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Beyond Baby Mozart, Students Who Rock

The New York Times

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Why do schools teach music in a way that turns off so many young people rather than igniting their imagination? A program that taps into students’ passion for pop and rock is revitalizing music education in many schools.

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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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For Teenage Smokers, Removing the Allure of the Pack

The New York Times

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Adolescent smoking remains a challenging health problem because of the allure of cigarette branding. Australia is piloting the transformation of cigarette packaging with a generic look that reduces the appeal of smoking. In Florida, the Truth campaign has exposed that cigarette companies targete...

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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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Black Wounds Matter

The New Yorker

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Little attention is given to black men who are victims of gun violence but survive and need help. An organization in California is mobilizing all gun-violence victims to voice their opinion on criminal justice reform and support for victims.

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Why ‘Solutions Journalism' Matters, Too

The New York Times

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Crises and problems are well-covered in the media. When the media focuses instead on organizations that are doing social good, it has a better effect because then these organizations are more likely to receive support and expand their access.

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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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On the Web, a Revolution in Giving

The New York Times

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New crowdfunding options can help even the smallest donor's contributions to have a meaningful impact, bolstering a sense of personal involvement, maximizing knowledge about causes, and inspiring greater participation.

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Rock Is Not the Enemy

The New York Times

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Little Kids Rock has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. Despite a backlash from traditionalists, teaching children to play music they love doesn’t “dumb d...

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Puttin' on the Irish for Napa State Hospital mental patients a true delight

SFGate

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Napa State Hospital believes in providing dignity and morale to its patients through activities such as hosting live bands and holiday parties. Often, the volunteers get as much out of these events as the patients.

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