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Sojourners

August Rick

11 October 2018

Cambodia

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In Cambodia, it is Buddhist tradition and protocol to ordain a tree when a new monk was inducted. Since it is taboo to harm a monk, this practice inadvertently doubled as a conservation tactic by preventing deforestat...

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Jeff Brady

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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To change the way that young boys and men are taught about consent and sexual assault, a youth group in Philadelphia is hosting conversations, fostering dialogues, and ultimately letting them come to the "right answer...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A Philadelphia non-profit is targeting young people who struggle when leaving the foster care system and providing them with comprehensive services to help them transition into independent living successfully; that in...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

10 October 2018

Paris, Paris Region, France

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Climate-adapted schoolyards are just one way that Paris is adjusting and preparing for climate change under the leadership of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Although it hasn't been simple and has involved a shift in cultural per...

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Annette John-Hall

5 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, the participatory defense program helps people learn how to present themselves in a criminal case in a way that gives a more complete picture of who they are. They write a biography, get letters of su...

The New York Times

Tanya Mohn

5 October 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A retired doctor in Massachusetts created a project to push for more places to adopt the robust culture of cycling and motorist safety from the Netherlands by training everyone in the “Dutch Reach.” Two states have it...

The Hechinger Report

Nick Chiles

4 October 2018

Revere, Massachusetts, United States

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Although Massachusetts has been slow to join the personalized learning movement, when Revere High School, a predominantly immigrant and low income population, decided to adopt the approach, it quickly gained national ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

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2 October 2018

United States

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PeerForward, a youth leadership development organization, taps into the power of peer networks to increase the number of students in low-income schools applying to college and submitting FAFSA forms. Working with teac...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

2 October 2018

Nepal

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With support from Accountability Lab and Transparency International, seven countries have held “Integrity Idol” contests to recognize their most honest and helpful public servants. Winners have become people others wa...

Yes! Magazine

Michael J. Dax

2 October 2018

Jordan, Montana, United States

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Because women make up a smaller percentage of farmers in America as compared to men in the field, their work and contributions to the industry are often overlooked. HarvestHER, a social media-based platform establishe...

Next City

Sandra Larson

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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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Edward Siddons

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28 September 2018

United States

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Taking a public health approach to violence that treats it like a disease has gained support across the world and has taken a number of different forms. It requires many different sectors to engage with one another to...

Public Radio International

Alan Yu

26 September 2018

United States

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Several states are supporting the use of acupuncture to curb pain and opioid reliance, despite inconclusive scientific evidence of its efficacy. Chronic pain sufferers who experience relief from acupuncture say they d...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

24 September 2018

Williamson, West Virginia, United States

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Impact Experience is an organization that bridges the gap between impact investors and the communities in which they want to invest, from West Virginia to Houston and more. These “experiences” occur during retreats in...

Scalawag

Katherine Webb-Hehn

24 September 2018

Alabama, United States

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In one of the worst states to have a pregnancy, midwives might be the answer. In Alabama, activists pushed for the re-legalization of professional midwifery. Now, midwifes in the state are providing care for mothers, ...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

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23 September 2018

Alaska, United States

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U.S. Surgen General Jerome Adams speaks out about the significance of reducing stigma around substance abuse and mental health to normalize the illnesses and open doors for sufferers to seek help. Dispensation of Nalo...

The New York Times

James Barron

23 September 2018

New York, New York, United States

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S’Well, the namesake of trendy water bottles, was founded on the environmental principle of reducing single-use plastic bottles throughout the world. As part of their mission, the company is donating a water bottle to...

The Denver Post

Erin McIntyre

22 September 2018

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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In Grand Junction, Colorado, Foster Alumni Mentors is working to connect young adults in or leaving the foster care system with others who have gone through the same person, giving them a mentor to help them with appl...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

20 September 2018

North Carolina, United States

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A new coalition of nonprofits is working to change the way corporations and philanthropists think about disaster assistance. Most efforts and money funnel to communities in the early days and weeks after a disaster, w...

Niagara Gazette

Max Warfield

19 September 2018

Niagara Falls, New York, United States

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Barbers in Niagara are using the casual intimacy of their client relationships to offer needed healthcare. They now recommend clients to clinics and provide educational materials.

Texas Standard

Caroline Covington

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17 September 2018

Houston, Texas, United States

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In Texas, mental health care advocates are making strides to reduce stigma and connect people suffering from trauma with paths to healing. In public schools, teachers receive training on trauma, and local hospitals ar...

The Christian Science Monitor

Patrik Jonsson

17 September 2018

Swan Quarter, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, residents of the town of Swan Quarter have put aside their political differences to support building a dike, meant to protect from the consequences of severe flooding and climate change. The dike ha...

ABC News

Jessica Black

15 September 2018

Australia

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A grassroots community campaign called YCHANGe is fighting disease in a rural Australian town by promoting healthy eating. The group works to make healthy choices easier by changing the whole community's approach—rath...

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Shawnté Salabert

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14 September 2018

Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States

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Pack Rat Outdoor Center, an outdoor retailer in Arkansas, is making their mark in the fight for sustainable practices. Through efforts to recycle, compost and upcycle materials, the store sends less to a landfill than...

The Hechinger Report

Kelly Field

13 September 2018

New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

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The opioid crisis has thrust colleges into a new role - recovery house. Compared to 2013, when only a couple dozen colleges had addiction recovery programs, today, there are close to 200. Of the students who enroll, o...

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