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Mother Jones

Alissa Quart

September - October 2021

United States

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The cooperative business model has boomed in the aftermath of the pandemic. Worker cooperatives allow employees to run and own a business, giving them more control as well as a share of profits. Co-ops not only have a...

The Narwhal

Stephanie Wood

28 August 2021

British Columbia, Canada

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Tofino, a popular tourist destination in Clayoquot Sound, a region on the west coast of Vancouver Island, attracts about 600,000 annual visitors. The Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation and other Nuu-chah-nulth nations have cr...

The Narwhal

Stephanie Wood

14 August 2021

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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The Cheakamus forest, which spans 33,000 hectares, is a community run forest, managed by the two First Nations and the city of Whistler, in British Colombia, Canada. By not logging massive amounts of wood, the forest ...

Governing

David Kidd

12 August 2021

Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States

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Small towns in Ohio are turning to a developer to revitalize their main streets in order to bring residents and businesses back. Small Nation is the brainchild of a local developer who put his struggling town back on ...

TVO

Marsha McLeod

12 August 2021

Canada

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In Canada, farmers are rewilding their farmlands, a process where a farmer restores their habitat to a more natural state. It includes things like planting trees, building hedgerows, and creating ponds. Rewilding can ...

Tri-City News

Stefan Labbé

7 August 2021

Australia

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A review of 120 years of data found that traditional indigenous fire burning practices, which are low-intensity and controlled, lead to an increase in biodiversity. The practice has been done for years in indigenous...

Belt Magazine

Nina Misuraca Ignaczak

30 July 2021

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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After the 2008 economic recession hit, Carla Walker-Miller shifted her energy services business model to not only supply electrical equipment but also implement energy efficiency programs for communities of color in D...

SciDev.Net

Justice Nwafor

26 July 2021

Lagos, Nigeria

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Teams of recyclers in Nigeria gather plastic bottles from the streets and landfills and brings them to recycling plants where they can exchange the waste for money. HISL Recyclers collects this waste — which usually c...

Boise State Public Radio (KBSX)

Rachel D. Cohen

20 July 2021

Ketchum, Idaho, United States

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An affordable housing initiative in Vail, Colorado is paying owners to reserve rentals for those who live in the area year-round, instead of selling to part-time residents. The success of the program is inspiring Ketc...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Oliver Gordon

20 July 2021

Mexico

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In Mexico, the Mesoamerican Reef, a 100-mile long coral reef system, the second largest in the word, is insured. The insurance policy is the result of a collaboration between the local government, hotel owners, an in...

Tostada Magazine

Nargis Hakim Rahman

14 July 2021

New York, United States

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Sakhi for South Asian Women in New York has significantly increased their outreach during the coronavirus pandemic, connecting clients to services and resources. The group conducted 1,500 wellness calls and needs asse...

Connecticut Health Investigative Team

Carol Leonetti Dannhauser

12 July 2021

Derby, Connecticut, United States

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Griffin hospital used innovative strategies to test, vaccinate, and care for patients during the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital stocked up early, including with donated ventilators, and repurposed unused spaces an...

High Country News

Jessica Kutz

8 July 2021

Tucson, Arizona, United States

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Casitas, also known as accessory dwelling units (ADUs), are being legalized and promoted by several western states. Arizona is the latest to legalize ADUs in a bid to ease the shortage of affordable housing. An ADU pi...

Yes! Magazine

Marianne Dhenin

8 July 2021

Cairo, Egypt

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Organizations in Egypt and Bangladesh are greening their cities by turning rooftops into urban gardens that can grow food, reduce air pollution, and decrease air temperatures. Green Savers in Dhaka has installed more ...

Montana Free Press

Emily Stifler Wolfe

6 July 2021

Montana, United States

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Faced with the effects of climate change, in Montana, some farmers are turning towards organic or regenerative practices, a form of farming that includes thing like crop rotation, and using fewer pesticides. It’s a sw...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Peter Yeung

5 July 2021

Colombia

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In Colombia, there are about 50,000 waste pickers, they collect and sort through trash to findrecyclabless to make a living. Their livelihood was threatened in the 1990s after Colombia adopted neoliberal policies that...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Chandni Doulatramani

29 June 2021

Gurgaon, India

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In 71 cities around the world, users of the My Safetipin mobile app can decide whether to visit a particular neighborhood or plan a travel route based on how safe others deem those places. While the 100,000 or so user...

The Kansas City Star

Hurubie Meko

27 June 2021

St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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Black, urban farmers have formed a grassroots "ecosystem" to grow and distribute fresh, affordable produce in St. Louis neighborhoods where food insecurity and gun violence go hand in hand. Heru Urban Farming is a sta...

Gastropod

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Cynthia Graber

Geoff Manaugh

22 June 2021

Barrow Island, Western Australia, Australia

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Off the coast of Australia, the energy company Chevron is experimenting with new quarantine management techniques to ensure that any plants and pests don’t hitchhike to new places, which can devastate the global food ...

Mongabay

Marissa Carruthers

22 June 2021

Cambodia

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In Cambodia 2.5 million people use stoves fueled by forest biomass; charcoal and wood. The emissions caused by using biomass are extremely harmful not only to people but also to the environment. The emissions caused b...

Scientific American

Tanya Lewis

17 June 2021

Ohio, United States

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Several states are offering incentives to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Ohio’s Vax-a-Million program was one of the first state-based cash lotteries, awarding five residents over 18 a $1-million...

News48

Lorenzo Di Stasi

17 June 2021

Milan, Italy

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Milan’s tampone sospeso or “suspended test” initiative provides rapid COVID-19 tests to stop the spread of the virus. The initiative sets up in highly visible public areas of Milan and is based on a model of mutual su...

Next City

Oscar Perry Abello

15 June 2021

Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Locally owned restaurant delivery platforms charge lower commissions than national giants like GrubHub, allow customers to order food on smart-phone apps, and have found ways to be profitable while also keeping money ...

The Real News Network

Jaisal Noor

10 June 2021

New York, New York, United States

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The food-supply business is known for exploitative pay and poor working conditions. But Brooklyn Packers, a Black-owned cooperative launched in 2016, pays its owner-workers and vendors fair wages and is founded on tra...

Next City

Emily Nonko

9 June 2021

Massachusetts, United States

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Artists at Work is a pilot project of THE OFFICE performing arts + film that paired artists with cultural and community partners to work on local initiatives. For their work, the artists were paid a living wage, inclu...

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