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Bringing products and services to new people, in new markets, in new ways. From developing medicines for neglected diseases to delivering contraceptives via aerial drones, these solutions focus on providing services to those in need. By expanding marketing and distribution, reducing costs, and rewriting rules in pursuit of equality, changemakers broaden the reach of their innovations, extending access to all.

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Do We Need Police To Curb LA's Traffic Violence? Some Cities Are Saving Lives Without Them

LAist

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Five years after Los Angeles launched its Vision Zero program to reduce traffic fatalities, the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists killed on city streets have soared. By relying too heavily on the racially fraught and often ineffective practice of police stops of vehicles, and by not spending en...

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Waiving Regulations for Affordable Housing Shows Results in Austin

Next City

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Affordable housing requirements for developers were eased in Austin through legislation known as Affordability Unlocked. As a result of less stringent parking, set-back and height codes, developers are able to maximize the number of units per building and deliver a bigger impact per project. Thes...

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The state's emergency child-care centers kept COVID-19 in check. Here's how

The Boston Globe

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Emergency child-care centers in Massachusetts have recorded only a small handful of cases of COVID-19 due to strict adherence to safety measures. Most notably, the centers have implemented a combination of contact tracing and mandatory two-week quarantine for anyone who could have been exposed, w...

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The Shared Spaces program: a crisis-driven experiment that could permanently change San Francisco's urban landscape

Mission Local

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The Shared Spaces program is a pandemic-driven initiative that increases outdoor dining space in commercial areas. The initiative made the permit process more user friendly and less expensive. Over 1,200 outdoor dining applications were approved in three months, which is more than the city approv...

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This Philly charter school is trying to grow the ranks of Black male teachers

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Data shows that nationally only 2% of public-school teachers are Black men. To fill that gap, Boys’ Latin, a charter school in Philadelphia, launched a program that creates teaching positions for Black men who want to teach. Research shows that having Black teachers in the classroom decreases ...

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How to prevent drowning

BBC

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Three projects show how effective national strategies can be to reduce accidental drownings, which kill an estimated 320,000 people worldwide each year. In Israel, artificial intelligence software processes video feeds from beaches to alert lifeguards to emergencies. The three African nations sha...

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Scientists work in Arizona to reshape desert food production

Arizona Daily Star

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In an experimental garden in Arizona, scientists are seeing how to produce sustainable and local food in a desert environment. They’re growing plants under a photovoltaic “canopy” of solar panels that provide necessary shade for the crops and, at the same time, generate cheap, renewable energy fo...

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‘Vigilantes' on a mission to reunite owners with their stolen bikes

The Guardian

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Facebook groups are reuniting bicycle-theft victims with their property by creating a place to report thefts and alerting others to be on the lookout for the bikes. A pandemic-inspired boom in bicycling, as a means to avoid public transportation, has fed a concurrent boom in bike thefts. Police p...

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Program offers alternative to calling police

Rockford Register Star

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For 31 years, CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out On The Streets) has used unarmed medics and crisis intervention experts to respond to mental health and other non-violent crises, saving money and preventing potentially violent reactions that can result from having police respond first. No eff...

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The US police department that decided to hire social workers

The Guardian

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When Alexandria, Kentucky's police chief realized how many of his officers' calls were for mental health crises or minor interpersonal disputes, and then how many of these unresolved problems resulted in repeat 911 calls, he hired a social worker to follow up with people to offer health and socia...

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