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Practicing Human Centered Design

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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The psychiatrist helping mentally ill people left to wander India's streets

The Guardian

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In India, many of the homeless population suffer from undiagnosed mental illnesses, but a local psychiatrist is addressing the problem by treating their illnesses and reuniting them with their families. The psychiatrist, who started a foundation with his wife to tackle this issue, houses and trea...

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LGBTQ Asylum Seekers Face Layered Marginalization, So These Four Organizations Are Here to Help

Teen Vogue

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LGBTQ asylum seekers face a unique set of problems coming to the United States, often from places where gender expression and sexuality are strictly regulated. Four organizations across the US, Mexico, and Canada are filling this unique niche. For example, AsylumConnect created an app of resource...

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Can Calbright reinvent online community college?

Education Dive

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With $100 million in funds from California's state legislature, a group is launching an online community college targeted at adult learners. The college is unique for its focus on skill-based learning in lieu of traditional degree-based learning and its mobile learning options that allow students...

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Drive-thru brothels: why cities are building 'sexual infrastructure'

The Guardian

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Attitudes towards the legalization of sex work are changing around the world, and now some cities have even started considering public spaces for sex work while developing urban infrastructure plans. From Cologne, Germany (where there are "sex drive-throughs" that are equipped with safety feature...

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College dreams often melt away in summer months. ‘Near-peer' counseling is helping keep them alive.

The Hechinger Report

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A "near-peer" mentoring program offers a promising model for similar initiatives working to prevent "summer melt" for low-income students in the summer between their graduation from high school and arrival at college. College-age mentors provide in-person coaching and respond to texts about finan...

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Using virtual reality to help students with disabilities

The Hechinger Report

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In the Danvers, Massachusetts, school district, virtual reality technology allows students with disabilities to walk through the hallways of their middle school before the first day of classes or take field trips at their own pace as part of life skills classes. The district's technology director...

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Do plastic bag taxes or bans curb waste? 400 cities and states tried it out.

Vox

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective strategy with less unintended consequences, as banning often leads to a sharp in...

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This land is their land

Searchlight New Mexico

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The Outdoor Equity Fund in New Mexico introduces troubled youth across the state to exploration in nature as a sort of informal therapy and mental retreat. The Fund - a first of it's kind across the nation - distributes resources and funding to local outdoor and youth-centered nonprofits to sprea...

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CU Anschutz unveils out-of-home gun storage map to help improve safety, prevent suicide

Denver7

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For individuals wanting to store their guns outside of their homes, they can now find a space using the Colorado Gun Storage Map. The interactive tool was developed in collaboration between the Colorado School of Public Health, the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and the Colorado Safet...

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West Marin tenants benefit from second-unit program

Marin Independent Journal

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A program run by the Community Land Trust Association of West Marin uses government vouchers to encourage landlords to create additional affordable housing units with extra rooms in their home. The program, which primarily focuses on "junior accessory dwelling units" that offer small but low-pric...

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