Across the country in efforts to diminish violent crime, police agencies like that in Rockland, IL, are revisiting a model law enforcement strategy of the 1970s, "community policing," as an alternative to the more recent "broken windows" style of the late nineties and early aughts. Research substantiates its effectiveness, too, in building citizens' trust of law enforcement, helping a community's ability to solve its own problems, and, in turn, decreasing crime rates; despite redefined priorities in the wake of 9/11 and post-recession budget cuts, community policing is again on the rise and bringing positive results, too.
Los Angeles has faced deepening issues of severe traffic and extreme smog pollution in the past several decades, but for years intentions and promises to broadly improve transportation have fallen flat. At long last, the most congested city in the world - once home to the most extensive urban rail network on the planet - is reviving rail lines and trains as a solution to both issues. Robust public transport has proven to have multi-layered economic, cultural, environmental, and social benefits to communities.
Cleveland has been battling human trafficking in various forms. In charge of those efforts are a small group of people who have used billboards and gift bags –amongst other creative ways– to fight human trafficking.
In an economy where even many people with jobs are unable to find affordable housing, a few initiatives - such as Habitat for Humanity in Maine - are finding the solution in shrinkage. Tiny homes offer a dignified, affordable, and accessible solution to housing for individuals and families that would otherwise be out on the street.
In Cuba, access to Internet, media, and other technology is prohibited or extremely limited, causing frustration and a feeling of isolation for many. Hence "The Weekly Package," carried by individuals who travel around on foot each week with a single, black market hard drive from which customers may download the content of their choice - telenovelas, celebrity gossip, movies, and more.
Empower Generation is a grassroots social enterprise empowering local Nepalese women to run clean energy businesses, distributing solar in their local communities. The female entrepreneurs in the organization are currently bringing solar power to Chitwan National Park - home to some of Asia's most remarkable and endangered species. The women will also install solar panels to generate light, which will help reduce poaching activities and enhance the productivity of the park rangers, while lifting up the local community and providing the women with a steady source of sustainable income.
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them have relied on a single underlying principle that has proven to be effective: the empowerment of local women.
The Holberton School, a San Francisco "start-up" university with a two-year curriculum, aims to provide an affordable and estimable computer science education while removing barriers to knowledge -- age, gender, ethnicity, past professional life -- typically confronted by minority and low-income students across the nation. By "teaching the population frozen out of the internet age" Holberton demonstrates how altered admissions processes and low-cost tuition plans imbue the tech sector's workforce with a more diverse array of qualified candidates.
In 1986, the city of Baltimore battled the Reagan administration over its local anti-apartheid ordinances—and won. How they prevailed may have important lessons for cities trying to resist Trump today; from his policies regarding immigration to climate change.
Most police departments train their officers how to shoot their guns rather than how to problem solve without the use of force. A Minneapolis police department has learned how to de-escalate conflict. By incorporating communication and listening skills for de-escalation, the police department has seen a decrease in the use of force.
Part 3 of 3 in Series "The Social Wall: Universal Lessons in Berlin's Attempt to Integrate Schools" - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline of staff and resources. But schools in poorer neighborhoods face a myriad of struggles that additional resources haven’t been able to quell, due to the deep socioeconomic disparities between the home neighborhoods of wealthy and poor students. However, one elementary school seems to have succeeded in desegregating students by offering a choice of academic tracks that, in the long run, better diversify classrooms.
The Centre for the Prevention of Radicalization Leading to Violence in Quebec has expanded rapidly, becoming a model for programs around the world. What sets it apart from projects in Europe and the United States is that it confronts extremism of all stripes — not just Islamist — and focuses on behavior that signals the risk of violence, not just radical ideas, only involving law enforcement as a last resort.
Police agencies in thirty-four different states offer little or no training in diffusing conflicts, resulting in an overuse of force and a sense of mistrust from the communities they serve. Some cities in the United States have integrated training in de-escalation and have seen a decrease in the use of force as well as an increase in community trust. However not every police agency in the country is convinced this training is needed.
Part 2 of 3 in Series "The Social Wall: Universal Lessons in Berlin's Attempt to Integrate Schools" - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline of staff and resources. But schools in poorer neighborhoods face a myriad of struggles that additional resources haven’t been able to quell, due to the deep socioeconomic disparities between the home neighborhoods of wealthy and poor students. This "social wall" lies exactly along the lines of the once physical Berlin wall and now divide the haves and have-nots.
Part 1 of 3 in Series "The Social Wall: Universal Lessons in Berlin's Attempt to Integrate Schools" - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline of staff and resources that would make them the envy of many of their counterparts in Pennsylvania. But schools in poorer neighborhoods face a myriad of struggles that additional resources haven’t been able to quell, due to the deep socioeconomic disparities between the home neighborhoods of wealthy and poor students. This "social wall" lies exactly along the lines of the once physical Berlin wall and now divide the haves and have-nots.
Wikipedia's editorial makeup lacks diversity and that can be seen in the entries. There is a demonstrated lack of information on 'feminine' topics, women, black, and queer individuals. 'Art+Feminism' is an organization that has aimed to fix this through events such as 'edit-a-thons' which aim for a diverse group to come together to edit entries.
Fundación Paraguaya has partnered is helping drastically redefine the way that poverty is identified, defined, and addressed. Through a simple interactive survey called "Poverty Spotlight" taken on a cell phone or tablet poor families and workers can self-assess their level of poverty. They are then paired with microfinance agents to develop a plan to tackle their own unique challenges with assistance in the form of training, technology, or small loans.
Women4Climate is a new alliance of women mayors from major cities who are determined to act against climate change with or without federal support. Instead, they mentor each other in innovative solutions, cross-promote important causes, and share best practices to help stem the negative effects of greenhouse gas emissions, empowering women everywhere to participate.
Two million people with mental illness are booked into jails every year, preventing them from receiving treatment and creating a burden on prisons. Experts say communities like Victoria, Texas should start mental health courts, which address a defendant’s underlying illness rather than punish them for crime. The model seems to be working in neighboring Midland.
Benebikira 'Sister Listeners' offer informal counseling to both victims and perpetrators of the violence during the Rwanda genocide, seeking to forge a bridge of understanding. Their roles as listeners are especially important during the anniversary of the genocide.
Recognizing a pervasive sense of powerlessness in the US, Eric Liu authored, "You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen,” By connecting stories of various groups across the political spectrum exercising their civic muscles, he lays out concrete ways that power can be reclaimed by the seemingly powerless citizen.
Despite comprising a third of the population, poor and minority students are drastically underrepresented in gifted education programs across the nation, even if their academic performance is on-par with their white peers. Federal Way Public Academy in Washington has re-examined its methods for finding academically talented kids and is changing the numbers.
Years of misrule and a subsequent dearth of hard currency and banks have fostered crippling debt cycles among Myanmar's poor, many of whom fall victim to predatory loan sharks charging exorbitant interest rates on advances for home mortgages. But with the guidance of a local NGO, Women for the World, a pilot project helped women in some of Yangon's poorest neighborhoods capitalize on their cultural "head-of-household" status: forming and managing community savings cooperatives, the women have instilled trust through local control and, above all, enabled members to secure land, build homes, buy food, and even generate profit through loans to families' business enterprises.
Fresh Harvest farms is the foray into social enterprise and agriculture by revolutionary consulting firm Innovation Alchemy, and reflects a positive and growing trend in the professional services community to directly innovative and experiment with models and ideas before pitching them to clients.. They provide insights on social innovation, sustainability, supply chain management and advice on how to scale up solutions for the base of the pyramid by experiencing firsthand what their clients need through the management of Fresh Harvest.
M-Pesa is a mobile banking service that turns 10 this year. The network has provided millions of people in Africa and other developing countries with access to safe and secure banking solutions, without the need for the user to own a bank account. Research has seen as much as a 22% decrease in female-headed households living in poverty thanks to access to M-Pesa.