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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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He Spent a Decade in the System. Now He's Keeping People Out of Prison.

Global Citizen

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After years in prison, Coss Marte opened a fitness company run by and for formerly incarcerated people. The business, ConBody, was born out the passion he found for fitness while incarcerated and from the near impossibility of finding employment upon release. Beyond providing employment, Marte ha...

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Snapchat Surgery: The Doctors Sending Video Updates Mid-Operation

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When loved ones undergo surgery, the more information that they have access to, the better supported they often feel. To increase efficiency while also improving information access, nearly 60 hospitals across the nation have begun using the Electronic Access to Surgical Events which sends secure,...

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Baby Steps Toward Guaranteed Incomes and Racial Justice

The New York Times

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A pilot program in Jackson, Mississippi is providing a cohort of 20 single black mothers with a guaranteed income of $1000 a month as part of their "radical resident-driven approach." While the experiment is still in the middle stages, it is already changing the lives of the women involved - and ...

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This Simple Tap Could Save Thousands of Lives in the Next Disaster

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Following a disastrous flood to Kerala, India, the Rotary Club of Greater Cochin installed a new water tap technology to prevent the spread of bacteria and germs. The Intewa AQUALOOP Tap works without electricity to filter greywater and rainwater, and can clean over 1 gallon per minute. The techn...

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Changing How You Think Helps The Transition From Prisoner Back To Citizen

NPR

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For people reentering society after prison, the Reentry Initiative offers them the services and support they need. The program, housed at California State San Bernardino, provides former inmates the tools they need to avoid recidivism and rebuild their lives. Some of the classes offered are compu...

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Yoga class while waiting for refills? CVS tests new “health hubs”

FastCompany

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CVS is expanding their coverage from beyond just selling medical supplies to also offering on-site medical assessments as well as nutrition and wellness classes to address a growing population of people that don't have a primary care doctor. “We refer to this care concierge as the Geek Squad for ...

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The traffic solution most cities haven't tried

Vox

Video / 5-15 Minutes

Cities across the world have implemented “congestion pricing” – meaning that cars in high-traffic areas will have to pay a fee to drive within those limits. New York City is one of the most recent cities to potentially implement this approach in its attempt to reduce congestion and encourage walk...

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Fishermen fight to survive on the world's second largest lake

National Geographic

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To reduce illegal fishing on Lake Victoria, Uganda overhauled management systems and sent in soldiers, who seized and burned illicit gear. Fish stocks appear to be rebounding, and outside investors are bringing in new development. However, some poor fishers lost their livelihoods and houses, and ...

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'It changes the way you see everything': the shocking film about gerrymandering

The Guardian

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In a time of extreme division in American politics, one documentary is highlighting an issue both sides agree is an issue--gerrymandering. As contorted districts have made elections pointless in many Michigan elections, the grassroots group Voters Not Politicians, featured in a recent documentary...

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House Calls Can Lead to Dramatically Better Health Outcomes Among the Elderly

Pacific Standard

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House calls are not new to the medicine field, but they are becoming more predominant as doctors look for ways to expand access to those that aren't able to make it into an office. Focusing mostly on "disabled, chronically ill, elderly, and other at-risk populations," doctors are utilizing techno...

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