Will Doig

Will Doig is co-editor of Reasons to be Cheerful.

Our Editors Discuss Solutions and Storytelling

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At the end of this busy year, Reasons to be Cheerful’s editors are taking a moment to reflect.

The Tantalizing Dream of a “Regional” Olympics

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The Games have become an unwieldy, budget-busting affair. Allowing multiple cities — or even countries — to co-host could fix that.

Norway’s Electric Car Triumph Started With an ’80s Pop Star

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How a rule-breaking joyride by an MTV icon helped make Norway the world’s EV capital.

The Year the ‘Third World’ Came in First

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The pandemic has finally busted the outdated myth that so-called developing countries are less resilient than their wealthier peers.

5 Ways to Decongest a City (Without Making People Work from Home)

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The Bay Area is walking back a proposal that would have forced residents to work remotely.

Are You Liberal? Are You Sure?

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A growing body of research suggests our political beliefs are flexible – and that we may be more capable of understanding the other side than we realize.

5 More Countries Dodging the Virus

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After we featured a list of places beating the coronavirus, many of you wrote in with your own countries’ success stories. Here are five you said we shouldn’t miss.

These Unsung Countries Are Vanquishing the Virus

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While success stories like Germany and South Korea are rightly hailed, some of the most effective responses are in countries that haven’t been making the news.

Japan’s ‘Disaster Parks’ Help Explain Its Coronavirus Response

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Benches that become stoves and manholes hiding emergency toilets reflect the survival instincts of a country that has learned to live with peril.

The Coronavirus-Proof Nation

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Taiwan has built a pragmatic, solutions-oriented society where democracy is expected to deliver results. Amid the pandemic, it’s paying off.

Illegal Fishing You Can See from Space

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Satellites are tracking thousands of fishing vessels in real time to make sure your mahi mahi is just as sustainably sourced as the label claims.

Make Trains Not War

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A landmark deal to let China build Boston’s new subway cars shows how a little creative collaboration could rescue America’s infrastructure.

It’s a New Day for LGBT Health

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From transgender clinics to big wins in the fight against HIV, the landscape for LGBT health is nearly unrecognizable from just 10 years ago.

How Toilets Saved the West

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The toilets in your home today are radically different than the ones of the 1950s—or even the 1990s—and may be the reason western cities are still habitable.

Austerity Is Not the Only Way: Portugal!

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While other European countries cut their budgets to the bone, Portugal lent its citizens a helping hand. Guess who came out on top.

Spain’s Happy Little Carless City

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Pontevedra, once choked with cars, is a laboratory for how smaller cities can implement a few simple tricks to reduce driving dramatically.

How Cities Will Avoid Death by Self-Driving Car

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Major cities have signaled a commitment to curbing private autonomous vehicles, and their transportation systems are already reaping the benefits.

“The Best Worst Mistake You Ever Made”

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Before they became places to warehouse so-called problem kids, alternative learning centers were designed to help at-risk students succeed. Some are rediscovering that mission.

Women Scientists Raise Their Decibel Level

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To change the misperception that scientists are all old white guys in lab coats, thousands of women scientists are banding together to make their voices heard.

Build Your Own Dialysis Machine!

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In clinics and hospitals around the world, doctors and nurses turn household objects into medical instruments. MIT’s Little Devices Lab is giving them the tools to build even better.

How China Sold Us a Solar-Powered World

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All those pictures of smog-cloaked Chinese cities mask the fact that China’s cheap solar panels have fueled the world’s green-energy revolution.

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