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NationSwell

Lorraine Chow

4 March 2014

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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"Sandwich Me In is a sustainable-practicing restaurant. By that, I mean we have no trash at all," explains owner Justin Vrany who successfully transitioned his Chicago restaurant into a zero-waste establishment.

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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Civic leaders in the U.S. struggle to effectively help their distressed neighborhoods. East Lake, Atlanta, created a replicable model that mixes residents of differing socio-economic status, and focuses on education a...

AL.com (Alabama Media Group)

Stan Diel

14 February 2014

Camden, Alabama, United States

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The “Wilcox Works!” initiative aims to help lift an entire county out of poverty - overcoming generations of mistrust, racism, cronyism and bad luck - by bringing a collection of training and social service programs t...

Kaiser Health News

Ankita Rao

5 February 2014

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

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“Sustainable Williamson” combined ideas and initiatives from local officials, community members, nonprofit organizations to address both the economy and the well-being of a community where unemployment and drug use we...

The Atlantic

Ankita Rao

4 February 2014

Addis Ababa, Oromia, Ethiopia

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Popular in some countries and catching on in the U.S., community health workers fill gaping holes in care. The workers help curb health care costs by preventing complicated disease and emergency room visits.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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29 January 2014

Jinotepe, Carazo, Nicaragua

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Many different people are inventing health devices for resource-poor settings, but some organizations - like M.I.T.’s Little Devices group - are empowering developing communities and increasing access to healthcare by...

Intelligent Life

James Scudamore

1 January 2014

Vangani, Maharashtra, India

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In India, videos made about the many social problems are secretly broadcasted in different villages to make people aware of the real problem and also aware of what they can do to fix it.

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

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8 December 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A lot of research backs the notion that parents play an important role in the academic success of their children, and their children’s schools. While too much parent involvement can cause problems, as happens in some ...

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

Megan Garner

Swikar Patel

4 December 2013

Oglala, South Dakota, United States

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota, about the Lakota history to empower the kids and enco...

The Telegraph

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

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16 November 2013

Binkolo, Bombali District, Sierra Leone

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The bloody civil war that tore through Sierra Leone for over a decade was one of the most devastating and violent in Africa's modern history. Those that suffered most were usually young woman, forced into combat, disp...

The New York Times

Jason Silverstein

6 November 2013

Togo

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In communities across Africa, health workers are going house to house with medicine to combat lymphatic filariasis, which is the world’s second-largest cause of chronic disability. They are participating in a strategy...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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30 October 2013

Connecticut, United States

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Child First is a program in Connecticut, where staff members deliver home-based parent guidance and child-parent psychotherapy to help prevent the detrimental physical and mental effects of toxic stress on children. T...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

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16 October 2013

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco Unified School District is piloting a collaboration with the design firm IDEO to re-imagine the school food system and help combat childhood obesity by better designing the space and the experience o...

Wired

Joshua Davis

15 October 2013

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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Students in Matamoros, Mexico, didn't have reliable Internet access, steady electricity, or much hope—until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.

East Bay Times

Emily Constance

14 October 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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Disadvantaged individuals can often have difficulty finding employment due to lack of job training and references. A free 12-week program offers intensive culinary training at St. Vincent de Paul kitchen along with ot...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 September 2013

Tanzania

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Phone lines in Africa and South Asia would never have gotten to the poor - but these places have leapfrogged over last-century technology and gone straight to mobile phones. Now the same thing is happening with off-gr...

The New York Times

Courtney Balestier

6 August 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy because of a poor economy. While the city’s industrial businesses have floundered, the art scene has thrived, bringing in new sources of income through art galleries and investmen...

Bitch Media

Sarita Santoshini

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3 August 2013

Assam, India

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India faces a crisis with maternal mortality; largely due to poorly implemented maternal healthcare benefits, and high anemia rates due to harsh working conditions, the state of Assam suffers from the highest ratio of...

Bklynr

Phillip Pantuso

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1 August 2013

New York City, New York, United States

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Public-private partnerships, nonprofit organizations, and community members themselves come together to make Brownsville, a neighborhood in NYC, a more collaborative, friendly and safe place. Though the neighborhood h...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

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24 July 2013

Dhaka, Bengal, Bangladesh

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In a country of limited resources — and perhaps for that very reason — preparing for natural disasters is top of the agenda in Bangladesh. Various grassroots, collaborative programs have been put in place over the yea...

Next City

Sarah Goodyear

22 July 2013

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has ...

USA Today

Laura Baverman

21 July 2013

Antigua, Guatemala

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Development work is evolving beyond short-term mission trips and one-off donations into a more comprehensive, in-depth model that addresses long-term sustainability of a solution paired with empowerment of those being...

The Guardian

Dan Collyns

8 July 2013

Tambopata, Peru

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Rainforest Expeditions, an innovative eco-tourism company in Peru, helps the local economy while also promoting conservation of the natural rainforest. By working with Infierno, the local indigenous community in a sou...

NPR

Daniel Zwerdling

5 July 2013

Krong Siem Reap, Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Overall, Cambodia is a relatively poor country whose residents don't own much. Norwegian hotel owners in the city of Krong Siem Reap urge their Cambodian staff to be more in charge of making their own decisions by mak...

CityLab

Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota has become a danger for pedestrians, cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

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