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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 December 2013

New York, New York, United States

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To educate and prepare new mothers, Centering Pregnancy and Centering Parenting sites in the United States offer community-based patient-centered care in low-income areas. Centering offers interactive learning, check-...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Rochelle Olson

13 December 2013

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Hennepin County Court, serving Minneapolis, MN and the surrounding area, has developed a co-parenting court – helping unmarried parents work together to raise their children, work through issues, and strengthen their ...

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Rob Gurwitt

11 December 2013

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Very few people go to city council meetings. MindMixer, a tech startup company, increased civic participation in states across the U.S. with online platforms for city officials and the community to discuss ideas.

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Zach Seward

5 December 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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With more and more Americans having to pay medical costs out of pocket, a small company out of Philadelphia called ELAP is on the front lines of the war against escalating charges. By helping overwhelmed patients to d...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 December 2013

California, United States

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Available statistics on hospital safety don’t tell the public what they need to know to make informed decisions. A dose of data to increase transparency and accountability could be the answer.

The Atlantic

Jonathan Rauch

1 December 2013

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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As the elderly become more likely to have multiple chronic conditions and experience a gradual decline in health towards the end of their lives, a health care approach that centers hospitalization and intensive care m...

The New York Times

Jason Kass

18 November 2013

Peru

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Ecological toilets that use natural composting to break down waste are simple to construct, waterless and are easy to fix. But as philanthropists are finding, getting these to those that need it most is harder than a...

New York Daily News

Oren Yaniv

12 November 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Jailing convicted criminals has shown that it neither changes illegal behavior, nor reduces the rate of re-incarceration. Brooklyn’s Red Hood Community Justice Center has given many guilty defendants of minor crimes t...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Meg Kissinger

5 November 2013

Houston, Texas, United States

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Milwaukee County’s mental health system put more resources in expensive emergency care rather than invest in programs that offer continual care. As a result, Milwaukee County identifies nine solutions from other citie...

The Seattle Times

Claudia Rowe

27 October 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Conventional wisdom holds that substantive change in public education moves at a glacial pace, and no one at White Center Heights is declaring victory yet. But after failing to gain traction for years, teachers there ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 October 2013

Putnam, Connecticut, United States

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Students have challenges retaining information, staying motivated, and keeping up with the pace of their classes. In a flipped mastery class, teachers make video lectures for students to watch at home, and at school s...

Bloomberg CityLab

Eric Jaffe

21 October 2013

Utah, United States

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In the 1990s, Utah residents spoke out against a proposed light rail system. Just two decades later, the TRAX light rail system was completed early and under budget, with abundant community support. The Utah Transit ...

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James Fletcher

17 October 2013

Alice Springs, Australia

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The Aboriginal community in Australia is 31 times more likely than other Australians to die of alcohol-related causes. Could a "tough love" approach stressing accountability and making rehab mandatory work? Or is furt...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

8 October 2013

Punjab, India

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With 60 percent of India's population relying on agriculture for living, the country faces a dire challenge of what to do with accumulated agricultural waste. Instead of burning it, as they traditionally would do, the...

The Seattle Times

Brian M. Rosenthal

6 October 2013

Yakima, Washington, United States

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There is a mental-health capacity crisis gripping Washington state. The area’s response approach, crafted over two decades, centers on a set of intensive outpatient and early-intervention programs aimed at preventing ...

United Nations University

Ingvar Birgir Fridleifsson

Málfrídur Ómarsdóttir

4 October 2013

Hellisheidi, Iceland

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As the world continues to grapple with the challenges of balancing rapid development and energy needs against sustainability initiatives and conscientious practices, renewables continue to provide a growing, construct...

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John Buntin

1 October 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is curbing homicides through an anti-violence initiative that uses social networks to rank people’s likelihood of killing and being killed. Police then do home visits and have personal conversations with peopl...

The Huffington Post

Kate Kelland

23 September 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

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HIV/AIDS infection and death rates are down world-wide, due to an increasing access to anti-retroviral treatment that has come from private donations, UN-work, and increased public health spending by heavily affected ...

The New York Times Magazine

Paul Tullis

19 September 2013

Lassen Volcanic National Park, California, United States

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Between climate change and an ever increasing population, wildfires are becoming more and more of an annual challenge to mitigate, with firefighters and policy makers walking a thin edge between the need for natural b...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

18 September 2013

United States

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Medicine is in crisis; doctors face early burnout. Medical education contributes: it creates doctors who don’t show emotion. But The Healer’s Art, a medical school course delivered in an unconventional manner, reminds...

The Huffington Post

Catherine Pearson

12 September 2013

New York, New York, United States

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One of the most vexing problems in U.S. maternity care is that low-income women, who have among the worst reproductive health outcomes in this country, also have limited access to outside birthing support. A new gover...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

11 September 2013

Tanzania

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Phone lines in Africa and South Asia would never have gotten to the poor - but these places have leapfrogged over last-century technology and gone straight to mobile phones. Now the same thing is happening with off-gr...

Bloomberg CityLab

Clare Foran

6 September 2013

Vienna, Australia

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Gender mainstreaming is the practice of creating “laws, rules and regulations that benefit men and women equally. The goal is to provide equal access to city resources.” Since the 90s the city of Vienna has adopted th...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

4 September 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Sexual assault, rape, and sexism are social problems that young women face and many feel powerless to create change. Non-profit organizations such as SPARK and WAM have trained teenage girls to be advocates for thems...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 August 2013

Kenya

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Conditional cash transfers – giving the poor money if they do things that will make their children less poor, such as keep them in school – are the world’s most successful and widespread social program. Could it be po...

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