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Kate Schimel

8 January 2019

Tauba, Papua New Guinea

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In northeastern Papua New Guinea, community leaders and the government set aside 360,000 hectares of the Managalas Plateau as a protected conservation area in 2017. The project has strong local support. But facing des...

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Ben Paynter

4 January 2019

Puerto Rico, United States

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Nonprofit organization Direct Relief is providing financial assistance to organizations and communities struck by natural disasters or extreme poverty, in addition to traditional goods like medicines, vaccines, and eq...

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Adele Peters

3 January 2019

Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States

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Turning a coal plant carbon neutral requires a community effort. In Holyoke, Massachusetts, community organizers from the Toxics Action Center and Neighbor to Neighbor, a local Latinx organization, succeeded in gettin...

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Jennifer Guay

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2 January 2019

Singapore, Singapore

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Through its Transformation Office and Innovation Lab, Singapore encourages a culture of innovation and smart design when it comes to making policy among its 145,000 strong civil service. Borrowing aspects of its frame...

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Elda Cantú

2 January 2019

Peru

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Not all solutions have to be new in order to work, some just have to be modernized for today's needs. This was the lesson learned when villagers in Peru decided to restore centuries-old hydraulic systems to revitalize...

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Deonna Anderson

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2 January 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In a post-Standing Rock economic era, cities like Seattle and Philadelphia look to the Bank of North Dakota as an example of a successful public banking structure. While public banking is a large undertaking for many ...

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Daniyar Serikov

2 January 2019

Isfara, Tajikistan

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Many farmers in Tajikistan are transitioning from Soviet-era monoculture to agroforestry, a method that more closely mimics natural ecosystems. While the farms are small, many payoffs--good income, diverse crops, robu...

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Simon Montlake

2 January 2019

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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In Tulsa, Oklahoma, philanthropist George Kaiser has invested heavily in Educare, a year-round early learning program, and wraparound services, such as prison-diversion and family-based programs, with the belief that ...

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Helen Pidd

1 January 2019

Elland, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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In the midst of controversy surrounding large gender pay-gaps in the United Kingdom, a wholesale company called Suma adopts a "co-op" mentality and pays everyone - regardless of gender, experience, or age - the same s...

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Kiera Butler

1 January 2019

Alabama, United States

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In 2017, Alabama was one of only three states to meet all 10 of the national recognized benchmarks for preschool quality. The state credits bipartisan support, a low teacher-to-student ratio, and high teacher salaries...

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Molly McCluskey

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31 December 2018

Quebec City, Canada

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In Quebec, a subsidized affordable child care program has proven itself over two decades, contributing to a spike in the employment of mothers with young children. Research also shows that program is financially susta...

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Rebecca Nauth

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30 December 2018

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Going Home, a program implemented by a homeless shelter in Athens-Clarke County in Georgia, helps homeless individuals maintain long-term housing and foster financial independence. The program pays six months of rent ...

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Dominic Fracassa

30 December 2018

San Francisco, California, United States

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Reformed prisoners are finding a way to contribute their skills to society by monitoring public restrooms in high-risk areas throughout San Francisco. Thanks to a partnership between Public Works Department and Hunter...

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Gloria Hillard

29 December 2018

California, United States

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The Wolf Connection Youth Empowerment Program connects troubled youth who’ve dealt with abuse and trauma, with wolves. "These wolves and wolf-dogs come from abuse, neglect and mistreatment. And the youth we serve come...

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Dan Collyns

27 December 2018

Lago Agrio, Sucumbíos, Ecuador

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Following decades of oil companies contaminating the water, indigenous groups in Ecuador’s Sucumbíos province have built systems for rainwater collection and filtration. These systems have provided people with clean w...

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Catarina Fernandes Martins

26 December 2018

Jerez de la Frontera, Andalusia, Spain

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A professional soccer team in Andalusia called Alma de África has helped integrate migrants and locals. The team has 25 players from 16 different countries, including Spain. It provides a sense of family and belonging...

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Anoush Darabi

24 December 2018

Victoria, Australia

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As climate change has led to more frequent droughts and volatile weather in Australia, climate-dependent jobs like farming are increasingly imperiled. In response, the Australian state government of Victoria launched ...

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Noelia Esquivel

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20 December 2018

Playa El Jobo, La Cruz, Costa Rica

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When a people in Playa El Jobo, La Cruz realized that their beaches were home to sea turtle eggs, they took action to protect the species by joining together. What started as a neighborhood effort to patrol the beache...

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Verónica Zaragovia

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19 December 2018

Quibdó, Chocó Department, Colombia

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One man's chocolate company in Bogotá is aiming to change the lives of farmers in the Chocó department of Colombia. Concerned about the rise in the country's coca production, the company helps farmers transition from ...

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Jessica Mendoza

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19 December 2018

Jefferson, Iowa, United States

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An interesting advocate for spreading tech jobs into small towns comes in the form of Silicon Valley’s congressman. Representative Ro Khanna hopes that investing in small towns will stimulate local economies as well a...

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Camilo Mejia Giraldo

19 December 2018

Lae, Morobe, Papua New Guinea

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Across Papua New Guinea, growers are turning to agroforestry, pairing crops like cocoa and nuts to closely mimic forest ecosystems. The benefits are numerous--diverse income streams for growers, new habitat for wildli...

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Justin Murphy

14 December 2018

Rochester, New York, United States

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Student-led initiatives in Rochester City School District help students of color share their experiences with racism and foster communication between students, faculty, and administration - within and outside the clas...

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Anna Scott

13 December 2018

Los Angeles, United States

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In Los Angeles, the Host Home program is placing homeless youth in the homes of willing hosts. They share space, but don't necessarily have to share their lives and schedules, providing an opportunity for people to pu...

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Elian Peltier

13 December 2018

Lyons, France

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France is at the forefront of efforts to integrate internet literacy into standard primary and secondary course requirements. By partnering with journalists and educators, the French government is working to stop the ...

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Tracey Lindeman

13 December 2018

Trondheim, Norway

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Powerhouse, a collective of architects, engineers, environmentalists, and designers based in Oslo, reimagines building design to address climate change. Not only are many of their structures energy-neutral, but they a...

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