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Shelterforce

Lillian M. Ortiz

25 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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Limited Equity Co-ops provide a long term, affordable housing solution for tenants. The method began in the 60s and is slowly rising again. In a LEC the value of the housing unit can’t go up to market value, and there...

Badger Herald

Vidushi Saxena

19 April 2017

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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University of Wisconsin students and faculty are attempting to change the way food is treated on campus to minimize waste. The dining halls compost leftovers, and food is also donated to Campus Kitchens, which serves ...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

13 April 2017

Oslo, Norway

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In the heart of one of Europe’s fastest growing capitals, cars are rapidly disappearing. To reduce pollution and build a people-first city center, Oslo has promised to ban all cars in downtown by 2019. The multi-prong...

BBC

William Kremer

4 April 2017

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Costs of childcare can be debilitating, especially for single mothers and low-income families. In London, some parents are banding together to take on shifts at their nursery, dramatically lowering staffing fees to ke...

Devex

Christin Roby

3 April 2017

Kigali, Rwanda

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Although an estimated 75% of the world's population uses cell phones, in places like rural Rwanda, the availability and costs of electricity to charge them can be patchwork at best. ARED's 'solar smart kiosk' provides...

The New York Times

Didi Kirsten Tatlow

19 March 2017

Beijing, China

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As Beijing grapples with pollution caused in large part by the increase in cars on the roads, a tech-based solution has appeared in the form of forward-thinking bicycles. The Chinese bike-sharing system, spearheaded b...

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...

BBC

Kathleen Hawkins

27 February 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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Selina Juul is a woman from Denmark who is spearheading an incredible multi-pronged approach to combatting food waste. She partners with local grocery stores to change sales tactics wrote a leftovers cookbook, partner...

Citiscope

Gregory Scruggs

30 January 2017

Vancouver, Canada

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Implementing and maintaining healthy urban forests is becoming more popular throughout communities internationally. Results from cities that have moved in this direction not only include an improvement to community an...

Next City

Jen Kinney

27 January 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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While the USPS has seen a drastic decline in revenues and capacity in recent years due to growing competition from the private sector and social changes, First Class Meal is reimagining the role that this institution ...

African Business Magazine

Harriet Constable

5 January 2017

Nairobi, Kenya

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Though the big players in the sharing economy like Uber and Airbnb are eyeing growing middle class markets like that of Kenya, the concept of shared access to goods and services is nothing new for Kenyan communities. ...

Vice

Anna Patton

16 November 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Uganda's open policy allows refugees to start a new life – and even a new business. But not all of them thrive due to governmental restrictions and limited cash flow.

Shareable

Anna Pratt

16 November 2016

Lafayette, California, United States

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Libraries in the United States have traditionally been centers to consume information, offering users books in quiet isolation. However, a new movement across the country is transforming libraries by providing interne...

Columbia Daily Spectator

Rahil Kamath

14 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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To address the food insecurity problem among its low-income students, Columbia University launched Swipes, a meal sharing app in which students with a surplus of “meal swipes” could donate them to students in need. Bu...

Nesta

Matt Stokes

7 November 2016

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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The city of Amsterdam is taking advantage of sharing economy and collaborative platforms. By creating the Action Plan for Sharing Economy, the city is bringing together different stakeholders. By introducing rules, re...

Metromode

Patrick Dunn

13 October 2016

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit is a large city that doesn’t have a regional transit system. Other cities such as Cleveland, St. Louis, and Las Vegas have resolved their some of their transportation needs and are examples to learn from as De...

Clean Energy Finance Forum

Kat Friedrich

10 October 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Across the nation, low-income communities have very little say on the impact of solar power on their community. New York City has conducted talks with its residents resulting in community ownership of solar power util...

The Huffington Post

Eleanor Goldberg

2 August 2016

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Child mortality is a global problem that can be reduced by increasing breastfeeding rates; however, many mothers are either under too much cultural pressure, need to work, or cannot lactate enough milk. Brazil has dev...

The Big Issue

Christine Ro

14 July 2016

Copenhagen, Denmark

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The first Human Library emerged in 2000 in Copenhagen, and has since exploded in popularity to the point of operating chapters in more than 70 different countries. The concept is that readers should not judge a book b...

The Huffington Post

Magda Abu-Fadil

13 June 2016

Helinski, Finland

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Helinski's 'Smart Kalasatama' neighborhood is being planned by city officials, and supported by private investors, to be a vision for the future. Resource efficiency, technology start-ups and modern public transport a...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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 New York Times Magazine

Dan Kois

19 April 2016

Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland

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Despite being an island of seamen, Iceland used to experience high numbers of drownings every year, fostering a keen interest in swimming education. The government stepped up and tapped into the underground hot water ...

The Seattle Times

Sanjay Bhatt

12 March 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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As Seattle and the region search for ways to produce and retain affordable housing, these four developments backed by private capital are examples of different strategies that have worked.

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

11 March 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Throughout the country, libraries are hosting “maker spaces”—places where patrons can use technological tools to develop and fabricate their ideas and use the library to not only consume but create.

The New York Times

Glenn Rifkin

17 February 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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It's often difficult for the disadvantaged portion of the population to find meaningful and rewarding work. The start-up ArtLifting takes pieces created by homeless and disabled people, finds buyers and shares the pro...

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