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Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

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16 February 2017

Essen, Germany

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Essen has a very industrial past but due to private and public efforts it has become Europe's 2017 "green capital". The city has converted industrial buildings into places for art, wastewater is being diverted from th...

TRT World

Priyanka Borpujari

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7 February 2017

United States

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Oscar López Rivera was a political prisoner for 35 years, 12 of which were in solitary confinement, for his political activism wanting Puerto Rico to be independent of the USA.An international campaign successfully lo...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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31 January 2017

United States

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As protests begin to develop nationwide in opposition to a Trump presidency, Tina Rosenberg provides key reminders on good protesting. By highlighting lessons such as diversifying tactics, generating an inclusive bran...

News Deeply

Priyanka Borpujari

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18 January 2017

Canton Las Limas, Chalatenango, El Salvador

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When Maria Lidia Guardado learned that a Canadian mining company was drilling on her land, she educated herself. Through her new found knowledge she learned her rights, and led her community in a nonviolent effort to ...

Politico Magazine

Colin Woodard

18 January 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In Salt Lake City, a bipartisan coalition of public and private actors, including members of the business, industrial, religious, political, and civic communities voluntarily came together to pass an ambitious twenty ...

Next City

Johnny Magdaleno

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5 December 2016

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

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Civic leaders and other actors met with Pittsburgh residents and housing developers in order to create a policy brief-Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh. Information is still being accrued, as the...

Reclaim the American Dream

Hedrick Smith

28 November 2016

Eastsound, Washington, United States

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In 2016, the US had a historically large populist backlash against the political establishment. This inspired Hedric Smith to highlight where and how political reform in the US has succeeded or failed in an Orcas Curr...

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...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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21 November 2016

New York, New York, United States

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With a major political party taking over the presidency, most governorships, Congress, and state legislatures, the minority party can feel powerless. However, there are effective ways to organize protests including us...

Corpus Christi Caller Times

MattWoolbright

19 November 2016

Colorado, United States

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Colorado recently passed a voter enfranchisement law that required register voters receive a ballot to vote by mail and several more options to vote in general. The mail ballots have greatly boosted voter turnout. Col...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 October 2016

China

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In China, rampant sales tax fraud was addressed with a unique solution. In an attempt to increase transparent sales and receipt use, the government implemented a scratch lottery system on receipts. This solution, usi...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

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30 September 2016

Bucharest, Romania

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The Văcărești reservoir had been left as an unfinished project until the city decided to turn it into a park. Engaging the residents and making the idea of a park exciting to the residents are key to making it success...

Next City

Ann Babe

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26 September 2016

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

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If you’ve ever been to a music festival, you’ve probably stepped inside a chemical toilet. The blue, plastic toilets, are meant to be temporary. However, in post-Apartheid, Cape Town, they are permanent fixtures for a...

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...

The Seattle Times

John Higgins

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9 July 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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When Washington state introduced higher standards for child care, many feared that home-based centers, including those run by women from Somalia, would close. But a group spearheaded by nonprofit Voices of Tomorrow ar...

The Guardian

Patrick Chalmers

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2 July 2016

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Low voter turnouts, populists offering half-truths, corporate interests, and the blurring of facts in the media are signs that democracy around the world is in turmoil. Internationally, citizens have assembled differe...

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 Huffington Post

Melissa Jeltsen

13 May 2016

Connecticut, United States

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Women are especially vulnerable to gun violence from domestic partners. New state and federal laws are being proposed and passed which require abusers to give up their firearm after a temporary restraining order is fi...

Story of Stuff Project

Shana DeClercq

22 April 2016

Curtis Bay, Maryland, United States

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Incinerating garbage to create energy is hardly as "clean" as it claims to be, but this polluting practice often receives the same subsidies and permit approvals as other renewable energy sources like wind and solar. ...

The Guardian

Sandy 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...

Bright Magazine

Sruthi Gottipati

22 March 2016

Mityana, Uganda

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In Uganda, a country with high levels of corruption and political patronage, citizen-led grassroots efforts to root out graft and enforce accountability have sprung up across the country. “Village budget clubs,” train...

SFGate

John Wildermuth

11 March 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Jennifer Pahlka founded Code for America, an organization that provides human-centered design tech solutions to government services. Now they have a growing list of requests from cities all over the US, a network of 4...

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...

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