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A Change in the Weather on Wall Street

The New York Times

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Climate change has a political problem: the countries most affected by it are not the ones in a position to do anything. In many ways, the United States was unconcerned about the issue - until Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast and politicians started to pay attention.

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An Attack on Grameen Bank, and the Cause of Women

The New York Times

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The Grameen Bank became successful as the organization that won the Nobel Peace Prize for extending small loans to impoverished village women. Now, the Bangladeshi government’s power grab for the world’s biggest microlender hurts millions of poor, and threatens the gains made by the women who run...

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An Inclusive Emerging Economy, With Africa in the Lead

The New York Times

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In combatting poverty, a giant informal economic system has quietly emerged in Africa. Women participate in micro-finance organizations that loan money in order to allow them to create businesses and become self-managing.

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A Nonprofit Lender Revives the Hopes of Subprime Borrowers

The New York Times

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Many subprime borrowers in the United States are financially unable to buy a home themselves. An unconventional lender is trying to make it easier for low-income people to buy houses despite the tighter requirements that other lenders adopted after the mortgage bust.

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Beyond Profit: A Talk With Muhammad Yunus

The New York Times

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There is much debate about microfinance and whether it actually works. The founder of Grameen Bank, Muhammad Yunus, discusses the fight to eliminate poverty through his micro-lending bank and the future of social business.

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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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Boston: There's an App for That

Politico Magazine

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Boston had an issue with solving civic problems efficiently, and holding leadership accountable for it. But a new mobile app makes leaders accountable and, therefore, their systems more efficient.

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Can Government Play Moneyball?

The New York Times

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is an increasingly popular way to do so.

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Can We Fix the Climate by Being More Like Hawaii?

The Tyee

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The world is struggling with smart ways to confront climate change. Hawaii's '2050 plan' for sustainability, though, could be a good model for the rest of the world.

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Colombia's Data-Driven Fight Against Crime

The New York Times

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Colombia attempts to decrease murder and homicide rates by setting up curfews for teenagers, forcing bars to close earlier in the evening, and creating gun laws to prevent the carrying of weapons.

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