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Second Wave Michigan

Jane Simons

10 October 2019

Battle Creek, Michigan, United States

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A very special 15-person book club in Battle Creek, Michigan is using the book club format to discuss hard topics like race. The conversations steer profound, intimate, and personal, and many members testify to how mu...

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...

Next City

Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

1 April 2019

United States

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In this excerpt from Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt’s book, Biased, the author details the role surveillance and apps like Nextdoor play in perpetuating and disrupting discriminatory housing policies, racism, and segregation ...

Outside

Rachel Walker

24 November 2018

Northampton, Massachusetts, United States

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The Venture Out Project hosts outdoor camps and wilderness adventures for transgender children to help them feel a sense of community, confidence, and self-worth. In the midst of controversial political environments a...

Apolitical

Fergus Peace

2 November 2018

Nebraska, United States

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Access to civic institutions, such as local newspapers, arts facilities, churches, and even breweries, help people feel more connected to their communities and less inclined to support populist candidates. Rural areas...

Apolitical

Edward Siddons

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10 August 2018

United States

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A strategy of self-defense advanced by feminists in the 1960s and 1970s shows much more efficacy in preventing sexual assaults than more recent programs aimed at perpetrators. Empowerment Self-Defence teaches an array...

NPR

Jason Beaubien

9 August 2018

Tela, Honduras

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SOS Children's Villages is a non-profit group that services more than 80,000 kids. Their successful model emphasizes love, family, and relationships, even though the children aren't being raised in a "traditional" fam...

BBC

Luis Fajardo

18 July 2018

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

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To attract foreign investment, Honduras is creating privatized cities with Western-style laws and foreign judges. The development initiative is bringing in money and creating jobs, but the enclaves are tailored to ple...

Chicago Sun-Times

Maudlyne Ihejirika

9 July 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The former director of the Cook County Department of Corrections will have the chance to go upstream in the incarceration cycle to work with children of people who are incarcerated through a new fellowship program lau...

Artnet

Sarah Cascone

19 June 2018

Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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In order to call attention to the role of northerners in the history of American chattel slavery and the source of portrait sitters’ wealth, the Worcester Art Museum has begun to add information about a sitters’ slave...

KUNM

Megan Kamerick

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15 June 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The University of New Mexico’s Prevention Research Center is a leading example of community engagement. The Center has undertaken a variety of health-focused initiatives, each with a common core: prioritizing communit...

BBC

Fi Glover

Henrietta Moore

Martha Lane Fox

9 January 2018

Rwanda

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Rwanda has the smallest gender gap in Africa. Women’s access to education, healthcare, politics, and property is considered across the board in policymaking from law to national budgeting. Gender-based violence contin...

Truthout

Jean Trounstine

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26 December 2017

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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This article uses the stories of five different activist women across the United States as examples of successes using the human-centered design strategy of centering the people most directly affected in the decision-...

Artspace

Jillian Billard

30 November 2017

New York, New York, United States

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In some communities, the founding of art galleries in historically impoverished neighborhoods has led to development, the severing of community ties, and displacement. “Artwashing” signifies how culture can aid in the...

Anglican Journal

André Forget

9 June 2017

Masasi, Tanzania

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The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is working to implement maternal and newborn child health programs in East Africa. Though the project has incorporated a wide-range of initiatives, many of them ...

Keystone Crossroads

Kevin McCorry

4 May 2017

Berlin, Berlin, Germany

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Part 1 of 3 - A progressive funding model has been a boon to schools in Berlin’s poorer neighborhoods, which receive a baseline of staff and resources that would make them the envy of many of their counterparts in Pen...

The New York Times Magazine

Taffy Brodesser-Akner

30 March 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Young adults who decide to abandon their cloistered Jewish communities have only one another to help them navigate the alternate reality of modern-day New York. Leaving their families and life can be extremely difficu...

Bloomberg

Megan McArdle

28 March 2017

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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In many parts of the United States, people struggle with economic mobility and achieving the American Dream. Salt Lake City’s rate of economic mobility is at the highest in the country. An investigative journalist exp...

Scientific American

Dina Fine Maron

22 July 2016

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Police, policy makers and scientists are scrambling for answers about how to combat excessive—and often deadly—force against African-Americans. The Center for Policing Equity has the strongest data yet on how often of...

On Being

Krita Tippett

21 June 2012

Binghamton, New York, United States

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David Sloan Wilson takes what he knows about evolution and applies it to social groups in his hometown of Binghamton to show how people can live at their best for the good of the whole. He discusses how cities and com...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

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26 January 2012

Kenya

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

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