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Food and Environment Reporting Network

Barry Yeoman

9 February 2017

Louisiana, United States

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Tribal areas in Louisiana are suffering from massive land loss due to flooding, which has taken away a lot of food sources and livelihood. In response, the First People's Conservation Council has been created, which i...

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Nick Holland

5 February 2017

Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

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New apps like Tap Tap See and Be My Eyes are helping blind people solve everyday problems by combining smartphone video technology with an army of volunteers. The app allows a blind individual to take a photo or video...

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Caitlin Cruz

31 January 2017

United States

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Transgender people are using crowdfunding sites to raise money to pay for gender confirmation surgeries. “"It was such a surreal feeling. I was looking at the number in my PayPal," Moog says. It didn't quite sink in...

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Aaron Moselle

10 January 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A program launched in Philadelphia to help inmates reintegrate into the community has hit some stumbling blocks and the new executive director is turning to experts to help fix things: former inmates. She is convenin...

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Sarah Gilman

20 December 2016

Alaska, United States

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When Alaska's largest Tlingit village faced a future without forests after years of clearcutting efforts, community members, organizations and corporations alike came together to look for solutions. After years of eff...

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Ben Schamisso

Christian Bryant

12 December 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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CeaseFire Illinois have worked for years on the streets of Chicago intervening as “violence interrupters” to stop problems escalating into tragedy. Some volunteers are former gang members and they use community connec...

Detroit Free Press

John Wisely

26 November 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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The Oakland Unified School District's program to help African-American males has done so well, the district is going to create a similar program for other at risk groups, Latinos, Asians and Pacific Islanders. The pro...

The Tyee

Chris Wood

21 November 2016

Ottawa, Canada

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Throughout Canada, the available housing is insufficient to meet the needs of its residents: many homes are too expensive, unsafe, or unavailable. To address this problem, the Canadian government has sought feedback f...

WTTW-PBS

Brandis Friedman

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20 October 2016

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago's Cook County Jail seeks to short-circuit the cycle of violence by involving young men from the city's most violent zip codes in a program that includes counseling, conflict resolution and anger management. Th...

Pacific Standard

Sarah Baird

1 September 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans police adopted a program popular in many other cities called Coffee With A Cop in an effort to foster more normal communication among police and citizens over a cup of Joe. It's a version of community poli...

Upworthy

Evan Porter

1 September 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

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School dress codes overwhelmingly affect girls, and being accused of breaking the code results in missed school and wearing 'shame clothes'. A few Portland students fought the school board, and it resulted in a new ge...

Buzzfeed

Caroline O'Donovan

24 August 2016

Oakland, California, United States

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The location-based social network Nextdoor responded to criticism about racial profiling on its site by revamping the platform. The company collaborates with many public agencies and Oakland’s mayor said the city’s de...

The Journal Standard

Jillian Duchnowski

13 August 2016

Monmouth, Illinois, United States

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A small town in Illinois came up with a plan for filling its empty downtown storefronts: a competition for entrepreneurs interested in getting their small businesses off the ground. They offered financial incentives l...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

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5 August 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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At the San Francisco headquarters of Uber, three televisions greet visitors and employees just past the check in desk. The central screen plays a video on repeat: “Moving riders, moving partners, moving newlyweds, mov...

The New Yorker

Ben Taub

27 June 2016

Aleppo, Syria

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In Syria, medical personnel are at risk of death as hospitals are frequent targets of bombing. With few medical specialists treating an assortment of injuries and diseases under the most dangerous circumstances, docto...

Newsweek

Alec Appelbaum

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30 May 2016

New York, New York, United States

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As climate change drastically alters the land, sea, and how humans subsist in the face of a changing environment, governments are finding that traditional methods of development are no longer sufficient or sustainable...

Bangor Daily News

Erin Rhoda

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16 May 2016

Bangor, Maine, United States

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The opioid epidemic continues to be a public concern and the One Life Project is hoping to help bring people together to develop solutions. At an open One Life event attendees wrote down 99 ideas and are now asking fo...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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10 May 2016

New York, New York, United States

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A grateful recipient of a new heart has inspired a drive to vastly enlarge the pool of prospective organ donors.

The Atlantic

Robinson Meyer

2 May 2016

Kathmandu, Nepal

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Whenever there’s a natural catastrophe, a team of “crisis mappers” activate around the world. These volunteers use crowdsourcing tools to turn satellite data into digital maps, which are then used to make decisions on...

KQED

Mariela Patron

3 April 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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DREAMer's Roadmap, founded by Sarahi Espinoza Salamanca- an undocumented immigrant herself, works to help connect undocumented students with scholarship opportunities through an app. Due to the stigma surrounding thei...

The Guardian

Sandra Larson

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31 March 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston’s Youth Lead the Change engages young people in municipal decision-making by putting them in charge of determining how one million dollars is spent every year. Participants learn how city government works, subm...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

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10 March 2016

Turin, Italy

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The government of Turin is bringing innovation into its processes by valuing one of its most important - but in many other places, overlooked - resources: human capital. Through a program called Innova.TO, the governm...

Next City

Zoe Mendelson

25 February 2016

Mexico City, Mexico

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By “gamifying” the process, urban planners can crowdsource data collection. In Mexico City, members of 14 organizations—ranging from government agencies to nonprofits and consultants—launched a city-wide game, Mapatón...

Citiscope

Gregory Scruggs

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19 February 2016

Quito, Ecuador

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The large number of volcanoes in Ecuador, along with the early stages of eruption of Cotopaxi, an earthquake less than 40 miles from Quito, has pushed the city to crowdsource ideas for emergency preparedness. The gove...

Citiscope

Gregory Scruggs

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16 November 2015

Cuenca, Ecuador

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International governments look to Latin America for inspiration in how to organize public spaces and policies. While many Latin American countires struggle with crime and violence prevention, they also are more willin...

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