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How to Use the Making a Difference Strategies for Solving Social Problems course modules

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Anthropology of Social Movements

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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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Making a Difference Table of Contents (hint: links to the Google Docs version here!)

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Making a Difference: Strategies for Solving Social Problems

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For Educators: The How and Why of "Discover"

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

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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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Making a Difference Module One: Shifting the Focus to Solutions

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First Year Seminar: Policies for a Perfect Country

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Students create story collections on topics, themes or strategies

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Success and Failure in Social Change

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Student Handout: How to Search for Stories on SolutionsU

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Making a Difference Module Two: Discovering What Works

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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 Three: Measuring Impact

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

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

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Introduction to the Abundance Cycle Teaching Guide

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

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Abundance Cycle Module One: Breaking Down Constructs

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

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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: Solutions to Climate Change (Green Business)

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Abundance Cycle Module Four: Applying Tactics to Sustainable Development Goals

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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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Assignment example: Restoring Justice in Diverse Communities (Multidisciplinary)

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

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

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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: 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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Drawdown Solution #1: Refrigerant Management

4 Stories
1 external link

It turns out that the single most significant way to reduce CO2 emissions is to change the way we...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

UN Sustainable Development Goal: End Poverty

6 Stories
Discussion questions coming soon!
created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Shifting the Focus to Solutions

3 Stories

Most journalism is about what’s wrong in the world, with very little focus or reporting on what...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Harvest Innovations: Stories to Discuss at Thanksgiving

5 Stories
1 external link

While much of folklore surrounding the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States may not be...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #2: Wind Turbines (On Shore)

5 Stories
5 external links

"The wind industry is marked by a proliferation of turbines, dropping costs, and heightened...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

UN Sustainable Development Goal: Zero Hunger

7 Stories

Achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of ending hunger by 2030 will require...

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: Using Prizes

5 Stories
1 external link

The stories in this collection (one of three about Discovering What Works), provide examples of...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Sharing Economy

5 Stories

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

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Drawdown Solution #3: Reduced Food Waste

7 Stories
1 external link

"A third of the food raised or prepared does not make it from farm or factory to fork. Producing...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

UN Sustainable Development Goal: Good Health and Well-Being

0 Stories
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created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: Rapid Results

3 Stories
1 external link

This is the second of three teaching collections on Discovering What Works in the field of social...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Criminal Justice

6 Stories

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

created by

Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

Drawdown Solution #4: Plant-Rich Diet

5 Stories
4 external links

"Shifting to a diet rich in plants is a demand-side solution to global warming that runs counter...

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Maren Schermer

Educator

UN Sustainable Development Goal: Quality Education

0 Stories
Coming soon!
created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: Data and Evidence

4 Stories

This is the third of three teaching collections on Discovering What Works in the field of social...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Breaking Down Constructs

4 Stories
2 external links

Creative thinking, managing risk, having fresh perspective and overcoming concerns about failure...

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Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #5: Tropical Forests

5 Stories
3 external links

"In recent decades, tropical forests have suffered extensive clearing, fragmentation,...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

Using humor

5 Stories

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

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Measuring Impact

3 Stories

Sometimes what seems like a great idea to solve a social or environmental problem fails, or even...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Success Factor: Embracing the Power of Relationships

4 Stories

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

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #6: Educating Girls

5 Stories
1 external link

"Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

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

Success Factor: Attacking Root Causes

5 Stories

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

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Creating the Greatest Possible Impact: Moneyball Philanthropy & Effective Altriusm

4 Stories
3 external links

The readings in this collection explore two concepts that proponents believe create the greatest...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #7: Family Planning

5 Stories
3 external links

"225 million women in lower-income countries say they want the ability to choose whether and when...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

Cultivating Collaborations

3 Stories

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

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Microfinance + Microcredit

5 Stories

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

created by

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

Drawdown Solution #8: Solar Farms

4 Stories
1 external link

"Solar farms can be found in deserts, on military bases, atop closed landfills, and even floating...

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Maren Schermer

Educator

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

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

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

Drawdown Solution #9: Silvopasture

3 Stories
3 external links

"Silvopasture is an ancient practice that integrates trees and pasture into a single system for...

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Maren Schermer

Educator

Success Factor: Empowering people

4 Stories
1 external link

Success factors are the tactics that are critical to a response’s success or failure. The success...

created by

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...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Drawdown Solution #10: Rooftop Solar

4 Stories
3 external links

"In grid-connected areas, rooftop panels can put electricity production in the hands of...

created by

Maren Schermer

Educator

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

9 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...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Identifying positive deviance

6 Stories

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

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Learning from Failure

4 Stories

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

created by

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...

created by

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...

created by

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...

created by

Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Integrating purpose with profit to achieve UN SDGs

5 Stories
3 external links

The stories in this collection illustrate how real-world businesses are innovating and remaining...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

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...

created by

Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

The Babson Collection: No Poverty

3 Stories
1 external link

Here we could write up a description for each collection - something along these lines:

...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Emergency Room Gun Violence Prevention

5 Stories
2 external links

This collection of stories highlights what healthcare workers and emergency room physicians are...

created by

Aidan Noble-Goodman

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Health Science

Success Factor: Expanding Access

4 Stories

Expanding access is often about getting products and services to new people, in new markets, in...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Opiates and The Healthcare System

4 Stories
4 external links

Healthcare workers are often the first people an addict consciously interacts with after an...

created by

Aidan Noble-Goodman

University of North Carolina at Asheville

Health Science

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