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The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen E. Holmes

23 July 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Supreme Court ruled about 2,500 life sentences handed down to juveniles were unconstitutional and resentencing hearings are taking place to decide if these men and women will receive parole. In Philadelphia, a gra...

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Josh Cohen

10 July 2017

Macon, Georgia, United States

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A bike share system as well as a pop-up experiment that added eight miles of temporary bike lanes in Macon, Georgia more than doubled the number of people riding bikes on the streets every day. It also showed county o...

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Josh Cohen

5 July 2017

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Through poetry, Seattle's Civic Poet collected the stories, observations, and creativity of past and present residents. These poems were entered into a Poetic Grid, an online interface that connected the writing on a ...

CityLab

Krutika Pathi

14 June 2017

New York, New York, United States

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For urban residents, participation in city-planning often means navigating complex administrative bureaucracy and struggling through a lack of transparency, but in New York City, efforts are being made to engage citiz...

NPR

Chhavi Sachdev

7 June 2017

Delhi, India

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Scientists and activists in India are training citizens to collect information on water issues like contamination — and upload it so it can be used to push for change.

BBC

Gemma Newby

Sahar Zand

9 May 2017

Guayubín, Monte Cristi, Dominican Republic

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Jason Friesen, an American paramedic who had served in Haiti after the earthquake, realized that many poor communities in the Caribbean were lacking the equivalent of the United States’ 911 emergency medical services,...

GOOD Magazine

Emily Frisella

27 April 2017

United States

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Wikipedia's editorial makeup lacks diversity—a phenomenon that could be detected by the majority “straight white male” makeup of the editing team, and inferred by the lack of information on 'feminine' topics. But than...

WNYC

Sophia Paliza-Carre

26 April 2017

North Shore, Staten Island, New York, United States

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Participatory budgeting is a way for citizens to directly influence government spending. The idea is taking off in New York with city councils in all five boroughs now putting money into these “people’s budgets.” Citi...

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Oscar Perry Abello

25 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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The startup Neighborly is making municipal bonds feel relevant. Rather than investing in a “muni” bond indirectly through a retirement fund, individuals can now directly purchase these bonds and target the money to ar...

KPIX

Julie Watts

23 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Prompted by parents concerned about chemicals in car seats a Massachusetts company created an infant seat that is naturally flame-resistant. It's something that most manufacturers have said they cannot do and still co...

BBC

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Nick Holland

18 April 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Around the world, more and more people are launching projects through mobile apps that use smartphones to collect massive amounts of data for solving chronic issues. By asking thousands of volunteers to donate their d...

Citiscope

Tatiana de Feraudy

3 April 2017

Paris, France

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In Paris, citizens are increasingly involved in city planning and budgeting processes. Experiments with digital participation tools are showing policymakers that citizens are vital partners, able to contribute local d...

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Spring Wise

31 March 2017

Riga, Latvia

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In Latvia, a new software-Edurio- helps educators learn from insights that go beyond grades by surveying students, families and teachers. This allows for fast feedback and alterations to improve educational experience.

San Bernardino Sun

Ryan Hagen

13 March 2017

San Bernardino, California, United States

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The city of San Bernardino adopted a strategy in 2017 from Stockton and Oakland that helped reduce homicides and violence in those communities. The Ceasefire model eschews blanket approaches like curfews and gang inju...

Generocity

Tony Abraham

9 March 2017

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Reentry Think Tank in Philadelphia brings a badly needed component to the world of services helping inmates reintegrate back into society: The experiences of actual former inmates. The nonprofit created fellowshi...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

9 March 2017

Portland, Oregon, United States

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April Rinne, a sharing economy adviser in Portland, believes that new technology and the emergence of the sharing economy has massive potential to connect talent, resources, and ideas around the globe, particularly in...

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...

BBC

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...

Newsy

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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

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...

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