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Leon Voon

18 July 2018

Singapore, Singapore

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The tale of bike-sharing in Singapore sheds light on how governments can predict and manage technology changes in the future. Three bike-sharing startups quickly dominated the market, raised money, feared impending re...

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Doreen Aijambo

16 July 2018

Somaliland

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Similar to other countries in Africa, Somaliland is using technology to better education. There, an estimated 150,000 parents use a free-mobile messaging tool to communicate about school conditions with the government...

The Guardian

Mireille Silcoff

15 June 2018

Quebec, Canada

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Influenced by Scandavian countries, the province of Quebec created its own paid paternity leave program, which offers 70-75% paid leave. The program is aimed at dad’s, who have traditionally faced stigma and judgement...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

6 June 2018

Barcelona, Spain

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Swamped by short-term vacation rentals, Barcelona pushed Airbnb to share data with government officials and help ensure that only licensed properties are listed on the site. The agreement offers a model for how other ...

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Bryn Nelson

8 May 2018

Cuba

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The demise of coral reefs has made headlines recently as conservationists face the challenge of trying to save what is left of them from global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, overfishing – to name just a few...

The Marshall Project

Abbie Vansickle

23 April 2018

California, United States

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Using the catalyst approach, Judge Thelton Henderson was able to reform California prisons. He employed courts to change bureaucratic systems, and was moved by the idea that if you “encourage everyone involved to bu...

The Guardian

Evi Mariani Sofian

4 April 2018

Jakarta, Philippines

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One kampung in Jakarta, or “informal urban neighborhood,” fought back against a city that didn’t want the neighborhood to exist. There has been a trend for these small neighborhoods to be bulldozed in the name of deve...

The Guardian

Joe Dodgshun

7 March 2018

Berlin, Germany

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At the world’s most popular sites, innovations in tourism management can benefit both visitors and residents. Marketing efforts in Iceland are successfully distributing tourists all over the country throughout the yea...

WNYC

Brian Lehrer

21 February 2018

New Jersey, United States

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As New Jersey continues to reform its cash bail system, other states in the region look to it as an example. The state developed an algorithm called the Public Safety Assessment that considers an individual’s likeline...

High Country News

Maddy Butcher

20 February 2018

Mancos, Colorado, United States

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In Mancos, Colorado, the school board voted “no” to arming school staff in the traditionally Western town. Across the United States, the question of arming teachers is being brought up as a response to the increase in...

The Nation

Jimmy Tobias

16 February 2018

Austin, Texas, United States

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After a coalition of activists launched a campaign that included phone banking, door to door canvassing, and social media advertising to get the city to pass a universal paid leave policy, they won. Austin passed one ...

Columbia Global Reports

Jacob Kushner

14 February 2018

Uganda

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Well-known Silicon Valley companies started the Bridge International Academies in 2007, an experimental school model, across some East African countries in an attempt to increase the quality of education, while promis...

Pacific Standard

Molly McCluskey

9 February 2018

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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Since Australia’s National Firearms Act, passed over 20 years ago, the country has seen zero mass shootings. The legislation mandates a 28-day waiting period, bans automatic and semi-automatic firearms, and offers no-...

Yes! Magazine

Kevon Paynter

18 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After California legalized recreational use of marijuana, Los Angeles took the initiative even further to address the social and systemic inequity caused by the war on drugs of communities of color. The city undertook...

The Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich

17 January 2018

Costa Rica

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Starting in the mid 1980s and 1990s, African and Latin American countries began to implement “gender quotas” to integrate more women in politics. Now, “12 of the top 20 countries in the world for women’s legislative r...

Reveal

Bernice Yeung

16 January 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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After a documentary brought to light the prevalence of sexual assault experiences by women janitors, a California janitors union decided it was going to do something about the issue. Women leaders within the union con...

Colorlines

Denise Fairchild

11 January 2018

Mississippi, United States

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As the United States grapples with the already-occurring effects of climate change, there is a growing call from the energy democracy movement to make sure energy efficiency remains equitable and affordable. Initiativ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Sara Miller Llana

10 January 2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

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Although Iceland has ranked the most gender equal nation in the world by The Word Economic Forum, there is still a gender pay gap. A new law might change that. Iceland has become the first, and only country to punish ...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Marco Werman

8 January 2018

Iceland

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Iceland is hoping to become the first country to eliminate the pay gap between men and women after it imposed a law that mandates companies get an equal pay certification or face a fine.”This law is thought to be the ...

The Christian Science Monitor

Story Hinckley

3 January 2018

France

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Around the world, "1.3 billion metric tons, or one-third of all the food produced, is thrown away.” France is tackling the issue, by becoming the first country to make it illegal for grocery stores to throw away unuse...

BBC

Tulip Mazumdar

26 December 2017

Savar Upazila, Dhaka District, Bangladesh

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As large cracks appeared in the walls of Rana Plaza, workers’ safety concerns were ignored until the building collapsed, killing 1,134 and injuring many more. New regulations and organizations are improving worker saf...

The Mercury News

Katy Murphy

16 December 2017

Sacramento, California, United States

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Renewable energy has largely been associate with wealthier consumers, but that is changing with a new initiative that will install solar panels for apartment buildings with low-income residents. The hope is that the m...

WABE

Molly Samuel

6 December 2017

Georgia, United States

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Gopher tortoises might be labelled as endangered under federal law, which brings strict guidelines that businesses want to avoid. Georgia Gopher Tortoise Initiative is dedicated to finding gophers in their natural ha...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Jasmine Garsd

Andrea Crossan

5 December 2017

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In 1995 El Monte, a US sweatshop in California that housed workers without paying them, was raided. “The El Monte raid changed the garment industry.” After the raid, former president Bill Clinton created a sweatshop t...

The New York Times

Emily Badger

5 December 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Too often people use standardized test scores as the only measure of how good a school system is. A new measure looks at the growth and proficiency of the students as a measure of performance and may be more accurate ...

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