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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

30 October 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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In such a divided country, many groups from lawmakers to advocacy groups are finding rare bipartisan cooperation around the issue of criminal justice reform. Two congressional representatives, one Republican and one D...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

2 July 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Shared expressions of community and fellowship are fostering a non-partisan approach to civic engagement. The nonprofit Citizen University, based in Seattle, Washington, provides small grants to trained community lead...

Albuquerque Journal

Matthew Reisen

3 June 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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In New Mexico, the Peer Education Project is giving incarcerated individuals the opportunity to teach their peers. The program – a collaboration between Project ECHO and the New Mexico Corrections Department – has emp...

The 74

Bekah McNeel

4 March 2019

Brownsville, Texas, United States

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In 2013 and 2016, Brownsville, Texas was ranked the poorest city in the U.S. That hasn't stopped students in the border district from outperforming their wealthier Texan peers. Leaders credit data-based interventions,...

Governing

Graham Vyse

13 February 2019

United States

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Denver, Minneapolis, and San Francisco are a few of the cities zeroing in on the millennial desire for purpose in their careers by incorporating purposeful narratives in recruitment. Viewing government more as a brand...

NH-PBS

Jennifer Rooks

17 January 2019

New Hampshire, United States

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Across New Hampshire, youth are leading the fight against substance abuse. Programs like Dover’s Youth-to-Youth, Stand Up Sachems, Youth Leadership Through Adventure, and the Making it Happen Coalition, are all youth-...

Yes! Magazine

Zenobia Jeffries

9 January 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Black women have historically been politically engaged, but their voices have still been ignored. A storytelling fellowship is giving these women the tools to share their experiences and start to control how their sto...

FastCompany

Eillie Anzilotti

13 November 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Evergreen Cooperatives, a network of worker-owned businesses in Cleveland, Ohio, has seen success in keeping business structure flat and wealth at the local level. Now, they’re growing. They recently acquired the Clev...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

7 September 2018

Argentina

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Every public servant in Argentina has to collect education points throughout the year. To spark innovation, the Government Lab of Argentina (LABGobAr) is offering courses in design thinking, evidence-based policymakin...

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Jennifer Guay

5 September 2018

Taiwan

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Taiwan is getting creative with tackling tough policy issues. Representatives from all 32 government ministries meet every month, vote on topics to focus on, and conduct workshops with citizens. So far, the network ha...

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Jennifer Guay

29 August 2018

Canada

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Canada allows its most innovative public servants move between departments to work on projects that match their skills and interests. The program helps employees advance their skills and spreads their creativity and e...

Civic Ideas

Barbara Borst

16 August 2018

Buea, Cameroon

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To give young people in prison hope and a second chance, a new organization known as Creative Skills for Peace attempts to teach inmates about entrepreneurship and job training, as well as civic education and peacebui...

Alaska Public Media

Anne Hillman

1 August 2018

Seward, Alaska, United States

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At Spring Creek Correctional Center, profits from the prison store are shared among seven prison clubs. The clubs operate like nonprofits, bringing educational opportunities, music, plants, and more to inmates and don...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

31 July 2018

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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The Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, known as Balle, encourages a “localism” approach to decrease wealth disparities. By hosting a fellowship program to share best practices as well as encouraging philant...

The Atlantic

Russell Berman

30 July 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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120 people attended the second annual Black Campaign School, a training program created by the Collective PAC, a progressive political action committee that is trying to get more black candidates into office. The Coll...

PBS NewsHour

Fred de Sam Lazaro

25 February 2018

San Salvador, El Salvador

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YouthBuild El Salvador is a program, partly funded by the United States, that teaches participants leadership and marketable skills, with an underlying emphasis on empathy, responsibility, and conflict resolution. In ...

Chalkbeat

Ann Schimke

26 January 2018

Colorado, United States

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For the past decade, Colorado's preschools have used external coaches to improve quality of instruction in early childcare education classrooms. To address the high cost of this one-on-one approach, the Denver Prescho...

Next City

Jared Brey

19 January 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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By relying more heavily on data analysis, New Orleans officials decreased ambulance response time in many parts of the city from 12 minutes to 8 minutes. This is just one successful project of many from the non-profit...

News Deeply

Sophie Mbugua

15 September 2017

Nanyuki, Kenya

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In Kenya, men have been overrepresented in government positions, sparking new legislation that women should occupy at least one-third of the public elected body. Men have become increasingly involved in helping women ...

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Meg Brindle

28 July 2017

Kenya

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The Maasai are the "tall, elegant, and distinctively dressed" people living in Africa. Their image is usually used to represent all Africans and is being culturally appropriated by western companies without any profit...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

4 July 2017

United States

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Stop underestimating yourself. That’s the call of Sam Daley-Harris to the many everyday Americans who feel that they cannot effect change in their country. He’s the founder of Results, a grassroots network that has sp...

Next City

Martín Xavi Macías

30 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is asking its citizens, including youth, to help determine how to spend public money. Participatory budgeting involves communities identifying their greatest needs and guiding spending towards solutions.

The Hechinger Report

Lillian Mongeau

12 May 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Although the diversity of the teacher pool is low, several nonprofits are successfully recruiting and training more principals of color from this same group. New Leaders has shown particular promise - 64 percent of pr...

Ms. Magazine

Andrea Cooper

24 April 2017

Paris, Paris Region, France

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Women4Climate is a new alliance of women mayors from major cities who are determined to act against climate change with or without federal support. Instead, they mentor each other in innovative solutions, cross-promot...

Bright Magazine

Patricia Alex

24 April 2017

United States

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Women are underrepresented in elected positions, and with Trump being elected after being heard describing women in poor taste, this has only become more of a concern. Programs such as Elect Her and IGNITE are trying ...

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