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The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

12 March 2014

South Carolina, United States

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Reducing cases of early birth deliveries shouldn’t have been hard — at least, they should have been easier to change than many other harmful practices. But it was - until hospitals started introducing models for chang...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 February 2014

Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States

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In Fayetteville, the Mayor and Police Chief have taken a personalized approach in seeking a solution for blighted, low-income neighborhoods and are working to increase the number of city staff on-hand to help address ...

Forbes

Emonn Fingleton

2 February 2014

Berlin, Germany

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More than many countries in the world, the German government steps in to regulate housing in order to ensure housing remains affordable while the economy booms. Local officials monitor housing scams and unfair selling...

Stuff

Marika Hill

26 January 2014

Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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A school in New Zealand took the rules out of recess. They found that when the kids were mentally engaged during play time activities they were less likely to have problems, such as bullying within the classroom.

Deseret News

Lane Anderson

15 January 2014

New Delhi, Delhi, India

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India has been able to eradicate polio through large-scale logistics, highly organized vaccine teams, proper funding, and accountability of health officials and front-line workers.

Intelligent Life

James Scudamore

1 January 2014

Vangani, Maharashtra, India

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In India, videos made about the many social problems are secretly broadcasted in different villages to make people aware of the real problem and also aware of what they can do to fix it. Video Volunteers, an organizat...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 December 2013

High Point, North Carolina, United States

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The use of a gun in a violent crime can carry a penalty of 30 years or more in prison. High Point, NC, has been using call-ins for 16 years - a carrot-and-stick approach aimed at reducing violent crime and drugs in th...

Fayetteville Observer

Greg Barnes

22 December 2013

High Point, North Carolina, United States

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Areas of High Point, North Carolina have suffered from crime, poverty, and neglect, until the city began implementing Operation Ceasefire, a policing program that uses data collecting, community support against crime....

NationSwell

Rob Gurwitt

11 December 2013

Omaha, Nebraska, United States

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Very few people go to city council meetings. MindMixer, a tech startup company, increased civic participation in states across the U.S. with online platforms for city officials and the community to discuss ideas.

NewsWorks

Zach Seward

5 December 2013

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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With more and more Americans having to pay medical costs out of pocket, a small company out of Philadelphia called ELAP is on the front lines of the war against escalating charges. By helping overwhelmed patients to d...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 December 2013

California, United States

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Available statistics on hospital safety don’t tell the public what they need to know to make informed decisions. A dose of data to increase transparency and accountability could be the answer.

New York Daily News

Oren Yaniv

12 November 2013

New York, New York, United States

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Jailing convicted criminals has shown that it neither changes illegal behavior, nor reduces the rate of re-incarceration. Brooklyn’s Red Hood Community Justice Center has given many guilty defendants of minor crimes t...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

23 October 2013

Putnam, Connecticut, United States

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Students have challenges retaining information, staying motivated, and keeping up with the pace of their classes. In a flipped mastery class, teachers make video lectures for students to watch at home, and at school s...

BBC

James Fletcher

17 October 2013

Alice Springs, Australia

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The Aboriginal community in Australia is 31 times more likely than other Australians to die of alcohol-related causes. Could a "tough love" approach stressing accountability and making rehab mandatory work? Or is furt...

Governing

John Buntin

1 October 2013

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Chicago is curbing homicides through an anti-violence initiative that uses social networks to rank people’s likelihood of killing and being killed. Police then do home visits and have personal conversations with peopl...

San Francisco Chronicle

Jill Tucker

18 August 2013

Oakland, California, United States

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In Oakland, black males are almost as likely to be killed as they are to graduate high school. One school is giving them special classes with black mentors to better address their emotional needs and keep them in scho...

The New York Times

Damien Cave

17 August 2013

Jamaica

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Marking a departure from other countries in the Caribbean and Central and South America, Jamaica has seen its crime rate fall after many years of lawlessness. A combination of factors helped bring this about, includin...

Next City

Sarah Goodyear

22 July 2013

San Antonio, Texas, United States

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For the past three years, water levels in the San Antonio Edwards Aquifer have decreased to uncomfortable levels and drought periods may continue as the population booms. The San Antonio Water System organization has ...

The New York Times Magazine

John Buntin

10 July 2013

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles,the Crips and Blood gangs have violently fought each other for decades. By 2013, the LAPD has enforced new measures including community policing with an emphasis on fairness ra...

CityLab

Sarah Goodyear

13 June 2013

Bogota, Colombia

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Bogota has become a danger for pedestrians, cars have the right of the way and it is up to pedestrians to stay alert and safe. Now, citizens are using paint on sidewalks and roads to draw attention to dangers such as ...

Slate

Sam Kornell

5 June 2013

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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The American prison system is in dire need of reform. Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement, or HOPE, seeks to turn around behavior that the system ordinarily, though inadvertently, seems to perpetuate.

Al-Fanar Media

Sarah Lynch

11 May 2013

Cairo, Egypt

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Maps, art exhibitions, and online documents, are all methods in which women, activists, and students are fighting against sexual harassment on university campuses in the middle east. “It’s actually being broached as a...

Orange County Register

Keegan Kyle

10 March 2013

San Diego, California, United States

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Various courts in California are lowering repeat offenses among men who are charged with prostitution by educating them about the negative effects of prostitution.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

27 February 2013

Hanoi, Vietnam

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Tuft University is training global organizations a new approach to create long lasting change. The process teaches locals to identify positive deviance in their community and design a way to spread the behavior, with ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

13 February 2013

Alaska, United States

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Alaska has created a way for residents to financially benefit from the state's dependence on oil revenues. By giving residents a yearly portion of the revenue, the state has been able to see positive effects from an o...

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