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The Solutions Story Tracker™ is a curated, database of rigorous reporting on responses to social problems. We collect and tag every story, providing you with the ability to find coverage of effective or promising ideas and approaches—by issue, location, journalist, and success factor (strategic insights that emerge as patterns).

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Drone Art

Dissent Magazine

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The use of drones as tools of surveillance and military violence are a fixture of America’s foreign policy however it is very difficult, due to secrecy and a lack of media coverage, to understand the scope of their use and their impact. Recent art projects have used information about as well as f...

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World's first electrified road for charging vehicles opens in Sweden

The Guardian

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Stockholm, Sweden has opened the world's first stretch of road that will recharge car's batteries as people drive. Similar to a tram system, but half the cost, motorists install a moveable arm to the undercarriage of their vehicles which connects to the electrified strip running down the road. Ta...

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Using vocational education to teach academic courses

The Hechinger Report

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Two schools in New York and Washington state are breaking the traditional high school mold by combining college preparation with career and technical education. Amadou Diallo writes, "Debating whether kids need hands-on training or academic rigor misses the point."

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How Cheap Greenhouses Are Helping Farmers Adapt to a Changing World

National Geographic

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In India, 15 farmers are piloting a program that utilizes greenhouses to grow crops that would otherwise perish in the unpredictable climate. The income generated from this capability is allowing families to pay for their children's education. In addition, women are being given opportunities to p...

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Capitalism for Good: Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Shift Capital, a mission-driven real estate group in Philadelphia, tried a new tactic to bring business back to an old neighborhood. The Kensington Avenue Storefront Challenge asked businesses to apply for open storefront space as well as funding, and nine winners were selected based on financial...

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Doing taxes used to be an even bigger pain

The Conversation

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Filling out a Canadian personal income tax return is much easier than it used to be thanks to innovations in tax administration from the 1950s. Tax forms were simplified and payroll clerks were allowed to withhold the full amount of taxes. Making compliance easier allowed the country to build a d...

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App used in city of Canton puts power in the hands of citizens for reporting and tracking problems

News 5 Cleveland

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The mayor’s office in Canton, Ohio recently implemented SeeClickFix, an app that allows local residents to share pictures of problems they see, such as potholes and abandoned cars. The complaints get added to a list for City Hall to address. This app is empowering residents to play a role in impr...

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How a rural electric co-op connected a community

NMPolitics.net

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The Federal Communications Commission states that close to 39% of Americans in rural areas do not have high-speed internet access. Several co-ops in New Mexico are part of a move to change that. Kit Carson and other rural electric cooperatives are bringing fiber-optic internet access to increase ...

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Building Skills Outside the Classroom With New Ways of Learning

The New York Times

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High schools across the country are promoting project-based learning as "the future of education." Suburban and urban, high-income and low-income classrooms in Massachusetts, Kentucky, California, and Ohio are connecting students with career paths and advanced technologies through innovative part...

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Years of eavesdropping on insect sex talk is starting to pay off for grape growers

Ensia

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Leafhoppers may sound like a harmless term to the untrained ear, but vineyard owners will quickly disagree. These insects have a history of invading and devastating vineyards across the U.S. and Europe. Entomologists may have uncovered a solution however, via studying how the leafhoppers mate. By...

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Taking Aim at Gun Violence, With Personal Deterrence

The New York Times

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To decrease the amount of gun-related fatalities, cities are focusing on joint efforts with their communities and police departments to target those most at risk for shooting or being shot on the streets. Known nationally as Ceasefire, this initiative aims to identify the individuals from this se...

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An International Final Four: Which Country Handles Student Debt Best?

The New York Times

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In a March Madness bracket style competition between Sweden, the United States, Australia, and Britain, experts choose Australia as the country with the most effective student loan repayment system. Judges cite automatic collection of income-based payments as Australia's best feature and discuss ...

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The Opposite of Gentrification

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Too often, gentrification occurs when outside developers come to an area and change it without leaving room for locals to remain. Jumpstart Germantown, a training program, is trying to change that. The nonprofit provides training, mentoring, and loans to community members who want to learn to dev...

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Farmers in Some of the Toughest Places to Do Agriculture Are the Ones Innovating for Climate Change

H20 Radio

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It's not easy sustaining historical agricultural practices amidst a backdrop of climate change. Nate McCaffrey of eastern Colorado knows this all too well. So, instead of continuing the conventional ways of farming he had grown up to know, he decided to try out a no-till farming approach, and the...

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Changing the mindset of the healthcare system

Alaska Public Media

Radio / 5-15 Minutes

Alaska’s Southcentral Foundation has implemented “integrated” primary care which brings together a patient’s primary care and behavioral health providers as well as navigators, legal assistance, and nutritionists all within the same “wellness team.” This model helps providers view the patient hol...

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