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Valley Journal

David Erickson

1 July 2020

Japan

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A government-mandated care insurance program in Japan has gained both recognition and international praise for removing the burden of senior care from family members through the "socialization of elder care." The goal...

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Kate Roff

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Special Edition 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, small farmers in Michigan are coming up with different business models in order to get their produce into consumers’ hands. Fisheye Farms in Detroit created a community-supported agricult...

Equal Times

Carmen Grau

25 May 2020

Matsudo, Japan

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Japan's model of prioritizing societal care for their elderly has helped the country achieve the highest life expectancy and be named the healthiest population in the world. Now amid the coronavirus pandemic, the coun...

The Hechinger Report

Laura Pappano

18 May 2020

United States

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Colleges across the nation suspended in-person classes due to the coronavirus, but it also meant suspending campus life—a classic staple of the American college experience. Students innovated by creating their own ver...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

29 April 2020

Bismarck, South Dakota, United States

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The Bank of North Dakota is the only state-owned bank in the country, and their lending program is so effective that the federal government followed suit in the face of the unprecedented coronavirus. North Dakota's pr...

Washingtonian

Anna Spiegel

21 April 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A restaurant relief effort called the Power of 10 Initiative aims to support a devastated hospitality industry. The project raises $10,000 a week to support 10 full-time jobs at small restaurants, who then provide 1,0...

The New York Times

Priya Krishna

13 April 2020

Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota, United States

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Indigenous people across the United States—like the Oglala Sioux on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation—are relying on survival tactics that their ancestors used to get through the COVID-19 pandemic, like seed saving, c...

Boston Review

Paul Katz

Leandro Ferreira

9 April 2020

Maricá, Brazil

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The local government in Maricá, a small municipality in Brazil, is being said to have initiated "the most ambitious city-level response to COVID-19 in Brazil, and one of the most notable in the world." Even before the...

LAist

Itxy Quintanilla

9 April 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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What started as one high school student delivering groceries to her grandmother has turned into a full-fledged organization called Zoomers to Boomers. Another similar group called Shopping Helpers LA has also popped u...

USC Annenberg Media

Nisha Venkat

3 April 2020

Berkeley, California, United States

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Mutual aid programs that connect those in need with funds or assistance have launched across the nation as a means for many to navigate the closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. For university students, these d...

The New York Times

Matt Apuzzo

David D. Kirkpatrick

1 April 2020

United States

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While most other scientific research around the world has come to a halt, coronavirus research is flourishing as a global collaboration of scientists focuses on understanding the virus and finding a vaccine. Competiti...

Mongabay

Kartik Chandramouli

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31 March 2020

New Delhi, India

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Across India, as people are spending more time at home because of restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals in increasing numbers are turning to new ways to connect to nature and each other. They are usin...

Daily Herald

Ashley Duarte

27 March 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Personal protective gear is in short supply across the U.S., so many prototypes have been crafted to fill the gap. A design studio in Chicago has begun production on emergency face shields to help the city's first res...

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Rebecca Robbins

24 March 2020

California, United States

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Facebook collects data from people that choose to share their location with the app, and have started sharing it with various researchers who are trying to track the spread of the novel coronavirus. They share the dat...

Government Technology (GovTech)

Zach Quaintance

23 March 2020

Georgetown, District of Columbia, United States

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A new platform, nicknamed the U.S. Digital Response for COVID-19, is connecting volunteer technologists, engineers, and other tech-leaning experts with state, county, and local governments in desperate need of help du...

Route Fifty

Maia Jachimowicz

Zachary Markovits

20 March 2020

United States

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To address those that have been specifically impacted by economic crash due to coronavirus and to slow the spread, cities across the United States are enacting comprehensive measures to help. From a halt on all utilit...

Texas Observer

Megan Kimble

16 March 2020

Houston, Texas, United States

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The Houston Community Land Trust (CLT) is a nonprofit that sells affordable homes in Houston to help resist gentrification. They keep it affordable by only selling the houses on top of the land and not the land itself...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

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21 February 2020

Malta, Montana, United States

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According to the WWF, 69 percent of the Northern Great Plains remains untilled, providing great opportunity for making sure that land remains untouched. Two conservation organizations, the Nature Conservancy and the A...

TVOntario

Karen Black

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3 February 2020

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Facing closure and financial ruin, the Toronto Roncesvalles United Church found a new source of income: their own physical space. The church began renting or donating rooms for flea markets, yoga classes, shiatsu, chi...

Bitterroot

Jake Bullinger

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31 January 2020

Park City, Utah, United States

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With rural areas and mountain towns increasingly facing traffic issues during peak outdoor season or other temporary population growth periods, some have modeled responses after urban transit plans. Park City, the hos...

Yes! Magazine

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

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17 December 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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AllGo, a Portland-based organization is an app that aims to combat fat bias in the media by creating a collection of stock photos of exclusively plus-sized models. The app is a completely free resource that aims to of...

CityLab

Laura Bliss

13 December 2019

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Kansas City, Missouri is the first major U.S. city to offer free bus rides city-wide, hoping to expand access and boost the local economy. The city emulates free public transportation plans around the world, which hav...

The New York Times

Michaela Haas

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11 December 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Home-sharing programs help formerly incarcerated individuals avoid homelessness. The Homecoming Project, operated by Impact Justice, a nonprofit in California, leverages the sharing economy model to reduce homelessnes...

The Charlotte Observer

Lauren Lindstrom

10 December 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The Homestead Community Land Trust offers affordable home ownership in Seattle and the rest of King County, Washington, ensuring that there is always permanently affordable homes available. This opens up homeowner opp...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

24 November 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the s...

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