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CityLab

Adina Solomon

20 March 2018

Clarkesville, Georgia, United States

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After a fire destroyed much of downtown Clarkesville, the city invested millions of dollars in properties to restore. Local government leaders sought feedback from community members, and the result was a revitalized d...

Bright Magazine

Peter DiCampo

19 March 2018

Kenya

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In order to create a larger role for aid recipients in conversations about how success and failure are defined for international aid, the What Went Wrong project was founded. People use mobile phones to contact the jo...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

8 March 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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An increasing number of cities are looking to redesign roadways, sidewalks, and intersections based on the way spaces are needed after snow storms. Snow piles left after snowplows carve paths for vehicles are basicall...

Christian Science Monitor

Harry Bruinius

2 March 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Two women travel on a journey seeking to heal pain through forgiveness with the help of a program in Baltimore that brings together mothers who have lost sons to violence. One woman's son was murdered and the other wo...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

16 February 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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If we can't reach consensus on gun laws, what about ensuring people who may be a threat to themselves or the community cannot access their firearms? Extreme risk protection orders are already in place in four states a...

The New Yorker

Jia Tolentino

12 February 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Researchers at Columbia University undertook an exhaustive ethnography, interviewing hundreds of students on campus to understand the conditions under which sexual assault occurs. The idea was to get past common assum...

Al-Fanar Media

Eman Kamel

12 February 2018

Cairo, Egypt

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Tamer Taha is using social media to connect small business with innovators. He created a platform called Yomken, it acts like a marketplace where “innovators...showcase their ideas and creations.” So far, the network ...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

4 February 2018

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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The small town of Sisters, Oregon seemed doomed to being a bedroom community, a place where people lived but worked elsewhere, until the town tried something new. Developers found a creative way to work with the town ...

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Odette Chalaby

29 January 2018

Mumbai, India

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Too often, poor community members are not included in public discourse over how public spaces should look-- rather, the urban planning is more top-down. To change that, the UN’s Block by Block project is using the com...

NMPolitics.net

Diana Alba Soular

28 November 2017

Las Vegas, New Mexico, United States

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The only psychiatric hospital in New Mexico is in the north, which means frequent trips must be made from the south to bring new patients which is expensive and makes it difficult for southern families to visit. There...

Bright Magazine

Elizabeth Stuart

16 November 2017

London, England

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There are many refugees who could use the help that willing volunteers offer - access to services, resources, and someone who will listen to their struggles. With Facebook and other social media, those connections hav...

Make Change

Neil Parmar

16 November 2017

Lusaka, Zambia

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Food security is a major issue that both developed and developing countries face with increasing urgency as the world's population continues to rise; but the problem is not a shortage of food - it is usually more an i...

BBC

Charlotte Pritchard

7 November 2017

Malawi

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In Malawi and other countries around the world, thousands of towns are not mapped. There is often no financial incentive to do so. However, unmapped areas face many challenges, especially because they are harder to re...

Pacific Standard

Francie Diep

25 October 2017

California, United States

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As wildfires grow more intense and deadly in California, some experts say previous strategies to save lives and property need to be revamped and they're pushing for changes in policies. Agencies are studying the deadl...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

25 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Launched in September 2017, Cognoma is a database of information regarding the genetic makeup of cancerous tumors developed in collaboration between University of Pennsylvania researchers and Philadelphia’s tech commu...

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Danielle Fox

23 October 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A hackathon in Philadelphia brought together a diverse group of people, including formerly incarcerated individuals, to discuss the complex issue of reentry and come up with tech-based ways to help. The collaboration ...

Civic Hall

Nithin Coca

20 October 2017

Malaysia

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In Malaysia, only 30 days are required between the calling of an election and election day. Campaign periods sometimes last as little as just 10 days. Sinar Project, a nonpartisan Malaysian civic tech organization, is...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

17 October 2017

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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Chatbots don’t sleep. They can respond to citizen inquiries 24 hours a day. From North Charleston to Singapore, automated conversation platforms are improving the connection between governments and the people they ser...

BBC

Jessica Lussenhop

25 September 2017

Black Rock City, Nevada, United States

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Many argue that the Burning Man festival has become an exclusive and wasteful indulgence for the wealthy - an opinion that was exacerbated this year when thousands of perfectly good bicycles were left among the debris...

Pacific Standard

Rochaun Meadows-Fernandez

15 September 2017

Houston, Texas, United States

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Hurricanes Irma and Harvey showed the power of social media to share real-time alerts and information as well as get resources to people more quickly when official channels like crisis hotlines are clogged. Officials ...

Eugene Weekly

Morgan Theophil

14 September 2017

Eugene, Oregon, United States

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A tech-enabled solution from two students at the University of Oregon allows community members to connect in order to best support homeless youth. The platform, called the Rapid Access Network (RAN), serves as a way f...

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Micah Danney

9 August 2017

Suffolk County, New York, United States

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A former prosecutor now works directly with offenders as a deputy police chief in a movement called Council of Thought And Action (COTA), often going directly to them in the community and bringing them together in sup...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

9 August 2017

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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The Kentucky metro area has some of the worst air quality in the country, leading to concerning rates of asthma and respiratory disease well above the national averages. But a group called AIR Louisville has implement...

News Deeply

Sonia Narang

8 August 2017

Burenitu, Viti Levu, Fiji

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After a huge cyclone devastated a remote Fijian village, Eta Tuvuki worked to open communication channels between women and public officials. Her efforts are not only making women's voices heard, but they allow for th...

CityLab

Gracie McKenzie

8 August 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The forms required to receive social services can be long and difficult to navigate, despite their essential nature for many people in need. In D.C., a new team meant to coordinate innovation across agencies gathered ...

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