Altair Guimarães

Community-Owned Pubs Serve Shots of Social Care

While pubs are closing all over England, the community-owned pub is on the rise. An example of this business model's success is the Bevy — whose name is derived from the former hotel’s name and is English slang for an alcoholic drink — which is owned by 900 local shareholders in Brighton who raised 50,000 pounds between them. 

A 2011 law protecting former pubs from demolition or a change of use by requiring local people to be consulted first has helped about 60 such pubs stay open for the people who need the social environment and assistance the most. Almost 20 local residents’ groups — like those behind The Bevy — have raised almost 4 million pounds to buy and run their own pubs in England over the last two years.


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Storytelling Across the Globe

Virtual reality experiences, comic books, and architectural mapping are all forms of storytelling being used by artists and activists around the world to raise awareness of social problems. From calling out sexual assault in India to documenting war crimes in Gaza, these modes of communication are connecting people to issues across the world.

The Resilience of Children

The future of our communities lies in protecting our most vulnerable yet most resilient members: our children. But often, children are the first victims of war and poverty. Many face horrifying events and live with the trauma for the rest of their lives. Despite this, some children survive these events to become leaders of their communities and voices for peace.

Taboo Health Issues

Many communities around the world see disease and mental illness not as something to be treated, but as something to be feared. As a result, many suffering from curable conditions are stigmatized within their communities. But through education and organizing, some people are challenging these stigmas and addressing previously taboo health issues.

Green at What Price?

In the name of environmental restoration, the Ugandan government is expanding the country’s forest reserves in order to sell into the global carbon credit market. But this program comes at a high human cost as the state is displacing long established villages, forcing people to relocate, and jailing those opposing the program.

One Man, One City, Three Evictions

Rio de Janeiro has experienced several waves of development in the past century. For Altair Guimaraes the changes have affected him directly. Brought up in a favela, he has been evicted three times as a result of Rio’s developments. As Brazil tries to gain global recognition and increase tourism, locals like Altair are forced to relocate despite property titles. Now, their struggles are becoming a symbol of a global phenomenon.