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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...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 February 2016

San Bernardino, California, United States

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In the aftermath of the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino, the city relies on the public library as a grounding location that welcomes all. Though the library has seen drastic cuts in funding and staff, it invests in co...

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...

BBC

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Martha Lane Fox

3 February 2016

Estonia

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Government services are easily accessible in Estonia in part because everything is online. A digital signature carries the same weight as a physical signature, and data is shared between offices allowing forms such as...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

26 January 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Agencies and hospitals working together want methods and protocols with which to guard better against the risks that can harm the patient. The key may be the "Swiss cheese model," by which a hospital must have multipl...

In These Times

Tom Ladendorf

26 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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In response to the low percentage of artists who are paid—even by large, prestigious museums—for exhibiting their work, the organization Working Artists and the Greater Economy (WAGE) advocates for fair pay for artist...

Yes! Magazine

Abigail Savitch-Lew

25 January 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Last year, New York City began turning schools in poor neighborhoods into community schools—combining rigorous instruction and extracurricular enrichment with a broad social support system.

Christian Science Monitor

Stacy Teicher Khadaroo

18 January 2016

San Francisco, California, United States

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California class-action lawsuits against corporations are pushing the envelope on accountability for human trafficking and slavery in supply chains. The keyword is transparency: If companies are forced to disclose on ...

Cosmopolitan

Jill Filipovic

6 January 2016

Puthol, Rajasthan, India

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Daughter, water, trees: A simple strategy to address ecological and gender concerns. Since 2007, villagers in Piplantri have embraced Paliwal's the ethos by planting 111 saplings every time a girl is born.

Christian Science Monitor

Mark Trumbull

4 January 2016

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Seattle's anti-trafficking program has enabled a high number of prosecutions against human traffickers. The program's task force depends on coordinating a number of actors across agencies and gaining funding from the ...

Sun Sentinel

Lois K. Solomon

31 December 2015

Immokalee, Florida, United States

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Tomato pickers have spent more than 20 years on a campaign for dignity and fair pay. The workers have succeeded, against incredible odds, in getting some of the biggest corporations in the country to recognize their p...

Slate

Mark Obbie

29 December 2015

Batavia, New York, United States

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In a conservative upstate town in New York, an early advocate of what is now known as restorative justice pioneered the idea of finding alternatives to incarceration that address root causes of crimes and offer victim...

Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

28 December 2015

Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico

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Formed in 2013, the coalition of guest workers is recognized by the Mexican government. It gives transnational workers a platform to demand solutions to issues like recruitment fraud and trafficking.

Bangor Daily News

Erin Rhoda

25 December 2015

Blue Hill, Maine, United States

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As the traditional family structure changes and the elderly population of the United States grows, options for independent living grow challenging for the aged, who struggle with issues like loneliness, transportation...

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 ...

Model D

MJ Galbraith

22 December 2015

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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To counteract the deteriorating commercial hub of four Detroit neighborhoods, the community development organization Live6 is engaging with locals and investing in the area. By working with anchor institutions, includ...

Columbia Flier

Andrew Michaels

22 December 2015

Columbia, Maryland, United States

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Frustrated with providing temporary assistance to the homeless, a coalition of Howard County, Maryland churches raised money to purchase a condominium to permanent house a homeless family. The tenant pays 30 percent o...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

14 December 2015

Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

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Girls from the Nairobi slum of Kibera had a problem: They could not attend school because they could not afford sanitary pads. Absent government help, they decided to form a savings group, depositing and investing money.

Cleveland.com (The Plain Dealer)

Brie Zeltner

11 December 2015

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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Baltimore's infant mortality rate has dropped by 24 percent, and health officials there as well as independent research groups have credited the city's B'More for Healthy Babies initiative, launched in 2009.

Southern California Public Radio (KPCC)

Stephanie O'Neill

10 December 2015

Ventura, California, United States

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A hospice patient's end-of-life desires are most often thwarted when well-meaning loved ones see the patient in some sort of distress. New programs ask first-responder paramedics to work with hospice programs to bette...

Devex

Catherine Cheney

10 December 2015

Singapore, Singapore

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Palm oil production is driving deforestation at alarming rates across the globe. Anti-palm-oil activists have shifted their focus to advocating for responsible and environmentally sustainable sourcing of this commodit...

Christian Science Monitor

Stephanie Hanes

7 December 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Hundreds of Indian oil workers were sent to the Gulf Coast after Katrina, but their working conditions were far below any human standard. In an unprecedented response, they brought a lawsuit against the company that h...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 November 2015

Monrovia, Montserrado, Liberia

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Westerners' fear of infection of Ebola motivated a vaccine in record time, but a preventive system put in place could ensure similar results for other viruses before they reach the same magnitude.

Elite Daily

Alexandra Svokos

11 November 2015

Columbia, South Carolina, United States

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Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization of military veterans that provides disaster relief, has provided relief after flooding in Detroit, tornadoes in Oklahoma, a typhoon in the Philippines and an earthquake in Nepal...

High Country News

Benjamin Goldfarb

9 November 2015

Okanogan, Washington, United States

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In different regions of the United States, beavers are considered a predatory pest and have been subjected to lethal trapping by Wildlife Services. However, Methow Valley in Washington has initiated a project that sa...

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