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Daniel Malloy

24 April 2018

United States

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How-to guides and mentorship help first-time candidates running for office. The organization Run for Something supports young liberals breaking into state and local politics. Many of them are taking on hard-to-beat in...

Geekwire

Gregory Scruggs

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19 April 2018

Pristina, Serbia

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Popular video game Minecraft, an easy-to-use game where users construct the world around them, has been used by UN-Habitat in 40 projects across 35 cities in 25 countries to design public spaces. The accessible platfo...

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William Kremer

Harriet Noble

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16 April 2018

United Kingdom

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Cash prizes push people to solve all sorts of problems. Advancements in aircraft and spacecraft in particular have came out of public innovation challenges.

HBO

Wyatt Cenac

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13 April 2018

St. Anthony, Minnesota, United States

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In the premiere episode of Wyatt Cenac's “Problem Areas” he focuses on fixes for manure polluting waterways, but mostly on policing in America, with an in-depth review of what happened with the death of Philando Casti...

Equal Times

Nithin Coca

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10 April 2018

Taiwan

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In Taiwan, more than 4,500 citizens helped design regulations on ride-hailing and taxi companies by sharing feedback on digital platforms. The online tools can support democratic policymaking but face some accessibili...

WEWS-TV

Jonathan Walsh

9 April 2018

Canton, Ohio, United States

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The mayor’s office in Canton, Ohio recently implemented SeeClickFix, an app that allows local residents to share pictures of problems they see, such as potholes and abandoned cars. The complaints get added to a list f...

Durango Herald

Jonathan Romeo

7 April 2018

Pueblo, Colorado, United States

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When lead and arsenic levels threatened the communities in Southeastern Colorado, the Environmental Protection Agency was asked to step in. In order to have a seat at the table when decisions were being made, communit...

CityLab

Jake Bullinger

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21 March 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Conservation groups and land trusts that typically serve rural areas have begun integrating their missions and services in urban communities to battle environmental inequity and blight. In cities like Cleveland and Se...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

David D. Haynes

21 March 2018

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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It turns out the old adage of knowing your neighbor really can help make your neighborhood safer. A study of more than 250 cities found that a key factor behind a drop in crime in the last 20 years was the mobilizing ...

CityLab

Adina Solomon

20 March 2018

Clarkesville, Georgia, United States

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After a fire destroyed much of downtown Clarkesville, the city invested millions of dollars in properties to restore. Local government leaders sought feedback from community members, and the result was a revitalized d...

Bright Magazine

Peter DiCampo

19 March 2018

Kenya

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In order to create a larger role for aid recipients in conversations about how success and failure are defined for international aid, the What Went Wrong project was founded. People use mobile phones to contact the jo...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

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8 March 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An increasing number of cities are looking to redesign roadways, sidewalks, and intersections based on the way spaces are needed after snow storms. Snow piles left after snowplows carve paths for vehicles are basicall...

The Christian Science Monitor

Harry Bruinius

2 March 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two women travel on a journey seeking to heal pain through forgiveness with the help of a program in Baltimore that brings together mothers who have lost sons to violence. One woman's son was murdered and the other wo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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16 February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If we can't reach consensus on gun laws, what about ensuring people who may be a threat to themselves or the community cannot access their firearms? Extreme risk protection orders are already in place in four states a...

Al-Fanar Media

Eman Kamel

12 February 2018

Cairo, Egypt

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Tamer Taha is using social media to connect small business with innovators. He created a platform called Yomken, it acts like a marketplace where “innovators...showcase their ideas and creations.” So far, the network ...

The New Yorker

Jia Tolentino

12 February 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Researchers at Columbia University undertook an exhaustive ethnography, interviewing hundreds of students on campus to understand the conditions under which sexual assault occurs. The idea was to get past common assum...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

4 February 2018

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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The small town of Sisters, Oregon seemed doomed to being a bedroom community, a place where people lived but worked elsewhere, until the town tried something new. Developers found a creative way to work with the town ...

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Odette Chalaby

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29 January 2018

Mumbai, India

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Too often, poor community members are not included in public discourse over how public spaces should look-- rather, the urban planning is more top-down. To change that, the UN’s Block by Block project is using the com...

NMPolitics.net

Diana Alba Soular

28 November 2017

Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

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The only psychiatric hospital in New Mexico is in the north, which means frequent trips must be made from the south to bring new patients which is expensive and makes it difficult for southern families to visit. There...

Make Change

Neil Parmar

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16 November 2017

Lusaka, Zambia

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Food security is a major issue that both developed and developing countries face with increasing urgency as the world's population continues to rise; but the problem is not a shortage of food - it is usually more an i...

Bright Magazine

Elizabeth Stuart

16 November 2017

London, England

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There are many refugees who could use the help that willing volunteers offer - access to services, resources, and someone who will listen to their struggles. With Facebook and other social media, those connections hav...

BBC

Charlotte Pritchard

7 November 2017

Malawi

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In Malawi and other countries around the world, thousands of towns are not mapped. There is often no financial incentive to do so. However, unmapped areas face many challenges, especially because they are harder to re...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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25 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Launched in September 2017, Cognoma is a database of information regarding the genetic makeup of cancerous tumors developed in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania researchers and Philadelphia’s tech commu...

Pacific Standard

Francie Diep

25 October 2017

California, United States

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As wildfires grow more intense and deadly in California, some experts say previous strategies to save lives and property need to be revamped and they're pushing for changes in policies. Agencies are studying the deadl...

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Danielle Fox

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A hackathon in Philadelphia brought together a diverse group of people, including formerly incarcerated individuals, to discuss the complex issue of reentry and come up with tech-based ways to help. The collaboration ...

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