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Customizing and tailoring solutions to meet a person or a community’s needs. In developing solutions, changemakers employ human-centered design, meeting people where they are at, employing behavioral economics, and identifying cases of positive deviance. Sometimes they even employ humor, exemplifying a technique that takes into account existing and natural behavior.

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Mutual aid networks find roots in communities of color

Associated Press

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Although many mutual aid networks have formed to serve a need during the coronavirus pandemic, the concept has been in practice for centuries and has "deep roots in communities of color." While these grassroots community efforts aren't always referred to as mutual aid, they have nonetheless come ...

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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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Cleveland learning pods help ESL learners during remote learning, but space, funding are limited

The Land

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Learning pods are helping students in Cleveland access a safe and supportive space to complete their virtual school lessons during the coronavirus pandemic. Although space is limited at the centers and they can't replace the social benefits of in-person schooling, the students who have attended a...

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More Dayton residents have conflict during COVID-19. Mediation comes to the rescue.

Dayton Daily News

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In Dayton, neighbor disputes and other conflicts ended up in mediation far more often in 2020, thanks to the Dayton Mediation Center's online services at a time when local court operations were limited by the pandemic. A 23% increase in cases can be seen as both bad news and good: more conflicts ...

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Trying to improve remote learning? A refugee camp offers some surprising lessons

The Hechinger Report

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Hello Future is a non-profit teaching digital literacy at a refugee camp in Iraq. The program aims to teach refugees aged 13-18 marketable skills, and does so through "mobile-first" initiatives, where "90% of the program is taught on a phone," coupled with in-person classes, where students learn ...

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Give Housing, Save Money

Eugene Weekly

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Providing people with housing and then giving them the services they need to stay housed is also a very effective way to save tax-payer money. Reducing chronic homeless through programs like The Madrone Project helps keep the unhoused healthier, reducing their trips to the ER, and also saves tax ...

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World in Progress: Colombian women access tele-abortions during pandemic

Deutsche Welle (DW)

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In Colombia – where having an abortion can be stigmatizing, in some cases illegal, and now even more difficult due to the coronavirus pandemic – a clinic has set up a national hotline to help women who are up to 10 weeks pregnant aaccess to safe abortions at home. So far, the clinic has connected...

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A Tiny Public Housing Authority Offered Residents the Vaccine. Could Others Follow Suit?

Next City

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A small public housing authority in Rhode Island took the initiative to develop a methodology to administer the COVID-19 vaccine once the city began to offer the vaccine publicly. While a significant number of the residents had signed up to receive the vaccine, this number increased after the may...

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‘Peer Respites' Provide an Alternative to Psychiatric Wards During Pandemic

Kaiser Health News

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As the coronavirus pandemic forces people into isolation and social distancing, places known as "peer respites" are providing a space for those "experiencing or nearing a mental health crisis" to seek help. While the peer respites don't offer clinical care by licensed mental healthcare profession...

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How Singapore Has Kept the Coronavirus Off Campus

The New York Times

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Singapore's aggressive pandemic response in conjunction with strict university rules has helped keep campuses free of COVID-19 cases so far. As a country, free testing and medical care has ensured that positive cases can be isolated quickly, while at the university level, the use of technology, z...

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