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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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A Community in Guanacaste Decided to Change the Destiny of Endangered Turtles

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When a people in Playa El Jobo, La Cruz realized that their beaches were home to sea turtle eggs, they took action to protect the species by joining together. What started as a neighborhood effort to patrol the beaches has now turned into a successful NGO that collects data for research purposes ...

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Making Space for Worship in the 21st Century

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With the aim of providing a space for congregations without a space to worship, Church Space created “co-churching” spaces that offer a room, lighting, musical instruments, a PA system and other amenities for rent. A congregation books the space for a Sunday time slot and has access during a week...

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In Britain, a Team Effort to Help Local News Survive

The New York Times

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A percentage of the licensing fee paid by British television watchers to BBC is now being earmarked to support the salaries of reporters. In order to receive funding, newsrooms must assign staff paid by these funds to a local beat.

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Dear Internet: Goats In Sweaters Are Cuter Than Kittens In Mittens

NPR

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A calendar featuring goats wearing warm clothing has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in Varanasi, India. The creative gimmick draws on the power of large numbers of small donations, similar to the ice bucket challenge supporting ALS research.

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How to make a carbon tax popular? Give the proceeds to the people

The Guardian

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After decades of forest devastation coupled with harsh winters, Canada was facing an uncertain future as climate change realities came into focus. To mitigate the damage, the country's government made the decisive move of implementing a carbon tax that not only taxed fossil fuel emissions, but in...

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Guild Education’s twist on college is working for cashiers, sales clerks and others who abandoned the idea of a college degree

The Colorado Sun

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By partnering with employers in the service industry and Silicon Valley investors, Guild Education, an innovative Denver, Colorado-based startup, helps adults in service-level jobs attend college at a significantly discounted rate. Some think this arrangement could soon "become as ubiquitous as 4...

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What Burkina Faso can teach us about scaling up early childhood programs

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A pilot of a cash transfer program in rural Burkina Faso not only produced valuable research but, by involving government officials from the get-go, developed local expertise that was invaluable for the later launch of a national program. "The major challenge for scaling in early childhood is imp...

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Social impact bonds are helping solve South Africa's toughest challenges

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Social impact bonds are providing a relatively new way of improving health and education outcomes in developing countries. While these have been used successfully in the developing world, South Africa is relatively new its use of social impact bonds, which use a “pay for success” model to spur in...

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This Swedish Mall Is The World’s First Ever Secondhand Shopping Center

The Huffington Post

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ReTuna, a new Swedish shopping mall, features exclusively items that are used, secondhand, or made sustainably. The mall is hoping to help consumers save money, as well as decrease waste and improve the shopping experience for secondhand goods. It is also employing many immigrants through a gover...

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A DU student withdrew from school to change the charity world, quarter by quarter

The Colorado Sun

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A web browser extension called PocketChange allows people to donate small amounts of money to social causes and have their donations matched by “cause-aligned” brands. The software taps into the desire of news readers and social media users to take action in the moment that they learn about socia...

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