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Alan Thompson

Hallie Steiner

4 February 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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After a highly successful pilot run, Denver formally instituted Denver Day Works, an initiative that pays homeless residents to clean up and landscape the city during the day. So far, the program has helped over 150 p...

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Helen Pidd

1 January 2019

Elland, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

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In the midst of controversy surrounding large gender pay-gaps in the United Kingdom, a wholesale company called Suma adopts a "co-op" mentality and pays everyone - regardless of gender, experience, or age - the same s...

The Christian Science Monitor

Jessica Mendoza

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19 December 2018

Jefferson, Iowa, United States

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An interesting advocate for spreading tech jobs into small towns comes in the form of Silicon Valley’s congressman. Representative Ro Khanna hopes that investing in small towns will stimulate local economies as well a...

The New York Times

Amie Tsang

9 December 2018

England

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A percentage of the licensing fee paid by British television watchers to BBC is now being earmarked to support the salaries of reporters. In order to receive funding, newsrooms must assign staff paid by these funds to...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

29 November 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a program based on a similar initiative in Cleveland is on its way to success. PAGE (Philadelphia Anchors for Growth & Equity) will direct spending from large institutions locally. Specifically, it wi...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Shawne K. Wickham

3 November 2018

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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A New Hampshire business is an exemplar of a new state push to create “recovery friendly” businesses. For the Chameleon Group, this takes the form of managers attending drug court hearing o support workers, holding 12...

Science Africa

Henry Owino

19 October 2018

Hawinga, Kenya

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The emergence of solar lamps are changing the way of life for many in a remote village in Western Kenya. Not only creating a safer commute to and from work, solar lamps are also helping fuel the creation of jobs for m...

Colorado Springs Gazette

Liz Forster

18 October 2018

Colorado, United States

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In Colorado, trash either ends up in a landfill or is recycled by being shipped to another state. To increase efficiency and implement better recycling practices, an Iowa-born company that turns recycled cartons into ...

Detroit Free Press

Jamie L. LaReau

9 October 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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GM's new twelve-week paid program, called "Take 2," is helping people who've been away from the workforce for more than two years to re-acclimate and train for jobs at their company. The initiative helps people learn ...

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Rachel Nuwer

27 September 2018

Zimbabwe

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Akashinga translates to "the Brave Ones," and is the name given to an all women anti-poaching unit in Zimbabwe. Although not the first anti-poaching group lead by women, it is the first armed unit. However, since it's...

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Matt Foley

6 September 2018

United States

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NASCAR, which has been traditionally been dominated by white males, knows it needs more women and minorities, so it launched a program in 2009 to do just that. The Diversity Crew Member Development program has so far ...

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Alejandra Molina

28 August 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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COOP LA in Los Angeles is a commercial space featuring business commonly found across the city but with a distinct difference: they are all worker cooperatives. These cooperatives effectively create jobs and develop l...

Public Radio International

Arthur Nazaryan

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17 August 2018

Oakland, California, United States

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AnnieCannons, is a nonprofit that teaches sex traffic survivors computer software skills so they can be employed as developers. It also emphasizes networking and tries to secure job placement. “I’ve never been happier...

Forbes

Willy Foote

14 August 2018

Central African Republic

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Hundreds of millions of farmers in sub-Saharan Africa live on a mere two dollars per day, making it difficult to not only support themselves and their family, but also stay relevant in a market that requires expensive...

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Harriet Noble

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13 August 2018

Lagos, Nigeria

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Waste has value, says Bilikiss Abiola, founder of Wecyclers. Her team travels through the slums in Lagos on bicycles, paying families cash in exchange for their recyclable trash. The business has made the city cleaner...

Pacific Standard

Delece Smith-Barrow

26 July 2018

Dallas, Texas, United States

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Dallas' Paul Quinn College is changing the dated perception of work colleges. At the first urban and historically black work college, students are graded on both academic and workforce performance. In the next few yea...

The Guardian

Oliver Holmes

Hazem Balousha

5 July 2018

Gaza City, Palestine

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A coding academy in Gaza in the Occupied Territories trains young people computer skills and how to think like entrepreneurs, in a quest to offer alternative futures beyond endless conflict. With support from internat...

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Shay Meinecke

29 June 2018

Cancún, Mexico

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Coral reefs can dramatically reduce the power of a wave's energy, making the impact of severe storms (such as hurricanes) less devastating. In order for this to work, however, the coral reefs have to be healthy. In Me...

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Fergus Peace

26 June 2018

Australia

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Targeted outreach can encourage employers to hire refugees. Australia’s Refugee Talent provides one-on-one interview coaching for refugees and an online job platform for employers, helping both groups overcome cultura...

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Dinah Eng

24 June 2018

United States

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Fortune 500 companies are learning to be flexible with hiring processes and recruitment to ensure that people on the autism spectrum are being accommodated. Workers with autism are incredibly productive -- at JPMorgan...

The Christian Science Monitor

Sara Manisera

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20 June 2018

Sessa Aurunca, Italy

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A cooperative in Italy has repurposed land once owned by the Mafia to produce pasta and organic vegetables, and its employees are using this land to reclaim their lives. Beyond the Dreams’ provides meaningful work for...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Sarita Santoshini

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15 June 2018

Uganda

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Sylvia Acan, co-founded Golden Women vision, an organization that teaches Ugandan women to bake cakes with the aim of helping them improve their social economic status. Many of the women, like Acan, became victims o...

The Christian Science Monitor

Stéphanie Jacob

14 June 2018

MARRAKESH, Morocco

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The Marrakesh-based Amal for the Culinary Arts offers Moroccan women from disadvantaged backgrounds free training in order to become culinary chefs. Through the program they get hands on experience. They also help the...

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Thomas Maresca

12 June 2018

Pyongyang, North Korea

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More than 2,000 North Koreans have accessed entrepreneurship training through a Singaporean nonprofit called Choson Exchange, gaining exposure to market concepts such as pricing and branding -- often for the first tim...

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Fergus Peace

11 June 2018

Australia

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The Seasonal Workers Program in Australia was implemented when there was a need to be met for more farming laborers. Although not without issue, the program is drawing many Pacific Islanders as a means for them to boo...

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