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Aditya Chakrabortty

12 September 2018

Finland

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Housing First is a programme aimed at reducing homeless. It is rooted in the premise that “the main thing a homeless person needs is a home. The program has been adopted in Finland, Denmark, Spain, France, and parts o...

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Aditya Chakrabortty

29 August 2018

Teddington, United Kingdom

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Paul Sinton-Hewitt, founder of the charity Parkrun, never set out to create a revolution. All he wanted was a low-pressure space to run. Now, his organization supports over 1,600 community running events around the gl...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

1 August 2018

Brighton, United Kingdom

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The Bevy, a community-owned pub in Brighton, “is about creating an institution to bring together a fragmented community.” One of over 100 pub co-operatives throughout Britain, the Bevy is unique in that is is on a sub...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

18 July 2018

London, United Kingdom

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Professors, workers’ rights advocates, and workers themselves united to change the standard for the compensation of cleaning staff at local universities. Low paid service jobs, including cleaning, tend to be outsource...

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20 June 2018

Manchester, United Kingdom

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A free economics course is empowering everyday citizens to learn more about economics from an academic perspective, then helping them apply the concepts to their understanding of their own financial situations. In fiv...

The Guardian

Aditya Chakrabortty

6 June 2018

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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When subsidies for local buses were cut, bus services stopped in West Oxfordshire. Rather than give in and allow retirees and children to be stuck in their homes, forward-thinking citizens stepped up and created a co-...

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9 May 2018

Newcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

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York Place is one of a growing number of shopping centers that are closing down as trends like online retail and changing consumer habits mean fewer people going to shopping malls. But York Place is doing things diffe...

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14 March 2018

Glasgow, United Kingdom

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The owners of Novograf, a UK-based marketing company, faced a challenge when they were ready to retire. They did not want to sell their company and risk a relocation of the factory, which would take away jobs from the...

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28 February 2018

Wolfhagen, Germany

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In Wolfhagen, Germany, one man led the quest to take back the electricity supply into the hands of the public. By entering a lengthy negotiation with E.ON, one of the biggest energy companies in the world, Martin Rüh...

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14 February 2018

Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Eleanor Lee is one of many women leading the charge to restore the Granby neighborhood in Liverpool. The few households that remained inhabited after the neighborhood was forgotten came together and formed a community...

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31 January 2018

Preston, United Kingdom

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In 2011, when a huge plan for a sprawling shopping mall halted after the financial crisis, Preston’s future looked bleak. That is, until Matthew Brown, a local government leader, decided to spend money locally, an ide...

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