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Jennifer Guay

2 January 2019

Singapore, Singapore

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Through its Transformation Office and Innovation Lab, Singapore encourages a culture of innovation and smart design when it comes to making policy among its 145,000 strong civil service. Borrowing aspects of its frame...

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Edward Siddons

24 December 2018

Hyderabad, Pakistan

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Using play-based learning and positive communication lessons, an organization called Right to Play helps school children in Pakistan act less violently toward their peers. The program, which is now replicated in 18 co...

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Anoush Darabi

24 December 2018

Victoria, Australia

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As climate change has led to more frequent droughts and volatile weather in Australia, climate-dependent jobs like farming are increasingly imperiled. In response, the Australian state government of Victoria launched ...

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Moritz Konradi

7 December 2018

Germany

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Though many people traditionally think of a tension between security and civil liberties, but local governments in Germany are practicing ways to safeguard against terrorism without trampling their citizen's rights. B...

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Fergus Peace

30 November 2018

Burkina Faso

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A pilot of a cash transfer program in rural Burkina Faso not only produced valuable research but, by involving government officials from the get-go, developed local expertise that was invaluable for the later launch o...

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Anoush Darabi

30 November 2018

Austria

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Programs in upper Austria have helped immigrants integrate into rural communities. Regional-interkulturell.kompetent (RIKK) and Heimat=Sharing engage both newcomers and locals at schools, companies, and social clubs t...

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Susan de Witt

30 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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Social impact bonds are providing a relatively new way of improving health and education outcomes in developing countries. While these have been used successfully in the developing world, South Africa is relatively ne...

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Anoush Darabi

26 November 2018

Paris, France

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In France, a digital transformation is taking place. To lay the groundwork, the country passed the Digital Republic Act in 2016, which mandated local and central government to publish documents and public data, a sign...

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Anoush Darabi

22 November 2018

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Sometimes you have to see something is possible before you can do it yourself. For Tel Aviv’s city officers, it took a trip to Copenhagen to understand that each of them, no matter their office, could do something to ...

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Julia Hotz

19 November 2018

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

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Loneliness has become a valid public health problem. Too often, a lack of public spaces means people seeking connection have no place to gather. Luckily, a trend of creating public spaces has been able to prevent lone...

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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...

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Anoush Darabi

7 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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A startup called WhereIsMyTransport has helped cities create timetables and route maps of informal public transit. The group sends data collectors out to ride local minibus routes, for example, then organizes the info...

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Jennifer Guay

6 November 2018

Malaysia

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Malaysia’s extremist rehabilitation team helps former terrorists reintegrate into society by becoming their friends and treating them with dignity. The unusual approach seems to be working. “A lot of the time they jus...

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Jemilah Magnusson

6 November 2018

China

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China is a major contributor to the rising levels of CO2 emissions, but they are also one of the most active players in mediating their impact. Their new energy buses have not only drastically reduced gas consumption ...

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Fergus Peace

2 November 2018

Nebraska, United States

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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...

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Burton Bollag

31 October 2018

Germany

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When family members fall ill, many times caregiving is placed on fellow family members, which is both time consuming and unpaid. A healthcare company with international reach, is funding research, toolkits and informa...

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Anoush Darabi

18 October 2018

Taiwan

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A community of technologists called g0v has produced open-source tools and redesigns of Taiwan’s public services. In collaboration with Digital Minister Audrey Tang, the group is helping citizens and civil society gro...

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Fergus Peace

16 October 2018

Alexandria, Minnesota, United States

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Rural manufacturers in America are staying relevant by shifting focuses to hyper-specific product production. Industries work to balance efficiency with personalization in the changing manufacturing landscape of the 2...

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Jennifer Guay

11 October 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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With tourism on the rise, governments are figuring out how to limit overcrowding and environmental damage. Replicable ideas include marketing beaches and other attractions off the beaten path, regulating hotels and va...

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Fergus Peace

9 October 2018

Turkey

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Host governments tend to be wary of allowing refugees to move freely and work legally. However, integrating refugees into the labor market as quickly as possible reduces the concentration of newcomers in the informal ...

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Jennifer Guay

7 October 2018

United Kingdom

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In the UK, the What Works Centres are bringing scientific rigor into the realm of government by promoting evidence-based policymaking (EBPM). By evaluating policies through an unbiased, empirical approach like a rando...

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Edward Siddons

5 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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Colorado has developed and is currently implementing a comprehensive plan to address rising suicide rates. The intervention touches on suicide risk at all ages including increased supports in high schools, new avenues...

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Edward Siddons

28 September 2018

United States

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Public health approaches to violence, in which different sectors and agencies treat it as a contagious disease, has gained support across the world and has taken many forms. This approach relies on data collection to ...

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Fergus Peace

25 September 2018

Japan

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Japan is taking major steps to putting autonomous buses on the roads in rural areas because there is a need for reliable transportation and not enough funding as more young people move to the cities. It has the potent...

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Siobhan McKenna

21 September 2018

London, England

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In London, the residents who have never accessed the internet are disproportionately disabled, elderly, or otherwise marginalized but a new approach by the Mayor's office, supported by results from pilot programs in t...

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