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Using Creative Financing

Harnessing the power of economics and investment. These solutions take advantage of money, not only in its ability to fund programs but also as a means of giving people autonomy and the power to solve the challenges they face in the ways they see fit. From providing freed slaves in Thailand with cash grants to offering small loans to businesswomen in developing countries, these solutions take advantage of the incentives, power, and leverage of finance.

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When Public School Starts at Age 3

The New York Times

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In Washington D.C., public preschool teachers are paid similar salaries to public elementary school teachers and each pre-K site receives Head Start funding. The system, which starts with three-year-olds, is getting early results.

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For-profit philanthropy: Portland labor supply business expanding to other states

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A company in Portland, Maine works to "dignify temp-work" through the employment of former convicts, addicts, and other individuals in rough transitional phases of life. The company operates as a for-profit business working for social good and facilitates a daily meeting for workers to check in w...

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California Tests a Digital ‘Fire Alarm' for Mental Distress

The New York Times

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In a statewide, multi-business effort, California is working to identify a way to use technology to intervene in mental crises through the use of psychiatric apps. Acting as an early warning system, the piloting of these apps has allowed for collaboration between state officials, the app engineer...

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As Massachusetts looks to boost electric vehicle adoption, Norway offers a model

Energy News Network

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Financial incentives in Norway have contributed in a huge switch to electric vehicles. By eliminating certain taxes and tolls, drivers of electric vehicles reap financial benefits. Improved infrastructure in recent years has contributed to the widespread adoption, as well. Massachusetts is lookin...

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'It has transformed my life': the restaurant where all staff have a disability

The Guardian

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A haute cuisine restaurant in the Spanish city of Jerez offers employment only for people with disabilities who are left out of the mainstream workforce. The restaurant employs 20 people with conditions ranging from Down's syndrome to cerebral palsy, and they say that they are treated just like a...

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School turns old buses into mobile cafes for students

The Denver Channel

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Across America, there is a food insecurity problem that increasingly impacts children as they head into summer breaks from school. To address the gap that is created during this time, a school district in Denver, Colorado has turned to recycling out-of-use school buses into mobile cafes that are ...

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The latest YouTube craze? Videos that show you what it's like to live in prison.

Washington Post

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As former inmates face the immense challenge of finding employment post-incarceration, some have turned to YouTube as a way of turning their stories into financial security. With just a handful of prison channels garnering upwards of 2.1 million subscribers, the successful videos give viewers a r...

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Plastic with a Purpose

The Philadelphia Citizen

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A new social enterprise called rePurpose asks consumers to estimate their plastic usage and pay to offset it. Then, the organization funds worker cooperatives in India that provide more stable employment and pay for workers in the recycling industry. Still in its early stages, rePurpose hopes to...

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The green bank for kids - set up by a child

The Guardian

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José Adolfo Quisocala is no ordinary 14 year old. He started a bank to teach local children to save money, and he is able to help them make money through a recycling program that rewards those who contribute paper and plastic. So far he works with 2,000 children and seven schools, with more deman...

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How Wyoming manages to keep its rural schools open

PBS NewsHour

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In Wyoming, the state's school funding model recaptures money from affluent districts and reallocates it to districts with fewer resources. This unique and heralded system has allowed Wyoming to keep the doors of its rural, one-room rural schoolhouses, which often are a key part of a communities'...

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