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 - and the light provided by the solar panels the women install 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.
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.
An innovative collaboration between dam operators, risk managers, and experts on machine learning are helping developing countries better understand and reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and climate change. In Togo, dams are a vital source of clean, renewable energy, but they also change how local communities must prepare for floods and the other effects of climate change. The Red Cross is using digital tools to collect rainfall data and input it into an alorithm, enabling operators to plan releases and humanitarians to better prepare communities downstream.
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.
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.
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.
A husband and wife team in Bangalore (Bengaluru) have created a peer-to-peer, online micro-loan platform to help make poverty history by addressing credit needs of underserved communities. Lenders on the platform can choose the individuals and projects they loan to, and interest rates are kept low so as to be accessible for the recipients. The platform, Rang De, has seen great success and boasts a 93% repayment rate.
Wikipedia has an alarming lack of diversity-mostly cig gendered males- of its editors and 'Wikipedians' that can be seen in the more depth entries being on topics that would interest this group, and a 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.
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.
NGO Women for the World helps groups of women in places like Yangon to set up a savings cooperative and help break out of the vicious debt cycle created by predatory loan sharks and landlords in many developing communities. Each woman makes a weekly deposit into a community fund and can access loans at reasonable rates.
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.
Voter turnout is a problem around the world, especially in local elections and among minority groups. But a small group of academics and activists in the US are experimenting with a new way to encourage people to turn up to vote: a lottery. Every voter is entered and one lucky winner gets a big cash prize, eliminating the risk of bribery and bought votes.
To diversify the police force, UK and US research studies have focused on using behavioral economics. The UK's Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has used behavioural economics and psychology to alter phrasing and messages, in order to attract more diverse applicants and its success has spurred more future projects.
Young black Jacksonians are afraid to call the police in self defence for fear they will be accused of gang violence and arrested instead of protected. Various programs are using research of violence and recidivism to create programs that address the people most likely to commit violent crimes instead of just putting them in jail.
As the global population flocks to urban centers, challenges to ensuring sufficient food production and access to nutrition increase, especially with concern to poor communities. To help ensure availability of food in these neighborhoods, researchers, entrepreneurs, activists, and even corporations are looking at cities as fertile ground to grow hyperlocal produce. The BLK ProjeK’s Libertad Urban Farm in the Bronx is one example of successful urban agriculture projects that are as much about community building and economic empowerment as they are about nutrition.
Schools in Connecticut are facing serious challenges with allocation of finances and resources that have dramatically affected their ability to provide programs such as after school curriculum to students, disproportionately in poor neighborhoods. There are several potential solutions, including more just distribution of funding and increased transparency in the system.
Three Part Series, "America Beyond Detention": For decades, immigrant advocates have argued that the federal government should increase the use of residential shelters - like Casa Marianella in Austin - as an alternative to detention. The shelters are generally less expensive, treat immigrants more humanely, and are better equipped to integrate people into their new communities.
Nashville Mayor Megan Barry is developing a comprehensive strategy for affordable housing to help address the challenges of rising property prices and gentrification for the city's poor and minorities. The city is helping influence more inclusive growth patterns through financial incentives like the Barnes Affordable Housing Trust Fund.