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Penn Loh

7 November 2014

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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By the 1980s, Roxbury and north Dorchester had been devastated by the disinvestment and white flight of the 1960s and 1970s. Racist banking and housing policies (“redlining”) had segregated people of color from opport...

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...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 November 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The minimum wage issue has been debated endlessly, with arguments both for and against its effectiveness. An increase, tested in some states and enacted in others, immeasurably betters the quality of life for low-inco...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Rhitu Chatterjee

6 November 2014

Tamil Nadu, India

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Two Americans created a small start-up in rural India to help bring life-sustaining technologies to the poor. But they're not giving away solar lamps and low-power appliances: They're selling them.

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...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

16 October 2014

Columbus, Ohio, United States

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In Columbus, Ohio, a high school is pooling vouchers, donations, and earnings from its work study program to reach some of the city's students living below the poverty line.

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Benjamin Goldfarb

9 October 2014

Missoula, Montana, United States

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As a state with robust populations of wildlife, Montana has had its share of roadkill. Its Department of Transportation developed animal shelving, a type of wildlife crossing, to enable safe passage for small animals ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

2 October 2014

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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54 million people in the United States, and 4.5 billion globally, have no credit to their name - making it nearly impossible for them to buy homes, apply for jobs and receive loans. Investors and lenders make an effor...

Harvard Business Review

Erik Simanis

1 October 2014

United States

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Too often socially useful businesses end up failing because they get ahead of themselves and end up not being profitable. Companies now can select from an 'opportunity map' of ventures that serve the poorest individ...

The Atlantic

John Tierney

22 September 2014

Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States

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Allentown, Pennsylvania uses a creative financing strategy - leasing the city's water and sewage utilities - to pay for expensive public pension programs. To keep from raising rates for Allentown residents, the lease ...

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

16 September 2014

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Attending college is not always a given option for gifted teenagers from less-than-wealthy backgrounds. National organization QuestBridge creates a way for low-income and minority high-achieving students to go to thei...

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Lorraine Chow

2 September 2014

United States

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Every year, more than 17 billion toilet paper cardboard tubes are thrown into the trash. To cut down on waste and make the tissue more eco-friendly, Scott Naturals line of toilet paper is eliminating the inner tube al...

The New York Times

Patricia Cohen

30 August 2014

Massachusetts, United States

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A growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using lotteries to encourage low-income families to save.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

14 August 2014

Khulna, Khulna Division, Bangladesh

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With the creation of oral rehydration solution, diarrhea can be treated by inexpensive, homemade remedies. O.R.S. has undeniably helped Bangladesh make big strides in improving child health in recent decades thanks to...

Politico

Glenn Thrush

12 August 2014

Memphis, Tennessee, United States

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In an effort to break the cycle of poverty in Memphis, a government organization is using conditional cash transfers, paying students if they earn good grades and adults if they maintain a full-time job.

Grist

Ben Adler

23 July 2014

Aspen, Colorado, United States

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Rural areas are known for requiring tourists to rent a car in order to move around, which can be a significant added expense. But Aspen has developed a bus system that can bring residents or tourists from Aspen to sub...

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Gregory Scruggs

15 July 2014

Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

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Porto Alegre, in Brazil’s Rio Grande do Sul state, has embraced a recent discovery of offshore oil as a way to renew the town as a bustling port for business and transport. The port city uses bodies of water to transp...

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Gregory Scruggs

11 July 2014

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Despite pushback from the hospitality sector, Brazil's Rio de Janeiro worked around their short-term housing limitations for the 2014 World Cup by taking advantage of Airbnb and other short-term, local rental options....

Midwest Energy News

Kat Friedrich

10 July 2014

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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As the traditional sodium vapor lamps used for decades in street lights begin to burn out and need replacement, many municipalities, like Detroit, are turning to LED lighting - thanks to rebates and conscientious cons...

Minnesota Public Radio

Elizabeth Dunbar

10 July 2014

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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New technology, more aggressive pricing structures, and shifting attitudes are beginning to change how some Minnesotans view and care for their lawns.

The Atlantic

Jordan Rau

2 July 2014

Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

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By letting one hospital system be their sole provider and having consumers travel farther for appointments, the Chattanooga health care system can offer consumers bargain-priced policies.

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Gregory Scruggs

16 June 2014

Seattle, Washington, United States

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The creation, support and development of farmers' markets around the United States lends itself to the economic empowerment of women and minority growers. From Seattle to Philadelphia, these small public markets make ...

Al Jazeera

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky

14 June 2014

Erachi, Tamil Nadu, India

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Small-scale women farmers are working together to create a new Green Revolution in southern India, opening a set of pilot farms to empower women and sustainably farm.

The New York Times

David Leonhardt

10 June 2014

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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Delaware has been working to make sure that all college-ready graduates, regardless of socioeconomic status, make it to college. With financial reasons standing in the way of many qualified students, the state has wor...

WNYC

Amanda Aronczyk

3 June 2014

New York, New York, United States

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Hospitals in New York improve healthcare quality and reduce medical costs by staying in frequent contact with patients requiring frequent or long-term care. Montefiore's Accountable Care Organization pulls in care pro...

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