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Attacking Root Causes

Solving problems by addressing the underlying factors. By digging deep and attacking the root causes of a problem, changemakers are able to treat the disease rather than just the symptoms. These solutions offer help to those in need, employ a comprehensive approach to problem-solving, and address the determinants that keep individuals and communities from succeeding.

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Chew On This: Farmers Are Using Food Waste To Make Electricity

NPR

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Food waste typically ends up on in landfills, which exacerbates climate change, but in Massachusettes, dairy farmers are converting the waste into electricity. Food waste from around the state is gathered, grinded and liquefied and then transported to an anaerobic digester on a dairy farm which i...

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In Addressing HIV, the U.S. Has a Lot to Learn From Namibia

Time

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There are over one million people in the United States living with HIV, reaching a crisis level in states such as Georgia; however, countries like Namibia are offering lessons for how to tackle the problem. By offering a community-centered approach that addresses underlying issues like poverty an...

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Philadelphia's new toy library lets families save money — and the environment — while forming a community

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Multi-Media / 800-1500 Words

The Rutabaga Toy Library in Philadelphia - which was born out of a borrowed idea from Austin, Texas - helps parents afford to checkout donated toys for their kids by offering low-price memberships to families in the surrounding area. The business addresses the common trend that enables parents to...

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The recycling program helping migrants cut down contamination in Melbourne's outer west

ABC News (American Broadcasting Company)

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Cities in Australia were facing a recycling problem, but realized it was related to a large migrant population and a language barrier with the word "recycling." To help address this problem Melbourne implemented the 'Waste Watcher' program, which provides hands-on education through recycling bi...

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This Turkish chef is fighting climate change with the help of Syrian refugees

Ensia

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The Turkish organization, Living Soil, Local Seed, is working with Turkish women and Syrian refugees to help rebuild and diversify the local agricultural system that was once thriving. Using local knowledge and surveys, the organization has gathered different varieties of native crops which it th...

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How San Diego law enforcement responds to mental health crises

ABC 10 (San Diego)

Broadcast TV News / 3-5 Minutes

In San Diego county, the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) provides mental health training to police officers. The team is comprised of mental health technicians who are present for 911 calls that involve individuals with mental health concerns and train officers in de-escalation, behavi...

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Ruff justice: Meet the dogs helping put child rapists behind bars

Bhekisisa

Podcast / 5-15 Minutes

A practice in Johannesburg is making the courtroom and trial process less scary for sexually abused children by letting them play the role of court officials alongside therapy dogs in a pretend court. The Teddy Bear Foundation, responsible for this role play activity, wants to children to be less...

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Breaking the cycle: Fulton's first all-female program works to address recidivism

Columbia Missourian

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The Fulton Community Supervision Center in Missouri provides trauma-informed, gender-specific care and services to women who face the risk of recidivism. Participants live at the center, where they receive services like cognitive behavioral therapy and classes that teach coping mechanisms and per...

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Revolutionary recycling? A new technology turns everyday trash into plastic treasure.

Washington Post

Multi-Media / 1500-3000 Words

A company in Israel is setting its sights on reducing plastic waste by converting garbage into pellets that can then be used in manufacturing plastic to create "everyday items like trays and packing crates." Although the approach has been met with some skepticism, the company has already shown pr...

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Houston, we have a solution: How the city curbed homelessness

The Christian Science Monitor

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Across the country, governments at every level are working to tackle homelessness. In Houston, connecting permanent housing to services has proven an effective strategy but it has required an increase in affordable housing stock and more strategic organization between non-profits and officials.

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