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30 April 2014
San Francisco, California, United States
Health insurance sign-ups made available to all inmates at the San Francisco county jail, partnered with guidance from a clinic once they are on the outside, allows them to receive better care upon release, and may he...
4 March 2014
Chicago, Illinois, United States
"Sandwich Me In is a sustainable-practicing restaurant. By that, I mean we have no trash at all," explains owner Justin Vrany who successfully transitioned his Chicago restaurant into a zero-waste establishment.
2 February 2014
Under 800 Words
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...
31 January 2014
Pasadena, California, United States
Infection rates - once kept private by hospitals - are now public record in 32 states, California included. This new transparency - coupled with Medicare now docking payments to hospitals that don’t meet quality measu...
1 January 2014
Vangani, Maharashtra, India
Over 3000 Words
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...
8 December 2013
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
In Iowa, the “redistricting” of the state’s legislative and congressional boundaries is done by mapmakers who abide by nonpartisan metrics that all sides agree are fair — a seemingly revolutionary concept in the high-...
5 December 2013
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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...
4 December 2013
California, United States
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.
20 November 2013
Houston, Texas, United States
Most U.S. cities are sitting on thousands of backlogged rape kits that have gone untested. Yet in 2010, Houston (under newly elected Mayor Annise Parker) began an effort that ultimately eliminated its own staggering b...
13 November 2013
After typhoon Haiyan, the devastation to the Philippines was hard to locate and track. The Red Cross staffed volunteers to sort through crowd-sourced data to create maps. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap software applic...
4 October 2013
Climate change is obviously a real and present problem - but it needs to become both more covered in the media, as well as respected by corporations, for it to start to be remedied.
18 September 2013
Medicine is in crisis; doctors face early burnout. Medical education contributes: it creates doctors who don’t show emotion. But The Healer’s Art, a medical school course delivered in an unconventional manner, reminds...
17 August 2013
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...
13 August 2013
Dallas, Texas, United States
Why do hospitals charge such outrageous prices for health care? Because they can – especially because they have the complicity of your insurance company. But some pioneering insurers are holding down costs.
31 July 2013
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
An Oklahoma surgery center made news by posting its prices online – a revolutionary idea in an industry where consumers normally are buying blind. This is a big reason health care costs so much, but recent months have...
17 July 2013
Kembata Alaba and Tembaro, Southern Nations, Nationalities, and People's Region, Ethiopia
There is nothing more difficult than changing entrenched cultural practices, especially those as shrouded in taboos as female genital cutting. A grassroots approach in Ethiopia, however, has nearly completely eradicat...
10 July 2013
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Social innovation rarely comes from “eureka” moments; it’s much more deliberate - it’s something that can be studied and learned. A short summer reading list for anyone interested in shaking up the status quo.
13 June 2013
Some groups are making strides at ending child marriage and female genital mutilation, practices that are common and yet dangerous. They're doing so by reaching out to the men in charge.
20 May 2013
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Over 3000 Words
More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar illnesses, and that number is growing as the population ages - without any immediate prospect of a cure, advocacy groups have begun promoting ways to offer ...
1 April 2013
Seattle, Washington, United States
An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are re...
27 March 2013
DeKalb, Illinois, United States
People grossly overestimate how much their peers are drinking, having unprotected sex and getting fat. Instead of exaggerating the problem, the best way to get people to take care of themselves is to bust that myth an...
20 February 2013
South Carolina, United States
Improving the way people parent might seem an impossible challenge, given the competing views about what constitutes good parenting - can we influence a behavior that is rooted in upbringing and culture, affected by s...
1 February 2013
Kandahar, Kandahar Province, Afghanistan
More than one million service members, veterans and their families take college courses financed with federal tax dollars. Their experiences are more complicated than those of their fresh-faced civilian peers, leading...
30 January 2013
New York, New York, United States
Neighborhood Trust is a New York-based nonprofit offering financial advice to individuals experiencing economic hardships. Providing hands-on coaching, counselors are able to inform their clients about financial optio...
10 December 2012
Tucson, Arizona, United States
Like their for-profit counterparts, charities are starting to embrace Big Data as a means to perform more efficiently and share that performance with potential donors. Data gathered is used both to measure successes a...
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