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Patrik Jonsson

29 October 2018

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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The new Atlanta United soccer team has brought excitement and community to many areas of the city - but perhaps the most unusual spot is public transport stops. “Station soccer” now is activating spaces at two MARTA t...

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Lauren Littell

29 October 2018

Gary, Indiana, United States

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The Grand Calumet River in Indiana was once infamous for its levels of pollution and contamination. Although it didn't happen overnight, collaboration efforts between public and private players was key to restoring th...

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Simon Montlake

26 October 2018

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ROC USA, a New Hampshire nonprofit, has helped almost 15,000 mobile homes become part of cooperative ownership setups across the country. The need for this is clear. Many mobile home residents do not own the land on w...

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Eva Fedderly

24 October 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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When a need for more libraries and more affordable housing arose in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel pursued a plan to combine the two. The result is a partnership between the Chicago Housing Authority and the Chicago Publ...

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David Karas

14 October 2018

United States

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Activists hope to reduce the number of young smokers by raising the legal smoking age to 21. Instead of working for a national change, they're tackling the issue one small town at a time.

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Sara Miller Llana

19 September 2018

Kincardine, Ontario, Canada

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In Canada, where the legalization of marijuana will become official in mid-October, some towns are gearing up by creating employment opportunities related to the now burgeoning industry. The so-called "green rush" is ...

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Patrik Jonsson

17 September 2018

Swan Quarter, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, residents of the town of Swan Quarter have put aside their political differences to support building a dike, meant to protect from the consequences of severe flooding and climate change. The dike ha...

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Alex P. Kellogg

31 August 2018

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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Detroit was devastated by the housing crisis and has struggled since the city went bankrupt, but organizations across the city are helping home-renters and homeowners bounce back from tax foreclosure. The Quicken Loan...

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Nellie Peyton

30 August 2018

Ghana

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In Ghana, cocoa trees are aging and producing lower yields, worrying the farmers who rely on the crop to make a living; the decreased yield is also presenting opportunity for agricultural reform to produce a more sust...

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Eoin O'Carroll

27 August 2018

Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-profit in Cambridge, England has created a mobile app to connect homeless people with donations, even when passersby do not carry cash they can donate. Still in its early phases, the app has helped 11 people rea...

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Christa Case Bryant

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24 August 2018

Youngstown, Ohio, United States

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Flying High is a nonprofit that helps people find new jobs and purpose, especially those fighting opioid addiction. Rather than simply focusing on the healthcare solution, this program also provides job training, with...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

21 August 2018

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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To shift away from a punitive approach to truancy and emphasize the importance of attendance for student learning, schools across the United States are testing methods of communicating the importance with parents in n...

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Eva Botkin-Kowacki

20 August 2018

Chatham, Massachusetts, United States

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Cape Cod is losing its namesake fish to climate change and overfishing, which is in turn hurting the profits of local fisherman. Adapting to the circumstances, fisherman have begun catching and marketing dogfish as th...

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Nissa Rhee

8 August 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago has seen a decline in violence, and one neighborhood in particular has led the way, nearly halving its shootings and homicides. Police in Englewood have changed how they work with the community and where they ...

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Erlan Varela

31 July 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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In Honduras a former gang member created a nonprofit skating club to give young people healthy alternatives to crime and vandalism. With donations from USAID, the Catholic Church and others Skate Brothers serves about...

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Noble Ingram

30 July 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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Communities, often low-income neighborhoods or communities of color, that were separated by the construction of highways across America are reconnecting by building "deck parks." The parks include room for public gree...

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Grace Elletson

25 July 2018

Rwanda

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Through a myriad of policies that help small farmers gain resources and training, as well as inheritance laws that empower women to inherit land they previously couldn't own, Rwanda is increasing food security and dec...

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Christopher Johnston

9 July 2018

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Cleveland has been quietly building a network of book clubs, libraries, and empowerment groups "using literature to empower marginalized groups, foster economic dynamism, and bridge social divides." From workplace and...

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Sara Manisera

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...

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Ryan Lenora Brown

19 June 2018

Nigeria

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Gathered in makeshift open-air learning spaces, teachers and students in Nigeria are resisting Boko Haram's reign of terror against education. “They don’t like education; they don’t want it,” one 19-year old student s...

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Felix Franz

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18 June 2018

Kumily, Kerala, India

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With poaching on the rise in the South Indian Periyar Tiger Reserve, officials turned to the poachers themselves to see if they could turn their problem into a solution. In lieu of facing charges, the poachers became ...

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Dean Paton

18 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After realizing that their system of fines for lost and late books was actually preventing kids and young people from reading more, L.A. libraries instituted a new program that's already showing results. The program, ...

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Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

14 June 2018

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Fatherhood programs in cities like St. Louis aim to halt the generation impacts of fathers who are not involved in the lives of their children. The mentorship and support provided can help people become better fathers...

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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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Taylor Luck

5 June 2018

Amman, Jordan

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Protesters opposing a proposed income tax hike in Jordan stayed away from polarizing language and avoided proposing structural changes to the political system, a shift away from rhetoric used during the Arab Spring. “...

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