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Matt Stiles

11 September 2013

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Playgrounds that are accessible for children with special needs can be difficult to find. NPR launched a national crowd-sourced guide called Playgrounds for Everyone, which invited individuals to add playgrounds that ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

21 August 2013

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Water:Charity assumed that money and celebrity exposure would be able to solve the world’s access-to-clean-water crisis. But this approach often led to more abandoned water pumps. Charities – and journalists who cover...

The New York Times

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

29 July 2013

Cuba

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Despite the fact that Cuba and the United States have had no bilateral relations for decades, the countries' meteorological institutions do collaborate by exchanging information about weather. This relationship could ...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

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...

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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 ...

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 ...

United Nations University

Sarah Hasaba

8 May 2013

Kenya

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Many of the issues facing underdeveloped rural communities stem from low rates of literacy. Researchers have found that cooperation between "formal and non-formal education systems" is an effective method in strengthe...

AARP Magazine

Beth Howard

1 April 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are re...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 November 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In a world divided into factions, social entrepreneurs are connecting people in new configurations and helping them work together more effectively because social entrepreneurs tend to pursue an end in a communal way.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 October 2012

New York, New York, United States

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American families tend to handle grief individually and feel alone after the tragedy of losing a child. In Israel, communities communicate to the bereaving family their support by creating permanent and public memorials.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 October 2012

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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In the poorest places, the lack of proper clothing costs lives. Now a simple and efficient program in India is attacking the problem with the urgency it deserves.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 September 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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There are about 67,000 homeless veterans in the United States today, and at least a third are chronically homeless. The 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to get 100,000 chronically homeless or otherwise particularly ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 July 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Nationally, only about a third of municipal solid waste is recycled. An initiative to use simpler, standardized signs and labels is helping communities reap greater benefits from recycling.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 July 2012

Rwanda

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Rwanda offers universal health coverage to its citizens, with a reported 25 percent having to pay no premiums. The system has allowed for great advances in health across the nation, with a dramatic rise in life expect...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

21 March 2012

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist gro...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 March 2012

Zimbabwe

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

27 November 2011

Thorthormi Lake, Bhutan

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Countries impacted by climate change are working to mitigate the effects, but more help is needed. Every year Bhutanese citizens dig a channel to lower the water level of Thorthormi, a huge glacial lake that posing a ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For first-time youth criminal offenders, the traditional American jury falls short in encouraging behavioral change and may even set the juvenile on a course for repeated crimes. Washington, DC’s Youth Court is a jury...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 October 2011

Sudan

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Rapid Results Initiatives are micro social change projects that a village, government office, or business will work accomplish in just 100 days. They have proven to be sustainably effective at various tasks because ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 September 2011

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 August 2011

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

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Hospitals in the U.S. throw out huge amounts of supplies and equipment, and third-world hospitals need it. Many organizations help bridge the gap to transport supplies, but end up donating unusable equipment - teachin...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

14 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-traditional program called the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.), uses a radically different approach from the traditional American social service model to empower entire families alleviate themselves from...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage o...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 June 2011

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

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