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2,423 stories produced by 475 news outlets, featuring 123 countries, and growing every day.

The Solutions Story Tracker™ is a curated, fully-searchable database of rigorous reporting on responses to the world's most pressing social problems. We collect and tag every story, providing you with the ability to find coverage of effective innovations and ideas—by issue, location, journalist, or even success factor (how a solution was achieved).

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3 years ago, Stockton, California, was bankrupt. Now it's trying out a basic income.

Vox

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The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration is a new project that hopes to help counteract the loss of jobs and income due to automation and technology. The project will give a random sample of residents money each month ('basic income') and they will track what these individuals spend the ex...

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The boot camp building a new cohort of female leaders in Latin America | Apolitical
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Apolitical

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Women often become stuck in middle management positions, and those who do reach senior positions will do so in 'traditional ministries'. A boot camp in Latin America targets women to help them develop their leadership, communication, networking, and other skills and achieve senior positions in o...

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There’s a way to reduce the wildfire toll. We won’t like it.

Reuters

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Wildfires have been particularly ferocious this year and in recent years, leading to loss of civilian and firefighter lives, loss of housing, large cost and disrupted ecosystems. There is now a call for stronger laws preventing people from living too close to forests and in fire prone areas, and...

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These simple design tricks can help diminish hate speech online

Quartz

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Tech platforms are trying to find a way to battle hate-speech while not censoring. Various sites have found success by using design elements to de-incentivize problematic comments and posts.

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The Viking club where men fight their demons

BBC

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As the family unit in Western society is increasingly fractured, many suffering from stress, anger, and trauma often must find to alternative ways to build community and find belonging. One unique example is the Viking Festival in Wolin, Poland. More than just an event, the coordinated battles an...

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Opinion | Giving Capitalism a Social Conscience

The New York Times

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A disproportionate of the world's money is concentrated in the pockets of a handful. Muhammad Yunus sees the importance of social business in helping change this trend and distribute wealth more evenly.

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Uber, but for Grandma

Politico

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The way cities are built in the United States makes getting around without driving a car difficult. This means that, for an increasingly aging population, mobility can be a significant issue, leading to challenges such as missed medical appointments and loneliness that can actually decrease lifes...

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Boston is training women to demand higher salaries
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The gender wage gap, with men earning more than women, still prevails. The American Association of University Women has funded free negotiation workshops for women, and it has shown promising results.

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With Zero Help From Betsy DeVos, Here's How Campus Bartenders Are Fighting Rape Culture

Bustle

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As sexual assaults, especially on university campuses, continue to go on and programs and measures aimed to help the victims of assault are receiving less support, new solutions are involving bars. 'Raise the bar' is one such program where bar staff are trained in how to identify and deal with po...

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Abandoned at Burning Man, bicycles now head for Houston and the Caribbean

BBC

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Many argue that the Burning Man festival has become an exclusive and wasteful indulgence for the wealthy - an opinion that was exacerbated this year when thousands of perfectly good bicycles were left among the debris in the desert. But a few enterprising individuals and organizations saw an oppo...

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The Future is Pittsburgh's To Lose

CityLab

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In the future innovation and technology are only going to become more important to a city's status. Pittsburgh is making great strides by cultivating research, technology, and workers.

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Why Did India Have Ten Million Fewer Childhood Deaths Than Predicted?

NPR

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The Million Death study revealed that the child mortality rate in India has decreased over the past 15 years. These results are most likely due to vaccine drives, free diagnostics, more health clinics and other such improvements.

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These Solar Farms Have A Secret Hiding Under Them: Mushrooms

FastCompany

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As populations urbanize and the disparity between city and country grows, farmers in Japan are facing increasing economic challenges and a shortage of new farmers to work the land. But a new scheme may help farms to be more profitable by creatively doubling the productivity of their land. New pro...

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Domestic violence victims need help, fast - in Iceland, they're now getting it

Apolitical

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Half of all female homicide victims in Iceland are victims of domestic violence, but for many years, relatively few women were willing to come forward. But a new and comprehensive approach by the police has more than doubled the number of domestic violence cases reported. The project includes pro...

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Creating Big-City Jobs in Small-Town America

NationSwell

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Americans in the technology field were finding it hard to get work in much of the country. Additionally companies were growing tired of the problems associated with outsourcing to other countries. Now, American companies are outsourcing to other places within the country, lessening communication ...

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Our issue area taxonomy was adapted from the PCS Taxonomy with definitions by the Foundation Center, which is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 4.0 International License.

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Fondriest Environmental, David De Wit / Community Eye Health, Linda Steil / Herald Post, John Amis / UGA College of Ag & Environmental Sciences – OCCS, Andy B, Peter Garnhum, Thomas Hawk, 7ty9, Isriya Paireepairit, David Berger, UnLtd The Foundation For Social Entrepreneurs, Michael Dunne, Burak Kebapci, and Forrest Berkshire / U.S. Army Cadet Command public affairs

Photos are licensed under Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic Creative Commons license, and are credited to the following photographers:

Ra'ed Qutena, 段 文慶, Fabio Campo, City Clock Magazine, Justin Norman, scarlatti2004, Gary Simmons, Kathryn McCallum, and Nearsoft Inc

Photos are licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication Creative Commons license / Desaturated from original, and are credited to the following photographers:

Burak Kebapci and SCY.

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