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A Safe Haven in Cartoon Confidants

The New York Times

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Children coming from abusive households are often reluctant to discuss their past experiences. A Mexican foundation is using animated characters to help abused and ill children speak about their lives.

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Camcorders For Justice

Intelligent Life

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In India, videos made about the many social problems are secretly broadcasted in different villages to make people aware of the real problem and also aware of what they can do to fix it.

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Curbing Online Abuse Isn't Impossible. Here's Where We Start

Wired

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Harassment on the internet is more accepted but just as harmful as it is in person. RiotGames, a game publisher, decreased abuse by enabling its gaming members to decide and enforce community norms.

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Escaping the Cycle of Scarcity

The New York Times

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Poor people are less likely to make smart financial decisions. New research in the U.S., says this is not about intelligence but rather about a brain being overwhelmed with issues related to poverty.

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Fighting Bullying With Babies

The New York Times

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

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For Better Crime Prevention, a Dose of Science

The New York Times

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Crime is a result of many underlying social issues, but crime labs, like the one in New York, are studying which simple solutions will have the most impact in their city.

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Friends in Revolution

The New York Times

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Social media users have encouraged their friends and followers to take part in social revolutions; however, the social media platforms have not effectively brought people into actual high-risk situations to change the political system. Different social media platforms offer different kinds of im...

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Good News Beats Bad on Social Networks

The New York Times

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Broadcast and printed news offers more coverage on suffering, war, and chaos. However, social media has altered the expectations of news by empowering individuals to spread positive news and emotions that reflects their own identities.

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Hard Times for Recess

The New York Times

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and increased bullying have drastically cut back on recess in recent years. An an Oakland-based nonprofit organizati...

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Evolving a City

On Being

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David Sloan Wilson takes what he knows about evolution and applies it to social groups in his hometown of Binghamton to show how people can live at their best for the good of the whole. He discusses how cities and communities can be improved in favor of social cooperation by applying the ingredie...

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