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Tina Rosenberg

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1 September 2011

Dadaab, Garissa, Kenya

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Despite refugee camps ability to provide emergency aid, they have had a history of health diseases, rape, and domestic violence. American humanitarian aid and programs by the United Nations have proved beneficial to e...

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Lisa Margonelli

11 August 2011

Keene, New Hampshire, United States

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If you don’t live in a city, not having a car of your own can be prohibitive to maintaining a job and a full lifestyle. But the costs - both financial and environmental - of owning a car can be just as detrimental. A ...

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David Bornstein

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28 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The United States now has a variety of federally-supported nutrition programs, but the health care system remains disconnected from the social determinants of health. Many doctors simply lack the resources to provide ...

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David Bornstein

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19 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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To give support to struggling families without prescribing solutions requires respect and discipline. The Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.) encourages low-income families to define their own goals and work towar...

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David Bornstein

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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...

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David Bornstein

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5 July 2011

Denmark

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People with disabilities like autism often struggle to find welcoming and meaningful jobs. Companies that place workers with disabilities in jobs that fit their skills will be well-positioned to succeed in the 21st ce...

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David Bornstein

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30 June 2011

Denmark

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Individuals who have Aspergers Syndrome and autism experience difficulty in conforming to workplace norms and find themselves unemployed. Specialisterne, a Danish company, has opened employment opportunities for them....

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Tina Rosenberg

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28 June 2011

Honduras

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A prosthetist from Texas visiting Jaipur Limb workshops in Honduras saw problems with their low-cost prosthetics - the issue wasn't the design of the leg, but the technicians at the Honduras workshops were people comp...

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Tina Rosenberg

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23 June 2011

Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

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People who have missing limbs can be found in the poorest of places, with their disability causing suffering and tremendous challenges to fend for daily life needs. The Jaipur Limb organization based in India has deve...

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David Bornstein

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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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David Bornstein

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13 June 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite overwhelming evidence that play is vital for children’s physical, emotional and cognitive development, in recent decades, due to many factors, children’s outdoor play opportunities have declined markedly. For ...

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Tina Rosenberg

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9 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Many offenders get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees but face barriers to financing and job acquisition, sticking them in a punitive, vicious cycle of debt and arrest. A progr...

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Tina Rosenberg

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6 June 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Felons get out of jail owing hundreds or thousands of dollars in court and parole fees, acting as an often insurmountable barrier preventing them from reintegrating into society and staying out of jail. What's worse, ...

Wall Street Journal

Geeta Anand

4 June 2011

New Delhi, India

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The country of India has long suffered from extreme income inequalities, with many poor children growing up with lackluster education. The Right to Education Act, passed in 2009, requires elite private schools to admi...

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David Bornstein

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2 June 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Low-income students are always looking for ways to finance their education. A new system using “human capital contracts” to pay for higher education isn’t as scary as it sounds.

The Mercury News

Beatrice Motamedi

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31 May 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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In East Oakland, teens experience random violence, a lack of healthy food, and other sources of chronic stress. The consequences can be grave. At one school, the dropout rate is one in two. Learning to be resilient he...

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David Bornstein

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30 May 2011

Colombia

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For millions of students who could succeed in college, the limiting factor is money. Is it possible to finance higher education the way we finance start-up companies?

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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26 May 2011

Daerah Khusus Ibukota Jakarta, Indonesia

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In Jakarta’s slums, families can’t buy their children nutritious food. So Mercy Corps started a for-profit chain of food carts selling healthy kids’ meals. A second column highlights the challenges NGOs face when they...

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Tina Rosenberg

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28 April 2011

Michigan, United States

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Patients in U.S. hospitals suffer high rates of infection due to poor practices such as lack of proper hand-washing and lack of sanitization when inserting central line catheters. The Michigan Health and Hospital Asso...

Pacific Standard

Vince Beiser

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25 April 2011

Stanford, California, United States

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Despite the trillions of dollars of aid money, donations, and goods gifted to impoverished nations each year, the cycle of poverty fails to break, and conventional thinking has shifted to believing that the poor are b...

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David Bornstein

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21 April 2011

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Many people believe that math is only for a select few. By fostering commitment and providing explicit guidance, Jump, an math education curriculum, is showing people that anyone can do math if they understand it.

TEDx

David Damberger

21 April 2011

Lilongwe, Malawi

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Engineers Without Borders revolutionized their approach to development work and international aid by embracing something unusual: their failure. After discovering that engineering projects in rural communities in Mala...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 April 2011

Burlington, Vermont, United States

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For triple-bottom-line businesses, there are no guarantees that responsible practices will continue after a sale of the company. 'B corp', a new form of corporation in the United States, is one that aims to maximize n...

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David Bornstein

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4 April 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and increased bullying have drastica...

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Jesse Hardman

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25 March 2011

Cairo, Egypt

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Citizens work to make Cairo streets cleaner in an effort to create more pride for the country and get the government's attention.

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