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Cooperation and Chocolate: The Story of One Colombian Community's Quest for Peace

Yes! Magazine

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Plagued by an internal war, a group of villages in Colombia created a “Peace Community,” declaring themselves neutral in the conflict and focusing their efforts on cultivating the 150 hectares of cacao trees in collectively owned plots to sell to global markets. While villagers still experience v...

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How Denmark is administering vaccines at three times the rate of Ireland

The Irish Times

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Denmark public health workers have been able to distribute nearly their entire supply of the COVID-19 vaccine thanks in part to early preparation tactics and "a capable health system." Although the country had to procure special freezers and pay more by choosing to move forward with the first vac...

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This Thai village created a tiny fish reserve years ago. Today, it's thriving.

National Geographic

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By setting aside an area of the Ngao River to be off limits for fishing, several villages in Thailand have seen a revitalization of large barb and carp in their waters. Compared to non-protected stretches of the river, reserves saw more than twice the total number of fish, and catches outside of ...

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‘An Epiphany Moment' for Corporate Political Donors May Have Arrived

The New York Times

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IBM is one of only a handful of companies that doesn’t give money to political candidates. IBM does spend millions on lobbying and runs an in-house government relations team, but the company doesn't have a political action committee and restricts money from going to political candidates when it d...

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‘Peer Respites' Provide an Alternative to Psychiatric Wards During Pandemic

Kaiser Health News

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces people into isolation and social distancing, places known as "peer respites" are providing a space for those "experiencing or nearing a mental health crisis" to seek help. While the peer respites don't offer clinical care by licensed mental healthcare profession...

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'We Don't Feel Forgotten At All': Alaska Fires Up COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout

NPR

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Alaska has achieved one of the highest vaccination rates in the country due to prioritizing access to the vaccine for rural and Indigenous residents. Using a myriad of transportation efforts – including a fleet of chartered plans, a water taxi drove, and sleds pulled behind snow machines – clinic...

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Three countries have pulled far ahead of the rest of the world in distributing Covid-19 vaccines

Quartz

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Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain have each "vaccinated a higher proportion of their populations than the rest of the world" due to strategies that included early approval of the vaccine, centralized and digitized health care data management, and cross-sector information campaigns. Al...

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Newark cops, with reform, didn't fire a single shot in 2020

NJ Advance Media

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In 2020, six years after the Justice Department imposed a series of reforms on the Newark Police Department, Newark police officers have reduced their use of force so much that they didn't fire their guns at all in 2020, nor did the city pay any brutality-lawsuit settlements. Reforms in training,...

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How Genesee County wants to change criminal justice: A New Juvenile Justice Center

Flint Beat

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A new Juvenile Justice Center that will focus on trauma-informed treatment of children rather than simply jailing them is still more than one year from completion. But, in the years leading to its opening, the county's family courts have cut in half the numbers of children held in detention by em...

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How Singapore Has Kept the Coronavirus Off Campus

The New York Times

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Singapore's aggressive pandemic response in conjunction with strict university rules has helped keep campuses free of COVID-19 cases so far. As a country, free testing and medical care has ensured that positive cases can be isolated quickly, while at the university level, the use of technology, z...

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How Can Chicago Improve Procedures To Make Sure 311 Requests Are Really Completed? An Expert Has An Idea

WCBS-TV

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San Diego’s 311 program features a before-and-after-photo function which shows allows residents to hold their local 311 government service accountable. The date-stamped photographic proof allows users to see that their complaint has been thoroughly and properly handled. Chicago’s 311 system alrea...

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Israel trades medical data for vaccine doses

Globes

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A collaboration between Israel's Ministry of Health and pharmaceutical company Pfizer has resulted in the country receiving thousands of COVID-19 vaccination doses. In return, the country is collecting and delivering data back to Pfizer and WHO, which will inform "vaccination strategies in the re...

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