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The New York Times

Sarah Mervosh

24 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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Prior to the COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out to states, West Virginia preemptively opted out of the federal distribution plan that relied on CVS and Walgreens and instead partnered local pharmacies with long-te...

Crosscut

Manola Secaira

21 January 2021

Taholah, Washington, United States

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In Washington state, the Quinault Indian Nation has taken an aggressive and proactive approach to control the spread of COVID-19 amongst their community, and these efforts are showing success. Using a combination of t...

Associated Press

Christine Fernando

21 January 2021

United States

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Although many mutual aid networks have formed to serve a need during the coronavirus pandemic, the concept has been in practice for centuries and has "deep roots in communities of color." While these grassroots commun...

Life & Thyme

Annelise Jolley

Greta Rybus

19 January 2021

Santa Barbara, California, United States

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After restaurants closed due to COVID-19 and tariffs were implemented on exports to China, fishermen and women in the United States had to shift their business model to sell directly to consumers. For example, Get Hoo...

Vox

Kelsey Piper

15 January 2021

California, United States

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Residents of California are working together to crowdsource where COVID-19 vaccinations are being offered, and who they're being offered to. While the state has failed to implement a transparent dissemination strategy...

Yes! Magazine

Agostino Petroni

14 January 2021

San José de Apartadó, Colombia

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Plagued by an internal war, a group of villages in Colombia created a “Peace Community,” declaring themselves neutral in the conflict and focusing their efforts on cultivating the 150 hectares of cacao trees in collec...

The Conversation

Tinglong Dai

14 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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Most states in the U.S. are struggling to effectively and efficiently distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, while "West Virginia became the first state to finish round one of the two-dose vaccine series in nursing homes." ...

The New York Times

John Leland

14 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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To address the need and want for increased access to information, an 80-year-old woman living in a retirement home in New York City rallied her fellow residents and launched a newsletter to provide relevant news durin...

National Geographic

Rachel Nuwer

12 January 2021

Na Doi, Thailand

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By setting aside an area of the Ngao River to be off limits for fishing, several villages in Thailand have seen a revitalization of large barb and carp in their waters. Compared to non-protected stretches of the river...

Christian Science Monitor

Radhika Iyengar

8 January 2021

Deora, Bihar, India

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Sadiya Riyaz Shaikh wanted more students, specifically girls, in her village to have access to books and a place to study. She created the Maulana Azad Library, a repurposed family guesthouse full of hundreds of new a...

BBC

Peter Yeung

7 January 2021

Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Under an innovative scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo, indigenous communities are obtaining the legal right to own and manage the forests where they reside. This ownership has shown success in slowing defores...

NPR

Yuki Noguchi

7 January 2021

West Virginia, United States

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West Virginia managed to deliver approximately 90% of the COVID-19 vaccine doses allocated to the state within a week by "charting its own path to vaccine distribution." Rather than rely on chain stores as part of the...

CityLab

Feargus O'Sullivan

5 January 2021

Stockholm, Sweden

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The Street Moves initiative in Sweden is pushing local communities to become the designers of their own streets’ layouts and look at urban planning through the lens of the “one-minute city.” Through a public-private p...

The Buffalo News

Lou Michel

Scott Scanlon

4 January 2021

New York, United States

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A handful of nursing homes in New York have been able to avoid an onslaught of COVID-19 cases by focusing on education and training of the staff and keeping their workforce stable and well-supplied. While these method...

EdSource

Sydney Johnson

Ali Tadayon

4 January 2021

California, United States

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School districts and cities in California are looking to create their own local Wifi networks as a long-term solution to the digital divide, and an alternative to hotspots. Some are even becoming internet service prov...

The City

Yoav Gonen

Eileen Grench

3 January 2021

New York, New York, United States

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For 50 hours over five days, police and community members collaborated on the Brownsville Safety Alliance pilot project, which kept police officers away from a longtime crime hotspot so that community members could pr...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Andrew Wear

25 December 2020

Samso Island, Denmark

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Denmark’s Samso Island has not only succeeded in generating 100 percent of its electricity from renewable energy - which is the nation’s goal by 2030 - it is now carbon negative. Locals initially pushed back on the i...

The Boston Globe

Julia Hotz

24 December 2020

Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States

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A community currency was introduced to boost the local economy in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. $133,000 worth of BerkShares, as the currency is known, are in circulation and accepted by small businesses in ...

Yes! Magazine

Sunnivie Brydum

23 December 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Organized groups of volunteers helped sustain over four months of Black Lives Matters protests, with centralized information sources keeping the public informed and essential support services provided. A network of ov...

Santa Cruz Local

Stephen Baxter

21 December 2020

Santa Cruz, California, United States

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The number of prescribed burn associations in California is on the rise, advocating for more controlled fires that could prevent larger wildfires. There are at least 13 in the Golden State with the latest being the Ce...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Katie Galioto

20 December 2020

Cook County, Minnesota, United States

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In Minnesota, cross-sector collaboration, contact tracing, and a focus on adhering to public health safety protocols have helped Cook County avoid an outbreak of COVID-19 cases, despite being a tourist destination. Lo...

The Root

Nigel Roberts

19 December 2020

West Oakland, California, United States

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Black-led coops are providing crucial access to grocery stores in food deserts like West Oakland, California. The Mandela Grocery Cooperative has used the worker co-op business model to create a connection with the co...

The New York Times

John Florio

Ouisie Shapiro

18 December 2020

New York, New York, United States

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When a smallpox outbreak was deemed to be a likelihood in New York City in 1947, the city’s health commissioner rapidly launched a vaccination campaign that leveraged internal collaboration, consistent and transparent...

U.S. News & World Report

Anna-Catherine Brigida

17 December 2020

Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico

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When the coronavirus pandemic threatened to spread to the Matamoros tent camp where thousands of asylum-seekers lived, local health officials and aid workers proactively launched a public health campaign to boost educ...

CityLab

Hallie Golden

17 December 2020

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Supportive housing options geared toward Native Americans specifically are rare but much-needed resources in urban areas like Seattle where up to 15% percent of the homeless population belongs to the native community....

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