99+1 good news

+ Conflicts to watch, Online Gurus, Trend defying milllennials (#423)

Welcome to what is indeed the 13th year since I started this newsletter. It's been a long journey and I enjoy it as much as ever. I hope you do, too. (If you're newish here, you might want to check out the archive with more than 2000 gems from all corners of the web).

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1. 99 Good News Stories You Probably Didn't Hear About in 2022

I'm always a bit wary of such collections of good news. Too often, they cherry-pick a few good news that pale in the larger context. Not this one. Even though it's a long list, most of the good news are substantial, and indeed a good reminder that the lens through which we look at the world matters. So why not start the new year by reminding ourselves that 2022 wasn't quite as bad as we probably remember it?

99 Good News Stories From 2022
The world didn’t fall apart this year. You just got your news from the wrong places.

2. 10 Conflicts to Watch in 2023

Just as we should not forget about the good things that are happening in the world, we should obviously not be mislead by them. 2023 begins with many wars, conflicts and tensions that deserve our attention. Russia's war in Ukraine continues to be the number one conflict to watch, but it's important to reminded that around the world, there are other wars and conflicts with the potential for further escalation.

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2023
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine sent shock waves round the world. As our look ahead to 2023 shows, several other crises loom as well.

3. The New Gurus

An excellent new podcast series by the BBC on the rise of online gurus. No matter what you're drawn to — how to be healthier, how to be more productive, how to get rich — you'll find someone ready to provide recipes for success. And these gurus are drawing huge audiences, not least by pitting themselves against whatever they perceive as the mainstream.

BBC Radio 4 - The New Gurus
Helen Lewis meets the new gurus promising us enlightenment in the digital world.

4. What we learned from books this year

This is condensed wisdom condensed again. Throughout the year, Charter publishes excellent briefings with the key insights from non-fiction books. In this roundup, they present «some of the most interesting and important things we took away from them

What we learned from books this year
The best research, insights, and advice for managing yourself and your team from the 37 books Charter wrote about in 2022.

5. What's happening with Millennials?

Most generations follow a similar trend: The older people get, the more conservative they become on average (the on average is important, because one of the reasons for the trend is literal survivorship bias: Wealthier people live longer and they tend to be more conservative, thus skewing the average). Interestingly, Millennials so far refuse to follow the trend. First reported by the Financial Times for UK and US, but the trend is very similar for lots of countries — with some notable exceptions.

Twitter thread from @MortenStostad | annotated by David
Do people become conservative with age? An update with 21 countries and 546,013 individuals. The fascinating plot comes from @jburnmurdoch, based on the UK and US, and shows; 1. People become more right-wing with age. 2. Millennials are different. But is this true everywhere?

What else?

Thanks for reading. I wish you a nice weekend and hope to see you again next Friday!

— David 👋

«We came all this way to explore the moon, and the most important thing is that we discovered the earth.» — Bill Anders, who took this photograph aboard Apollo 8 on December 24, 1968. It is the first colour photograph of an earthrise. Throughout the year, I will end each newsletter with an image of this amazing series, a true reminder of the beauty — and fragility — of the planet we live on. Credit: NASA, edited by Toby Ord.