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Solutions Story Tracker™

2,955 stories produced by 534 news outlets, from 128 countries, and growing every day.

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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When the shooting stops: how US schools handle mass trauma

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Trauma is a growing problem for school children, particularly in the age of mass shootings. But trauma also comes from a variety of triggers, including losing a loved one, poverty, immigration status and witnessing violence. Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools has proven effec...

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Opinion | Philadelphia, a City Stalked by Overdoses, Fights Back

The New York Times

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Two initiatives in Philadelphia have been developed to treat heroin users and, above all, keep them alive. While a prescription for Suboxone—a drug that can safely ease withdrawal symptoms—is widely available from Philadelphia physicians, the drug is now commonly being given to people who present...

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NYC opens ‘supportive housing’ units to shelter, educate homeless

New York Daily News

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In New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio has worked with countless non-profits to try to decrease homelessness in the city. Finally, one solution is showing positive effects. Supportive housing is a type of affordable housing that includes job training programs, access to healthcare, and financial ...

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In the US, black women are 40% less likely to survive breast cancer

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In order to address racial disparities in breast cancer survival rates, the Chicago based Metropolitan Breast Cancer Task Force initiated a program to provide African American women with navigators. These navigators—who are a trained peer from the community rather than a credentialed professional...

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Some court systems are texting people to get them to show up. Could it work here?

The Boston Globe

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When a defendant misses a court date, it can lead to more severe charges for the defendant, more work for justice professionals, and difficulties for people involved in the case such as witnesses. In order to decrease the amount of missed dates, New York City has began texting people providing a ...

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The Ten Point Coalition fixes dangerous neighborhoods, and now it's coming to Cleveland

Television / Under 5 Minutes

An effort in Indianapolis that has helped reduce homicide rates in several dangerous neighborhoods is helping Cleveland implement a similar program. The Ten Point Coalition is made up of pastors, community leaders and former inmates who developed relationships with area residents and this allowed...

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Extreme Risk Protection Orders
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The Philadelphia Citizen

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If we can't reach consensus on gun laws, what about ensuring people who may be a threat to themselves or the community cannot access their firearms? Extreme risk protection orders are already in place in four states and are under consideration by some 20 more. These orders allow people who have e...

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In some cases, houses of worship step in to help people keep their homes

Alaska Public Media

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Almost 3,000 Alaskan families received governmental assistance for rent - those who are in need but don't qualify for government help often turn to family, friends, and other informal sources for aid. The St. Vincent de Paul Society is just one of the many faith organizations stepping in to help ...

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Improvising Your Way Out of Anxiety

BBC

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Improvisational comedy teaches people to listen, act quickly on their feet, and be unafraid to make mistakes. An improv class in Toronto geared towards people who struggle to manage anxiety has found that these skills—which promote trust, connection, and confidence—has been beneficial for partici...

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Crypto-philanthropy: How Bitcoin and Blockchain Are Disrupting the World of Giving

Medium

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A growing number of charities, foundations, and crowdfunding platforms are accepting bitcoin donations, raising funds through token mining, and creating their own digital coins to support specific programs. Crypto-philanthropy offers new revenue streams while responding to the concerns of today’s...

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Here’s one idea to make ‘Storrowing’ a thing of the past

The Boston Globe

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A persistent problem in Massachusetts of trucks going through tunnels or underpasses that are too low for safe clearance has prompted officials to look to Sydney, Australia for a possible solution. Officials in that city worked with a private company to develop a system where if a truck is too ta...

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Guatemalan women transform their town one brushstroke at a time

PRI

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In Guatemala, women are challenging traditional gender norms by playing a growing leadership role in their communities. Specifically, they are leading an initiative to paint local homes with patterns from indigenous weaving traditions. Not only are they making the towns more beautiful, but they a...

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What Teenagers Are Learning From Online Porn

The New York Times Magazine

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Teenagers consume a large amount of pornographic media at the same time that they are developing ideas about their sexual identity and preferences. A “porn literacy” class offered to Boston high school students helps them to better understand the dynamics of what they are seeing and avoid the gro...

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The Hydroponics Revolution, BBC World Hacks - BBC World Service

BBC

Radio / Over 15 Minutes

Hydroponics works by growing plants in water without soil, fields or farms. Across the globe, this method is already being implemented as a more cost-effective way of growing food. Farmers and scientists are debating whether it will be the method of farming in the future.

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These College Startups Don't Charge Tuition Until Grads Make $50,000 a Year

Inc. Magazine

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In response to the rising cost of college and a changing labor market, several startups are offering an alternative to traditional 4-year higher education programs. In exchange for on average one year of training in computer programming at no cost upfront, students turn over a portion of their sa...

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