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The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

5 February 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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A nonprofit in New Orleans transforms cheap vacant and underutilized lots into playgrounds and spaces for community events that teach children "design thinking" in the process.

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Emily Feng

6 December 2018

Lagos, Nigeria

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In Nigeria, entrepreneurs are overcoming the hurdles of an underdeveloped tech ecosystem to solve problems at the bottom of the pyramid, from health to education to access to money. It’s attracting the attention of in...

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Jon Brooks

5 December 2018

Chico, California, United States

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Chico veterinarians treated cats and dogs burned in California wildfires with fish skins. Tilapia has collagen and which can help heal burned paws and prevent infection.

The New York Times

Amy Yee

2 December 2018

Gbamu Gbamu, Ogun State, Nigeria

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Over half of Nigeria's population lacks reliable access to electricity, but solar energy is slowly changing this. Mini-grids are gaining popularity in these rural areas thanks to the technology's capability to provid...

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Feargus O'Sullivan

26 November 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

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While more permanent housing is built to meet demand in the Netherlands, the stopgap answer is to build “tiny homes.” Completely built in a factory, these tiny homes still provide all basic housing amenities. They wil...

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Jesus Diaz

14 November 2018

Denmark

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The Danish Lego company knew adults played with Lego, but rarely bought the kits for themselves. So the brand designed sets especially for more mature brains—to reduce stress and increase creativity. The kits emphasiz...

FastCompany

Adele Peters

8 November 2018

Cortez, Florida, United States

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In a small fishing village outside of Tampa, Florida, Google Home is joining forces with Florida Solar Energy Center, a solar battery storage technology company and a housing developer in order to create a collection ...

The Colorado Sun

Jason Blevins

19 October 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Outdoor recreation offices, started and spread by Luis Benitez, are growing from Colorado to Puerto Rico to potentially even Panama. By focusing on spurring economic development and job growth, promoting health, and h...

Grist

Justine Calma

17 October 2018

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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After Hurricane Maria devastated much of Puerto Rico, much of the country was left without power and some were subsequently left sick due to fumes from generators. After receiving a call from a relative in his home co...

BBC

Nick Holland

2 October 2018

Netherlands

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Many people simply throw away broken items or let them sit, unused in their house due to sentimental value. Around the world, Repair Cafés and similar gatherings bring volunteers together to fix these items, which hel...

The Guardian

Helen Pidd

1 October 2018

United Kingdom

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Home improvement projects often start with paint, but what happens when all of the purchased paint doesn't get used? Typically, it sits in someone's basement or storage closet with no plan for further use in sight. Co...

Governing

Alan Greenblatt

1 October 2018

Akron, Ohio, United States

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When the Innerbelt, a freeway in Ohio, was discontinued, a designer named Hunter Frank threw a party to liven up the space. From there, he pushed to transform it to a permanent greenspace. “There’s value in simply let...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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25 September 2018

Liverpool, England

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When it comes to helping H.I.V. patients, Britain's National Health Service is able to keep prices for treatment much lower than the United States does by encouraging the use of generic drugs. The National Health Serv...

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Soumya Satyajit

21 September 2018

India

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Tafline Laylin

11 September 2018

Uummannaq, Greenland

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When an artist was asked to create a design that would bring attention to the dire state of climate change solutions, he created "a solar-powered cube that converts humidity into waterfalls." Fifty prototypes later, a...

Next City

Emily Nonko

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5 September 2018

Florida, United States

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A community land trust is helping people in the Keys find another home, after Hurricane Irma ravished the area. “Four cottages are expected to wrap construction this fall, with another five finished by early 2019.” Th...

Science Africa

Henry Owino

4 September 2018

Kenya

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Jikos, which are energy-saving stoves, are making a difference in the lives of many living in Kenya. Switching from the standard open flame stove to these more modern cook-stoves have not only shown significant positi...

Daily Monitor

Bill Oketch

22 August 2018

Nebbi District, Uganda

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With little access to clean water, the community in the Nebbi District in Uganda were facing health issues. A new government initiative, however, has changed this reality by implementing a water scheme that utilizes t...

Yes! Magazine

Lornet Turnbull

17 August 2018

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Women4Women is an initiative that brings tradeswomen together in the construction field to do volunteer work for others. Since women represent just ten percent of construction workers in the United States, having the...

Metro

Kristin Toussaint

15 August 2018

New York, New York, United States

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The New York Public Library Riverside lends out ties, briefcases, and handbags. The program helps those attending graduations, job interviews, and other events who may not be able to afford such items. It’s part of a ...

CNN

Andrea Diaz

10 August 2018

Michigan, United States

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Donating frequent flyer miles is a powerful way to help people experiencing disaster. Miles4Migrants, which typically transports Syrian refugee families, is using crowdsourced miles to reunite migrant families separat...

The Tyee

Erin Ward

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7 August 2018

Yarrow, British Columbia, Canada

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Canada is quickly approaching a farming shortage, as elder farmers look to retire from the practice with no succession plan in place for future generations. Yarrow Ecovillage, a land-sharing project, may be the answer...

The Star

John Muchangi

1 August 2018

Nairobi, Kenya

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The Elide Fire Ball is an orb filled with fire suppressant designed to explode in seconds when it comes into contact with fire. Fire balls are easy to use, can be used preventatively by placing them where fires might ...

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Patricia Leigh Brown

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30 July 2018

California, United States

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Boasting one of the top five largest greenhouse gas cap-and-trade programs that has raised over $6.5 billion, California is leading the way in financially successful renewable energy initiatives. One of the state's mo...

The Denver Post

Joe Rubino

27 July 2018

Denver, Colorado, United States

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In Denver, the Beloved Community Village has been a model for a new effort in the city to use villages of tiny homes as a way to provide housing for those who would otherwise be homeless. After the community's first y...

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