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FastCompany

Adele Peters

3 January 2019

Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States

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Turning a coal plant carbon neutral requires a community effort. In Holyoke, Massachusetts, community organizers from the Toxics Action Center and Neighbor to Neighbor, a local Latinx organization, succeeded in gettin...

Yes! Magazine

Deonna Anderson

2 January 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In a post-Standing Rock economic era, cities like Seattle and Philadelphia look to the Bank of North Dakota as an example of a successful public banking structure. While public banking is a large undertaking for many ...

Governing

J. Brian Charles

21 December 2018

St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

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An initiative in St. Petersburg has reduced the number of vacant houses while increasing access to affordable housing. The city takes ownership of vacant lots and abandoned homes, then sells the properties to affordab...

The Washington Post

Nina Hall

9 December 2018

Marrakesh, Morocco

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The Global Compact for Migration, the first international agreement on migration under the United Nations, affirms the human rights of migrants and refugees and notes the benefits of migration. However, the impact of ...

Open Canada

Lizan Nijkrake

7 December 2018

Netherlands

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With national governments around the world dragging their feet when it comes to honoring their commitments to curb carbon emissions, some citizens are finding success in court. In 2015, a coalition of unlikely Dutch c...

National Geographic

Simon Worrall

4 December 2018

Somaliland, Somalia

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Cheetah cubs are routinely smuggled through Somaliland on their way to being illegally trafficked in United Arab Emirates or Saudi Arabia. Although small and resource-deprived, Somaliland is taking a stand against thi...

Harper's Magazine

Kathy Dobie

1 December 2018

New York, New York, United States

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Since 2002, New York City’s Hate Crime Task Force (HCTF) has solved every single hate crime homicide and gang assault. While hate crimes are notoriously difficult to investigate and prosecute, the HCTF has developed m...

Apolitical

Anoush Darabi

26 November 2018

Paris, France

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In France, a digital transformation is taking place. To lay the groundwork, the country passed the Digital Republic Act in 2016, which mandated local and central government to publish documents and public data, a sign...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

13 November 2018

United States

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Gender Equality Funds is a tool that makes it possible for people to know if the mutual fund companies in their 401(k)’s are gender inclusive. The tools pulls data from 4,000 mutual funds companies and gives them a ge...

WyoFile

Andrew Graham

13 November 2018

Bismarck, North Dakota, United States

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Criminal justice reform succeeds when states prioritize rehabilitation and over punishment. In North Dakota, the Free Through Recovery program increases the number of stakeholders in a parolee’s success, creating mult...

Ensia

Chris West

9 November 2018

Brazil

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Certification schemes, which track international supply chains of commodities like soy or palm oil, can help consumers avoid products that contribute to deforestation. Some such schemes are showing promising results. ...

CityLab

Brentin Mock

8 November 2018

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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An amendment passed in Louisiana does away with non-unanimous jury verdicts that have helped solidify racial discrimination in the criminal justice system since they were implemented in response to Reconstruction. Dat...

FastCompany

Sean Captain

7 November 2018

California, United States

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Taxing big tech is a popular idea among residents of cities profoundly shaped by the industry. San Francisco, Mountain View, and East Palo Alto have all approved new taxes pulling money from big tech to fund housing a...

BBC

Sam Judah

6 November 2018

Kenya

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Countries across the world are aiming to reduce their plastic waste. African countries, however, are leading the way with a variety of techniques. Kenya in particular has taken one of the most drastic approaches by ha...

The New York Times

Sam Roberts

1 November 2018

New York, New York, United States

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A deadly subway crash in New York in 1918 killed an estimated 100 people and prompted major changes in public transportation because the crash was so preventable. Thanks to lessons from the tragedy, subways banned woo...

Wausau Pilot and Review

Shereen Siewert

30 October 2018

Wausau, Wisconsin, United States

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A local citizens group called Citizens for a Clean Wausau in Wisconsin is calling for greater transparency from government officials on environmental records related to project zoning and properties. While the group h...

The Huffington Post

Angela Cuming

24 October 2018

Wellington, New Zealand

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In New Zealand politics, families, children, and the environment come first. Amidst the rise of right-wing populist governments, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stands out for her energy fighting for progres...

The New York Times

Tacey Rychter

22 October 2018

Australia

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Australia maintains a high voter turnout by making voting both easy and mandatory. Election day is always on a Saturday, and community groups host barbeques to mark the occasion. If an eligible voter still doesn’t cas...

New Vision

Lillian Namusoke Magezi

17 October 2018

Uganda

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A community-based program in Uganda has helped reduce violence in families and gender inequity by training both parents in effective communication and parenting. Organizers focused specifically on recruiting men becau...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Aaron Moselle

Juliana Feliciano Reyes

15 October 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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In an effort to achieve a true "fair work week," Philadelphia looks to Seattle's worker protection laws - which are among the best in the country. Seattle enforces a strict secure-scheduling policy, which ensures work...

Gimlet Media

PJ Vogt

12 October 2018

New York, New York, United States

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CompStat seemed like a miracle of technology and data when it was rolled out in New York City in the 1990s. Crime dropped as police leadership demanded precincts report every crime and what they were doing about it at...

Sojourners

August Rick

11 October 2018

Cambodia

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In Cambodia, it is Buddhist tradition and protocol to ordain a tree when a new monk was inducted. Since it is taboo to harm a monk, this practice inadvertently doubled as a conservation tactic by preventing deforestat...

Apolitical

Jennifer Guay

11 October 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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With tourism on the rise, governments are figuring out how to limit overcrowding and environmental damage. Replicable ideas include marketing beaches and other attractions off the beaten path, regulating hotels and va...

Gizmodo

Anna Kusmer

11 October 2018

Kutch, Gujarat, India

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The existence of the Kharai camels living in regions within the western Indian state of Gujarat is increasingly becoming threatened due to industrialization. As a conservation-minded society, however, local organizati...

NPR

Luke Runyon

11 October 2018

Montezuma, Colorado, United States

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In Colorado’s water-scarce Montezuma County, having a designated law enforcement official for water conflict is necessary. Dave Huhn is a sheriff’s deputy specializing in water law, responding to 60-100 calls each mon...

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