Five things to feel hopeful about this Monday

1 // Art like this

Filmmaker and educator Cao Shu captures the history of art in an experimental short film that lasts for less than one minute. Throughout the film, the central character goes through the small motions of everyday movements, with each frame rendered in a different art historical style.

2 // We have a lot of similarities all over the world…

…and the images we see in the media, they show us the world is a very, very strange place.But when we look at the Dollar Street images, they do not look like that. So using Dollar Street, we can use photos as data, and country stereotypes — they simply fall apart. So the person staring back at us from the other side of the world actually looks quite a lot like you. And that implies both a call to action and a reason for hope.

Watch this fascinating talk by Anna Rosling Rönnlund at TED2017

3 // Community thinking at the Blue Sky Center

Based in a small desert community of California— this center aims to support the surrounding land and people who live there.

4 // Activists, change makers

10 Women Who Made A Positive Global Impact In 2017. A wonderful list.

5 // And closer to home, this years winners of the BNZ Startup Alley

CoHired matching people to jobs they love, and Talk Town who made a digital self-advocacy and communications skills game for deaf kids, who often have trouble with social interactions.