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David Singer

18 April 2019

Portland, Maine, United States

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An organization in Portland, Maine ensures Baby Boomers who want to work are adequately trained and accepted in the work place. The Boomer Institute works with social security caps and flexible work hours, both of whi...

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Erica Gies

16 April 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In Detroit, a city with plenty of open space, there is ample opportunity for green stormwater infrastructure to help the city better manage water. The dual goal of decreasing water pollution and better managing flood ...

The Daily Yonder

Bryce Oates

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16 April 2019

Thomas, West Virginia, United States

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Renewing distressed economies can be done through reinvesting in arts and culture. By building successful partnerships with rural Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) like the Woodlands Community Lende...

Yes! Magazine

Keith Griffith

9 April 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Stand With Dignity, a grassroots, community organizing group in New Orleans, has coordinated warrant clinics for those driving with suspended licenses. These clinics have forgiven $2 million worth of traffic fines and...

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Dan Hancox

5 April 2019

London, United Kingdom

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An organization in London called the Participatory City Foundation funds projects and initiatives that give local control to residents and inspire economic and social equity. One such project, "Every One, Every Day,"a...

The New York Times

David Brooks

4 April 2019

Canada

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Canada's poverty level has decreased by at least 20% between 2015 and 2017, helped in part due to a new methodology in solving poverty. Rather than disincentivizing collaboration, advocates got together to create comm...

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Maria Gallucci

4 April 2019

Colorado, United States

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Dozens of states across the US are adopting programs that offer solar power for low-income communities in order to cut down on their utility costs and provide renewable energy that they previously would not have had a...

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Adele Peters

30 March 2019

Pocahontas, Iowa, United States

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Though small towns are often overlooked when it comes to transportation innovation, a company called Koloni brings an affordable bike share system to the small town of Pocahontas, Iowa. The town, with a population of ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Andrew J. Yawn

29 March 2019

Geiger, Alabama, United States

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In rural Alabama, where the nearest grocery store can be more than 20 miles, residents are finding that robust community gardens are helping to improve general wellness. Even beyond offering free and healthy meals to ...

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Jared Lindzon

27 March 2019

United States

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A new app is trying to digitally revolutionize the traditionally analog world of diversity and inclusion training. Companies who use the app can ensure anonymity, encourage remote participation, and analyze survey and...

National Geographic

Alma Guillermoprieto

27 March 2019

Bogotá, Capital Region, Colombia

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Ciclovía (Bicycle Way) is a well-known initiative from Bogota, Colombia that allows citizens to take over the public space once a week — roughly 75 miles of public streets. Citizens will bike, run, walk, dance, eat, p...

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David Singer

26 March 2019

Portland, Maine, United States

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3-5 Minutes

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As an effort to bolster the economy and help teenagers join the workforce, the Maine Department of Labor launched a pilot program that gives organizations stipends for hiring teenagers into the seasonal workforce. Whi...

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Patrick Dunn

26 March 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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There is a lack of new and local talent in the mobility industry, so the Michigan Mobility Institute started the Detroit Mobility Lab to issue Masters degrees in Mobility after a 9-12 month program. The Lab partners w...

The New York Times

Somini Sengupta

25 March 2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Copenhagen is doing its best to become net carbon neutral by 2025. With strong leadership from Mayor Frank Jenson, the city has installed wind turbines, a trash incinerator that will also help heat the city, and stron...

Adweek

Doug Zanger

25 March 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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FlexLA, a local rideshare program in Los Angeles, offers discounted and even free rides for folks looking for affordable alternatives to Lyft and Uber. While the battle to stand out among transportation behemoths prov...

The Marshall Project

Maurice Chammah

22 March 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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New York City plans to close the eight jail complex located on Rikers Island and replace it with a series of four smaller, community-integrated facilities in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan. While the admin...

National Post

Charles Montgomery

Tristan Cleveland

22 March 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Cities around the world take an unconventional yet effective approach to combat poverty: measuring happiness. Cities like Vancouver, British Columbia have found success in building personal relationships among the eco...

The New York Times

Michael Corkery

22 March 2019

Combined Locks, Wisconsin, United States

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Rather than close their doors for good, Wisconsin paper mills have adapted to the booming internet business and begun making something even Amazon needs: cardboard. Though traditional glossy paper sales have plummeted...

Yes! Magazine

Ivy Brashear

21 March 2019

Kentucky, United States

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In Kentucky, sex education offerings in rural districts is often inconsistent across schools. The “Sexy Sex Ed” workshop aims to provide students with information and resources about consent, safety, and anatomy. “If ...

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Elizabeth McGowan

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21 March 2019

Harlan, Kentucky, United States

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As jobs in America's coal mines dwindle, local Appalachian communities put resources and opportunity into the sustainable energy business. A nonprofit in Kentucky called the Mountain Association for Community Economic...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Katja Döhne

19 March 2019

Quito, Ecuador

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5-15 Minutes

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AGRUPAR, a program funded by the Quito local government, supports 4000 urban farming plots across the city. One of its goals is to make healthy, organically-grown produce more accessible to marginalized groups, includ...

The New York Times

Steve Lohr

15 March 2019

Queens, New York, United States

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A nonprofit in Queens trains low-income New Yorkers to work in successful tech companies. The program, which focuses on training folks without four-year degrees to provide access to higher wages, places graduates in t...

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Manish Kumar

Kuldeep Singh

15 March 2019

Tikarpada, Odisha, India

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A village in India shifted its economic focus from sex work to animal conservation by creating a community tiger reserve. The opening of the reserve created 200 new jobs in the community and a flood of tourists, allow...

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Ruth Reader

14 March 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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Manufacturing takes on a whole new meaning as urban companies shift from tough industrial worksites to clean, friendly buildings with well-paid positions. One such site, piloted in Brooklyn's Navy Yard, aims to humani...

National Geographic

Nina Strochlic

14 March 2019

Uganda

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Uganda has some of the most progressive refugee policies in the world, and as a result it is now home to the second largest refugee camp in the world. Bidibidi houses a quarter million people, many of whom come from t...

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