, workplaces and communities. Join the movement, be the change.

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