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Solutions Story Tracker™

2,654 stories produced by 496 news outlets, from 120 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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A Crisis Line That Calms With Texting and Data

The New York Times

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Anxiety, suicidal ideation, and depression are all alarmingly prevalent amongst Americans. Crisis Text Line is a nonprofit where individuals can text with a counsellor who can help calm them down in the heat of the moment, the organization is growing and receiving positive feedback from users.

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Ideas We Should Steal Friends of the Children
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The Philadelphia Citizen

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Friends of the Children' is dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by giving an at risk child an adult mentor to help guide them. The program results in kids who avoid teen pregnancy, graduate from high school, and don't end up in the criminal justice system.

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Georgia Initiative Brings Business To The Table To Save A Rare Animal | 90.1 FM WABE

WABE

Mixed Media / 800-1500 Words

Gopher tortoises might be labelled as endangered under federal law, which brings strict guidelines that businesses want to avoid. Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative is dedicated to finding gophers in their natural habitat and protecting the areas they are found in, as well as other methods to he...

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How whisper networks and female friendships help girls overcome sexual violence in conflict zones

Newsweek

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Adolescent girls all around the world are susceptible to sexual harassment, but girls in crisis areas are especially likely to be forgotten or for solutions not to reach them. A new training program is designed for conflict areas, it focuses on the therapeutic importance of female friendships, cr...

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How A Textile Factory Empowers Its All-Blind Work Crew

UPROXX

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One can only imagine the numerous challenges to living a life without sight, and one of the greatest is holding down a job; a startling 70% of blind persons in the United States are unemployed. The Dallas Lighthouse for the Blind is helping shift the understanding of what types of jobs are availa...

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Portugal’s radical drugs policy is working. Why hasn’t the world copied it?

The Guardian

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After the fall of an oppressive and isolating regime, Portugal found itself utterly unprepared to deal with the rapid distribution of narcotics in the 1980s, creating a crisis that left 1 in every 10 people struggling with addiction. The country took a radical approach to rectifying opioid use th...

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A Place to Play, on Wheels or Feet

The New York Times

Mixed Media / 1500-3000 Words

Children with disabilities often feel excluded in amusement parks where they are prevented from going on rides, and they don't feel included with the other children. Morgan's Wonderland amusement park and Morgan's Inspiration island water park are designed for children or adults with disabilities...

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Pedals to Porch

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Gentrification is a sticky subject in neighborhoods across the United States, and too often the "rebranding" of a community creates divisions between neighbors from different backgrounds, and paves over important cultural and historical features. Pedal to Porch is a nonprofit organization working...

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'Super beans' raise hopes in hunger-prone parts of Africa

The Virginian-Pilot

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Food security due to land degradation is a growing concern in Uganda, especially in light of the massive influx of South Sudanese refugees streaming into the country and the instability of food donations to support them. A new, high-yield "super bean," specially bred by 'gene banks' in Africa for...

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How New York City Is Taking on Bail

CityLab

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Bail reform is a difficult process and is largely out of the hands of municipalities. Charitable bail funds can allow individuals who can't afford bail to be free until their trial, in the hopes of changing the bail system from the inside.

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Native American peacemaking courts offer a model for reform

Investigate West

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Indigenous peoples are drastically underrepresented in the criminal-justice system, and are statistically less likely to receive fair treatment in the courtroom. A growing number of tribal judges nationwide - including Judge Abby Abinanti of the Yurok Tribal Court - are taking matters into thei...

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The Woman Entrepreneur Taking the Taboo out of HIV Testing in Nigeria

News Deeply

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Nigeria is the site of world's second largest HIV epidemic, yet many people don't get tested for fear of being stigmatized. 'Slide Safe' delivers HIV testing packages to the homes, offices etc of consumers in anonymous, colourful packages so that people can be tested without anyone knowing.

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Judge Abby Abinanti Is Fighting for Her Tribe—and for a Better Justice System

The Nation

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The state court system is often impersonal, has high recidivism rates, and does not include Native culture into its framework. Yurok Tribal Court, and other tribal courts, are showing better and more personal outcomes stemming from judges taking the time to understand their cases and allow creati...

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Young Perps: The Costs of Sensationalizing Youth Crime

Jackson Free Press

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Media and public scrutiny as well as the experience of being detained can worsen the outlook for juvenile offenders. Increasing court involvement, keeping the media at bay, and having a juvenile facility can help the circumstances.

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In Cremona, ideas to make the ‘circular economy’ real for cities

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Cremona is dedicated to decreasing the amount of waste it produces and educating its residents in the process. It intends on creating a 'circular economy' where products are recycled, waste is costly, training programs educate the public on decreasing waste and other methods that are now also rea...

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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.

Photos are licensed under Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) and are credited to the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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