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How to Create a SolutionsU Profile

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Students read a story a day about what's working

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Introduction to Making a Difference Strategies for Solving Social Problems

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Anthropology of Social Movements

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Students find stories and apply a theory, analyze a concept or explore a theme

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Making a Difference Module One: Shifting the Focus to Solutions

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For Educators: The How and Why of "Discover"

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Making a Difference: Strategies for Solving Social Problems

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Making a Difference Module Two: Discovering What Works

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First Year Seminar: Policies for a Perfect Country

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Students get to know each other by sharing stories about what's working

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For Educators: How to Create Course Reading Materials

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Students create story collections on topics, themes or strategies

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Student Handout: How to Search for Stories on SolutionsU

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Making a Difference Module Three: Measuring Impact

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Success and Failure in Social Change

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Student Handout: How to Create a SolutionsU Story Collection

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Students find stories linking course content to the real world

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Making a Difference Module Four: Creating the Greatest Possible Impact

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Making a Difference Module Five: Attacking Root Causes

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Students find and submit solutions journalism stories to SolutionsU

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For Educators: Understanding SolutionsU Success Factor Taxonomy

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For Educators: How to Use Bloom's Taxonomy with SolutionsU

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Making a Difference Module Six: Cultivating Collaborations

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Assignment example: Analysis of Solutions to Human Rights, Migration and Refugee Challenges (Anthropology)

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Making a Difference Module Seven: Embracing the Power of Relationships

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Introduction to the Abundance Cycle Teaching Guide

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Assignment example: Underlying Causes of Social Problems, Part I (Anthropology)

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Abundance Cycle Module One: Breaking Down Constructs

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Assignment example: Underlying Causes of Social Problems, Part II (Anthropology)

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Assignment example: Exploring Societal Challenges from the Perspective of Solutions (Business)

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Abundance Cycle Module Two: Exploring Problems and Solutions

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Abundance Cycle Module Three: Abundance as a Transformative Tool

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Assignment example: What is a Good Life & What is Good Act? (Ethics)

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Abundance Cycle Module Four: Applying Tactics to Sustainable Development Goals

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Assignment example: Solutions to Climate Change (Green Business)

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Assignment example: Challenges & Solutions to "Business as Usual" (Green Business)

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Abundance Cycle Module Five: Abundance Cycle Purpose & SDG Solution

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Assignment example: Creating a Vision for Solving a Social Problem (Human Ecology)

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Abundance Cycle Module Six: Mapping the Enterprise Using the Abundance Cycle Canvas

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Assignment example: Restoring Justice in Diverse Communities (Multidisciplinary)

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Abundance Cycle Module Seven: Communication and Measurement

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Assignment example: Critical Thinking for Solution-Based Social Challenges (Philosophy)

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Abundance Cycle Module Eight: Presenting the SDG Enterprise

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Abundance Cycle Module Nine: Expanding Possibilities

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Assignment example: Cash Stipend or Personal Responsibility? A Policy Debate (Public Policy)

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Assignment example: What Defines a Successful Community? Comparing your Definition to Others (Public Policy)

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Abundance Cycle Module Ten: Beyond Sustainability to Abundance

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Assignment example: Community Engagement and Service-Learning (Sociology)

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Shifting the Focus to Solutions

5 Stories

This teaching collection accompanies the first module in the Making a Difference: Strategies...

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: Using Prizes

4 Stories
1 external link

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: 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

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Measuring Impact

3 Stories

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

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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Creating the Greatest Possible Impact: Moneyball Philanthropy

3 Stories
2 external links

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

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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Attacking Root Causes

5 Stories

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

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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Cultivating Collaborations

3 Stories

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

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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Embracing the Power of Relationships

4 Stories

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

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

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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

Marketing to the Base of the Pyramid

4 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

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

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

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

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

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

Practicing human centered design

4 Stories

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

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Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Focusing on assets, not needs

5 Stories

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

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Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

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

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

Crowdfunding

5 Stories

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

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

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

HIV & AIDS

10 Stories

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

created by

Taylor Nelson

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

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

Learning from Failure

5 Stories

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

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

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

Addressing underlying issues

6 Stories

The root causes of familiar social challenges such as poverty or violence are often difficult to...

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Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

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...

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Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Health Insurance in America

6 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

Breaking Down Constructs

4 Stories
2 external links

This teaching collection accompanies the first module in the Abundance Cycle Teaching Guide. Like...

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Abundance Cycle: Purpose and SDG Solution

5 Stories
3 external links

This teaching collection accompanies the fifth module in the Abundance Cycle Teaching Guide...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

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