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CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

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26 February 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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A card game called Imaginable Guidelines offers a medium of shared vocabulary and collaboration that allows community members to easily talk about city planning. Played in cities around Turkey, Imaginable Guidelines a...

Buzzfeed

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Zahra Hirji

11 February 2019

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Youth climate strikes are gaining traction internationally, and the young leaders are finding inspiration in each other. The strikes have resulted in increased awareness amongst generations, and have grown in size and...

FastCompany

Katharine Schwab

8 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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To help provide women experiencing homelessness with menstrual products, the Perigives project has created posters and drop boxes that anyone can print and place in a public restroom. The initiative has shown some suc...

The New York Times

Liz Robbins

7 February 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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For migrant detainees in San Diego County's Otay Mesa Detention Center, a recent letter writing campaign from participants at nearby San Diego State University has brought a small form of hope and courage. The univers...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sarah Toth Stub

5 February 2019

Tel Aviv, Israel

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An Israeli Facebook group serves as a women's network for current or former prostitutes seeking help and support. The Hebrew-language group, called Lo Omdot Mineged, provides help in many forms, ranging from crowdsour...

The Guardian

Senay Boztas

4 February 2019

The Hague, Netherlands

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, otherwise known as Europol, is using crowdsourcing to identify locations involved in both past and current child abuse cases. By posting unedited images onlin...

High Country News

Ruxandra Guidi

31 January 2019

Boyle Heights, California, United States

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In Boyle Heights, a working class neighborhood of Los Angeles, members of the community have taken to the streets armed with clipboards and pens to document environmental hazards, zoning violations, and and other thin...

The Outline

Brandon Soderberg

30 January 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Where rental stores couldn’t compete, non-profits step in to preserve physical media in the digital age. Despite promises of unlimited access to media, online streaming services have actually reduced the variety of fi...

The Verge

Andrew Liptak

24 January 2019

Moretown, Vermont, United States

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A Vermont-based online network, the Front Porch Forum, has spread around the state as a way for community members to share ideas, resources, and initiatives. Neighbors offer support in everything from rogue Roombas (y...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

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14 January 2019

Mexico City, Mexico

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As air pollution threatens health and lives around the world, several creative solutions have the power to transform this situation. By tracking air quality, improving public transit, and using creative architecture a...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

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4 January 2019

Anchorage, Alaska, United States

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Alaska has created a living document to begin tackling the state's addiction epidemic as they attempt to become "more proactive and less reactive." This model of integration has the potential to serve as a model for o...

News-Decoder

Priyanka Mogul

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26 December 2018

Mumbai, India

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Indian women have turned to smartphone apps like Safecity to help protect them from sexual violence. These apps use a combination of geo tracking and crowd-sourced stories to illuminate patterns of abuse in certain lo...

KHNS

Claire Stremple

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20 December 2018

Haines, Alaska, United States

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Birders in Haines, Alaska, participate in what could be the longest-running citizen science project in the nation's history: the Audobon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Armed with binoculars and clipboards, these citi...

Model D

Dorothy Hernandez

18 December 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Artists around Detroit take steps to preserve historic landmarks and incorporate community input into the urban planning process. While the city is drastically changing, activists are slowly preserving places like mus...

The Columbus Dispatch

Mark Ferenchik

Mark Williams

16 December 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Cities across Ohio implement creative solutions to bring businesses, young adults, and a successful economy to their communities. From flying officials out to see what's working in other cities to boosting awareness f...

NationSwell

Adrienne Day

5 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Modeled after faith-based services, Civic Saturday encourages civic participation by creating a space for people to discuss social change, organize to vote, and engage in other democracy and community-building activit...

Energy News Network

Elizabeth McGowan

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5 December 2018

Nokesville, Virginia, United States

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In Virginia's Prince William County, one solar developer shows that the key to community support for renewables may be dialogue. Virginia Solar, a Richmond-based energy company, has won approval for a 20-megawatt sola...

The Huffington Post

Maddy Savage

28 November 2018

Eskilstuna, Sweden

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ReTuna, a new Swedish shopping mall, features exclusively items that are used, secondhand, or made sustainably. The mall is hoping to help consumers save money, as well as decrease waste and improve the shopping exper...

CityLab

Andrew Small

16 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Food and common passions are bringing people together for solutions-oriented conversations about the communities they live in. The Knight Foundation’s “On the Table” series started in Chicago and has now expanded to 3...

Apolitical

Lauren Greenawalt

9 November 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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When local policy initiatives fail, it is often because they are not meeting local needs in a way that residents want. The Boston Housing Innovation Lab, know as the iLab, seeks to combat this challenge. So far, it ha...

Radio Health Journal

Nancy Benson

21 October 2018

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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Hospital gowns historically aren't designed for the patient, but rather for the conveniency of the medical staff; however, several hospitals throughout the United States have decided to change this after negative pati...

New York Magazine

Sonia Weiser

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12 October 2018

India

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Using data collection and visualization, apps like SafeCity, HarassMap, and #WalkFreely are crowdsourcing locations where individuals have been sexually harassed or assaulted so that others know to take precautions. S...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

4 October 2018

Columbia, Missouri, United States

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Road trips are hard for people who have special needs when it comes to using the restroom, whether that be for health or gender or other reasons. Inspired to make a change after having a daughter with a specific type ...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

19 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Streetcred is entering the realm of crowdsourced maps with a twist. The blockchain-based app will pay mappers across the globe in the form of ether, a cryptocurrency. Another differentiator is that the data will be op...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

17 September 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, the nonprofit behind the city's bike share system plans to expand with a dockless model that will bring bikes into more neighborhoods while addressing some of the issues that model has encountered in o...

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