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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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‘I'm not the only one who has a mom in jail': Camp reunites locked-up mothers with their kids

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

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Wisconsin’s Camp Reunite is bringing together women experiencing incarceration with their children. The camp was hosted at Taycheedah, a correctional facility in Fond du Lac, WI, and while the kids were there had less security and more carnival games. Parental incarceration has a strong effect on...

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With Rural Health Care Stretched Thin, More Patients Turn To Telehealth

NPR

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Almost a quarter of rural Americans surveyed by NPR had used a telehealth service in the past few years. While new technologies are allowing remote patients to gain new access to healthcare, lack of broadband service and outdated insurance policies are making it hard for more widespread adoption.

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How grassroots partnerships are working toward long-term food security

Columbia Missourian

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Overcoming the causes of social isolation plays a crucial role in combating food insecurity. From faith-based community meals paired with job programs in Branson, to food recycling initiatives that tap into local markets in Kansas, multiple organizations across Missouri and the United States are ...

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Campus Thrift Stores

The Philadelphia Citizen

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Recycling and repurposing second hand items helps to reduce a community’s carbon footprint. At Bard College in New York, the FreeUse Store collects second hand items from students and redistributes them free of charge to members of the community. Run by the university’s Office of Sustainably, the...

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Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help

The New York Times

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Across the United States, barbershops, laundromats, libraries, and other civic institutions are collaborating to provide more "informal" spaces for kids to practice their reading skills. The initiatives are often located in community gathering spots in economically distressed areas, and help chi...

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Residents turn detective to fight crime

BBC

Podcast / Over 15 Minutes

A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license plate cameras that aren’t monitored by the local police or governments, rather,...

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Camden PowerCorps Recruits Youth to Green the City

CivicStory

Video / 5-15 Minutes

PowerCorps is a program that provides job training for young adults in Camden, New Jersey. It matches participants with opportunities to improve the green infrastructure in the community and is supported by the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority. The ultimate goal is to connect PowerCorp...

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Car but no home? Safe parking lots spread across West Coast.

The Christian Science Monitor

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In California and other western states, where the number of people experiencing homelessness has increased dramatically, some nonprofits are offering up parking lots as a place for those who live in their cars to stay safely overnight. While the programs are clearly a temporary measure, they offe...

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The schoolchildren confronting speeding motorists

BBC

Broadcast TV News / Under 3 Minutes

In London, a new initiative called Junior Roadwatch is engaging children as traffic safety enforcers. Around one particularly busy and dangerous section of road, drivers who are caught speeding have two options: get a ticket or be questioned by a group of school-aged children. While newly develop...

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Doctor smartphone and other tales from the bedroom

Bhekisisa

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Teenagers and young adults across Africa are using myPaddi, an app that allows the user to ask medical questions from the privacy of their own home. Eliminating stigma as well as information that is often derived from a religious or cultural angle, the app is helping bridge the gap between patien...

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