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Big Ideas in Social Change, 2014

The New York Times

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A overview of 2014's Fixes columns - connecting the dots between 60 or so ways that people are trying to change the world.

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Denmark Might Be Winning The Global Race To Prevent Food Waste

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To decrease the nations food waste, activists in Denmark showed the people that it was safe buy and consume items that were very recently expired.

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For Striving Students, a Connection to Money

The New York Times

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Government benefits to aid the poor are frequently left unclaimed, leaving children hungry, young people unable to finish school, and opportunities for stable housing and preventative health care unused. New York City-based program Single Stop connects people to benefits for which they may be eli...

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New Mortgage Program Helps Cambodia's Poor Find Better Homes

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An innovative program by an unusual bank allows low-income people in Cambodia to take out a 15-year fixed mortgage with little or no documentation - contradicting traditional loan assumptions and creating means for some of the country's poorest people to completely change their lives. The bank an...

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New Orleans ends veteran homelessness

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's homeless veterans. The city's success in providing homes for every single veteran ...

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How the Local Food Economy Is Challenging Big Food

Next City

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In an agricultural system designed for big-industrial growers, many farmers struggle to bridge the relationship between their produce and consumers, as well as strengthening local economies. The food hub is a collection of buildings that process and distribute the sale of local food. Eastern Mar...

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How to Feed the Hungry, Faster

The New York Times

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America is the world’s main supplier of food aid to impoverished countries; however, food aid has the problems of long-distance transportation, cost of the transportation and storage, and the navigation through dangerous zones. Different programs around the world are experimenting with alternati...

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How to Protect Foreign Aid? Improve It

The New York Times

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One of two columns on Cash on Delivery, a new, hands-off, no-bureaucracy method of foreign aid: countries set goals and get financial incentives and rewards only when they successfully meet them on-the-ground practical solutions, The concept comes from the Center for Global Development, and could...

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Helping the World's Poorest, for a Change

The New York Times

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Two columns on an important new development program, in use in at least 40 developing countries: give the poor cash payments, contingent on their use of health clinics and their children’s school attendance, to help break the cycle of poverty.

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Leading the Way Out of Debt

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If the rich need personalized financial advice and hands-on-help, poor people need it more. Neighborhood Trust, a nonprofit that provides financial advice to low-income New Yorkers, is the largest operator of New York City’s Financial Empowerment Centers which were established in June 2008.

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