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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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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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Oklahoma schools district offers insight as EPISD, YISD consider shutting schools

El Paso Times

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to mindfully close under-utilized schools and better maximize the community's resource...

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On Gay Rights, Moving Real-Life Friends to Action

The New York Times

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage of Gay Marriage Equality. It may be an indicator for how powerful platforms like ...

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How This Teen's Quest to Define 'Sustainability' Changed State Law

The Tyee

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Hawaii private school students were taught about ecological sustainability; however, public school students were not. One high school student wrote a school essay on sustainability, and convinced Hawaii’s legislature to pass a resolution requiring that every Hawaii student learn the meaning of th...

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Reclaiming ‘We the People,’ One Person at a Time

The New York Times

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Retreat programs can improve self-awareness and understanding of others. The Center for Courage & Renewal creates safe environments for people to speak honestly with each other, something Parker J. Palmer says is needed to de-polarize society.

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Putting Charities to the Test

The New York Times

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For most well-meaning donors, it can be difficult to calculate which charities are most effective with their funding - that is those that aim to solve the most serious problems, use interventions that work, employ cost-effective strategies, are competent and honest, and can make good use of each ...

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How to Topple a Dictator (Peacefully)

The New York Times

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around the world to accomplish political goals, such as fighting corruption or protecting...

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From Young Adult Book Fans to Wizards of Change

The New York Times

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist groups that raise awareness of global hunger, reading, and relief supplies to impov...

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What a Little Land Can Do

The New York Times

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In many parts of the world, not owning one's own land is more directly correlated to poverty than other factors such as illiteracy, but land reform is controversial, difficult, and expensive. A new program called Landesa is having success in India through a non-confiscatory model that gives famil...

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