What We Do

Reasons to be Cheerful

Reasons to be Cheerful is an online magazine dedicated to telling stories about smart, proven, replicable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. These aren't stories about how we wish things were — these are stories about how they are, right now. Through sharp reporting, our stories balance a sense of healthy optimism with journalistic rigor, and find cause for hope. We hope to inspire by example, and to counter the media bias towards negative news to support a more accurate perception of the world.

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We Are Not Divided

We Are Not Divided was a special project of Reasons to be Cheerful running September and October of 2020. Around the world it has become conventional wisdom that we — not just in America, but all over — are hopelessly divided. But this narrative masks a larger truth: that we humans are incredibly skilled at overcoming division. We Are Not Divided was a collaborative, in-depth digital journalism project dedicated to revealing that broader truth by telling the stories that show, through the evidence of their success, that we are not as divided as we might think.

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Theater of the Mind

Theater of the Mind is an immersive science theater experience that uses a narrative framework to raise questions about who we are and how we perceive the world- or just as often, don't. Groups of 16 audience members at a time are led through a series of rooms by an actor, combining the work of science labs with immersive theater. "Our minds are theaters and we are the audience."

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