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David Bornstein

1 May 2013

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Young people are often viewed as needing protection or needing correction. However, a Boston organization is creating young peacemakers and powerful change makers by taking kids seriously and giving them the tools to ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

24 April 2013

Aceh, Indonesia

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In a lot of places, food is available and the market is working but people are too poor to buy it, so cash donations are more effective than food. Previously U.S. aid laws did not allow cash donations but a new propos...

NPR

Daniel Zwerdling

4 April 2013

Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

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An innovative program by an unusual bank allows low-income people in Cambodia to take out a 15-year fixed mortgage with little or no documentation - contradicting traditional loan assumptions and creating means for so...

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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

Gareth Cook

29 November 2012

Denmark

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Thorkil Sonne's experiences with his own gifted, autistic son led him to start a company called Specialisterne, founded on the idea that - given the right environment - some autistic adults could not just hold down a ...

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Whitney Pastorek

1 November 2012

India

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In rural communities throughout India, having access to clean water does not always come easy. Sarvajal, originally a non-profit experiment, believes that water insecurity is a solvable issue, however. By helping thos...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

30 October 2012

New York, New York, United States

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American families tend to handle grief individually and feel alone after the tragedy of losing a child. In Israel, communities communicate to the bereaving family their support by creating permanent and public memorials.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 August 2012

Burbank, California, United States

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Through the Burbank Senior Artists Colony - a community created by EngAGE - low-income seniors learn how to become artists. The recreational classes hosted by the community keep people feeling phsyically and mentally ...

The New York Times

Sarika Bansal

8 August 2012

Zambia

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In Zambia, the need for surgery is just as common as in the United States - doctors, however, are rare. So Zambia is training clinical officers – with no medical degrees – to do C-sections and hernia repairs.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 July 2012

Uganda

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Different programs in various nations are training ordinary people and creating community groups to effectively satisfy the mental health needs of their communities. In many of these regions, "treatment gaps" – where ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

9 February 2012

Philippines

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The World Conservation Union estimates that 40 percent of the more than 40,000 species it tracks on its Red List are close to extinction and this problem requires humans to change their behavior to fix it. Rare’s the...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

19 January 2012

Kailalia District, Nepal

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How can rural African children learn to read when there are no books in their languages? Save the Children helps kids to create their own books, creating a homemade library for their village.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 January 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Some inner city schools, nonprofits, and businesses in New York lack the staff to make their organizations function for the people they serve. ReServe is a program that links retired professionals with part-time jobs ...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

20 December 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Crises and problems are well-covered in the media. When the media focuses instead on organizations that are doing social good, it has a better effect because then these organizations are more likely to receive support...

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

22 November 2011

Trenton, New Jersey, United States

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Bus service for people who live outside major cities is either nonexistent or might as well be. But some communities are helping bring mobility to non-drivers with bus service they can really use. This article looks a...

The New York Times

Lisa Margonelli

17 November 2011

Brunswick, Maine, United States

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Bus service for people who live outside major cities is either nonexistent or might as well be. But some communities are helping bring mobility to non-drivers with bus service they can really use.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

3 November 2011

Cambodia

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Companies who outsource often fuel the race to the bottom for global workers' standards. Two companies, Digital Divide Data and Samasource, offer a model for outsourcing which is profitable and also prioritizes social...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

25 October 2011

United States

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When adults are asked what values they think youth sports actually reinforce most, they say competitiveness and the importance of winning. The Positive Coaching Alliance provides teaching tools that help coaches redef...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

18 October 2011

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Sending a first-time offender to juvenile prison virtually guarantees a life of crime. Cities in the U.S. are cutting crime, saving money, and giving kids a second change by using special youth courts that offer teens...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

4 October 2011

Sudan

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Rapid Results Initiatives are micro social change projects that a village, government office, or business will work accomplish in just 100 days. They have proven to be sustainably effective at various tasks because ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

15 September 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Countries all over the world are creating community, diversifying relationships, and giving a purpose to people who felt useless through time banks, where people swap their services using time as the currency.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

13 September 2011

New York, New York, United States

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Little Kids Rock has helped to revitalize and broaden music education in more than a thousand schools by encouraging children to learn to play popular music, form bands and compose their own songs. Despite a backlash...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

6 September 2011

Dadaab, Garissa, Kenya

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Refugee camps save lives in emergencies – but often refugees languish there for decades. Two columns on programs that allow refugees to live normally in cities, with an ATM card taking the place of a camp.

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

1 September 2011

Dadaab, Garissa, Kenya

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American humanitarian aid and programs by the United Nations have proved beneficial to equip Middle Eastern refugees with resources for self-settlement outside of camps. The self-settlement model has empowered refugee...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

19 July 2011

New York, New York, United States

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To give support to struggling families without prescribing solutions requires respect and discipline. The Family Independence Initiative (F.I.I.) encourages low-income families to define their own goals and work towar...

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