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Molly Fosco

13 November 2018

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Handshake, a growing career development platform, is working to democratize the job search process for all college students and move away from the LinkedIn model that relies on established networks. So far, 700 univer...

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Brad Plumer

12 November 2018

White Plains, New York, United States

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Electric cars have already made their entrance into American society, but now school buses are also joining the ranks of energy efficient vehicles. From New York to California, school systems are actively finding ways...

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Anoush Darabi

7 November 2018

Cape Town, South Africa

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A startup called WhereIsMyTransport has helped cities create timetables and route maps of informal public transit. The group sends data collectors out to ride local minibus routes, for example, then organizes the info...

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Sara Catania

6 November 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In order to improve voter turnout, Los Angeles radio station KPCC created the Human Voter Guide—a staff member who answered questions and helped people navigate election laws to get them registered or ensure they were...

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Sarah Kliff

5 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle tripled the number of people who contributed to local political campaigns by giving each resident $100 in “democracy vouchers” to contribute to the candidate of their choice. The concept was to counter the eff...

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Noelia Esquivel

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3 November 2018

Huacas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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In the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, a non-profit is donating IUDs to women, acknowledging that the lack of access to contraception and family planning services is part of a cycle of poverty for many women and fami...

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Courtney Vinopal

2 November 2018

Iowa, United States

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Farmers are using the hashtag #agtwitter to discuss mental health challenges, provide information about resources, and organize offline support. In areas of the country where studies consistently show mental health re...

The New York Times

Paulette Perhach

2 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Community colleges are increasingly leveraging technology to engage students and keep them on track to graduation. Personalized messages about deadlines, information about class performance from professors, and texts ...

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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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Rina Raphael

1 November 2018

Davis, California, United States

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A collaboration between pro-choice activists and tech workers is—in the face of increasing restrictive policy—creating access to services and information. Events like the Abortion Access Hackathon provide a means for ...

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Adele Peters

1 November 2018

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Households across the United States are using (and paying) for energy that they're not actively consuming. A new invention that connects to an app helps identify the how much energy is being expended by various applia...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Blake Nicholson

31 October 2018

Bismarck, United States

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In the face of stricter voter ID rules, organizers are working to ensure that those deemed ineligible to vote in North Dakota because of their lack of street address - a group that is disproportionately Native America...

Bright Magazine

Kathlyn Pattillo

30 October 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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In the past decade, Nairobi has established a name for itself in the world of education innovation - entrepreneurial private school models, a growing edtech ecosystem, and reforms in public education have drawn attent...

The New York Times

Maggie Astor

30 October 2018

Fort Yates, North Dakota, United States

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After a Republican led state law that bans people without an address from voting took effect, Native American tribes in North Dakota began organizing to get out the vote. They even began creating their own addresses. ...

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Katharine Schwab

30 October 2018

United States

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Services like Boundless and Borderwise are helping immigrants navigate what is often a confusing and complicated process: applying for greencards. About 7,000 people a month use Boundless and so far they’ve had a 100 ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

29 October 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The new Atlanta United soccer team has brought excitement and community to many areas of the city - but perhaps the most unusual spot is public transport stops. “Station soccer” now is activating spaces at two MARTA t...

NBC News

James Rainey

28 October 2018

Brazil

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Biomimicry is defined as finding "solutions to man-made problems with designs inspired by the natural world," and some scientists think it could be at least part of the solution to climate change problems. From recycl...

Quartz

Olivia Goldhill

28 October 2018

Spain

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A tool is helping police across Spain identify false robbery reports. VeriPol uses textual analysis and machine learning to find suspicious reports. During the pilot project, the tool helped detect 64 false reports in...

Los Angeles Times

Lisa Schencker

27 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Public libraries once turned a blind eye to the homeless people using their spaces, but many libraries have now shifted into action mode by hiring social workers to help with behavioral health challenges of patrons. I...

The Christian Science Monitor

Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

Hudson, Massachusetts, United States

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

25 October 2018

Oregon, United States

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One quarter of undergraduates attending American higher education institutions are parents; however, the number of campuses with childcare facilities has continued to decrease. Individual professors are incorporating ...

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Ian Graber-Stiehl

25 October 2018

United Kingdom

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With climate change altering the ecosystem rapidly, researchers are often overworked as they try to keep up. A new technology that enables greater use of citizen scientists, however, aims to help solve this problem. S...

Public Radio International

Marnette Federis

25 October 2018

Swan Island, Oregon, United States

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Inclusive training programs help immigrants fill the demand for middle-skill workers. Programs, such as a maritime welding course in Oregon, allow immigrants to learn new skills, gain certifications, and access career...

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Erick Trickey

25 October 2018

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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TransitMatters, a transit advocacy group in Boston, is using the power of data and innovative thinking to make Boston's public transportation better for residents. The group has been able to connect with local leaders...

BBC

Tricia Taormina

25 October 2018

Nepal

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Health providers are well-positioned to identify and help those who have experienced domestic violence. Nepal is one of several countries training medical workers to identify abused patients and refer them to in-hospi...

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