This News is Good For All: Best of 2017!


The year was full of stories – good, challenging and everything in between. GFAN stories are those fueled by hope, which inspires us all to take action. We’ve collected some of our and your favorites from this year, helping us to better understand our world, other species, other people, and what we can each do to make a huge positive impact. Explore these stories to get inspired for a year of hope, joy, passion and action in 2018!

Jane Says

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Seriously Good for All

Michael Neugebauer

Michael Neugebauer


Wounda with her son at Tchinzoulou island

Wounda with her son at Tchinzoulou island (the Jane Goodall Institute/Fernando Turmo)

ConservationFuel Efficient Stoves

Science & Technology

Villager uses a tablet to record forest health

Villager uses a tablet to record forest health (the Jane Goodall Institute/Shawn Sweeney)

Youth PowerRoots & Shoots is about YOUth

Hope in Action


These are just a few of the stories we shared with you in 2017, telling the story of all of us and all that we do to make the world a better place. How will you shape the story of 2018? As Dr. Goodall says,…

“Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.”


The Jane Goodall Institute is a global community conservation organization that advances the vision and work of Dr. Jane Goodall. By protecting chimpanzees and inspiring people to conserve the natural world we all share, we improve the lives of people, animals and the environment. Everything is connected—everyone can make a difference.

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About Author

Ashley Sullivan is the Community Engagement Specialist at the Jane Goodall Institute, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Biology. She has a varied background including conservation fieldwork, scenic painting instruction, mural collaboration, public relations, communications, digital media, graphic design, photography, and documentary filmmaking. She has contributed to the digital news production company Zazoom, LLC (Buzz60) and as Communications Coordinator at the youth-centered, social justice organization Scenarios USA. Ashley is a swashbuckling artist and ukuleleist with a passion for sharing information to empower and using media to tell stories. Through growing understanding and empathy, she believes it is possible to ignite positive change, every day.