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Emily Nonko

20 October 2020

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Ameelio is a technology startup launched by Yale students to facilitate free communication between people who are incarcerated and loved ones. In their first six months, the group went from sending 300 to over 4,000 l...

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Emily Nonko

16 September 2020

Jersey City, New Jersey, United States

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Since the Jersey City composting program, over 50,000 pounds of disposable waste has been used to fertilize home gardens, parks, and community gardens, instead of going into landfills. While scaling the program is a c...

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Emily Nonko

1 September 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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An income-based payment structure has alleviated water debt in Philadelphia. Decreasing federal aid to municipal water utilities in conjunction with rising costs associated with climate change has increased the cost o...

Reasons to be Cheerful

Emily Nonko

28 August 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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Dividend housing is an innovative initiative in Cincinnati giving renters the benefit of building equity without buying or selling real estate. Residents earn credits by maintaining the property, attending monthly ten...

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Emily Nonko

20 August 2020

New York, United States

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The Thinkubator, a Bronx-based nonprofit, launched "Thinkubator Solves" a virtual internship program that pairs Bronx high school students with local businesses. The paid one-month summer internship allows students to...

Politico

Emily Nonko

25 June 2020

San Quentin, California, United States

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San Quentin Prison's media created by the men incarcerated there have gone beyond rehabilitation of individuals to a broader mission of promoting criminal justice policy reform by reframing the narrative about those w...

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Emily Nonko

28 May 2020

San Francisco, California, United States

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Librarians’ skills have proved critical to San Francisco’s pandemic response, in roles ranging from translating to communicating public-health announcements, but especially contact tracing. The city’s largest-ever act...

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Emily Nonko

20 May 2020

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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The city of Detroit’s government spearheaded new partnerships at the start of the coronavirus pandemic to provide transit options for people living in city shelters and residents who don’t have cars to access COVID-19...

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Emily Nonko

13 May 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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In Philadelphia, a project called Fill the Walls With Hope has come together, pairing public art with hyper-local information. The initiative, which has collaborated with various local organizations, came together as ...

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Emily Nonko

29 April 2020

Tennessee, United States

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Tennessee Reconnect, which started as a small-scale "mentorship and financial support program", has now been adopted and expanded throughout the state as a way to help adults start or continue higher education. Now in...

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Emily Nonko

7 April 2020

Portland, Oregon, United States

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The idea of “feeding the frontline” - donating funds to purchase restaurant food that can be delivered to frontline healthcare works amidst the COVID-19 crisis - has spread like wildfire. In cities from San Francisco ...

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Emily Nonko

1 April 2020

California, United States

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A state’s digital portals can be ways to reach residents’ needs as well as collect data on the real-time effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. In California, the state’s SNAP assistance tool, GetCalFresh, emerged as a vit...

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Emily Nonko

11 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Performance art provides a healing outlet for formerly incarcerated individuals. In New York City, the Ritual4Return program encourages participants to express the transition in their lives through art. Using an artis...

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Emily Nonko

20 November 2019

Peoria, Illinois, United States

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Green infrastructure provides a return on investment and improves the quality of life in a community. In Peoria, Illinois, the city’s Public Works Department has piloted several green infrastructure initiatives with t...

FastCompany

Emily Nonko

12 August 2019

Kiruna, Sweden

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In Kiruna, Sweden's northernmost city, a new city hall building is embodying transparency and community engagement. The building boasts a public cafe, seating nooks, studios, and a public art museum among the more tra...

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Emily Nonko

8 August 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Partnerships between nonprofits strengthen efforts to promote economic justice. Working together, several nonprofits focused on economic and restorative justice in Oakland have succeeded in opening Restore Oakland, a ...

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Emily Nonko

29 April 2019

San Quentin, California, United States

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Partnerships between those incarcerated and volunteers from the outside are crucial. Collaborations—such as the one between the Wall City magazine, the UC Berkeley, and the San Quentin Journalism Guild—make it possibl...

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Emily Nonko

8 April 2019

California, United States

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Sheriffs' offices can provide resources and encourage underserved communities and communities struck hard by disinvestment to grow their civic capacity. In Alameda County, California, the county sheriff’s office opera...

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Emily Nonko

28 March 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Formerly incarcerated individuals, community leaders, and members of San Francisco’s District Attorney’s office, have joined forces to create a collaborative advisory board. The board meets to share re-entry challenge...

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Emily Nonko

26 February 2019

North Charleston, South Carolina, United States

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North Charleston, SC, struggles to offer affordable housing, much like other cities across the United States; however, a partnership between the city and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative better address...

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Emily Nonko

12 February 2019

Richmond, Virginia, United States

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In the midst of heated debates surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments in Richmond, Virginia, a partnership between a university design collective and a community nonprofit welcomed student suggestions to kee...

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Emily Nonko

29 January 2019

District of Columbia, Washington, United States

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A nonprofit grocery store in Washington, D.C. brings fresh, affordable food to regional food deserts. Through community engagement, public partnerships, and the willingness to learn from failure, Good Food Markets bri...

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Emily Nonko

22 January 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Public libraries are increasingly using their positions as accessible centers for information to address homelessness and mental health issues - in San Francisco, a team of Health and Safety Associates have helped pla...

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Emily Nonko

31 October 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Governing Hope, an anti-racism organization, is combating racism in Portland by asking white people to pay reparations. The organization created an event called “Reparations Power Hour,” which invites people of color ...

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Emily Nonko

10 October 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A collaboration between artists, lawyers, and community members has resulted in expungement clinics that clean or clear criminal records in a manner that is legally binding and emotionally therapeutic. Clinic attendee...

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