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NPR

Diaa Hadid

6 January 2020

Lahore, Pakistan

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In cities across Pakistan, smog and air pollution are dire health threats but the country's government hasn't done enough to take it seriously - so citizens are pushing back. Initiatives to crowd source air quality da...

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Zoe Sullivan

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19 November 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Bringing the community into conversations about commemoration opens new ways to present public history. The Paper Monuments project in New Orleans asked residents to draw monuments that they would like to see replace ...

CityLab

Andrew Small

11 November 2019

Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States

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As the District lagged on its Vision Zero goals, bike and pedestrian advocates in Washington turned traffic fatalities into a rallying cry, and got results.  

Indiana Environmental Reporter

Beth Edwards

11 November 2019

Goshen, Indiana, United States

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After devastating floods hit the town of Goshen, the small town in Indiana used the experience as an opportunity to work towards disaster preparedness. Focusing not just on what would work best against environmental c...

NPR

Joanne Lu

3 October 2019

United States

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Humanitarian, crowdsourced street mapping has become a crucial part of disaster relief efforts. Initiatives like Missing Maps and OpenStreetMaps call on volunteer cartographers – professional or not – to fill in maps ...

Are We Europe Magazine

Julia Migné

3 September 2019

Antarctica

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As conservationists around the world grapple with saving endangered species, many have turned to the tech sector. Initiatives like The Zooniverse, a citizen science platform for people-powered research, are helping ex...

Yes! Magazine

Megan Wildhood

21 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Crowdsourcing data allows developers to help those with limited mobility find accessible routes. The AccessMap Seattle project, in collaboration with the Taskar Center for Accessible Technology at the University of Wa...

KNME

Gene Grant

16 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Nature Conservancy in New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps joined together to transform a dirt lot into a pop-up park, created and maintained by surrounding neighborhoods. Community members work together ...

The Devil Strip

Colleen Carroll

1 July 2019

Middlebury, Ohio, United States

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The town of Middlebury, Ohio organizes community walking audits that allow residents to actively relay concerns and complaints about their community. The audits focus on neighborhood improvement and encourage active c...

CityLab

John Surico

21 June 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Though cities around the world range in size, demographics, and countless other factories, they share a common trait: cities are loud. The app Hush City offers an easy way to find a quiet space amid the noise. The app...

FastCompany

Hana Schank

10 June 2019

Mobile, Alabama, United States

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While the entire nation struggles to combat blight and rundown housing, the city of Mobile, Alabama put together a task force and managed to slow the spread of blight in the town and even change the state constitution...

Pioneers Post

Anna Patton

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7 June 2019

London, United Kingdom

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A nonprofit initiative called the Impact Management Project identified ways to measure impact in the nonprofit and social enterprise worlds. Using intense crowdsourcing and measurement of their own success, the initia...

Los Angeles Times

Sarah Parvini

31 May 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A monthly supper club in Los Angeles brings refugees together to share meals and stories from their homelands. The supper club is sponsored by an organization called Miry's List, which also helps new arrivals to the U...

The Guardian

Angelique Chrisafis

20 May 2019

Mulhouse, France

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Mulhouse, a small city in France, brushed off its negative reputation and used community networking, clever financing, and urban renewal as tools to become a bustling center once again. The town relied on many communi...

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Elizabeth Pandolfi

15 May 2019

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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Creating and deploying exhibitions in response to real-time events can allow museums to play a larger role in community engagement and education. By developing so-called rapid-response exhibits, museums can respond mo...

The Guardian

Paula Hardy

30 April 2019

Venice, Italy

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Sustainable initiatives around Venice, Italy tackle the growing number of tourists flooding into the city each year. From waste management strategies to the implementation of resources to drive tourists to locally own...

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Monica Humphries

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17 April 2019

Denmark

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Using the camera of a smartphone, individuals who are blind or visually impaired can receive quick and easy help from volunteers. The Danish company, Be My Eyes uses a smartphone application to connect those who are b...

The New York Times

Eliza Shapiro

16 April 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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When City Hall was slow in addressing the issue of the deeply segregated schools in Manhattan and Brooklyn, parents took the matter in their own hands and drafted a proposal to integrate the students more. High-achiev...

Nieman Lab

Benjamin Bathke

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27 March 2019

London, England, United Kingdom

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Getting subscribers involved and creating an enthusiastic, permanent reader base allows media outlets to prioritize quality over quantity. As troubles with media over-saturation and news fatigue grow, publications lik...

Yes! Magazine

Lisa Beach

27 March 2019

Orlando, Florida, United States

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A teen-run farmer's market in Parramore, a low-income neighborhood of Orlando, gets children off the streets and into the garden. As a branch of the neighborhood's Kidz Zone program, the farmer's market brings fresh f...

Yes! Magazine

Melody Warnick

6 March 2019

Elkin, North Carolina, United States

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A rural town in North Carolina brings community members together to foster a welcoming environment, both for the community itself and for outside visitors. The town, Elkin, created a program that trains engaged locals...

CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

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26 February 2019

Istanbul, Turkey

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A card game called Imaginable Guidelines offers a medium of shared vocabulary and collaboration that allows community members to easily talk about city planning. Played in cities around Turkey, Imaginable Guidelines a...

Buzzfeed

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Zahra Hirji

11 February 2019

London, Greater London, United Kingdom

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Youth climate strikes are gaining traction internationally, and the young leaders are finding inspiration in each other. The strikes have resulted in increased awareness amongst generations, and have grown in size and...

FastCompany

Katharine Schwab

8 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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To help provide women experiencing homelessness with menstrual products, the Perigives project has created posters and drop boxes that anyone can print and place in a public restroom. The initiative has shown some suc...

The New York Times

Liz Robbins

7 February 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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For migrant detainees in San Diego County's Otay Mesa Detention Center, a recent letter writing campaign from participants at nearby San Diego State University has brought a small form of hope and courage. The univers...

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