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CivicStory

Donna Liu

11 June 2019

Newark, New Jersey, United States

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In Newark, New Jersey, an organization called Creative New Jersey brought together over 300 people to take part in over 50 different community improvement conversations during a convening called Call to Collaboration....

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Celeste Noche

8 June 2019

Stornoway, Scotland

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Mobile libraries provide a crucial point of engagement for remote communities. In Scotland, the country’s mobile library service has provided residents of its Western Isles with access to books, Gaelic culture, and a ...

Civic Ideas

Stephanie Sugars

5 June 2019

Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Bringing people of different ethnic backgrounds together to create art and express themselves helps war-torn societies cope and grow. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Most Mira program helps people touched by the horrors of...

The Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

3 June 2019

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A new initiative in Baltimore is changing the way social studies is taught to middle and high school students. BMore Me teaches students the larger context and history of their city with culturally relevant curriculum...

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Mariela Santos

28 May 2019

Brooklyn, New York, United States

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When authors from traditionally marginalized communities can’t find space in the industry, they make their own. Using Twitter as a platform and safe space for authors having trouble getting into the literary world, #D...

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...

BBC

Dan Lytwyn

6 May 2019

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Changing stereotypes surrounding sexuality for indigenous women requires addressing the underlying issues of culture, colonization, and identity. The Virago Nation burlesque collective, based in Vancouver, CA, blends ...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

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30 April 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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The Sogorea Te Land Trust is an intertribal women-led organization that is working to reclaim ownership of land in the Bay Area that Ohlone people have lived on for centuries. They regained access to the land through ...

Inside Philanthropy

Julia Travers

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24 April 2019

Ghana

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Nine philanthropic organizations, including Plan International and Comic Relief, make up the With and For Girls Collective, which asks teenage girls worldwide to select girl-led initiatives to fund, a process known as...

The New York Times

Julie Weed

22 April 2019

United States

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As the number of people over 60 years old continues to rise, airports and hotels around the country are implementing features and senior-friendly design into their spaces. Some of the changes are simple – new benches,...

The Boston Globe

Matt Rocheleau

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22 April 2019

Medford, Massachusetts, United States

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In an effort to promote safe driving, a local artist painted a three-dimensional crosswalk near an elementary school. The idea came from school-aged children, noticing the intersection needed improvements, who brought...

The New York Times

Rachel Cernansky

17 April 2019

Zaatari, Mafraq Governorate, Jordan

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We Love Reading, an organization backed by UNICEF and USAID, works with all of Jordan's Syrian refugee camps and one of Ethiopia's South Sudanese camps to use storytelling as a tool for psychological healing. It start...

BBC

Emma Jane Kirby

16 April 2019

Ashburn, Virginia, United States

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After graffiting a historic landmark with swastikas and racist phrases, a juvenile prosecutor chose to educate rather than punish the perpetrators. Each teen was given a list of 35 books that covered topics like race,...

Vox

Gina Barton

Christophe Haubursin

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12 April 2019

Halden, Norway

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Halden Prison in Norway has re-designed itself so that the look and feel of prison life isn’t an added punishment to restricted freedom. Designers took into consideration the role campus design plays in promoting or d...

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Julia Migné

8 April 2019

United Kingdom

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Making fashion sustainable requires a shift in the culture of the industry. Several brands and organizations are already working to change the unethical and unsustainable practices in fashion. From mobilizing hashtags...

Philadelphia Media Network

Alfred Lubrano

31 March 2019

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Art encourages resilience by helping kids in difficult neighborhoods cope with trauma. In the neighborhood of Fairhill, in Philadelphia, Taller Tuertorriqueño, a community arts center, offers art workshops and program...

Yes! Magazine

Terrie Hansen

29 March 2019

Puget Sound, United States

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For many tribal and indigenous communities in the Pacific Northwest, the impact of climate changes has already become terrifyingly clear. As communities attempt to plan and adapt to new environmental conditions, the C...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

27 March 2019

United States

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The stock photo community is taking steps to offer more diverse options with a partnership by Getty Images, Dove, and GirlGaze to produce 5,000 newly available photographs of 179 women from 39 countries. The photos ar...

The Christian Science Monitor

Henry Gass

27 March 2019

Klamath, California, United States

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Across the country, tribal courts are seeking to break the cycle of recidivism and instead focus their efforts on rehabilitation and community. Judge Abinanti’s Yurok Tribal Court in California applies traditional Yur...

Yes! Magazine

Sydney Worth

22 March 2019

Vancouver, Canada

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To address systemic racism in western institutions, we need to consider the role subject headings play in sorting and presenting knowledge. The X̱wi7x̱wa Library at the University of British Columbia is rethinking the...

CityLab

Tanvi Misra

12 March 2019

Medellín, Colombia

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City planners and governments often overlook culture when trying to rebuild cities blighted by war, disasters, or other types of urban distress. But not Medellín, Colombia. After the drug trade made Medellín a violent...

CityLab

Mimi Kirk

4 March 2019

New Haven, Connecticut, United States

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Towns and cities across the countries have grieved the loss of life due to gun violence in various ways, including temporary memorials like t-shirts and shoes, exhibits, and ceremonies. But in New Haven, Connecticut, ...

CityLab

Sarah Holder

4 March 2019

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

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Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. focuses on interior design and architecture oriented towards deaf and hard-of-hearing folks. By analyzing the effects of lighting, color, size of space, and other design princi...

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Sonia Sarkar

27 February 2019

Vietnam

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Art empowers women by providing a basis for new public discourse. In Vietnam, a group of artists use their exhibitions to introduce discussions on topics such as breastfeeding, menstruation, and sexual rights. In the ...

Yes! Magazine

Leanna First-Arai

27 February 2019

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Soil collection ceremonies offer a meaningful way to help cope with and create institutional memory of racial violence across the United States. The Equal Justice Initiative is working to keep the victims of lynching ...

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