It is easy to feel pessimistic at the end of 2018. CO2 emissions are still climbing rapidly and reached an all time high in 2018, with severe weather events accelerating globally. Facebook and Twitter continue to be used for manipulation and their approaches to moderation are just as problematic. And the political response to all of this is largely one of chaos dominated by strongmen politicians, including the recent election of Bolsonaro in Brazil.
So how can one stay optimistic? One way is to look at things that happened in 2018 that can be seen as early signs of positive change. Signs that we can and will do better over time. Albert Wenger, of Union Square Ventures gives some examples.