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NationSwell

Monica Humphries

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5 April 2019

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Encouraging people to repair their broken items is an important step toward reducing consumer-generated waste. The Repair Cafe Foundation, a nonprofit based in the Netherlands, helps volunteers open their own repair c...

The New York Times

David Brooks

4 April 2019

Canada

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Canada's poverty level has decreased by at least 20% between 2015 and 2017, helped in part due to a new methodology in solving poverty. Rather than disincentivizing collaboration, advocates got together to create comm...

SURFER Magazine

Ashtyn Douglas

2 April 2019

Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

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Support from the international surfing community has empowered women in Sri Lanka to push back against patriarchal social norms and participate in outdoor recreation. Working to change a culture that discourages women...

Bellevue Reporter

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Aaron Kunkler

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30 March 2019

British Columbia, Canada

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Making child care an electoral priority in British Columbia helped decrease the burden of costs for working parents. Childcare advocates directed the government’s attention to providing quality, affordable childcare s...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Melissa Brown

24 March 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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The use of solitary confinement, or administrative segregation, in prisons is facing pushback across the country. In Alabama, a federal judge tasked the Department of Corrections to investigate how other states are re...

The Marshall Project

Eli Hager

14 March 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Around the country, states like California, New Jersey, and Maryland are implementing legislation that eliminates the cash bail system. While this is one way of addressing that system’s growing unpopularity, New York ...

The Montgomery Advertiser

Rikha Sharma Rani

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7 March 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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Human trafficking has become an increasingly prevalent problem, especially in states such as Florida that host a large tourist population. To better serve the victims, Miami-Dade County has created a trauma-focused co...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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7 March 2019

Austin, Texas, United States

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After learning her home city of Austin, Texas ranked the 48th most charitable city in the country despite its strong economy, Patsy Woods Martin launched I Live Here I Give Here (ILHIGH) in 2007 to encourage Austinite...

CityLab

Mimi Kirk

4 March 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Towns and cities across the countries have grieved the loss of life due to gun violence in various ways, including temporary memorials like t-shirts and shoes, exhibits, and ceremonies. But in New Haven, Connecticut, ...

OZY

Sonia Sarkar

27 February 2019

Vietnam

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Art empowers women by providing a basis for new public discourse. In Vietnam, a group of artists use their exhibitions to introduce discussions on topics such as breastfeeding, menstruation, and sexual rights. In the ...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

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27 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Producing art has a positive influence on the health of senior citizens. In addition to promoting the work of artists aged sixty and above in galleries and exhibitions, the Geezer Galley in Portland, Oregon, leads art...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

27 February 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Soil collection ceremonies offer a meaningful way to help cope with and create institutional memory of racial violence across the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative is working to keep the victims of lynching ...

Apolitical

Lorana Bartels

22 February 2019

Australia

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With their national imprisonment rate on the rise, Australia is pivoting to a justice reinvestment strategy that diverts money towards "early intervention, prevention and diversion." Although this has yet to be implem...

Next City

Audrey F. Henderson

22 February 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Art inspires innovation. At the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the annual Black Creativity festival focuses both on championing the voices of African-American artists, innovators, and community leaders, an...

Religion News Service

Aysha Khan

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20 February 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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In a movement that started from a trending hashtag on Twitter - #BeingBlackandMuslim - scholars and activists around the country are working to reduce stereotypes about Black Muslims. Organizations that arose from t...

Mother Jones

Samantha Michaels

19 February 2019

Stockton, California, United States

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Stockton, California is known as one of the most dangerous cities in the state, making the police department one of the most overburdened departments as well. That hasn't deterred the department from taking steps to c...

All Africa

Mamadou Lamine Ba

15 February 2019

Senegal

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This cross-border story, which takes place in Nigeria, Kenya, and Senegal, examines 3 different approaches to address the still-widespread practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). In Nigeria, a short film about FG...

Pacific Standard

Massoud Hayoun

14 February 2019

North Dakota, United States

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A variety of reasons can make it hard for Native Americans to vote. Voter ID laws that require proof of address prohibit some Native American nations without formal addresses. And often polling places are situated too...

Governing

Graham Vyse

13 February 2019

United States

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Denver, Minneapolis, and San Francisco are a few of the cities zeroing in on the millennial desire for purpose in their careers by incorporating purposeful narratives in recruitment. Viewing government more as a brand...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

11 February 2019

San Diego, United States

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Cities across the West Coast are facing increased rates of homelessness in their regions, including people who sleep in their cars; those experiencing vehicular homelessness have previously struggled to find a parking...

The New Yorker

Tom Vanderbilt

4 February 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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DIY solutions can overcome the scarcity of medical resources in developing countries and save lives. A simple solution such as replacing expensive uterine balloons with more readily accessible condoms has already help...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

29 January 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Pennsylvania State Treasurer Joe Torsella launched two initiatives to help middle income families save money. The first is an awareness campaign called You Earned it Philly, which aims to encourage the over 50,000 peo...

Next City

Mark Wessel

24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In western New York, local bike advocacy groups have found power in numbers, banding together to gradually convince their governments to expand cycling access and communities to change their attitudes toward cyclists....

FastCompany

Adele Peters

24 January 2019

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Diverting trash from the landfill and into productive use is one way to help close the loop on consumer waste. In the Greek city of Thessaloniki, the Zero Waste Lab is turning plastic waste into new furniture for publ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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8 January 2019

Townsville, Australia

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Australia has a major mosquito problem which has resulted in a rise of dengue cases, but adding more mosquitos to the ecosystem may be the solution. The city of Townsend has been experimenting with the release of bact...

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