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Crowdfunding Clean Energy

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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

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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.

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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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Guiding Families to a Fair Day in Court

The New York Times

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Millions of families of arrested individuals do not know what to do to help, how to obtain a lawyer, or what the process entails in the court system. Created by Albert Cobarrubius Justice Project, participatory defense is a type of community organizing that teaches and empowers people who face cr...

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Helping Brazil’s Poor Heal at Home

The New York Times

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• Physical illnesses trigger and exacerbate poverty because costs are too high to treat them. The Associação Saúde Criança in Rio de Janeiro counsels poor, urban families with ill children. Volunteers assist families with food, medicine, vocational training, housing, legal aid, among other servic...

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When Lenders Won’t Listen

The New York Times

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In part, miscommunication between bankers, brokers and homeowners created the 2008 economic crisis. Protection laws mandating better labeling and trusted third-party intermediaries could improve communication and help prevent another crisis.

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When Poverty Makes You Sick, a Lawyer Can Be the Cure

The New York Times

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Being poor can make you sick because of where you work, live and eat. Medical-legal partnerships, in hospitals U.S. cities, are attacking these social determinants through legal aid to the poor, often class-action lawsuits.

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Why American Cities Are Fighting to Attract Immigrants

The Atlantic

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Despite their stigma, foreign-born populations are helping the economy of U.S. cities. Welcoming America is a national network of organizations that preach the economic upside of immigration and in this way attract immigrants to certain cities and improve their experience.

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Why are low income students not showing up to college, even though they have been accepted?

The Hechinger Report

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Forty percent of low-income students accepted to college never start school because of a fear of debt and feelings they don't belong. A New York college access organization is using peer-mentoring to help perspective students jump over the hurtles.

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How Former Prisoners are Set up to Fail, Especially if They're Women

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A Department of Justice study reported that about 75 percent of those released in 2005 were rearrested, and women prisoners often have a harder time re-entering society after release. A New Way of Life (ANWOL) is a Los Angeles transitional living facility that has helped more than 750 women stay ...

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