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Overcoming the Big Challenges

Showing how to solve problems innovators face. Certain challenges—questions of scaling and impact, measurement and evaluation—are endemic to social entrepreneurship. These stories illustrate how changemakers are addressing those challenges, and whether they’re finding success.

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How the CARES Act Forgot America's Most Vulnerable Hospitals

ProPublica

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The CARES Act was meant to help small businesses, including hospitals, find financial stability during the coronavirus pandemic, but confusing guidelines and a lack of oversight have impeded the success. This reality has been especially difficult for rural hospitals, some of which "have left mill...

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How West Virginia Became a U.S. Leader in Vaccine Rollout

The New York Times

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Prior to the COVID-19 vaccinations being rolled out to states, West Virginia preemptively opted out of the federal distribution plan that relied on CVS and Walgreens and instead partnered local pharmacies with long-term care facilities to vaccinate residents. The state's control over distribution...

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2 Years After Legalizing Cannabis, Has Canada Kept Its Promises?

The New York Times

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Since Canada legalized recreational use of marijuana two years ago, prosecutions for possession of small amounts of the drug have all but disappeared, erasing a major racial disparity in Canadian law enforcement. But other aspects of the country's plan for racial equity to flow from legalization ...

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Is There a Better Way to Collect Data on Homelessness?

Bloomberg

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A campaign to end housing instability is counting on frequent data collection to provide a clearer insight into the reality and needs of those living on the streets. “Built for Zero” aims to replace the current federal HUD model which consists of a single annual physical count of the unhoused. Th...

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The Free Hotline That's Saving Women's Lives by Disarming Dangerous Men

Medium

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The Calm Hotline takes calls from men in Bogotá, Colombia, in an effort to address the root causes of domestic violence: a culture of machismo. Four psychologists take emergency calls – about 700 calls came in the service's first month – and works to refer the callers to an eight-week "gender tra...

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Still Can't Breathe: How NYPD Officers Continue to Use Chokeholds on Civilians

The City

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New York Police Department banned chokeholds in 1993, to prevent unnecessary injury and death. The practice has been scrutinized especially closely since the 2014 death of Eric Garner. But despite hundreds of complaints alleging the forbidden use of chokeholds, no NYPD officer has been fired for ...

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A Florida Study Showed How to Save Energy at Home. Why Aren't More Cities and States Following Suit?

Next City

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A pilot energy retrofit project in Florida has shown that these upgrades for homeowners ultimately saves them money and energy, and can be made accessible to people from all types of socioeconomic backgrounds. This private-public partnership retrofitted 56 single-family homes, some with “shallow”...

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After shootings hit new high, Durham to spend $935,000 on an alternative to police

The News & Observer

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Because two Durham neighborhoods using the Cure Violence method of "violence interruption" bucked the citywide trend toward higher gun violence, the city will expand its Bull City United violence-prevention program to four more neighborhoods. The additional $935,488 cost will pay for 16 employees...

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Simple change to fishing gear saves thousands of birds in Namibia

The Guardian

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Tens of thousands of vulnerable bird species have been saved over the last decade thanks to new equipment that has been installed by Namibian fishing boats. By fitting colorful hosepipe to lines towed behind boats, a study has shown that birds are scared away and don’t end up getting tangled in t...

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How one California preschool program is helping youngest learners with math

EdSource

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Educators at the Lighthouse for Children Child Development Center piloted a 45-minute, weekly, math zoom session for toddlers. Parents attend the zoom lesson, and they are taught by educators. The program can offer some lessons in how to teach toddlers math virtually.

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