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Cheryl Rodewig

2 April 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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In Athens, Georgia, 70 miles east of the capital Atlanta, one empty convention center put its space to good use by producing sanitation stations to combat COVID-19. After losing $1.2 million dollars of business in a s...

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Scott Kirkwood

2 April 2020

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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In Baltimore, a successful social enterprise collaboration involves employing formerly incarcerated people to deconstruct valuable old wood from abandoned homes, preparing the wood for production, then turning the woo...

Transitions Online

Hanna Liubakova

30 March 2020

Belarus

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A Belarus women’s-empowerment support group using the Wen-Do method ends each session with the students breaking a piece of wood with a chop of their hand, a literal show of strength that communicates how defending ag...

Temple Update

Matthew Silverman

29 March 2020

Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Norristown, Pennsylvania, two local businesses--a distillery and a silly putty factory--have teams up to produce hundreds of gallons of hand sanitizer for nearby hospitals and residents. The two companies each put...

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Nora Doyle-Burr

28 March 2020

Charlestown, New Hampshire, United States

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After the New Hampshire Nurses Association sent out a survey to the state's retired nurses, hundreds of them volunteered to address the state's healthcare worker shortfall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. The reserves wi...

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Tricia Wang

24 March 2020

Wuhan, China

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While the media mostly highlights the top-down, government-led measures of containment happening in Wuhan, China, an invisible, sophisticated grassroots network has also had a powerful positive effect on stemming the ...

The Temple News

Colin Evans

24 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Pennsylvania, students at Temple University are volunteering their skills to help in the fight against COVID-19, even beyond social distancing compliance. Students are putting their majors to use, whether it's thro...

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Steven Melendez

23 March 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Hosting business meetings over Zoom is nothing new during the coronavirus pandemic, but performing artists are also using the platform and adapting their work to the videoconferencing software. After initial performan...

Pacific Standard

Jacob Kushner

21 March 2020

Canaan, Haiti

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A survivor of Haiti's earthquake sought out a new home on an unclaimed plot of land which is home to one of the country's largest cemeteries. Madame Roy built a neighborhood from the ground up with the help of archite...

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Aaron Brown

20 March 2020

Cheyenne, Wyoming, United States

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A Cheyenne distillery named Chronicles Distilling is one of several companies across the city that are repurposing their services to suit the needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. They are using their distillery to make han...

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Rachel Lindy Baron

20 March 2020

New York, New York, United States

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In the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, local residents have formed a mutual aid organization called #BedStuyStrong. The web application Slack serves as the organization's hub, offering a wide ra...

The Guardian

Francesc Badia i Dalmases

13 March 2020

Kapawi, Ecuador

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The Kara Solar Foundation is looking to connect indigenous communities in Achuar territory in Ecuador to learn about solar power as an alternative to oil. By building solar-powered canoes, they can replace vessels tha...

The New York Times

Patricia Leigh Brown

6 March 2020

Oakland, California, United States

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Deanna Van Buren and her nonprofit firm Designing Justice/Designing Spaces use architecture to advance social justice and criminal-justice-reform ideas, designing workplaces, meeting places, and homes nationwide found...

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Julia Hotz

26 February 2020

United States

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In New York and across eleven other cities in the United States, a non-profit organization called Back On My Feet leads early morning runs (starting at 5:30am) with members overcoming homelessness and the volunteers w...

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Carey L. Biron

20 February 2020

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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Policymakers, nonprofit leaders, and corporate heads have recently undertaken efforts to increase urban forestry. Urban trees decrease energy use, protect storm drain infrastructure, decrease noise, and help boost wel...

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Emily Dean

18 February 2020

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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For those who have experienced sexual assault, art therapy is being used for recovery, empowerment, and self-expression. Two organizations, Art Against Assault and CounterAct, are striving to use an arts-based approac...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rick Barrett

18 February 2020

Wisconsin, United States

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Facing environmental issues, changing consumer tastes, corporate mega-farms, and more, small dairy farmers in Wisconsin are quickly adapting their business models to stay afloat. This article looks at a number of solu...

The New York Times

Abdi Latif Dahir

16 February 2020

Mogadishu, Somalia

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After three decades of war and famine, Somalia's capacity to respond to emergencies and rebuild its country has been significantly diminished. To pick up the slack, young Somalis, many of whom have returned home from ...

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Megan Janetsky

16 February 2020

Cartagena, Colombia

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The League of Displaced Women built “The City of Women" in 2003. The city has about 100 homes for women and their families, including men, who faced and/or fled murder, rape, and other forms of violence during the con...

The New York Times

Isabella Grullón Paz

10 February 2020

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Democratic Party consistently struggles to turn out the Latinx vote, which is projected to be 32 million people. Instead of trying to find a cohesive message for this incredibly diverse group of people like in the...

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Karen Black

3 February 2020

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Facing closure and financial ruin, the Toronto Roncesvalles United Church found a new source of income: their own physical space. The church began renting or donating rooms for flea markets, yoga classes, shiatsu, chi...

Pioneers Post

Nour Ibrahim

30 January 2020

Cairo, Egypt

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An initiative run by the UN Refugee Agency in Cairo called NilFurat teaches women in countries around the Nile and Furat rivers creative skills for them to make a living. The women learn skills like hand sewing, machi...

Equal Times

Guillaume Pajot

28 January 2020

Ukhia, Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

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The Kutupalong camp in Bangladesh, the largest refugee camp in the world, is overcrowded and increasingly isolated. A program by the World Food Programme (WFP) and the Bangladeshi NGO BRAC offers refugees equipment, a...

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Daliah Singer

22 January 2020

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Denver, Colorado, one homeless shelter is using trauma-informed design to make residents feel more at home and less likely to sleep outside. Architects building Sanderson Apartments considered past traumas when cho...

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Adhiti Bandlamudi

15 January 2020

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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Gun homicides in Durham increased an alarming 20% in 2019, but one bright spot was the county public health department's Bull City United program. Since 2016, BCU is credited with reducing shootings by 28% in two area...

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