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Foreign Policy

Morten Soendergaard Larsen

16 September 2020

Gyeonggi, South Korea

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South Korea's economic growth is one of the few that have not stagnated or declined during the coronavirus pandemic. Although much of this is due to how effectively the country handled containment protocols from the s...

Health Affairs

Rob Waters

8 September 2020

Manhattan, New York, United States

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Two community living facilities have played integral roles in combatting the spread of diseases throughout New York's history by relying on mutual aid models. In the 1980's the Manhattan Plaza residence started the AI...

PBS NewsHour

William Brangham

Jason Kane

3 September 2020

Sydney, Australia

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Australia's health care system combines public and private health insurance to create a hybrid model that caters to every citizen. Although there is some uncertainty surrounding the future of the private health care p...

The New York Times

Richard Schiffman

1 September 2020

Culver City, California, United States

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High school and college-age volunteers in Culver City, California are playing a significant role in the creation of a food-distribution system that aims to help their neighbors who have been financially impacted by th...

The Guardian

Frida Garza

10 August 2020

New York, New York, United States

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Community refrigerators full of free food for anyone in need have popped up in the New York metro area. "Fridge keepers" help keep the fridges stocked either personally or through the help of locals and restaurants wh...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Grace Dickinson

8 August 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Community refrigerators have been installed and stocked in parts of Philadelphia to alleviate food insecurity. Finding an ideal location requires knowing the needs of a community as well as its capacity to keep refrig...

The National

Olivia Cuthbert

5 August 2020

Beirut, Lebanon

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Within hours of a massive explosion that left 300,000 people homeless, residents in and around Beirut opened their doors to house those impacted by the destruction. Thawramap, which normally identifies locations of pe...

Quartz

Nicolás Rivero

5 August 2020

United States

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Co-ops that have historically brought electricity and telephone services to rural America are now providing internet service. Broadband companies don't make a profit when covering a large area with limited households ...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

21 July 2020

Michigan, United States

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Food bartering helps families during times of food insecurity, which is often exacerbated by crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Families with lower incomes have bartered for food for a long time but the pandemic ha...

Missoulian

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

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...

BBC

Jocelyn Timperley

1 June 2020

San José, Costa Rica

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The capital city of San José in Costa Rica is taking steps to become greener and less dependent on cars. By focusing on public transportation initiatives like city bikes and bike lanes, a green esplanade, and an elect...

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...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

21 May 2020

Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States

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With the help of a program that enables churches to assess the needs of their community and create solutions, one reverend in North Carolina was able to provide a lifeline: internet access. Rural communities like his ...

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...

Grady Newsource

Stephen Barr

Yash Bhika

Janani Rammohan

Victoria Swyers

4 May 2020

Athens, Georgia, United States

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Terrapin Beer Co. is powering their brewery with solar power, approximately 30 percent of the business’ total energy. The brewery partnered with Cherry Street Energy, a third-party solar ownership company, which allow...

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 Arizona Republic

Ian James

19 April 2020

Francisco Murguía, Baja California Sur, Mexico

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A unique partnership between environmental groups and governments in the United States and Mexico has led to the resurrection of wetlands and forests in the long-dry Colorado River Delta. Since the waters were dammed ...

The Cap Times

Natalie Yahr

15 April 2020

Madison, Wisconsin, United States

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Innovation labs, makerspaces, and fabrication laboratories are just a few of the entities that helping to address the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals by creating face shields and masks. In Madis...

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...

Texas Observer

Megan Kimble

7 April 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...

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...

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