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Nikkei Asian Review

Deepak Adhikari

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18 November 2018

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Kathmandu Valley, like many other heavily populated areas in Nepal, has a trash problem. As the designated landfill becomes overfull, local entrepreneurs are turning to creative thinking in order to make a difference....

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Alyssa Jeong Perry

17 November 2018

California, United States

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Firefighters working the frontlines of California fires now have emotional supports at their base camps to help them process what the toll of their work. Supports include chaplains, peer-to-peer interaction, and thera...

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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...

The Seattle Times

Neal Morton

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16 November 2018

Washington, United States

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On college campuses across California and Washington state, the Umoja Community program groups black freshman in small classes that focus on historic and present issues affecting black communities. While 33 percent of...

Politico Magazine

Ethan Epstein

15 November 2018

Austin, United States

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The nonprofit GirlForward operates in Chicago and Austin, and is working to help young refugee girls learn skills and thrive in America. The intensive mentoring and tutoring program has shown results for girls who are...

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Sarah Rigg

14 November 2018

Ypsilanti, Michigan, United States

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Circles Washtenaw County is a “financial stability program” that is part of a national network. The local version in Ypsilanti involves matching leaders, who participate in 12 weeks of training, with allies, who suppo...

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Adele Peters

14 November 2018

California, United States

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Wildfires are inevitable, especially as forests become drier due to climate change, but it is possible to design the built environment so that fires don’t destroy as much property or as many lives. Architects now can ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Quinn O'Callaghan

13 November 2018

United Kingdom

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Every teacher lost costs almost $9,000 for a U.S. urban school district, according to a report out of the National Commission on Teaching and America’s Future. To help deter “brain exodus,” the UK is piloting a teache...

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Eillie Anzilotti

13 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Evergreen Cooperatives, a network of worker-owned businesses in Cleveland, Ohio, has seen success in keeping business structure flat and wealth at the local level. Now, they’re growing. They recently acquired the Clev...

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Kizito Makoye

13 November 2018

Tanzania

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Indigenous people in Tanzania are using “legal expertise, political pressure and smart solutions like land mapping to win back plots — and then secure them — from corporations they accuse of using loopholes to grab te...

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Megan Kimble

12 November 2018

Austin, United States

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Just outside of Austin, Texas, Community First! Village lives up to its name, emphasizing personal connections and stable relationships while also providing people experiencing homelessness with affordable rents in ti...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

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10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Rather than allowing the market to dictate development in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown, several on-the-ground activists and foundations are working together to preserve culture, affordability, and tourism. The Vanco...

International Examiner

Chetanya Robinson

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10 November 2018

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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A fight against a condo in chinatown shows the power of local activists. When private developers tried building condos near a memorial, Chinese residents who had been in the neighborhood for decades were outraged: it ...

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Alan Yu

10 November 2018

Albany, New York, United States

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Many sustainable farming practices originate from African roots, yet the industry in the United States is largely dominated by people who are white. Leah Penniman, an African American farmer based in a food desert in ...

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Deborah Bonello

9 November 2018

Mexico City, Mexico, Mexico

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Mi, Co-Madre, and Spacioss are all women-only working spaces in Mexico city. Together, around 400 women have attended these spaces. The aim of these coworking spaces is to provide support for females and help them suc...

The Guardian

Paige McClanahan

8 November 2018

Los Angeles, United States

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For many people experiencing homelessness, long-term health issues mean that their teeth are in a state of disrepair. Premium dental care can help restore health and aesthetics, but also confidence to move forward wit...

CityLab

Brentin Mock

8 November 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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An amendment passed in Louisiana does away with non-unanimous jury verdicts that have helped solidify racial discrimination in the criminal justice system since they were implemented in response to Reconstruction. Dat...

Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

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8 November 2018

Costa Rica

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As teachers at schools in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica begin their second month of strikes, several NGOs are stepping in to offer lesson plans and cafeteria meals to students who would otherwise be out of schoo...

Nigerian Health Watch

Bashar Abubakar

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7 November 2018

Kano, Nigeria

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Through ‘child spacing’ strategies, Nigerian health centers have helped women gain greater autonomy and have increased planning about the size of their family. Nurses discuss child spacing with women during antenatal ...

FastCompany

Sean Captain

7 November 2018

California, United States

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Taxing big tech is a popular idea among residents of cities profoundly shaped by the industry. San Francisco, Mountain View, and East Palo Alto have all approved new taxes pulling money from big tech to fund housing a...

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Kevin Barry

7 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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The Cleveland-based Buckeye Ministry and Missions Alliance has “adopted” five city blocks clearing vacant lots and helping to rehabilitate homes. Their efforts have had a material impact on the appearance of the neigh...

New York Magazine

Christine Ro

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7 November 2018

Zimbabwe

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Hashtags and chat apps can notify users when items of vital necessity become available during times of severe shortage. Despite the Zimbabwean government’s pushback against social media, Zimbabweans are turning to pla...

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Audrey F. Henderson

6 November 2018

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Kids will be the ones carrying out the effects of current city planning efforts. To get kids involved in city planning at a young age, Michael Ford started a series of “Hip Hop Architecture Camps.” By teaching about b...

Los Angeles Times

Doug Smith

2 November 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, three young creatives tried to bring a renewal to the public art building the Triforium, aiming to “signal the flickering of a new movement.” They were met with limited success, in the form of a grant ...

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Sandra Larson

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2 November 2018

Washington, D.C., United States

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When Juan Reid had a hard time finding a job after his release from prison, he finally founded a worker cooperative called Tightshift Laboring Cooperative. He wanted to create sustainable employment opportunities for ...

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