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Making a Difference Module One: Shifting the Focus to Solutions

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Weekly analysis and presentations linking course content to the real world

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Making a Difference: Strategies for Solving Social Problems

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Making a Difference: Strategies for Solving Social Problems: Cover Page & Table of Contents

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Build Customized Reading Materials

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Green Business: Solutions to Climate Change

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Anthropology: Analysis of Solutions to Human Rights, Migration and Refugee Challenges

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Students apply a theory, analyze a concept or identify a theme using stories about what's working

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Making a Difference Module Five: Attacking Root Causes

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Making a Difference Module Four: Creating the Greatest Possible Impact

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Making a Difference Module Seven: Embracing the Power of Relationships

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Making a Difference Module Six: Cultivating Collaborations

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Making a Difference Module Three: Measuring Impact

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Making a Difference Module Two: Discovering What Works

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Ethics: What is a Good Life & What is Good Act?

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Create a Customized Teaching Collection using the "Best Solutions Journalism Stories of 2017"

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Sociology: Community Engagement and Service-Learning

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Success and Failure in Social Change

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Create a Collection

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Search for Stories

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Human Ecology: Creating a Vision for Solving a Social Problem

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Discover Stories

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Leverage the power of solutions journalism with "Discover"

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Write Discussion Questions using Bloom's Taxonomy

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Anthropology of Social Movements

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Create a Profile

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Search for stories by issue area, success factor or other search terms to achieve course learning outcomes

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Multidisiplinary: Discovering Stories & Getting to Know your Peers

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Multidisciplinary: Restoring Justice in Diverse Communities

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Identify Solutions Journalism Stories

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Green Business: Challenges & Solutions to "Business as Usual"

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Explore concepts, identify patterns & make comparisons with story collection assignments

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A Daily Dose of Solutions

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Philosophy: Critical Thinking for Solution-Based Social Challenges

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Public Policy: Cash Stipend or Personal Responsibility? A Policy Debate

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Public Policy: What Defines a Successful Community? Comparing your Definition to Others

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Anthropology: Underlying Causes of Social Problems, Part II

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Anthropology: Underlying Causes of Social Problems, Part I

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Business: Exploring Societal Challenges from the Perspective of Solutions

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Understand Success Factors

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Policies for a Perfect Country

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School Lunch

7 Stories

This collection contains stories about efforts to improve school lunches. Several of them deal...

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Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Microfinance + Microcredit

5 Stories

Microfinance - or creating financial products such as savings plans, small loans, or insurance to...

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Criminal Justice

6 Stories

According to national statistics, the U.S. incarcerates a higher percentage of its population...

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Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

Using humor

5 Stories

Human-centered design is a social change strategy that emphasizes understanding a social...

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Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Learning from Failure

5 Stories

Learning from failure focuses on analyzing, adapting to, and making use of failure. By embracing...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Making a Difference: Discovering What Works, Using Prizes

4 Stories
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This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories and discussion questions that...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Making a Difference: Shifting the Focus to Solutions

6 Stories

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories that accompany the first...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Focusing on assets, not needs

5 Stories

Focusing on assets, not needs explores programs that take advantage of pre-existing assets and...

created by

Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Making a Difference: Embracing the Power of Relationships

5 Stories

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories that accompany the seventh...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Making a Difference: Evidence and Rapid Results

4 Stories

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories that accompany the second...

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Making a Difference: Measuring Impact

3 Stories

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories and discussion questions that...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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Making a Difference: Creating the Greatest Possible Impact: Moneyball Philanthropy

3 Stories
2 external links

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories, discussion questions and...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Making a Difference: Attacking Root Causes

5 Stories

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories that accompany the fifth...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Making a Difference: Cultivating Collaborations

3 Stories

This teaching collection contains the solutions journalism stories and discussion questions to...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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Private-public partnerships

5 Stories

Sometimes the underlying causes of a social challenge are so large or complex that uniting...

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Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Sharing Economy

5 Stories

In a world of 7.5 billion people, there are innumerable scenarios where individual ownership of a...

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Using a Comprehensive Approach

6 Stories

There are very few (if any) "silver bullet" solutions for the myriad of complex problems society...

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Building trust

4 Stories

Trust fosters confidence, particularly with marginalized communities that have little faith in...

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Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Crowdfunding

5 Stories

In an age of economic globalization and rapidly-increasing access to technology, new avenues are...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Overview: Empowering people

5 Stories

When disadvantaged people are given the tools to succeed, they develop confidence in their own...

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Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Last mile delivery

3 Stories

Last mile delivery focuses on building the last step in a delivery model to make sure people...

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Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Identifying positive deviance

5 Stories

When communities have reached solutions that deviate from cultural norms, they have overcome a...

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Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Marketing to the Base of the Pyramid

5 Stories

Ten years ago, a book called "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," introduced the idea that...

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Using tech to build citizen-government collaboration

6 Stories
3 external links

As a citizen, you observe from day to day how well your local government works. It is likely that...

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Marie von Hafften

Solutions Journalism Network

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Health Insurance in America (Extended)

11 Stories

America's healthcare is by far the most expensive in the world, and in 2014 there were still 33...

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Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

Overview: Practicing human centered design

4 Stories

Human-centered design mobilizes the psychology and physiology of the human individual to improve...

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Using Data to Create Accountability

5 Stories

Data is a powerful tool that can be put to use in a myriad of ways.  Advances in the way it...

created by

Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Immigrants in the United States (Extended)

12 Stories

More than 13% of the U.S. population is made up of immigrants. In 2016, the U.S. welcomed 96,874...

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Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

HIV & AIDS

11 Stories

This broad collection highlights the various ways agencies, cities, governments, and entire...

created by

Taylor Nelson

Solutions Journalism Network

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