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At a YMCA Near You, a Course for a Diabetic Nation

The New York Times

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We know how to prevent diabetes - but the U.S, medical system, with its twisted priorities, doesn’t cover prevention. A new program at the YMCA aims to build structured, effective prevention measures.

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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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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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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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Fan Power: Hunger Is Not a Game, Revisited

The New York Times

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Large groups of people working together can keep corporate control in check. Fan clubs for Harry Potter and other hero-based series used the books as inspiration and the internet as a tool to influence American production studios.

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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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Girls Tweeting (Not Twerking) Their Way to Power

The New York Times

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Sexual assault, rape, and sexism are social problems that young women face and many feel powerless to create change. Non-profit organizations such as SPARK and WAM have trained teenage girls to be advocates for themselves. Online campaigns and social media have also made teenage girls feel empow...

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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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How Pinterest Is Revolutionizing Your Child's Classroom

Bright Magazine

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Colorful volumes of books have aided teaching for centuries; however, the scope of engagement in the internet age demands newer methods for pedagogy. Pinterest, a social media-constructed visual bulletin board, has become a venue in which teachers share their pinned visual media, lesson plans, an...

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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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