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Amelia Axelsen

11 April 2019

Costa Rica

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With its pledge to become the first zero-emission country in the world by 2050, Costa Rica's ambitious climate goals cannot be achieved by the government alone. That's why Costa Rica Limpia (Clean Costa Rica) is spark...

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Emily Nonko

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28 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Formerly incarcerated individuals, community leaders, and members of San Francisco’s District Attorney’s office, have joined forces to create an advisory board. The collaborative meets to discuss the DA’s work, share ...

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Alani Vargas

22 March 2019

United States

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In an attempt to encourage voter turnout, Ariana Grande set up tables at concerts on her tour where fans could register to vote, or receive text alerts reminders for those who already had. The "ThankUNextGen" campaign...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

21 March 2019

New Jersey, United States

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In South Jersey's Cumberland County, election officials played on one of the state's oldest football rivalries to increase voter turnout by launching the Turnout Trophy. The competition put fourteen towns against each...

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Tina Rosenberg

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19 March 2019

United States

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A suite of new voting apps are bringing new technologies to old organizing methods, like asking (or shaming) friends to vote and finding community leaders to encourage voter turnout. These old methods, now called "rel...

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Lorana Bartels

22 February 2019

Australia

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With their national imprisonment rate on the rise, Australia is pivoting to a justice reinvestment strategy that diverts money towards "early intervention, prevention and diversion." Although this has yet to be implem...

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Massoud Hayoun

14 February 2019

North Dakota, United States

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A variety of reasons can make it hard for Native Americans to vote. Voter ID laws that require proof of address prohibit some Native American nations without formal addresses. And often polling places are situated too...

The New York Times

Vivian Yang

12 February 2019

Albany, New York, United States

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After 11 months of calls to employment lawyers and civil rights groups, legal proceedings, and recommended reforms to current legislation, seven women of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, all of whom are survivors,...

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Senay Boztas

4 February 2019

The Hague, Netherlands

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The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, otherwise known as Europol, is using crowdsourcing to identify locations involved in both past and current child abuse cases. By posting unedited images onlin...

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Ruxandra Guidi

31 January 2019

Boyle Heights, California, United States

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In Boyle Heights, a working class neighborhood of Los Angeles, members of the community have taken to the streets armed with clipboards and pens to document environmental hazards, zoning violations, and and other thin...

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Mark Wessel

24 January 2019

Buffalo, New York, United States

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In western New York, local bike advocacy groups have found power in numbers, banding together to gradually convince their governments to expand cycling access and communities to change their attitudes toward cyclists....

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Max Blau

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24 January 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Strengthening the link between local journalism and civic engagement lends a voice to communities long underrepresented. Chicago’s City Bureau brings the newsroom out to neighborhoods and communities. In an effort to ...

The Verge

Andrew Liptak

24 January 2019

Moretown, Vermont, United States

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A Vermont-based online network, the Front Porch Forum, has spread around the state as a way for community members to share ideas, resources, and initiatives. Neighbors offer support in everything from rogue Roombas (y...

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Anoush Darabi

16 January 2019

Aarhus, Denmark

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Taking its queue from digital engagement strategies of cultural institutions across Sweden, the Danish city of Aarhus, Denmark is making the redevelopment of an area called South Harbour more equitable and inclusive. ...

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Sandra Larson

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10 January 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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The Boston Senior Civic Academy teaches older adults how to stay informed about and involved in local politics, covering issues from financial insecurity to dementia-friendly city planning. The program, which serves e...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Michael Deal

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9 January 2019

Massachusetts, United States

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With a new law requiring an experiential civics curriculum in the classroom, Massachusetts is leading the country in efforts to reinvigorate outdated civics coursework.

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Jennifer Guay

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2 January 2019

Singapore, Singapore

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Through its Transformation Office and Innovation Lab, Singapore encourages a culture of innovation and smart design when it comes to making policy among its 145,000 strong civil service. Borrowing aspects of its frame...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 December 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In times of political gridlock, individuals have stepped up to make meaningful changes in their communities, with their solutions inspiring others around the world. From ground-up political action that decreased gerry...

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Ethan Bien

10 December 2018

Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico

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Tosepan Titataniske, an indigenous cooperative in Mexico's Sierra Norte mountains, emphasizes local control at the heart of solar programs. Over the last four decades, the organization has incorporated 410 community-l...

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Adrienne Day

5 December 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Modeled after faith-based services, Civic Saturday encourages civic participation by creating a space for people to discuss social change, organize to vote, and engage in other democracy and community-building activit...

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Kate Roff

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29 November 2018

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States

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Two initiatives in the Detroit suburb of Sterling Heights draw on the community's rich diversity to make it a more inclusive place. The city's police force is making sure its force "reflects the community they serve" ...

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Richard Kenny

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20 November 2018

Paris, France

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As Paris invests in public parks, local residents have been granted more than 3,000 permits to grow street gardens. The greenery is adding life to one of Europe’s most densely populated cities while fostering civic en...

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Andrew Small

16 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Food and common passions are bringing people together for solutions-oriented conversations about the communities they live in. The Knight Foundation’s “On the Table” series started in Chicago and has now expanded to 3...

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Oscar Perry Abello

15 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, where seasons as well as subpar local investment in the South Side limit children’s ability to play outside year-round, the new Pullman Community Center is a huge improvement. Beyond fostering recreational...

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Audrey McGlinchy

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12 November 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Getting renters involved in the conversation increases the diversity of voices and opinions in City Hall. In 2016, Seattle created a Renters’ Commission to provide a platform similar to traditional Home Owners’ Associ...

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