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Yes! Magazine

Melissa Hellmann

2 January 2017

Iola, Kansas, United States

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The small town of Iola, KS, and Allen County's GROW Council offer a case study of how local communities across this prairie state have worked to solve the absence of grocery stores in many rural areas. Through local r...

National Geographic

Tik Root

2 January 2017

Oakland, California, United States

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At the vanguard of initiatives to increase diversity among visitors to the National Parks are groups like Oakland, CA-based H.E.A.T.—Hiking Every Available Trail -- which uses social media and group park expeditions t...

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Sarah Gilman

20 December 2016

Alaska, United States

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When Alaska's largest Tlingit village faced a future without forests after years of clearcutting efforts, community members, organizations and corporations alike came together to look for solutions. After years of eff...

Christian Science Monitor

Atul Bhattarai

18 December 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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For years, campaigns to clean Nepal's polluted Bagmati River resulted in failure. Now with police and government backing, the organization Safai Abhiyaan is in its third year, attracting hundreds of volunteers who are...

Newsy

Ben Schamisso

Christian Bryant

12 December 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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CeaseFire Illinois have worked for years on the streets of Chicago intervening as “violence interrupters” to stop problems escalating into tragedy. Some volunteers are former gang members and they use community connec...

ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Sally Sara

7 December 2016

Muizenberg, South Africa

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Change Waves is an organization in South Africa that is fighting community violence and poverty by giving the youth hope through surfing. The children from impoverished families go to the beach to surf for free and b...

News Deeply

Christine Bolaños

6 December 2016

Romero, El Salvador

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Women in El Salvador have long faced the extreme challenges of having fewer economic and social rights than men, making it difficult to survive when tragedy - such as an earthquake - strikes. The Romero community, whi...

Grist

Heather Smith

2 December 2016

Florida, United States

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In Conservative voting bastions of Florida, renewable energy turns out to be a bipartisan issue, supported even by the most Republican areas. The success of renewable energy was possible by listening to Floridians ne...

Sacramento Bee

Hedrick Smith

1 December 2016

Orlando, Florida, United States

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For the third election in a row, House Republicans got bonus seats in 2016, through gerrymandering. Thanks to a grassroots citizen movement and computer sleuthing, Florida admitted to breaking the law and has replaced...

Jackson Free Press

Sierra Mannie

30 November 2016

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Whitten Preparatory, a mostly black middle school, is one of four schools in Jackson that are trying to combat disciplinary issues and keep violence low by using peer mediation - training students to be mediators so t...

Religion News Service

Barigye Ambrose

29 November 2016

Uganda

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In Uganda, religious leaders and anti-gay individuals have been very vocal against the LGBTI community and have disowned many LGBTI religious leaders. This has led some of these leaders to publicly come out and advoca...

Citiscope

Patralekha Chatterjee

17 November 2016

Mysuru, India

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Mysuru has become a gleaming example for solutions to India's vaster struggles with solid-waste management, toilet construction, sanitation strategy, public outreach, and other measures. The city uses a decentralized ...

WNYC

Sarah Hayley Barrett

17 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In the face of gentrification in their South Bronx neighborhood, Mott Haven, residents responded by creating the Mott Haven Port Morris Community Land Trust. Inspired by the Cooper Square Committee land trust, Mott H...

Nesta

Matt Stokes

7 November 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The city of Amsterdam is taking advantage of sharing economy and collaborative platforms. By creating the Action Plan for Sharing Economy, the city is bringing together different stakeholders. By introducing rules, re...

Upworthy

Ally Hirschlag

16 October 2016

Ashton Hayes, England

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Ashton Hayes- a small town in England- adopted a Carbon Neutrality mission, meaning they hoped to produce as much energy as they consumed. Over the past 10 years they have reduced their emissions by 40%, attributing t...

Daily Herald

Marie Wilson

7 October 2016

Bloomington, Illinois, United States

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A new online course called REST provides volunteers in Illinois with the necessary skills and a certification to provide short term care for people with disabilities, allowing for their loved ones and long-term caregi...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

5 October 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, has the second highest unemployment rate in the country. To solve this problem, the Healthy Neighborhoods Albuquerque, a city wide initiative was formed. Their strategy is to train, hire and b...

LA Weekly

Jessica Langlois

21 September 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The recent revival of feminism, in tandem with increased awareness about violence and sexual abuse, and combined with the power of social media to organize activist groups, is helping various advocacy groups address t...

Curbed New York

Nathan Kensinger

15 September 2016

New York, United States

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Gabler Creek is located at the edges of Queens New York and its natural habitat has been saved from developers through the work of community organizations. Generations of volunteers have turned what could have been an...

The Atlantic

James Fallows

11 September 2016

Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

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Erie, Pennsylvania transforms standard casino revenue into community development funds to jumpstart the city's urban and economic planning. An innovative initiative sets aside a percentage of revenue for city-wide dev...

Upworthy

Evan Porter

1 September 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

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School dress codes overwhelmingly affect girls, and being accused of breaking the code results in missed school and wearing 'shame clothes'. A few Portland students fought the school board, and it resulted in a new ge...

The Chicago Reader

Maya Dukmasova

25 August 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Police abolitionism, an idea that strikes many as fanciful and dangerous, lies at the root of many community projects in Chicago that have demonstrated on a small scale the ways that problems can be solved without pol...

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Cassie Owens

21 August 2016

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, Black Guns Matter encourages Black Americans to practice the second amendment right to own a gun, while at the simultaneously discouraging altercations with the police. This group provides resources t...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

17 August 2016

Walla Walla, Washington, United States

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The development of the ACE score in the late 1990s revealed that the causes behind many serious social issues-- from violence to graduation rates to poverty-- were rooted in trauma and stress experienced by the indivi...

Upworthy

James Gaines

12 August 2016

Belize

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Could kids be part of the solution in the fight to save coral reefs? These researchers in Belize think so. The Community Researcher Training Program, managed by James Foley and the Toledo Institute for Development and...

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