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David Bornstein

7 April 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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Great minds from Plato to Piaget have recognized the importance of play in healthy child development, but with bullying becoming more prevalent on school playgrounds and increased pressure to maximize school hours to ...

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David Bornstein

4 April 2011

Oakland, California, United States

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Despite strong evidence that school-based physical activity improves children’s cognitive skills, concentration, and behavior, schools under pressure to produce quantitative results and decrease bullying have drastica...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Kristen A. Graham

1 April 2011

Boynton Beach, Florida, United States

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Palm Beach County, Florida has many of the same social problems that Philadelphia has, including “gangs, drugs, and poverty.” However, their school system has managed to keep students safe by employing “safe-school ca...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

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Dylan Purcell

1 April 2011

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Often social programs at schools fail because they are not implemented fully or over a long enough period. One school in Philadelphia attributes their success in decreasing violence to having a long-term principal, a ...

Time Magazine

Jesse Hardman

25 March 2011

Cairo, Egypt

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Citizens in Cairo have been working to make the streets cleaner in an effort to create more pride for the country and get the government's attention. From picking up trash and painting lampposts to collecting donation...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 March 2011

New York, New York, United States

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It's unusual for health programs to find it financially beneficial to send a home visitor regularly to help patients. But medical programs in various parts of the United States are experimenting with using peer groups...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 February 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The health problems of millions of Americans are directly related to patients' failure to follow doctors’ orders. Community health workers are increasingly successful in New York and other American cities – not to sub...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 February 2011

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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It’s now common for youth to remain in foster care or residential treatment for years. For troubled or victimized children in need, assistance at home is often more effective than foster placement.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

21 February 2011

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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The foster care system is widely acknowledged to be 'broken', and to ignore those who age out of the system. A program in Memphis is improving the lives of at-risk youths by working to reunite them with their original...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

14 February 2011

Halgaon, Maharashtra, India

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Many health professionals choose to not live in poor, rural areas that lack access to healthcare. The Society for Education, Action, and Research in Community Health, and the Comprehensive Rural Health Project are tra...

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David Bornstein

7 February 2011

Martinsville, Virginia, United States

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An average of 28,000 children born in the U.S. each year die before their first birthday – and many more face disabilities and serious life-long health problems, often because they are born prematurely or at low birth...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

28 January 2011

Bangladesh

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For young people, learning the social norms of the office is crucial for survival in the new economy. Year Up is an organization that is unusually successful at preparing young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds fo...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

21 January 2011

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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The prison system is designed to fail - and it does. On the positive side, there are programs all over the country that recognize that helping prisoners remake their lives is both humane and cost-effective.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

17 January 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Newly released prisoners often return to crime from lack of effective re-introduction programs. The Fortune Society in New York is a group home which offers resources and positive peer pressure to the ex-prisoners as ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

6 December 2010

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Foreclosure affects millions of homeowners and millions more owe more on their mortgages than what their homes are worth, but Empowering and Strengthening Ohio’s People (ESOP), offers assistance. As a free service to ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 December 2010

Tehran, Iran

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Two columns on how Iran is treating its massive epidemic of injecting drug use by tackling it as a health problem, effectively lowering H.I.V. rates among drug users using an approach to drugs known as harm reduction.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

22 November 2010

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Children coming from abusive households are often reluctant to discuss their past experiences. A Mexican foundation is using animated characters to help abused and ill children speak about their lives.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 November 2010

Canada

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It seems that just about everybody has had experience with babies or bullies — or both. Ideas and insights from Fixes readers on how to reduce bullying among children.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

8 November 2010

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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The Canadian federal government has identified bullying as a national problem. Roots of Empathy, based in Toronto, encourages empathy in elementary kids by having them interact with babies.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

29 September 2010

New Delhi, India

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Clean cookstoves reduce emissions, use less fuel and cook faster than open fire hearths, offering people in developing countries an affordable way to create a healthier indoor environment. Although "plenty of work rem...

Scientific American

David Biello

19 January 2010

Tranebjerg, Denmark

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One small island in Denmark is technically 100 percent powered by sustainable sources of energy, giving the island total energy independence.

The New Yorker

Atul Gawande

1 June 2009

McAllen, Texas, United States

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Studies show that spending more money on healthcare, past a certain level of care, worsens patient outcomes. Mayo Clinic has one of the highest-quality for the lowest cost healthcare systems in the nation. They achiev...

The Nation

Amy Yee

26 February 2009

New York, United States

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A New York-based nonprofit called Students for a Free Tibet is training Tibetans in "how to stage nonviolent protests." This effort, in conjunction with other Tibetan NGOs, has helped activists in Dharamsala, India to...

Deutsche Welle (DW)

Matthias Kopp

2 September 2008

Pucallpa, Peru

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Albina Ruiz, founder of the social enterprise Ciudad Saludable, works with people living in areas dominated by the trash dump to create a more formal system of waste removal for their health and the wider city's clean...

The New Yorker

Elizabeth Kolbert

7 July 2008

Samsø, Denmark

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The Danish Island of Samsø is home to a community of farmers who transitioned from coal to renewable energy. The community worked to erect wind turbines which now create more energy than they can use—the island can no...

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