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Colombia's Displaced People Find Home by Transforming What's Discarded

Sojourners

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In the late 1960s and early 1970s Barrio Moravia was an illegal dumping site where displaced Colombians fleeing violence made informal settlements. Now a community center, organizations, and a public garden with more than 50,000 species have helped transform the neighborhood. “It's a barrio tha...

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Tanzanian Farmers Crack the Code for Fighting Land Grab

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Indigenous people in Tanzania are using “legal expertise, political pressure and smart solutions like land mapping to win back plots — and then secure them — from corporations they accuse of using loopholes to grab territory.” While indigenous people live in most of the world’s land, they legally...

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This tool helps you make sure your 401(k) is supporting gender equality

FastCompany

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Gender Equality Funds is a tool that makes it possible for people to know if the mutual fund companies in their 401k’s are gender inclusive. The tools pulls data from 4,000 mutual funds companies and gives them a gender score. The aim is to empower people to invest their money in socially respons...

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The New Mexican Revolution? Women-Only Workplaces

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Mi, Co-Madre, and Spacioss are all women-only working spaces in Mexico city. Together, around 400 women have attended these spaces. The aim of these coworking spaces is to provide support for females and help them success by giving them access to childcare facilities, workshops, and networking op...

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Reimagining Norman Rockwell’s America

The New York Times

Mixed Media / 800-1500 Words

In the midst of a seemingly increasingly divided political and racial landscape, some artists of color are pushing back to create art that represents marginalized communities. Some artists have chosen to do this by recreating Norman Rockwell’s paintings, which in the earlier part of his career ma...

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How to tackle populism: Rebuild rural civic life

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Access to civic institutions, such as local newspapers, arts facilities, churches, and even breweries, help people feel more connected to their communities and less inclined to support populist candidates. Rural areas suffering from a lack of strong civic institutions are experimenting with promo...

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