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The Philadelphia Citizen

Rosella Lefevre

28 January 2015

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

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Challenged by its mayor, Oklahoma City lost a collective 1 million pounds. Philly once tried—and failed— the same thing.

New Orleans Public Radio (WWNO)

Jesse Hardman

27 January 2015

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Climate change is playing a major roll in the way floods are impacting cities. In Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam, residents are routinely threatened with the wet season, oftentimes finding that the only solution is to ra...

Chicago Tribune

Diane Rado

9 January 2015

Illinois, United States

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To address the low diversity in the teacher workforce, in 2005, Illinois committed $20 million to a Grown Your Own Teacher Initiative to develop 1,000 teachers. The program provided a pathway for parents, community le...

Yahoo! News

Andrew Romano

21 December 2014

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Los Angeles used to be a hotbed of racial profiling and unrest. Now, in the wake of Ferguson and the police killings in Brooklyn, Chief Charlie Beck thinks his force could be a model for the rest of the nation. The de...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

18 December 2014

Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, India

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An Indian activist, Satyarthi, is trying to undermine the hard-pressed Indian caste system by speaking out in little ways that are publicly broadcasted in order to find more supporters.

Next City

Gregory Scruggs

18 December 2014

North Adams, Massachusetts, United States

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The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) uses an innovative business model to stay afloat, relying on both internal and external projects and revenue streams to make a change in the North Adams communi...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Tom Murphy

Jacob Kushner

26 November 2014

Tanzania

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A water program funded by the World Bank has run into some obstacles as it tries to bring clean water to rural villages in Tanzania. The use of private contractors for projects and allowing communities to decide what ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Tom Murphy

Jacob Kushner

25 November 2014

Tanzania

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Years after a World Bank pilot program built a system to bring clean water to villages in Tanzania, these communities are finding it difficult to fix and operate these projects. While some villages were able to raise ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

20 November 2014

Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia

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Colombia has attempted to decrease murder and homicide rates by setting up curfews for teenagers, forcing bars to close earlier in the evening, and creating gun laws to prevent the carrying of weapons. As a result of ...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

17 November 2014

Kilmore, Victoria, Australia

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In Australia, the Murray-Darling Basin Ministerial Council was formed after a severe drought to bring together federal, state and regional governments and bridge parochial concerns. It was meant to manage the basin as...

El Paso Times

Marty Schladen

16 November 2014

Elephant Butte, New Mexico, United States

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The El Paso Times reports from the heart of the Rio Grande Basin - where drought has led to dramatic decreases in water supply, and serious changes in management of river resources are called for - on how the region p...

The New York Times

Vivekananda Nemana

Ankita Rao

13 November 2014

Odisha, India

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India has had a problem in which 620 million people openly defecate outdoors, causing harm to hygiene, sanitation, food, and water resources. The president of India funded an initiative to build public toilets for th...

Vox

David Broockman

Joshua Kalla

13 November 2014

United States

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Research shows that having in-person interactions with voters is by far the best way to increase turnout. It’s not simply knocking on doors. It’s about having genuine conversations. But political campaigns typically s...

The New York Times

Donald G. McNeil Jr.

10 November 2014

Kayes, Mali

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When a case of the Ebola disease struck a little girl in Africa, health officials in Mali collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to contain the illness and q...

The New York Times

Jeffrey J. Selingo

29 October 2014

Stanford, California, United States

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The creators of online classes hoped to provide quality education to the disadvantaged but have instead created an international supplement to classroom learning and tool for professional development.

Harvard Business Review

Erik Simanis

1 October 2014

United States

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Too often socially useful businesses end up failing because they get ahead of themselves and end up not being profitable. Companies now can select from an 'opportunity map' of ventures that serve the poorest individ...

Inside Energy

Stephanie Joyce

17 September 2014

Wyoming, United States

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During gas drilling boom in Wyoming, worker deaths were extremely high . In response occupational epidemiologists were hired to help improve worker safety.

The New York Times

Kate Zernike

31 August 2014

Camden, New Jersey, United States

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Since moving to a county-run police department, Camden, N.J., historically one of the nation’s poorest and most dangerous cities, has altered its culture to overcome years of mistrust by developing a personal relation...

The Seattle Times

Linda Shaw

14 July 2014

Mercer Island, Washington, United States

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In the Renton School District, teachers found that only a very few fifth-graders could solve problems with the skill that, in other schools, was common in third or even second grade. So they turned math lessons into c...

The Buffalo News

Sandra Tan

14 July 2014

Buffalo, New York, United States

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Better teacher training and strategic programming for non-English speakers could turn things around in high schools with large immigrant populations.

The New York Times

David Bornstein

10 July 2014

Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

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While California is experiencing its worst drought in history, The World Bank estimates that water systems worldwide have real losses (leakages) of 8.6 trillion gallons per year, about half of that in developing count...

Cattle Drive

Matt Hansen

1 July 2014

Pescadero, California, United States

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Historically, open land conservationists and cattle ranchers in California were rivals but with new research, which praises controlled cattle grazing habits, cows are being welcomed back to open land grasslands, regen...

San Francisco Chronicle

Heather Knight

27 June 2014

San Francisco, California, United States

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Between 2004 and 2014, San Francisco’s mayor attempted to rid the city of chronic homelessness with a ten-year plan. Despite dramatic successes in moving thousands of homeless from the streets, the homeless population...

The New York Times

Amy Maxmen

25 June 2014

Bamako, Koulikoro, Mali

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After ongoing trials and successes for preventative measures toward malaria, experts have now reversed their support for them. In what remains an ongoing threat, especially to children, new interventions, like the com...

The New York Times

David Bornstein

16 April 2014

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The pressure is on for the federal government to spend tax money more wisely. Evidence-based policy making is gaining in popularity as a way for the government to spend tax money wisely. While not quite as flashy or e...

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