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San Francisco Chronicle

Heather Knight

27 June 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Between 2004 and 2014, San Francisco’s mayor attempted to rid the city of chronic homelessness with a ten-year plan. Despite dramatic successes in moving thousands of homeless from the streets, the homeless population...

The New York Times

Amy Maxmen

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25 June 2014

Bamako, Koulikoro, Mali

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Malaria can be cured with a pill, yet it claims about 1,700 lives each day — mainly children in sub-Saharan Africa who don’t take medicine within a week of falling sick. After a decade of clinical trials demonstrated ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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16 April 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is gaining in popularity as a way for the government to spend tax money wisely. While not quite as flashy or e...

The New York Times

Dax-Devlon Ross

2 April 2014

Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States

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Deep-end youth frequently have extensive criminal records, incomplete education histories and no formal work experience. These backgrounds make them hard to retain in programs and even more difficult to place in gainf...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

26 January 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In Memphis, “school officials, politicians, business leaders, preachers, nonprofit organizations and everyday residents” came together to fight crime in a strategy known as Collective Impact. Could this approach help ...

The New York Times

Jason Kass

18 November 2013

Peru

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Ecological toilets that use natural composting to break down waste are simple to construct, waterless and are easy to fix. But as philanthropists are finding, getting these to those that need it most is harder than a...

Minnesota Public Radio

Jennifer Vogel

Dave Peters

15 November 2013

International Falls, Minnesota, United States

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The company that is the biggest source of good-paying jobs in the northern Minnesota community of International Falls has cut more than 200 positions from its workforce. So the town of 6,400 is absorbing the economic ...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

27 October 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Conventional wisdom holds that substantive change in public education moves at a glacial pace, and no one at White Center Heights is declaring victory yet. But after failing to gain traction for years, teachers there ...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

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8 October 2013

Punjab, India

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With 60 percent of India's population relying on agriculture for living, the country faces a dire challenge of what to do with accumulated agricultural waste. Instead of burning it, as they traditionally would do, the...

The New York Times Magazine

Paul Tullis

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19 September 2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States

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Between climate change and an ever increasing population, wildfires are becoming more and more of an annual challenge to mitigate, with firefighters and policy makers walking a thin edge between the need for natural b...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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18 September 2013

United States

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Medicine is in crisis; doctors face early burnout. Medical education contributes: it creates doctors who don’t show emotion. But The Healer’s Art, a medical school course delivered in an unconventional manner, reminds...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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21 August 2013

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Water:Charity assumed that money and celebrity exposure would be able to solve the world’s access-to-clean-water crisis. But this approach often led to more abandoned water pumps. Charities – and journalists who cover...

NPR

Sarah Hulett

20 June 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, many business owners and the city itself hope that filing for bankruptcy will help the city start fresh and ultimately become a thriving urban center, mirroring other cities that recovered from near financ...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

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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...

Orange County Register

Keegan Kyle

22 January 2013

Santa Ana, California, United States

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In Anaheim, the police department shifted the way they approach prostitution. Rather than arresting women, they began to target pimps, and send women to social services.”In 2010, Anaheim reported 76 prostitution-r...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

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28 November 2012

San Jose, California, United States

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Nongovernmental groups – especially ones that depend on donations – hate to fail, and never make their failures public. But at new conferences, social activists share and learn from failure.

Philadelphia Magazine

Steve Volk

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23 August 2012

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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When kids grow up in violence-ridden areas, the psychological stress they endure can have impacts mimicking PTSD symptoms and often leads to less resiliency when it comes to joining gangs. Although there is no quick f...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

12 July 2012

Madarounfa, Maradi, Niger

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Officials in Niger are addressing chronic severe droughts causing food shortages and leading to a widespread threat of starvation. They provide aid and resources for an crop planting technique called 're-greening,' wh...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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27 June 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Funding with too many strings attached makes it hard for non-profits to grow and be impactful. An American organization, N.F.F., is finding ways to finance non-profits likes companies.

The Times-Picayune

Jonathan Tilove

20 May 2012

Huntsville, Texas, United States

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Due to the cost of building new prisons and the cost per inmate, Texas has implemented a new model that encourages judges to send parolees to treatment programs rather than back to prison when they misstep. Texas is s...

The New York Times

David L. Kirp

19 May 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite the latest anniversary and celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, desegregation is effectively dead. Using magnet schools and other programs to integrate geographic regions may be the right next move.

The New York Times

Erica Goode

10 March 2012

Mississippi, United States

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A positive transformation in a Mississippi prison has become a focal point for a growing number of states rethinking the use of long-term isolation. Humanitarian groups have long argued that solitary confinement has d...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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9 December 2011

Guinea

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“For many tiny, endangered languages, digital technology has become a lifeline.” Phones, the web, software systems, these are all technologies being employed to keep heritage languages alive.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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20 October 2011

United States

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A group called Positive Coaching Alliance is training thousands of coaches and parents to change to culture of youth sports for the better, using a "relentlessly positive" approach, and trading out the win-at-all-cost...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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29 September 2011

Ethiopia

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What’s missing to turn poor places into rich places isn’t more information, money, technology, workshops, programs, evaluation or any of the other things that development organizations normally provide - what’s missin...

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