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Restoration as an opportunity for economic growth, Solarpunk, universal basic income, China's forest city, and the national seed dialogue in South Africa

Are you thinking of resolutions for New Year? How about, "I will do what I can to become part of the big fix!" We are moving towards a 'fixing revolution' with around 1450 repair

cafes throughout the world (Australia alone has 18). Restoration is one of the most overlooked opportunities for economic growth and solarpunk is a literary movement that's working to 'change the story' with a hashtag and a statement of intent about the future we hope to create. Major 'fixes' to our system being explored include universal basic income, which is being trialled by four councils in Scotland; the growth of a 'forest city' in China; and the first ever national seed dialogue in South Africa "to strengthen the push-back against the bulging muscles of corporate and state control over seed and food production".

These stories and more in today's Solutions Digest:

• VIDEO: How Lahore's first female auto rickshaw driver is providing a safe means of travel for women. View here

• How friendship is a 'root of freedom' and will be the soil from which a new politics will emerge. Read more here

• How a 'forest city' is growing in China. Read more here

• How optimism is key to making climate progress in 2018. Read more here

• How Rewilding Australia is set to reintroduce 100 eastern quolls to the wild in mainland Australia. Read more here

• How Port Philip Council has launched floating beach wheelchairs and wheelchair-friendly beach matting at St Kilda Lifesaving Club. Read more here

• How Scotland is united in trialling universal basic income with four local councils. Read more here

• How restoration is one of the most overlooked opportunities for economic growth. Read more here

• How the African Centre for Biodiversity held the first ever national seed dialogue in South Africa "to strengthen the push-back against the bulging muscles of corporate and state control over seed and food production". Read more here

• How guerilla bike lanes are showing local councils what's possible. Read more here

• How Elinor Ostrom's Rules for Radicals by Derek Wall identifies successful and failed commons around the world and provides a list of principles for shared management. Read more here

• VIDEO: How the Director of Rehabilitation in the Guatemalan Prison System has learnt to listen and see without judgement to discover the human story each prisoner holds. Read more here

• How solarpunk is a literary movement, a hashtag and a statement of intent about the future we hope to create. Read more here

 

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