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Oscar Perry Abello

16 February 2021

Oakland, California, United States

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Firebrand Artisan Breads hires people with high barriers to employment, such as people experiencing homelessness or who were formerly incarcerated. The higher-than-minimum-wage starting salary, paid time off, and insu...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Lungelo Ndhlovu

15 February 2021

Gokwe, Zimbabwe

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A new dried fruit processing center in Zimbabwe has allowed farmers to turn their excess mangos into another product that can be sold to various markets around the world. The center serves more than 3,400 farmers and ...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Kevin Riordan

15 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A long-running fund in Philadelphia has been able to help struggling small-business owners in the city since 1854. The Merchant Fund has been able to provide 67 businesses with $307,000 in grants since the onset of th...

Spotlight PA

Charlotte Keith

15 February 2021

Pennsylvania, United States

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When Pennsylvania's coronavirus rent relief program rolled out during the first few months of the pandemic, it failed to help many due to strict deadlines, poor information management, a payment cap, and overall proce...

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Ira Boudway

11 February 2021

New York, New York, United States

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An early-stage startup with big plans to change bicycling culture and commuting habits has notched one victory already, with its first secure-parking pods in New York City: Out of 60,000 times they've been used, the p...

BBC

Je Seung Lee

11 February 2021

South Korea

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The largest cinema chain in South Korea is renting screen time and auditorium space to video gamers as a way to supplement business income during the coronavirus pandemic. Though it doesn't generate a comparable amoun...

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Adina Solomon

9 February 2021

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A new model for community-owned real estate is attempting to bridge the racial wealth gap and build neighborhood wealth in Atlanta. Instead of watching prime real estate go to investors who would hold onto the buildin...

Ensia

Meg Wilcox

9 February 2021

Fairfield, Maine, United States

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Stonyfield, an organic dairy company, is working with six of its suppliers to pilot how farms can measure the amount of carbon it’s trapping in soil through regenerative farming practices as a way for the company to a...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Will Doig

8 February 2021

Norway

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After Norwegian pop band A-ha made headlines for using an electric vehicle in 1989, the government began implementing incentives for people to drive the cars. These perks made electric vehicles so popular in the Scand...

Bridge Michigan

Ted Roelofs

5 February 2021

New York, United States

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A home health care agency in New York has "become a nationwide model" for hiring and retaining home health aids. Crucial to the program's success is a series of incentives offered to employees such as "subsidies to pa...

Wall Street Journal

Russell Gold

5 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Apartments at Front Flats, a new residential building in Philadelphia, is powered by 492 solar panels that are wrapped around the building. The point: to demonstrate that developers can design buildings that are energ...

Gimlet Media

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

Alex Blumberg

4 February 2021

Yurok Reservation, California, United States

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The Yurok Tribe is tackling climate change through the use of a carbon-offset program, sustainable forestry principles, watershed and river recovery methods, and even beaver restoration practices. Over the years, the ...

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Kristi Eaton

4 February 2021

Oklahoma, United States

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The Cherokee Language Master Apprentice Program is an immersion program that pays adults to learn the Cherokee language, which is quickly disappearing yet important for preserving Cherokee culture. The program require...

Civil Eats

Elizabeth Hewitt

4 February 2021

Vermont, United States

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Vermont approved coronavirus relief funding for immigrants who did not qualify for federal aid in the first round of the CARES Act. Migrant farm workers play a vital role in Vermont’s dairy industry and were hailed as...

Kaiser Health News

Christie Aschwanden

4 February 2021

Grand Junction, Colorado, United States

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Colorado counties have launched "The 5-star Certification Program" as a way to incintivize businesses to comply with COVID-related precautions. Businesses that join the program must agree to adhere to certain public h...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

4 February 2021

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Universal Basic Income programs around the country have demonstrated the effectiveness of distributing cash to people who are economically struggling. Philadelphia distributed $1.7 million through the Worker Relief Fu...

KERA News

Sujata Dand

3 February 2021

Waco, Texas, United States

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When a Dallas nonprofit failed to attract a corporate grocery owner to one of the city's food deserts, a nonprofit looked to Waco's Jubilee Market as a model for a nonprofit, community-based grocery. Jubilee's parent ...

The Huffington Post

Chris Iovenko

1 February 2021

Oakdale, California, United States

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A hospital in California is offering employees a cash incentive to receive the Covid vaccine after witnessing widespread vaccine hesitancy amongst the health care staff. Although experts say it is debatable whether in...

The American Leader

Anna Luo

28 January 2021

United States

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Cash payments are an effective way to address the economic hardships associated with the pandemic. Philanthropic efforts to distribute aid in the form of cash are relying on local organizations that have the community...

Ensia

Fanni Daniella Szakal

28 January 2021

Nairobi, Kenya

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Initiatives set up by NGOs and private-public partnerships aim to make innovation possible around the world and support sustainability entrepreneurs in countries that often don’t have access to those opportunities. Th...

The Land

Dan Polletta

26 January 2021

Slavic Village, Ohio, United States

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The Slavic Village Development, a non-profit community development agency, is helping to connect residents who are facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic with financial assistance. The organization provides f...

Thomson Reuters Foundation

Imran Mukhtar

25 January 2021

Nagarparkar, Sindh, Pakistan

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A government scheme in Pakistan involves the construction of water-harvesting dams in areas that experience droughts, which allows farmers in the region to use the irrigation water from the dams for their crops. One f...

Mashable

Chase DiBenedetto

24 January 2021

Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

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Inmates to Entrepreneurs has graduated 1 million people from its eight-week program that teaches incarcerated people how to start their own low-capital businesses. An extension of a free online entrepreneurship course...

The Washington Post

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Gabriella Demczuk

22 January 2021

Rock Hall, Maryland, United States

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Maryland farmer Trey Hill became the first seller in a tech startup’s carbon marketplace, paying him $115,000 for initiating regenerative farming practices. By introducing cover crops, he has been able to sequester ab...

Associated Press

Christine Fernando

21 January 2021

United States

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Although many mutual aid networks have formed to serve a need during the coronavirus pandemic, the concept has been in practice for centuries and has "deep roots in communities of color." While these grassroots commun...

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