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Sarah Hasaba

8 May 2013

Kenya

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Many of the issues facing underdeveloped rural communities stem from low rates of literacy. Researchers have found that cooperation between "formal and non-formal education systems" is an effective method in strengthe...

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Beth Howard

1 April 2013

Seattle, Washington, United States

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are re...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 November 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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In a world divided into factions, social entrepreneurs are connecting people in new configurations and helping them work together more effectively because social entrepreneurs tend to pursue an end in a communal way.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 October 2012

New York, New York, United States

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American families tend to handle grief individually and feel alone after the tragedy of losing a child. In Israel, communities communicate to the bereaving family their support by creating permanent and public memorials.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 October 2012

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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In the poorest places, the lack of proper clothing costs lives. Now a simple and efficient program in India is attacking the problem with the urgency it deserves.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 September 2012

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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There are about 67,000 homeless veterans in the United States today, and at least a third are chronically homeless. The 100,000 Homes Campaign, which aims to get 100,000 chronically homeless or otherwise particularly ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 July 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Nationally, only about a third of municipal solid waste is recycled. An initiative to use simpler, standardized signs and labels is helping communities reap greater benefits from recycling.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

3 July 2012

Rwanda

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Rwanda offers universal health coverage to its citizens, with a reported 25 percent having to pay no premiums. The system has allowed for great advances in health across the nation, with a dramatic rise in life expect...

The New York Times

Courtney E. Martin

21 March 2012

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Global social and economic problems are difficult to change. However, fan-activism fuels the interests of fans of popular young adult fiction. Books such as Harry Potter and the Hunger Games have inspired activist gro...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 March 2012

Zimbabwe

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Education is far from a given for poor, rural Africans. But a group called Camfed is bringing lasting social change to African countries by educating hundreds of thousands of girls.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

12 January 2012

United States

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LIFT, founded in 1988 by college students, employs an approach to poverty alleviation grounded in building relationships with communities. LIFT finds volunteers who have demonstrated empathy and then employs them to m...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

27 November 2011

Thorthormi Lake, Bhutan

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Countries impacted by climate change are working to mitigate the effects, but more help is needed. Every year Bhutanese citizens dig a channel to lower the water level of Thorthormi, a huge glacial lake that posing a ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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For first-time youth criminal offenders, the traditional American jury falls short in encouraging behavioral change and may even set the juvenile on a course for repeated crimes. Washington, DC’s Youth Court is a jury...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 October 2011

Sudan

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Rapid Results Initiatives are micro social change projects that a village, government office, or business will work accomplish in just 100 days. They have proven to be sustainably effective at various tasks because ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 September 2011

Vancouver, Washington, United States

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Two columns on Time Banks, where people swap services – teach calligraphy to one neighbor, and get computer repair from another neighbor. Time Banks create community and make people healthier – which is why hospitals ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

9 August 2011

Khanh Hoa, Vietnam

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Hospitals in the U.S. throw out huge amounts of supplies and equipment, and third-world hospitals need it. Many organizations help bridge the gap to transport supplies, but end up donating unusable equipment - teachin...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

14 July 2011

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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A non-traditional program called the Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.), uses a radically different approach from the traditional American social service model to empower entire families alleviate themselves from...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

7 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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The ability of social media and online civic participation to impact law and politics is still developing, but one social media tool - Friendfactor - was used successfully in New York to help bring about the passage o...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 June 2011

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Poor neighborhoods in the United States lack quality play spaces for children, also known as play deserts. An organization is enabling communities across the nation to build their own playground.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 June 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Despite overwhelming evidence that play is vital for children’s physical, emotional and cognitive development, in recent decades, due to many factors, children’s outdoor play opportunities have declined markedly. For ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 May 2011

Saratoga, California, United States

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Despite significant increases in funding and advances in biomedical research, the rates of new treatments and drugs for illnesses that reach the market every year have plummeted. A group called the Myelin Repair Found...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

28 April 2011

Michigan, United States

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Patients in U.S. hospitals suffer high rates of infection due to poor practices such as lack of proper hand-washing and lack of sanitization when inserting central line catheters. The Michigan Health and Hospital Asso...

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Maria Gallucci

28 March 2011

Reno, Nevada, United States

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In a campaign to boost community interest in and use of urban wind power, city officials in Reno, Nevada, are helping consumers take the guesswork out of buying home turbines. Through an online consumer guide called t...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 March 2011

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Some problems are simply too complex to solve with any single approach. The “collective impact” strategy of creating alliances of civic and business leaders is being applied to social problems across the nation.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

7 March 2011

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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A 2006 report noted that Ohio and Kentucky were lagging behind other states in college attainment rates - community leaders were concerned about remaining competitive in a global economy. A group of leaders in the Cin...

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