An optimistic article in this week's Sunday Times - http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/families/article6395003.ece .
Author Rosie Boycott claims:
"There is a phenomenon springing up all around that isn’t just about a green revolution, nor is it simply a response to the recession, an economic necessity to downsize because your bank balance is looking precarious. No: a whole new set of values as fashionable as the old is currently in the offing. "
Is it really true? It doesn't seem based on much, although I'd like to think that the credit-crunch inspired articles that currently abound on clothes swapping, staycations, doing it yourself and growing your own are more than just a media fad.
She does touch on some more solid examples of 'good things' a-happening, such as a programme with persistent truants at Hackney City Farms and this - Capital Growth a project which aims to enable more food-growing in London, especially community food-growing. This is something I've daydreamed about but didn't know was actually out there happening, so I am glad to stumble across that, and it has injected a little optimism into my day.
What last made you feel optimistic?