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The Jakarta Post

Michael Taylor

10 February 2020

Indonesia

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A Pokemon Go-style app encourages residents in Indonesia to help map land to fight deforestation. The technology offers visitors of umapped areas surveys that they complete, which fills in the data, and motivates user...

The Christian Science Monitor

Christa Case Bryant

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4 February 2020

Tallinn, Estonia

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Estonia is bolstering its cybersecurity against Russian would-be hackers on a shoestring budget and a brigade of volunteers, called the "nerd reserves." Hailing from Estonia's rich IT community, as well as other indus...

Adventure Travel News

JoAnna Haugen

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7 January 2020

Gothenburg, Sweden

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With a sustainable, multi-sector collaboration-based approach to urban planning, the cities of Gothenburg, Sweden and Málaga, Spain both won a "Smart Tourism" award to jumpstart 2020. Gothenburg utilizes app technolog...

Civil Eats

Stephanie Parker

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7 January 2020

Wimbledon, North Dakota, United States

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Small, rural grocery stores around the country keep their doors open by using creative, cross-sector financing, recruiting local volunteers, and thinking outside the box as many residents move closer to urban areas. O...

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...

OZY

Nick Fouriezos

25 November 2019

Napa, California, United States

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From Google's India-focused app Neighbourly to the wellknown Nextdoor app, social media specifically targeted at connecting neighbors is gaining ground. Whether being used to rate neighborhood attractions, encourage b...

Next City

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...

WTVJ-TV

Ari Odzer

25 October 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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Florida officials have turned to an unlikely source to help identify children with mental health stressors: bus drivers. After the Parkland shooting, the state established classes for bus drivers to learn about child ...

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-PBS

Gene Grant

16 August 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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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...

Next City

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...

NationSwell

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...

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