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Ankita Rao

2 March 2015

Chhattisgarh, India

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Fulwaris—meaning "flower beds"—are a network of nurseries run entirely by moms in the community who take turns feeding and caring for each other's children, allowing the community to raise children in a tough environm...

The Guardian

Annabel Short

25 February 2015

The Hague, South Holland, Netherlands

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There are increasing costs to business when they fail to respect basic human rights. Many are therefore taking steps to avoid abuses – and are taking a proactive rather than reactive approach.

PBS NewsHour

Spencer Michels

24 February 2015

San Francisco, California, United States

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Veterans are at a higher risk for getting in trouble with the law, especially those with PTSD. San Francisco city defendants and the VA created a special veterans court which prosecutes veterans through treatments and...

The Guardian

Jim Hall

23 February 2015

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The densely populated Canadian city is tenth most at risk of flooding in the world as climate change raises sea levels. The government has instated a number of successful flood adaptation projects, with an ambition to...

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Chris Peak

20 February 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Educational nonprofit OneGoal has proven that its model of education helps provide low-income students in Chicago and Houston with the tools needed to pursue a college degree. Now, the nonprofit hopes to improve the c...

Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

Sara Miller Llana

18 February 2015

Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

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Teenagers around the world are at risk of indoctrination by Islamic extremism and volunteering to fight for the Islamic state. Different European nations seek to make Islamic extremism unattractive to youth by bolster...

Bloomberg CityLab

Jennifer Hattam

12 February 2015

Helsinki, Finland

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Bureaucratic impediments previously blocked Timo Santala from opening a mobile bicycle bar, but he used this barrier to establish 'Restaurant Day' which has now spread worldwide. On these days people sign-up to open a...

New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO)

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Jesse Hardman

5 February 2015

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Radio

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Louisiana and Vietnam both need affordable solutions to rising sea levels. Leaders from Vietnam visited Louisiana to compare ideas.

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

25 January 2015

Austin, Texas, United States

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Most of Texas has emerged from a drought that started in early 2011, but water supplies are still far below normal. Scientists are using new technology to monitor ground water levels and contemplate potential conserva...

New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO)

Jesse Hardman

22 January 2015

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Geography and climate change challenge the viability of sea-level cities in Vietnam, but architects, researchers, and urban planners work together to find creative solutions. One architect in Ho Chi Minh City designed...

NationSwell

Chris Peak

20 January 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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New Orleans implemented an extraordinary 10-year plan that engaged unprecedented cross-sector collaboration between government, non-profit, and private entities to provide housing and housing services to the city's ho...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

14 December 2014

Clint, Texas, United States

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Population growth, historical dryness and predictions of a warming climate all mean a future of scarce water in the Rio Grande's Upper Basin. Farmers and the irrigation districts are left to try and find ways to conse...

The New York Times

Jane E. Brody

1 December 2014

New York, New York, United States

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Wholesome Wave, a nonprofit organization that advocates for access to better food in low-income neighborhoods runs a program based on a simple idea to deal with a complex problem: instead of drugs or admonishments to...

The New York Times

Kerry Hannon

21 November 2014

Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

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Not all seniors need the various discounts they receive. The Boomerang Giving project allows them to donate back the difference of the discounts on things like movie tickets to a charity of their choice, benefiting no...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

17 November 2014

Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

16 November 2014

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, United States

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The El Paso Times reports from the heart of the Rio Grande Basin - where drought has led to dramatic decreases in water supply, and serious changes in management of river resources are called for - on how the region p...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

7 November 2014

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

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Thread is a social enterprise out of Pittsburgh taking a two-for-one approach to the issues of both poverty and pollution in Haiti. They help take plastic waste out of the environment by turning it into durable fabric...

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Kirsten Downer

4 November 2014

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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For 150 areas in the UK needing the most help, support came in the form of 1 million pound grants to fund community-led projects. What sets this funding apart is that 75% of those on the decision-making boards are loc...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

29 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In recent years, Columbus, Ohio's community college has taken a leading role in citywide economic development efforts. This has involved bolstering "career pathways" by better aligning high schools, community colleges...

The Globe and Mail

Geoffrey York

19 October 2014

Lagos, Nigeria

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When the Ebola virus struck Nigeria and Senegal the governments of both countries took several steps to prevent an outbreak. Both countries responded to the first reported case quickly, traced all of the people that t...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

17 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In the case of the Columbus Partnership, the word "collaboration" - which often doesn't have much meat behind it in the private sector - is at the core of the civic organization's success. The organization brings toge...

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Sarah Maslin

11 October 2014

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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Previous efforts to rein in Milwaukee's infant mortality rate have focused on services for mothers: increasing access to prenatal care, treating underlying medical conditions such as diabetes, and reducing behaviors s...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

25 September 2014

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Middle-class children don’t regress as readers during the summer, because they go to the library, do educational activities, take classes - poor children, however, lose between one and two months in reading achievemen...

Buzzfeed

Evan McMorris-Santoro

1 September 2014

Utah, United States

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The militarization of police forces in cases such as Ferguson, Missouri’s riots has led the state of Utah to question what can be done to prevent such an overuse of force from happening. Utah expanded upon a law passe...

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

29 August 2014

Cairo, Egypt

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Service learning is a United-States based term and is often referred to as community or project-based learning in the Arab world. Courses were first labeled “community-based learning” at the American University in Cai...

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