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Amy Yee

21 March 2012

New Delhi, India

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Low-cost filtration plants are finding their place in some of the most underserved areas of India. Making a cultural shift from drinking well water to filtered water isn't well-received by all villages in the country,...

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David Bornstein

7 March 2012

Zimbabwe

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

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Tina Rosenberg

15 February 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Many qualified students lack the motivation to follow through attending college due to a lack of peer support. A highly successful U.S. program sends great inner-city students to elite colleges in groups – one key to ...

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David Bornstein

9 February 2012

Philippines

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The World Conservation Union estimates that 40 percent of the more than 40,000 species it tracks on its Red List are close to extinction and this problem requires humans to change their behavior to fix it. Rare’s the...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

26 January 2012

Kenya

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By depicting crucial social issues such as infant mortality, domestic abuse, and alcoholism, TV and radio soap operas are being used internationally as a powerful tool for mass behavior change.

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David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

Harvard Business Review

Gary Hamel

1 December 2011

Woodland, California, United States

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Morning Star, a global tomato processor based near Sacramento, California, establishes a unique organizational structure by eliminating manager hierarchies, titles, or promotions. The model gives individual employees ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 November 2011

Irving, Texas, United States

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While weight loss can be challenging to maintain, different structures are being created to help. Certain support groups, financial incentives, and tough love are proving to be effective.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

10 November 2011

California, United States

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The best way to lose weight is to join a small group. This article looks at the case study of Saddleback Church in southern California that mixed faith and peer support to help congregates lose weight, including the p...

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David Bornstein

25 October 2011

United States

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When adults are asked what values they think youth sports actually reinforce most, they say competitiveness and the importance of winning. The Positive Coaching Alliance provides teaching tools that help coaches redef...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

25 October 2011

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In developing countries, environmentally friendly and practicality don't always go hand-in-hand. Biogas are changing that. With biogas technology, methane is derived from the feces of humans and animals and is used in...

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David Bornstein

20 October 2011

United States

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A group called Positive Coaching Alliance is training thousands of coaches and parents to change to culture of youth sports for the better, using a "relentlessly positive" approach, and trading out the win-at-all-cost...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Sending a first-time offender to juvenile prison virtually guarantees a life of crime. Cities in the U.S. are cutting crime, saving money, and giving kids a second change by using special youth courts that offer teens...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For first-time youth criminal offenders, the traditional American jury falls short in encouraging behavioral change and may even set the juvenile on a course for repeated crimes. Washington, DC’s Youth Court is a jury...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

11 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Child-mentoring programs around the United States have helped at-risk youth during crucial years of development. However, New York City's Friends of the Children has improved the model by placing at-risk youth with ad...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 October 2011

New York, New York, United States

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A group in New York called Friends of the Children identifies high risk kids in the city and mentors them for 12 years helping them become emotionally stable and capable adults.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 September 2011

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals ...

Orange County Register

Brian Joseph

Tony Saavedra

2 September 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The California prison system is overwhelmed after adopting tough-on-crime laws with no improvement. New York adopted more tolerant policies and has decreased the state's crime rate and its prison population.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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To give support to struggling families without prescribing solutions requires respect and discipline. The Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.) encourages low-income families to define their own goals and work towar...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage o...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

5 July 2011

Denmark

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People with disabilities like autism often struggle to find welcoming and meaningful jobs. Companies that place workers with disabilities in jobs that fit their skills will be well-positioned to succeed in the 21st ce...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 June 2011

Tehran, Tehran, Iran

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Two Iranian brothers worked as doctors to reform how Iran tackles HIV, moving the country toward the harm reduction approach. By providing clean needles and methadone, the doctors were able to lower infection rates, e...

San Jose Mercury News

Beatrice Motamedi

31 May 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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In East Oakland, teens experience random violence, a lack of healthy food, and other sources of chronic stress. The consequences can be grave. At one school, the dropout rate is one in two. Learning to be resilient he...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 May 2011

Saratoga, California, United States

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Despite significant increases in funding and advances in biomedical research, the rates of new treatments and drugs for illnesses that reach the market every year have plummeted. A group called the Myelin Repair Found...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 April 2011

Michigan, United States

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Patients in U.S. hospitals suffer high rates of infection due to poor practices such as lack of proper hand-washing and lack of sanitization when inserting central line catheters. The Michigan Health and Hospital Asso...

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