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CNN

Scottie Andrew

Maria Morava

28 March 2021

United States

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16-year-old Maayan Segal and her father launched Queeng, a deck of cards that represents gender equality and includes a range of racial and cultural identities. The first iteration sold over 50,000 decks but was re-de...

Crunchbase News

Sophia Kunthara

16 March 2021

United States

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Gen Z VCs supports early-career and aspiring venture capitalists who want to become angel investors. The group was founded in November 2020, after the Securities and Exchange Commission loosened the rules about who ca...

The New York Times

Nicholas Kristof

10 March 2021

Bangladesh

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Bangladesh has made huge strides in reducing poverty by investing in women experiencing the most economic hardships. As a result, children have lower rates of malnutrition, fewer child marriages, higher rates of compl...

Vox

Sigal Samuel

6 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments provided “the stability they needed to set goals, take risks, and find new jobs.” In addition to emp...

Bloomberg

Sarah Holder

5 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A guaranteed income pilot program in Stockton increased full-time employment rates amongst recipients. Cash payments improved mental health and gave participants the stability, bandwidth, and time to apply and intervi...

The Atlantic

Annie Lowrey

3 March 2021

Stockton, California, United States

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A pilot project provided residents who made less than the median income in Stockton, California, with monthly cash payments. The extra money helped recipients secure employment, avoid housing instability, handle unexp...

The 19th

Chabeli Carrazana

22 February 2021

Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Guaranteed income pilot programs have created a crucial safety net, especially for women of color who have experienced poverty disproportionately after the onset of the pandemic. The once-fringe idea has gained popula...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Kevin Riordan

15 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A long-running fund in Philadelphia has been able to help struggling small-business owners in the city since 1854. The Merchant Fund has been able to provide 67 businesses with $307,000 in grants since the onset of th...

Yes! Magazine

Iris Crawford

10 February 2021

Georgia, United States

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Two climate coalitions led by BIPOC have strengthened their communities by empowering diverse stakeholders to address social inequities. The coalitions are engaging and centering the voices of Black, Indigenous and pe...

Next City

Emily Nonko

9 February 2021

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A collective of artists in Seattle bought real estate for a community center with the help of city funding. Known as Black and Tan Hall, the space drew funding and sweat equity from community members who sought a safe...

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Adina Solomon

9 February 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A new model for community-owned real estate is attempting to bridge the racial wealth gap and build neighborhood wealth in Atlanta. Instead of watching prime real estate go to investors who would hold onto the buildin...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

4 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Universal Basic Income programs around the country have demonstrated the effectiveness of distributing cash to people who are economically struggling. Philadelphia distributed $1.7 million through the Worker Relief Fu...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Rina Chandran

4 February 2021

New Delhi, India

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Because of internet shutdowns, six friends created a bilingual newspaper to document and record the farmer protests in India. Thousands of farmers have been protesting for weeks about the government’s new agricultural...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

28 January 2021

United States

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Cooperatives are getting the funding they need through a “nationwide network of loans funds and incubators that specialize in supporting and investing in cooperative businesses.” Coops lack access to traditional fundi...

Ensia

Fanni Daniella Szakal

28 January 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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Initiatives set up by NGOs and private-public partnerships aim to make innovation possible around the world and support sustainability entrepreneurs in countries that often don’t have access to those opportunities. Th...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

26 January 2021

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A worker-owned cooperative in Baltimore is giving employees an “alternative to exploitation in traditionally-structured enterprises.” Employees at Taharka Brothers can eventually qualify for ownership, which enables t...

FastCompany

Nate Berg

25 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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A real estate investor has led the charge in creating a Housing Impact Fund in Charlotte, NC, to preserve affordable housing. The housing it seeks to preserve is not considered public housing but it does serve those w...

Mashable

Chase DiBenedetto

24 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs has graduated 1 million people from its eight-week program that teaches incarcerated people how to start their own low-capital businesses. An extension of a free online entrepreneurship course...

CityLab

Brentin Mock

15 January 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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A program in Oakland, California, is helping Black women-owned companies survive the economic downturn since the onset of the pandemic. Known as Runway, the financial innovation firm provides $1,000 a month without an...

KLC Journal

Stan Finger

8 January 2021

Wichita, Kansas, United States

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A handful of entrepreneurial individuals in Kansas have found success in starting businesses during the pandemic by leveraging customer needs and pandemic relief funding. Although this business plan isn't "foolproof,"...

Bloomberg

Sarah Holder

4 January 2021

United States

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Universal Basic Income is gaining popularity across the United States where 11 cities in 2021 are either extending or piloting new programs that provide cash payments without any conditions on how to spend the money. ...

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Arionne Nettles

30 December 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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The Corner Store Campaign alleviates food insecurity in Chicago by providing fresh produce and supplies to customers who frequent the neighborhood establishments - typically in places that are more likely to be food d...

The Boston Globe

Julia Hotz

24 December 2020

Berkshire County, Massachusetts, United States

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A community currency was introduced to boost the local economy in the Berkshires region of Massachusetts. $133,000 worth of BerkShares, as the currency is known, are in circulation and accepted by small businesses in ...

The Counter

Colleen Hagerty

17 December 2020

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Yard sharing is the latest urban agriculture trend enabling city dwellers to enjoy home-grown produce whether or not they have the space, time, or expertise to grow everything they want. Crop Swap LA is also starting ...

Daily Forty-Niner

Austin Brumblay

9 December 2020

Long Beach, California, United States

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Nationally and historically, faculty of color have been underrepresented at most universities. At California State University Long Beach, the president proposed the “diversity training initiative,” in order to hire ...

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