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Sandra Larson

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2 November 2018

Washington, D.C., United States

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When Juan Reid had a hard time finding a job after his release from prison, he finally founded a worker cooperative called Tightshift Laboring Cooperative. He wanted to create sustainable employment opportunities for ...

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12 October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Boston Ujima Project is on “a mission to create an alternative economy,” one that is inclusive on all measures. The main initiative is a community capital fund, which is considering foregoing collateral on loans i...

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1 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Worker co-ops, a business model that many people are not aware of, are gaining momentum in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia Cooperative Alliance (PACA) has helped push more education and funding around co-ops to come to...

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24 July 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In an effort to improve kindergarten readiness, First Teacher, a parent-driven movement and non-profit, provides support and instruction to parents in several of Boston's low-income neighborhoods. The organization "ai...

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26 June 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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The Akron Community Revitalization Fund has already invested in the development of downtown Akron, a city once known for rubber manufacturing but now working to redefine itself. The revolving loan fund is comprised of...

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16 May 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A newly developed 3D smart model of the city of Boston will be accessible to the public, allowing anyone to look at projects being built, areas prone to flooding, and even how shadows affect the city. Different map vi...

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Sandra Larson

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18 January 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Memory cafes are places were seniors with cognitive challenges can gather for a meal, enjoy entertainment, and share their thoughts and ideas. Through these gatherings, the cafe addresses the isolation and loneliness ...

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7 November 2016

Watertown, Massachusetts, United States

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The Braille Trail is a $1.5 million riverfront park renovation project in a town outside of Boston that is completely accessible “for people of all ages and abilities.” Over ten years in the making, the project finall...

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14 October 2016

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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To combat blight and vacancies, the Innovation Field Lab at Harvard is leading a project in which graduate students are creating solutions to these all too common problems for urban areas. Specifically, CityNexus is a...

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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...

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