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The New York Times

Sylvia Rowley

24 April 2015

Telangana, India

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In India, many farmers, especially women farmers, have transitioned to organic farming. While it requires a serious set of skills and knowledge, organic farming increases yields and decreases costs by eliminating the ...

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Mike Lydon

20 April 2015

Dallas, Texas, United States

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A Dallas urban neighborhood was dilapidated with abandoned storefronts and offered no vitality for pedestrians. A group of artists and community members created Build a Better Block, in which local artisans and small...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Elizabeth Aguilera

30 March 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A unique program at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center is combining prenatal care with psychiatric treatment for low-income women who might otherwise not seek help for mental health issues during pregnancy.

The New York Times

Margot Sanger-Katz

27 March 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The health care system in the United States is not only expensive, but also its social inequities and infrastructure fail to aid patients’ individual needs. Iora Primary Care in Seattle offers a monthly stipend for ph...

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Stephanie O'Neill

9 March 2015

Los Angeles, California, United States

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LAPD's special team, the Mental Evaluation Unit, is teaming up police officers with mental health clinicians to better approach and address individuals suffering from a mental health crisis. Rather than sending them t...

The Globe and Mail

John Lorinc

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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New York City suffered from fires that erupted in overcrowded, run-down apartments. Then the city sleuthed through residential records and found that landlords who foreclosed let their properties fall apart and ignore...

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Chris Peak

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Educational nonprofit OneGoal has proven that its model of education helps provide low-income students in Chicago and Houston with the tools needed to pursue a college degree. Now, the nonprofit hopes to improve the c...

CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

10 February 2015

İzmir, Turkey

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An absence of public infrastructure and park space hasn't stopped the people of Izmir, Turkey from gathering in and enjoying the outdoors. Now a few clever and creative individuals are helping teach their communities ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 January 2015

United States

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Although patients go to hospitals to receive medical care, many Americans will acquire infections that did not already have them. The United States as a whole has made modest progress at reducing the rates of hospita...

The New York Times

Elizabeth Stuart

22 January 2015

Cairo, Egypt

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Muslim women in Egypt are expected to marry young and to stay close to home, and if they do not, they can be subjected to abuse or heavy criticism by men in the household. Save the Children’s Choices program offers ed...

The News & Observer

J. Andrew Curliss

10 December 2014

Tokyo, Japan

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After the success of North Carolina pork in Japan, the NC department of agriculture aims to help other local producers try their products in this foreign market to stimulate the state's economy.

The New York Times

Jane E. Brody

1 December 2014

New York, New York, United States

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Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization that advocates for access to better food in low-income neighborhoods runs a program based on a simple idea to deal with a complex problem: instead of drugs or admonishments to...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

27 November 2014

Tanzania

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In combatting poverty, a giant informal economic system has quietly emerged in Africa. Women participate in micro-finance organizations that loan money in order to allow them to create businesses and become self-manag...

High Country News

Benjamin Goldfarb

24 November 2014

Shepherd, Montana, United States

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Clean water and healthy ecosystems are becoming increasingly difficult to come by. With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks that biomimicry - such as reconstructing wetlands and ...

Places Journal

Susanne Schindler

1 October 2014

United States

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There is an escalating housing affordability crisis in America, where even the middle and creative classes are having difficulty finding somewhere they can afford to live. A possible solution could be cooperative hous...

Slate

Ankita Rao

11 September 2014

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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A hygiene intervention in a wooden branch, recycled plastic jug, and a bit of soap tied to some rope—a cheap solution that allows access to sanitation in poor communities without incurring major expenses.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

31 August 2014

Concord, North Carolina, United States

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Cabarrus County’s Project Re-entry gives those experiencing incarceration a chance at an education and self-reflection. The program has shown such success that it is being expanded to other detention centers in the co...

Mental Floss

Melissa Gaskill

14 August 2014

Florida, United States

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According to the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, there are fewer than 180 panthers left in the state due to high rates of animal-vehicle collision. Now, the state is trying to prevent further harming the spe...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

14 August 2014

Khulna, Khulna Division, Bangladesh

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With the creation of oral rehydration solution, diarrhea can be treated by inexpensive, homemade remedies. O.R.S. has undeniably helped Bangladesh make big strides in improving child health in recent decades thanks to...

San Francisco Chronicle

Kevin Fagan

28 June 2014

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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San Francisco’s chronically homeless population remains staggeringly high. Salt Lake City has managed to eradicate much of their chronically homeless by geographically placing supportive housing distant from the city’...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 June 2014

Dallas, Texas, United States

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The Oak Cliff neighborhood in Dallas suffered from recession-closed businesses and crime. Then community members used placemaking, in which people shaped their own environment to improve the quality of life, and the c...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 June 2014

New Mexico, United States

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Project ECHO - driven by a single doctor with a cause - pulled together a team of specialists to develop a model that combines technology with collaborative care and careful patient tracking to help cure for diseases ...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Wanjohi Kabukuru

29 March 2014

Roche Caiman, Victoria, Seychelles

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Warming water has led to the collapse of coral reef systems in the western Indian Ocean, essential to fisheries, protecting shorelines, and reducing beach erosion and sea-level rise. Marine scientists from Nature Seyc...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 February 2014

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Immigrants are increasingly settling in the United States, but their cultural adjustments present economic and social challenges. Different states have started welcoming initiatives to aid in foreigners in their trans...

The New York Times

Georgia Levenson Keohane

12 February 2014

New York, New York, United States

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, necessity has bred an interesting kind of financial invention for the New York MTA: the world’s first “catastrophe” bond - a reinsurance for the insurer - designed to protect public tr...

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