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The Seattle Times

Brian M. Rosenthal

6 October 2013

Yakima, Washington, United States

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There is a mental-health capacity crisis gripping Washington state. The area’s response approach, crafted over two decades, centers on a set of intensive outpatient and early-intervention programs aimed at preventing ...

The New York Times Magazine

John Buntin

10 July 2013

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles,the Crips and Blood gangs have violently fought each other for decades. By 2013, the LAPD has enforced new measures including community policing with an emphasis on fairness ra...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

8 June 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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In Houston, TX, many individuals with mental illnesses cycled in and out of emergency care while arrested or incarcerated. Houston’s police department has decreased the number of incarcerated who have mental illness b...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

22 May 2013

Kisumu, Nyanza, Kenya

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For-profit companies are making good private schools available even to Africa’s poor. They can do it – and can do it on an enormous scale – by hiring neighborhood residents to teach, and scripting out every word of ev...

Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB)

Allison Frost

21 May 2013

Oregon, United States

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Playworks, a recess-based school program, provides public schools with coaches who facilitate games that teach students skills for conflict resolution and cooperation. In Oregon, elementary schools across the state ar...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 May 2013

Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Bangladesh schools had very low attendance because children were kept home to work and conditions were unsafe for girls, ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities. BRAC, one of the world's largest and most compre...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

21 March 2013

Bangladesh

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Saving money while conserving water and electricity is a win-win for the textile industry in Bangladesh. After a joint effort to improve the mechanics and upgrade the factories, the industry saw a savings of 1.2 milli...

The New York Times

John Leland

15 December 2012

New York, New York, United States

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New mothers who live in poverty are faced with fewer resources to help them with their physical and mental health as well as the health of their babies. In New York City, the Nurse-Family partnership matches nurses wi...

The New York Times

Gareth Cook

29 November 2012

Denmark

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Thorkil Sonne's experiences with his own gifted, autistic son led him to start a company called Specialisterne, founded on the idea that - given the right environment - some autistic adults could not just hold down a ...

FastCompany

Whitney Pastorek

15 November 2012

United States

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While implementing fruits and vegetables into a daily diet is recommended for optimal health, the lack of longevity for produce is often a problem that leads to food waste. Fenugreen FreshPaper, invented by Kavita Shu...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 August 2012

Florida, United States

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smok...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

2 May 2012

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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CitiStat has show great success in cities like Baltimore, where it has improved city services' efficiency (removing snow, fixing potholes, etc.). Many cities use Stat programs, but Baltimore has been a particular case...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

4 April 2012

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 March 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Most programs to cut recidivism don’t significantly reduce rates of repeated arrests or incarceration, but one called the Center for Employment Opportunities that started in New York City is making a dramatic dent. Th...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2011

Irving, Texas, United States

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While weight loss can be challenging to maintain, different structures are being created to help. Certain support groups, financial incentives, and tough love are proving to be effective.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

27 October 2011

Somalia

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World Concern, a Seattle-based Christian humanitarian group, provides people around the world with vouchers they can use in select markets, rather than the traditional emergency food aid of rice and other grains. In D...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 June 2011

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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The Jaipur Limb organization based in India has developed prostheses at low cost, and services are free for the poor. The organization’s efforts have recently spread to other countries with impoverished people. Jaipur...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

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John Sullivan

Dylan Purcell

1 April 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Often social programs at schools fail because they are not implemented fully or over a long enough period. One school in Philadelphia attributes their success in decreasing violence to having a long-term principal, a ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 January 2011

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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Access to electricity in India takes a huge economic, educational, and health-related toll. A small company called Husk Power Systems has created an innovative system that is turning rice husks into electricity and il...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jacob Kushner

11 May 2010

Haiti

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Building Markets, an NGO, has connected Haitian businesses with foreign NGOs who can funnel humanitarian aid through the local suppliers and manufacturers in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake of 2010. Typica...

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