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Crisis Text Line has counseled teens through nearly 2 million problems. Here's how this idea got its start.

TED Blog

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Crisis Text Line is a counseling system via text—a comfortable medium for teens. It allows counselors to ask for backup and collects data for research.

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Depressed? Try Therapy Without the Therapist

The New York Times

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MoodGYM is an online program targeted to help those suffering from depression for whom it is a challenge to access therapy because of location or the stigma it carries.

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Five Cheap Ways Tech Is Transforming Classrooms

Bright Magazine

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Low budget schools, across the U.S., are having students use their smartphones as learning tools inside and outside the classroom. At no extra cost they can incorporate technology into the curriculum.

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Freelance Nation: “The Greatest Economic Transformation in Human History”?

WNYC

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The 2008 recession’s job losses spurred a development of a Do-It-Yourself economy. With the advent of Uber, Etsy, Airbnb, and others, the marketplace has become full of micro-entrepreneurs who thrive with independent web-assisted businesses.

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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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Mothers-to-Be Are Getting the Message

The New York Times

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An average of 28,000 children born in the U.S. each year die before their first birthday – and many more face disabilities and serious life-long health problems, often because they are born prematurely or at low birth weights. A free service, text4baby, delivers crucial health advice via text mes...

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How to Cut the Prison Population (See for Yourself)

The New York Times

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Prisons in the United States are overcrowded with many non-violent offenders and the cost to keep them in jail consumes public budgets. Criminal justice reform has attracted bipartisan interest with diverse proposals to aid adjust the incarceration rate. The Urban Institute has developed an inter...

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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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Is there such thing as an affordable lawyer?

The Atlantic

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In the United States, legal costs have become prohibitively high. Several solutions—such as Rocket Lawyer, which provides counsel via the phone, or such as in the Netherlands, where non-lawyers can provide legal advice—may remedy the situation.

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It's Not Just Nice to Share, It's the Future

The New York Times

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New York City’s brand-new Citi Bike program is not just a bike share. It’s the city’s contribution to the new sharing economy, in which people don’t buy things, but buy access to things.

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