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Bright Magazine

Peter DiCampo

19 March 2018

Kenya

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In order to create a larger role for aid recipients in conversations about how success and failure are defined for international aid, the What Went Wrong project was founded. People use mobile phones to contact the jo...

Richland Source

Tracy Geibel

13 March 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Many cities have the potential to prosper under the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which created “opportunity zones” to increase investment in “distressed” areas. To maximize the potential for local investment, the Richl...

The Guardian

Joe Dodgshun

7 March 2018

Berlin, Germany

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At the world’s most popular sites, innovations in tourism management can benefit both visitors and residents. Marketing efforts in Iceland are successfully distributing tourists all over the country throughout the yea...

Governing

J.B. Wogan

1 March 2018

Helena, Montana, United States

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There is a skills gap in America between people who are unemployed and companies who are hiring for specific skills. Apprenticeships are one way to fill that gap. The apprenticeship model is spreading all across the c...

Apolitical

Josh Lowe

Thomas Graham

1 March 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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Only four U.S. cities - Albany, Austin, Charleston, and Denver - have achieved inclusive growth between 2010 and 2015. It’s part dumb luck, and part strategic policymaking, say city officials. They recommend nurturing...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

27 February 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Traffic for both everyday commuters and tourists in big cities has increasingly become more of a hassle across nations. Various cities like Portland, Oregon have found success with bikeshare models. Seattle, however, ...

WNYC

Brian Lehrer

21 February 2018

New Jersey, United States

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As New Jersey continues to reform its cash bail system, other states in the region look to it as an example. The state developed an algorithm called the Public Safety Assessment that considers an individual’s likeline...

The Washington Post

Jessica Contrera

20 February 2018

Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States

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In Virginia, a bill was passed to test around 2,902 rape kits that had never been tested. Then, the state passes another law that rules police agencies have to notify all victims that their kits have been tested. Advo...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

16 February 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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After a coalition of activists launched a campaign that included phone banking, door to door canvassing, and social media advertising to get the city to pass a universal paid leave policy, they won. Austin passed one ...

Next City

Josh Cohen

15 February 2018

Spokane, Washington, United States

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The city of Spokane has made it easier for multiple smaller housing units to be built on a plot of land by changing their zoning requirements. The change makes it easier for affordable housing to be built, among other...

Pacific Standard

Molly McCluskey

9 February 2018

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Since Australia’s National Firearms Act, passed over 20 years ago, the country has seen zero mass shootings. The legislation mandates a 28-day waiting period, bans automatic and semi-automatic firearms, and offers no-...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

30 January 2018

Norway

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Prisons in Norway are designed to simulate life on the outside. Inmates are encouraged to work and get an education, and officers chat and do activities alongside them. Norway spends a lot of money per prisoner, but t...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

23 January 2018

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

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When Germany opened its doors to refugees, the country invested heavily in integration assistance, including free but compulsory language and civics courses. Though political division has formed in Germany over immigr...

The New York Times

Emily Oster

Geoffrey Kocks

16 January 2018

Berkeley, California, United States

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In 2014, Disneyland experienced a measles outbreak that was linked back to the alarmingly low vaccination rates among Californian children. Following this outbreak, California passed a law that removed two of the most...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

16 January 2018

Cuba

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Cuba has one of the world’s lowest storm fatality rates in part because citizens learn how to prepare and respond to hurricanes beginning in elementary school. Children know where to go in an evacuation, neighbors ope...

Reveal

Bernice Yeung

16 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After a documentary brought to light the prevalence of sexual assault experiences by women janitors, a California janitors union decided it was going to do something about the issue. Women leaders within the union con...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

10 January 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Although Iceland has ranked the most gender equal nation in the world by The Word Economic Forum, there is still a gender pay gap. A new law might change that. Iceland has become the first, and only country to punish ...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

9 January 2018

Rwanda

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Rwanda has the smallest gender gap in Africa. Women’s access to education, healthcare, politics, and property is considered across the board in policymaking from law to national budgeting. Gender-based violence contin...

WNYC

Beth Fertig

4 January 2018

New Jersey, United States

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In 2017, New Jersey eliminated the cash bail system – meaning that potential offenders awaiting court could not be held in jail for money. Instead, judges use an algorithm that considers the individual’s criminal hist...

Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

29 December 2017

Iceland

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In the late 1990s, Iceland had both a high rate of teen alcohol abuse and a lackadaisical attitude towards that abuse. Responses to these issues included instituting a curfew, investment in after school activities, an...

Wall Street Journal

Scott Calvert

Zusha Elinson

Max Rust

27 December 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Certain cities in the United States are facing startlingly high rates of homicide and violence that haven't been seen since the height of gang activity in the 1990s. But certain cities, including Los Angeles, have con...

The New Yorker

Nathan Heller

11 December 2017

Estonia

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The e-Estonia project eliminates information silos, pairing blockchain with an easy to use data-sharing platform. The X-Road platform platform acts like a bridge, linking the information in places like doctors offices...

Apolitical

Odette Chalaby

20 November 2017

Bethesda, Maryland, United States

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Medical research studies have failed to address the impact of gender, and some studies even exclude females in “later stage clinical trials.” This discrepancy results from women being underrepresented in the medical s...

BBC

Richard Kenny

15 November 2017

Iceland

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Icelandic teenagers used to be infamous for their heavy smoking, drinking, and drug use. But the country has done a complete 180, thanks to investment in after-school activities, a curfew, and a pledge that all parent...

BBC

William Kremer

14 November 2017

Iceland

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Iceland used to be one of the worst countries in Europe for underage teenage drinking. The country’s government realized they needed to change that. Each year, students fill out an anonymous survey about their drinki...

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