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 Director of Storytelling & Marketing for Communications & Partnerships at the Jane Goodall Institute USA, where she works to connect individuals with Dr. Jane Goodall's vision, and the JGI mission to create a better world for all by protecting the interconnections between people, other animals, and the environment. Ashley graduated Stony Brook University with a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology and a minor in Biology, and is pursuing a Master's of Science in Environmental Science & Policy at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on Environmental Justice. Originally from Brooklyn, New York, now a D.C. resident, she has a varied background including 10+ years of expert communications and digital marketing in the social and environmental non-profit sector. Her intersectional approach to this work has been shaped by a holistic world-view, having traveled to Madagascar and Ecuador for conservation research projects, leading communications for youth social justice filmmaking organizations, and as a part of several professional groups advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in environmental spaces including Greens REALIGN. With skills ranging from conservation fieldwork, policy and advocacy campaigns, strategic communications, art, digital media, and design, Ashley believes in sharing information to empower and in the magic of storytelling to transform hearts and minds. Through growing understanding, empathy, and justice, she is igniting positive change to create that better, more equitable world, every day.