Celebrating the organisations fighting for a better future for all— by challenging the status quo, bringing a range of voices into the dialogue, and ripping up the rule book.

Following the recent, devastating events in our communities and across the world— and the ensuing discourse— it feels like everyone we speak to is somewhat dispirited by the current trajectory of our society and planet. The Newsfeed Of Doom, which seems to produce an increasing proportion of stories focused on anger, fear and confusion, is amplifying perceptions of divisions in our society; the rich and poor, Labour and Conservative, ‘remainers’ and ‘leavers’, young and old, locals and foreigners. It’s enough to make anyone give up hope.

At Kin&Co, we’re firm believers in looking beyond your social bubble (and popular news outlets) to see the full picture and find optimism in unexpected places. So, to help tackle some of the negativity which is permeating news outlets and the rhetoric of influential figures at the moment, we wanted to celebrate some of the movements that are actively building positive change by championing unity, truth, and social and environmental progress. At Kin&Co, we believe not just in the power of civil organisations, but also in business as a force for good. Here’s 7 examples that prove we’re not the only ones:

Birdsong – The “no sweatshops, no photoshop” women’s clothing company putting women’s rights and dignity before profits.

Our client Koreo – The  talent consultancy developing people, organisations and networks for social change. The Koreo Prize gives young people a platform to explore complex social issues in the UK relating to the UN’ SDGs.

We Make Change – The grassroots organisation connecting people to the social causes they care about, as well as mobilising the public after disasters by providing info on what can be done to help.

BuyMeOnce – The shop asking us to throw away our throwaway culture by encouraging people to buy things that are well-made, durable and beautiful.

Our client Joseph Rowntree Foundation – The independent organisation inspiring social change through research, policy and practice. JRF works with the public, private and voluntary sectors to create a prosperous UK without poverty.

Civil Society Futures – Through community events, academic research and online debate, Civil Society Futures is sparking a national conversation about how civil society can flourish in a fast changing world.

The Girls Network – The organisation inspiring and empowering girls from the least advantaged communities by connecting them with a mentor and a network of professional female role models.

We know that sometimes in our current climate, it can feel hard to remain optimistic. The efforts of these companies and groups have sought to inject positivity into public dialogue and encourage togetherness. Social progress means bringing people from every corner of society into the conversation and these organisations stand as testimony to the ongoing effort of many to create a better, shared vision of the future. It’s not all doom-and-gloom. In fact, there are some pretty amazing things happening at the moment, more pertinent now than ever before. And these are just a few of them.

Tweet us @kinandcotweets if you know of any other organisations we should be celebrating.