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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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Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

WNYC

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent web-assisted businesses.

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In Aleppo, cell phones are helping some desperate Syrians find clean water

Public Radio International (PRI)

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In war zones, people have a difficult time finding clean water and safe areas to inhabit. Social media, smart phones, and technology applications are aiding in people’s survival. In Aleppo, Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross posted a map on Facebook to show alternative sources o...

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Can Cell Phones Improve Latinas' Health?

Color Lines

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When Latina immigrant women arrive in the United States, they face the language barrier as well as confusion and anxiety without the internet as a resource to learn about different services available to them. Únete Latina is a program run by Latinas that sends mobile phone texts to immigrant wome...

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Shipping Containers Are Having a Second Life as Mini Farms

TakePart

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The demand for growing fresh fruits and vegetables presents a problem for schools, restaurants, and organizations that do not have the space, resources, or labor for greenhouses. Different companies are now repurposing old shipping containers to make hydroponic systems for growing food, in additi...

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Teaching citizens how to shoot better video when they witness brutality

PBS NewsHour

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With human injustices affecting people on the streets around the world, camera phones have become important tools to document crimes. However, the video may not adequately capture the crime to be persuasive in court. The global organization WITNESS has formed as Video As Evidence Program to instr...

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Syria's War on Doctors

The New Yorker

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In Syria, medical personnel are at risk of death as hospitals are frequent targets of bombing. With few medical specialists treating an assortment of injuries and diseases under the most dangerous circumstances, doctors began an underground network. This network installs cameras in hospital rooms...

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Mothers-to-Be Are Getting the Message

The New York Times

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An average of 28,000 children born in the U.S. each year die before their first birthday – and many more face disabilities and serious life-long health problems, often because they are born prematurely or at low birth weights. A free service, text4baby, delivers crucial health advice via text mes...

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