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The Huffington Post

Joseph Erbentraut

31 July 2015

Za'atari, Jordan

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The living conditions in refugee camps in the Middle East are very poor. Architects are piloting the Re:Build construction system that utilizes materials in the natural environment to construct homes, schools, and cli...

The Guardian

Holly Young

28 July 2015

Pakistan

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Female police officers are more effective in decreasing violence against women, but suffer gender discrimination and little societal support. Programs in different countries are making small changes to support female ...

FastCompany

Neal Ungerleider

23 July 2015

Queens, New York, United States

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Access Code is a nonprofit in New York that gives young adults - particularly those from minority groups - instruction and resources to learn coding. This education promotes greater access to lucrative careers in th...

The Atlantic

Ted Hesson

21 July 2015

Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Despite their stigma, foreign-born populations are helping the economy of U.S. cities. Welcoming America is a national network of organizations that preach the economic upside of immigration and in this way attract im...

Pacific Standard

Kate Wheeling

20 July 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In 2011, Philadelphia began requiring owners of vacant properties to install working doors and windows on all streets that are at least 80% occupied. A study of the impact of the Doors and Windows Ordinance has found...

Pulitzer Center

Rhitu Chatterjee

13 July 2015

Dujana, Haryana, India

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In India, the government is improving opportunities for women by requiring schools to hire poor and underprivileged women as cooks for the national free lunch program.

Reveal

Bernice Yeung

30 June 2015

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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The night shift janitor is an easy target. Working in isolation, cleaners across the country say they have been harassed, assaulted and raped by supervisors and co-workers while tidying office buildings, shopping mall...

Fortune

Amy Kaslow

29 June 2015

Sarasota, Florida, United States

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In Sarasota, Florida, residents invested in change contend that for the poor to move beyond survival mode and break a multi-generational cycle, they need a wraparound strategy, rather than one-off or isolated services...

The Christian Science Monitor

Todd Woody

23 June 2015

Melbourne, Australia

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In the face of a prolonged drought, residents of Melbourne, Australia, cut water consumption in half by capturing rainwater and using efficient toilets and washing machines.

Al Jazeera

Molly McCluskey

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20 June 2015

Sacramento, California, United States

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The United States is facing a looming shortage in agricultural workers, as the vast majority of farmers are aged 65 or older and fewer young folks are taking up the trade. The International Rescue Committee has a win-...

Politico Magazine

Saundra Amrhein

18 June 2015

Orlando, Florida, United States

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Community colleges were originally designed to be affordable and accessible, yet the myriad pressures on students means that the best intentions often don’t lead to positive results. But the University of Central Flor...

Maptia

Paolo Patrizi

18 June 2015

Tokyo, Japan

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A growing number of people in the famously crowded Tokyo metropolis are becoming ‘city farmers’, planting crops atop tall buildings or deep underground. In an age of detrimental climate change, urban cultivation and g...

The Boston Globe

Laura Crimaldi

18 June 2015

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Operation Exit, a program in Boston, offers vocational training to ex-offenders and people with a high risk of offending, giving them the motivation and tools to better their situation.

Texas Standard

Lana Straub

17 June 2015

Texas, United States

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Women are often undervalued, overlooked and discriminated against in the oil industry. To overcome this, women have started to form organizations to support women in their careers and to try to close the gender gap.

NationSwell

Chris Peak

12 June 2015

Lynch, Kentucky, United States

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After the downturn of the coal industry, 8,000 jobs were lost in Central Appalachia. While some counties are renewed with the help of federal assistance, others find ways to help themselves.

Next City

Cassie Owens

12 June 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To develop new demolition standards, the Detroit Building Authority brought together a best practices working group that met biweekly. Under the new system, a pre-demolition review takes place to, among other things, ...

PBS

Matthew O'Neil

8 June 2015

Connecticut, United States

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Connecticut is attempting to reduce prison recidivism by changing parole practices. Changes to the system are allowing parole officers to foster relationships with parolees and counsel them as people, not as cases.

Bright Magazine

Benet Magnuson

8 June 2015

Emporia, Kansas, United States

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Tired of seeing ill-prepared teachers, Kansas’ Emporia State University has adopted an “all hands on deck” approach to training their students.

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sam Eaton

5 June 2015

Matemwe, Zanzibar, Tanzania

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In Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's...

The New York Times

Liz Alderman

29 May 2015

Lille, France

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After the global recession, long-term unemployment can make jobless workers depressed, with their skills becoming unsharpened and obsolete. Practice firms, operating as fake businesses, in the Eurozone aim to keep the...

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Irina Zhorov

28 May 2015

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogotá is largely credited with originating the concept of “open streets” —where city roads are closed to car traffic and given over to people for fun and fitness—but it has grown beyond that city, surfacing in Pennsy...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Anna Claire Vollers

27 May 2015

Alabama, United States

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Rural areas are seeing the shut down of medical services such as Labor & Delivery units, making it harder for expectant mothers to receive proper care. Dr. Waits in Bibb County is opening a Labor & delivery unit throu...

Al Jazeera

Rachel Mealey

25 May 2015

Fukushima, Tōhoku, Japan

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At the Fujitsu factory in Japan, a significant decline in demand for semiconductor computer chips meant the company had large empty factory space sitting unused. A new business approach allowed them to dually address ...

The Nation

Amy Yee

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22 May 2015

Dhaka, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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After a major fire, labor standards in Bangladesh are improving, but workers must have a voice if these changes are to be sustainable.

NPR

Maanvi Singh

14 May 2015

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Brown's Super Stores operates seven profitable supermarkets in traditionally food desert neighborhoods in Philadelphia. The founder says it's because they brought together a group of community leaders and asked them e...

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