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The Guardian

Sandra Larson

31 March 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston’s Youth Lead the Change engages young people in municipal decision-making by putting them in charge of determining how one million dollars is spent every year. Participants learn how city government works, subm...

Bright Magazine

Sruthi Gottipati

22 March 2016

Mityana, Uganda

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In Uganda, a country with high levels of corruption and political patronage, citizen-led grassroots efforts to root out graft and enforce accountability have sprung up across the country. “Village budget clubs,” train...

SFGate

John Wildermuth

11 March 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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Jennifer Pahlka founded Code for America, an organization that provides human-centered design tech solutions to government services. Now they have a growing list of requests from cities all over the US, a network of 4...

Citizen Matters

Shree D N

16 February 2016

Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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While laws and regulations banning the use of plastic bags and wrappers lag in the government, neighborhoods within the city of Bengaluru (Bangalore) have taken it upon themselves to remove wasteful plastic from their...

Bloomberg CityLab

Alec Appelbaum

9 February 2016

Pleasantville, New York, United States

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To break through gridlock on fair housing, city planners, citizens, and government officials in wealthy Westchester County, New York, try a new tactic: Using a simulation game to try out different development scenario...

Citiscope

Simone D'Antonio

23 December 2015

Bologna, Italy

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Bologna is demonstrating the utility of allowing citizens to help with projects in cash-strapped cities. A new policy makes it easier for citizens to head city projects and to participate in guiding the future of the ...

Chicago Tribune

Katherine Skiba

12 December 2015

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, a white police officer shot Laquan McDonald, a young black man, 16 times, for refusing to stop. The city created a task force in the midst of an already existing investigation by the Department of Justice ...

Education Week

Sam Chaltain

9 December 2015

New Hampshire, United States

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The Innovation Lab Network (ILN) is a made up of a network of states that work collaboratively to transform their respective school systems. The ILN seeks to make meaningful systems-level changes in state education sy...

Christian Science Monitor

Doug Struck

9 August 2015

Miami Beach, Florida, United States

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Around the globe, countries have taken actions that have helped reduce carbon emissions and increase the use of renewable energy. Although the state of Florida feels the effects of climate change, its state representa...

Al Jazeera

Molly McCluskey

6 August 2015

Belfast, Northern Ireland

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Every so often tensions between the Catholic "nationalists" and the Protestant "loyalists" increase and the police try to diffuse the situations. Social media is affecting these flare ups by providing police with info...

Latin America News Dispatch

Camila Osorio

10 May 2015

Bogotá, Colombia

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Antanas Mockus, former mayor of Bogotá, uses art to cultivate what he calls a "citizenship culture." During Colombia's peace negotiations, Mockus emphasized the importance of valuing life after so many years of killin...

EdSource

John Fensterwald

5 May 2015

San Jose, California, United States

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In response to youth calling for greater say in how California schools spend money, Overfelt High School allowed students to decide how to spend $50,000 of the school’s discretionary funding. Principal Vito Chiala ref...

The Washington Post

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

28 April 2015

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Photos and videos show various actions religious leaders and institutions in Baltimore are taking to help rebuild their community and foster positive interaction in the midst of racial tension, looting, and rioting.

The Atlantic

James Fallows

28 April 2015

San Bernardino, California, United States

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San Bernardino's Generation Now, a diverse group of young adults, is injecting their city with a boost of civic action through organizing local people at forums and increasing voter turnout at the polls. From rehabili...

El Paso Times

Lindsey Anderson

21 March 2015

Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States

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Tulsa Public Schools drew on expertise across many sectors and extensive neighborhood input to address the issue of thousands of empty seats in local schools. Through a community-focused process, they were able to min...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 March 2015

Fresno, California, United States

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Located in downtown Fresno, Kepler Neighborhood School is raising the city's next generation of informed citizens. Through a service learning model, students regularly engage with local businesses and leaders and comp...

Zócalo Public Square

Matt Cohen

Daniel Schugurensky

11 March 2015

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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When Bioscience High School put students in charge of a portion of its discretionary budget, nearly the entire student body participated in deciding how to spend the money. The experiment in participatory democracy un...

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

26 February 2015

San Diego, California, United States

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Former Bogotá mayor Antonas Mockus has implemented his Citizenship Culture Survey, which measures local public opinions on legal culture, behavior regulation systems, mobility, tolerance, tax culture, public safety, a...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2015

Belgrade, Serbia

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The Center for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies provides a "blueprint" for peaceful and democratic revolution, busting myths about the process of nonviolent revolt and helping dissidents in countries around th...

Sustainability Pioneers

Kirsi Jansa

11 February 2015

Balcombe, United Kingdom

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Two towns are fighting back against fossil fuel companies. From fossil free energy fairs in Pennsylvania to a solar energy co-op in the UK, citizens are relying on the idea of community power to unite in favor of rene...

Pacific Standard

Maya Dusenbery

5 February 2015

United States

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Abortion is a highly stigmatized topic that can lead individuals to selectively disclose who they tell about the experience. Storytelling is now being viewed as a way to help de-stigmatize abortion based on contact th...

NationSwell

Kathleen O'Brien

5 December 2014

United States

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Generation Citizen is a nonprofit that places college students in high school and middle schools to teach students about civic engagement. Each college volunteer, known as a Democracy Coach, teaches a semester-long cl...

The Tyee

Geoff Dembicki

17 October 2014

Kaneohe, Hawaii, United States

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Hawaii private school students were taught about ecological sustainability, but public school students were not. After losing a school essay contest about sustainability, a high school student convinced Hawaii’s legis...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

4 September 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Retreat programs can improve self-awareness and understanding of others. The Center for Courage & Renewal creates safe environments for people to speak honestly with each other, something Parker J. Palmer says is need...

Politico

Ben Schreckinger

10 June 2014

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Boston had a hard time solving civic problems efficiently and holding its leadership accountable. In response, a team in the Mayor's office was charged with "making Boston better through clever, low-cost hacks" such a...

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