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A note from the editor…and a positive message about race

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CABE 2017 will be here in a less than six short months and this year’s conference theme is:

Connecting Communities through our Languages, Cultures and Stories!

Speaking of stories, are you, like us, tired of and discouraged by the tsunami of negative stories flooding the media nowadays?  They abound…

…scandals…corruption…dirty politics…war…human trafficking/slavery…drug cartels…genocide…terrorism…hunger… poverty…climate changes…educational and social inequities…anti-immigrant protests…LGBTQ discrimination…racism…gun violence on our streets and in our schools…and, it seems, a new or worsening humanitarian crisis every week.

And you know there’s more—it’s ubiquitous—there every time you turn on the radio or TV, or go online.  Yes, we need to know about what’s going on in our world, but too often we only hear about the bad things and not enough about the good.

We recently discovered an online antidote (in addition to all those baby/kitten/puppy videos on YouTube) for what we call bad-news fatigue…

It’s a website called Upworthy and they have a mission to bring forward stories of a more positive disposition:


Lots of media companies have a mission. But Upworthy is on a mission to change what the world pays attention to.

We believe that stories about important issues can and should be great stories — stories for everyone, stories that connect us and sometimes even change the world.

Because we’re all part of the same story.

The internet often narrows our world instead of broadening it. And fills it with a waterfall of empty stories that drown out the ones that matter most.

But sometimes a story opens a door to a new and better world. It might make you feel surprised, happy, inspired, motivated, even sad. But it’s those stories that give us what we’re missing. They connect us with each other. They are rocket fuel for empathy. They change our hearts, our minds and sometimes even, the world.

Upworthy tells those stories, and helps them break through. Stories that are worth your time—and that make the world a better place.

Ready for a negative-vibe vaccination? To introduce you to Upworthy (if you haven’t discovered it already), we bring you Megan’s perspective on personal questions about race.  After reading it, we invite you to spend some time hanging out with Upworthy. We think you’ll leave the site feeling lighter.