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Ecuador's indigenous Waorani launch petition to save the Amazon

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In order to fight oil extraction in their land, which the Ecuadorian government opened up for bidding, the Waorani community launched a petition. They also used GPS technology to create a an interactive map of the region they live in, so it can give a bigger picture of their home. "The only maps ...

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The simple voting reform that raises turnout wherever it’s tried

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Voting is easy when a ballot arrives in your mailbox. Vote-at-home increases turnout in all precincts and elections in which it’s available. It significantly outperforms all combinations of other innovations such as absentee ballots, early in-person voting, same-day registration and election-day ...

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An Honors College That Honors Grit

The New York Times

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Unlike the honors colleges at most universities, the Honors Living-Learning Community at Rutgers University-Newark recruits students based on "grit" and commitment to social justice. The Community creates a supportive experience within the larger campus and focuses students' studies on issues ran...

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The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

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Rail transport is a necessity for many commuters around the world. Japan's transportation industry has found a way to improve this means of transport by implementing subtle behavioral psychology mechanisms. From blue lighting to decrease suicides to departure jingles to reduce passenger anxiety a...

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Saving Africa’s wildlife

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Africa's wildlife have made headlines time and time again, as species find their way closer to extinction. There are some pockets of the continent, however that have provide refuge for species and allowed them to not just populate, but thrive. Recognizing this, a group known as African Parks foun...

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26 years after being displaced from their land, hundreds of Tamil civilians orchestrated a plan that defied the Sri Lankan navy to return to their homeland. “Over 100 community members are now living on the island. Other plans to arrive in the coming months.”

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'Care BnB'- the town where mentally ill people lodge with locals

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Residents of a small town in Belgium take in "boarders", people who have disabilities that render them unable to live alone. Many of these boarders stay with their host families for several decades, and they all participate in household duties so that both family and boarder benefits. This soluti...

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Why Is It So Hard to Figure Out When the Bus Is Coming?

CityLab

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Kids Say #MeToo After Each Performance of This Play

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Estonia To Become The World’s First Free Public Transport Nation

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Free public transport is so popular and cost-effective in Estonia’s capital of Tallinn that the country wants to scale the idea nationwide. Public official Allan Alaküla shares insights for cities looking to experiment with similar programs.

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Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility

The New York Times

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The New York Times

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Games in government: How to get public servants excited about work

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How Being Part of a 'House' Within a School Helps Students Gain A Sense of Belonging

KQED

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Assigning students to Harry-Potter-style "houses" in primary and secondary schools dissolves differences and decreases disciplinary rates, according to a school in California that successfully launched the system. Administrators say "residential colleges" breed built in mentorships between grades...

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A surprising anchor business in Birmingham helped bring growth to the city: Avondale Brewing Co. Since the brewery opened seven years ago, restaurants and bands have flocked to the city, and the population as well as home prices have increased. Montgomery just attracted its first brewery, and the...

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