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Crowdfunding Clean Energy

The New York Times

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In Oakland, a company created an online crowd-funding platform that allows users to earn interest by financing clean energy projects and gives people with good social intentions a direct line of action.

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Crowdsourcing a Better World

The New York Times

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Americans often want to connect to a cause beyond writing a check. Crowdsourcing is creating new forms of philanthropy globally, giving donors more choice and a stronger connection to the projects they fund.

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Ever Wonder Why Nobody Goes to Town Council Meetings? Meet the Folks Who Are Changing That.

NationSwell

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Very few people go to city council meetings. MindMixer, a tech startup company, increased civic participation in states across the U.S., with online platforms for city officials and the community to discuss ideas.

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The American Dream Isn't Dead. This Is How Immigrant Families Are Achieving It

NationSwell

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Instituto del Progreso Latino, a vocational school in Chicago, is comprehensively helping Latino immigrants living in the U.S. educate themselves, find professional work, and rise above poverty.

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How To Turn Adult Education Into Careers, Quickly

NPR

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When adults want to return to school, they face many challenges including the experience of long waitlists for classes, and poor relevance to the job skills they need for future employment. The Washington state community college system has started the Integrated Basic Education and Skills Traini...

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In Egypt, Sowing Seeds of Gender Equality

The New York Times

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Muslim women in Egypt are expected to marry young and to stay close to home, and if they do not, they can be subjected to abuse or heavy criticism by men in the household. Save the Children’s Choices program offers educational workshop sessions for boys and girls, ages 10 to 14, which help them e...

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New concept for high school, built on trust, pays off

Fayetteville Observer

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A private high school in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is mimicking a college campus as part of an effort to help kids succeed in college. By trusting the students and giving them autonomy they have also reduced bad behavior.

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'Recovery is work; work is recovery'

Newark Advocate

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Research shows that successful addiction recovery requires a comprehensive approach and multiple types of support. Ohio is in the midst of shifting its approach to vocational rehabilitation to an evidence-based approach focusing on providing close employment support, rapid job search and placemen...

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A career close to home: Taos nursing program a model of workforce development

The Taos News

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A UNM-Taos nursing program has been touted by the college and the hospital as a great example of workforce development in a community that has long struggled with economic development. As leaders continue to look for ways to diversify the economy beyond low-paying tourism and service industry gig...

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Officials: ‘Woman's state' curbs domestic violence

Corpus Christi Caller Times

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In St. Paul, one of Minnesota’s collective approaches to solutions in action — dubbed The Blueprint for Safety — is a foundation of laws that adapt to the proliferation of domestic violence in the state and successful efforts of marrying the advocate community with the criminal justice system.

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