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Lily Kuo

22 June 2016

Ghana

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Recycled kitchen waste and charcoal ash makes for healthy soil healthy that is more resilient to climate change. For centuries, women in Ghana and Liberia have used this technique on their farmlands, which are renowne...

Slate

Alexandria Neason

8 June 2016

Hilo, Hawaii, United States

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With the emphasis on teaching English in American public schools, many non-English speaking students can lose the language of their family’s heritage. Hawaii has “language-immersion schools” that teaches children the ...

Ensia

Benjamin Goldfarb

31 May 2016

Sahtú Region, Northwest Territories, Canada

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In the Northwestern Territories of Canada, wildlife biologists received unfavorable critiques from indigenous communities for how they were going about with their caribou studies. By forming relationships with the ind...

Yes! Magazine

Tristan Ahtone

24 May 2016

Arizona, United States

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Tribal systems are preserving their culture by teaming up with advocates and lawyers to write tribal food codes. Food codes are federal laws that govern food processing, and are supposed to protect consumers. However...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

22 April 2016

Kwigillingok, Alaska, United States

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Kwigillingok – a village that keeps kids out of foster care by making it unnecessary. Their Child Protection Team intervenes with families before things get out of hand.

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 ...

GOOD Magazine

Jed Oelbaum

8 March 2016

Syria

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In the face of terror and war, art and history needed protection. A group of professors, activists, archeologists, and historians created a network to preserve and protect art and history in Syria.

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

23 February 2016

Nairobi, Kenya

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In colonial times, diets and agricultural work in Kenya focused on corn and rice, alongside produce grown elsewhere. Health-consciousness is now restoring nutritious local fruits and vegetables to Kenyan tables, in pa...

Yes! Magazine

Jen Marlowe

12 January 2016

Palestine

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Mohammed al-Saedi painted the corridors of his neighborhood with beautiful bright colors to create a sense of hope amidst the chaos that surrounds the life of Palestinians who live in the Gaza Strip. He is not alone. ...

The New York Times

Mark Bittman

30 September 2015

Berkeley, California, United States

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Immigrants from Laos farming in California are using traditional knowledge and small-scale farming to make farming economically viable. While Hmong farmers face cultural challenges, they are looking to sustain and exp...

Yale Environment 360

Cheryl Katz

28 September 2015

Duluth, Minnesota, United States

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Property rights, circumscribed jurisdictions, and conflicts with neighbors exacerbate Native American efforts to restore tribal land and resources. Some tribes have found success by tapping into a trend of support fro...

The Boston Globe

James Vaznis

12 September 2015

Nippes, Haiti

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Boston professors visit countries and homes of foreign students to better understand their culture and gain insights about how to better teach them. The goal is to reach across cultural divides to help a big part of t...

Yes! Magazine

Araz Hachadourian

26 August 2015

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Alleys in Seattle were once places of illicit, illegal, and unsanitary activity. The International Sustainability Institute in Seattle began organizing music and art events to bring in people, which, in turn, cleaned-...

Yes! Magazine

Leah Penniman

10 August 2015

Oaxaca, Mexico

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With a global food crisis, farmers look for how to get long-term high yields out of difficult farmland. In Oaxaca, Mexico, farmers farm like a forest, eat low on the food chain, restore damaged land, and have reverenc...

Mongabay

Jeremy Hance

24 June 2015

Brazil

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The Matsés, an indigenous population in Brazil in Peru, teamed up with Acaté, a conservation group, to create a medicinal knowledge encyclopedia. The encyclopedia was compiled by five shamans, took two years, is 500 p...

NPR

Amy Martin

2 May 2015

Missoula, Montana, United States

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Montana, home to nine Native American languages, becomes the second state to fund indigenous language immersion programs in public schools. The same languages were once forbidden, but now they are helping to preserve ...

Ensia

Shreya Dasgupta

9 February 2015

Sundarbans, India

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After a devastating cyclone changed the nature of local soil, NGOs preserved Indian rice crops by reintroducing traditional rice varieties that can be cultivated even in salt-ridden earth. Although some first met this...

National Geographic

Amy Maxmen

30 January 2015

Freetown, Western Area, Sierra Leone

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In the face of the deadliest Ebola outbreak in modern history, health officials found themselves struggling to prevent the virus from spreading due to clashes with local traditions, cultural mistrust of outsiders, con...

The New Yorker

Rebecca Mead

15 January 2015

Mexico

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KidZania is a theme park in a dozen countries where kids engage in different types of work, ranging from working on a car assembly line to putting out fake fires with real water and examining a doll’s teeth as a denti...

Medium

Jacopo Pasotti

10 December 2014

Simeulue, Indonesia

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Ten years after the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, researchers are looking at how one community used traditional cultural knowledge to avoid major casualties.

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 November 2014

Kayes, Mali

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When a case of the Ebola disease struck a little girl in Africa, health officials in Mali collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to contain the illness and q...

MinnPost

Beth Hawkins

5 May 2014

Oakland, California, United States

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African American boys were being treated less-than-equally by the Oakland Unified School District – a change of culture was implemented and the playing field leveled. Now, Minnesota is looking to adopt the same system...

Education Week

Lesli A. Maxwell

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Swikar Patel

4 December 2013

Oglala, South Dakota, United States

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Native American student graduation rates are much lower than that of any other demographic. The Red Cloud school teaches students on a reservation in South Dakota about the Lakota history to empower the kids and encou...

The New York Times

Courtney Balestier

6 August 2013

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In 2013, Detroit filed for bankruptcy because of a poor economy. While the city’s industrial businesses have floundered, the art scene has thrived, bringing in new sources of income through art galleries and investmen...

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