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The New York Times

Abdi Latif Dahir

16 February 2020

Mogadishu, Somalia

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After three decades of war and famine, Somalia's capacity to respond to emergencies and rebuild its country has been significantly diminished. To pick up the slack, young Somalis, many of whom have returned home from ...

CNN

Fareed Zakaria

13 October 2019

Dallas, Texas, United States

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While many politicians use political polarization to their advantage, communities across the world are finding that talking through the divide can actually have an impact on how someone votes. Polls conducted before a...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

1 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Politicians and community leaders across Colorado take legislative creation out of Washington and into the areas they're trying to protect. Stakeholders around the state, many of whom disagree socially and politically...

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Justin Higginbottom

23 January 2019

Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

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The number of public spaces across Asia are shrinking rapidly due to the increasing rate of urbanization that brings with it highways and department stores instead of traditional spacious areas. A combination of grass...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

26 October 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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In Minneapolis, two groups are tackling difficult conversations among polarized community members, through establishing intentional safe spaces rooted in ground rules and mutual trust. Living Room Conversations facili...

How Do We Fix It?

Richard Davies

Jim Meigs

18 October 2018

Des Moines, Iowa, United States

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At a time when American politics are more divisive and uncivil than ever before, Revive Civility Iowa and the National Institute of Civil Discourse hosted a two hour workshop to encourage civil conversation among poli...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Karis Hustad

4 December 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark

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“Out with the racists, in with the feminists!” is the slogan of a new political party in Denmark. The Feministik Initiativ is “a new intersectional feminist party in Denmark.” It won 3,258 votes in the regional electi...

Civic Hall

Nithin Coca

20 October 2017

Malaysia

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In Malaysia, only 30 days are required between the calling of an election and election day. Campaign periods sometimes last as little as just 10 days. Sinar Project, a nonpartisan Malaysian civic tech organization, is...

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Dan Peleschuk

27 September 2017

Dolyniany, Ukraine

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In Ukraine, decentralization and local control is taking hold as the country pursues government reforms. The process works by combining separate territories into administrative units called unified territorial communi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

8 August 2017

Bogribail, Karnataka, India

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Legal expertise is often expensive and inaccessible to communities around the world experiencing environmental rights violations and other issues. Similar to the rise of community health workers who are expanding acce...

The New York Times

Niraj Chokshi

2 December 2016

Oregon, United States

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Low voter turnout has affected the results of numerous elections across the country. Oregon gave its residents the choice to opt in instead of out when receiving government services, in the hopes of increasing voter t...

The Guardian

Lucy Lamble

24 May 2016

Central African Republic

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A new international fund will focus on education in countries affected by crises that have disrupted families' lives and their childrens' learning. The Education Cannot Wait Fund is a response to the often-overlooked ...

Bright Magazine

Sruthi Gottipati

22 March 2016

Mityana, Uganda

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In Uganda, a country with high levels of corruption and political patronage, citizen-led grassroots efforts to root out graft and enforce accountability have sprung up across the country. “Village budget clubs,” train...

Latin America News Dispatch

Camila Osorio

10 May 2015

Bogota, Colombia

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Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá, uses art to cultivate what he calls a "citizenship culture." During Colombia's peace negotiations, Mockus emphasized the importance of valuing life after so many years of killin...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2015

Belgrade, Serbia

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around th...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

17 August 2013

Jamaica

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Marking a departure from other countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America, Jamaica has seen its crime rate fall after many years of lawlessness. A combination of factors helped bring this about, includin...

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