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How Rwanda Tidied Up Its Streets (And The Rest Of The Country, Too)

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In Rwanda, "Umuganda" is compulsory community service once a month—citizens 18-65 must all clean up their local community. The rule is enforced by police officers who may stop citizens and force them to work on the spot. Though it's compulsory, one of the side effects is community pride.

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‘We will not serve or pay for meat:’ WeWork takes the green workplace to a new level

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The co-working space WeWork is taking a stance in the commitment the the health of the environment by implementing a mean-free organization policy, eliminating all allowable company expenses towards meat purchases. Although not without its limitations, this step will significantly impact the comp...

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Doña Ana County works to build a stronger voting culture

NMPolitics.net

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In Doña Ana County, New Mexico, boosting civic engagement is a priority. County Clerk Scott Krahling has tried several initiatives to do so, including hosting voter registration drives in schools, consolidating local elections, and implementing ranked choice voting. The clerk’s office also values...

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Flexible work saving government millions annually, study finds

The Mandarin

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Flexibility allows employees to “work smarter and better.” The productivity payoffs of offering part-time hours and remote work outweigh the administrative costs of such policies, according to a study in Australia.

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Neighbors on call to help care for one another

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Although Haiti and Montana appear to be vastly different places, they have a few important things in common; they are geographically rural, they both face high rates of mental illness and a shortage of mental health care workers, and they are both combatting this problem by utilizing Community He...

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Halting Violence In The Heartland: A Nebraska nonprofit aims to curb gang activity by claiming hospital turf

U.S. News & World Report

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A nonprofit in Omaha focuses on hospitals for its gang intervention work, making contact with gang members or potential gang members who have been injured through violence and may be ready to make a change in their lives. YouTurn connects them to services like housing, education and job programs ...

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How San Francisco sends less trash to the landfill than any other major U.S. city

CNBC

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San Francisco is aiming to achieve zero waste by 2020. Thanks to the implementation of public policy that made recycling and composting mandatory and a focus on city-wide awareness, however, the Californian city has already been able to divert 80 percent of its waste from landfills. diverts mo...

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A curriculum to help students build healthy relationships

High Country News

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Kaleidoscope Connect is a curriculum program that helps middle school students build strong relationships with adults. The program helps students define what is important to them in relationships and helps them develop the skills to connect well with adults who support them. This curriculum is de...

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The Montana Gap: Teamwork promises to help improve mental health care in Lincoln County

The Western News

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Following the closure of the Western Montana Mental Health Center due to budget cuts to mental health care funding, Lincoln County established a mental health coalition. The coalition came up with a new system for dealing with patients who report to the emergency room for a mental health crisis. ...

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Watchful Eyes: At Peer-Run Injection Sites, Drug Users Help Each Other Stay Safe

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Vancouver's safe drug injection sites have been credited with increasing drug users access to treatment while also decreasing dangerous behaviors like needle sharing. Now, Vancouver is also seeing a rise in peer-run pop-up safe drug injection sites, where people may feel less stigma and judgemen...

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'I Know How Far I Can Go': Black Entrepreneurs Overcome Challenges In Brazil

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A start-up accelerator in Salvador, Brazil is aiming to support black-owned businesses through its business incubator resources. Dende Valley, named as a nod to Silicon Valley, is an accelerator that prioritizes and trains black entrepreneurs to combat systemic racism and lack of opportunity in B...

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'It keeps us safe': An NYC bathroom set up to stem overdoses

ABC News

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In Brooklyn, VOCAL-NY runs a bathroom that serves as a safe injection site and needle exchange program for those using heroin and other drugs. The bathroom is monitored by intercom and is a less "official" version of safe injection sites being tested around North America, in cities like Vancouver...

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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.

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