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Frank Wiley

15 April 2019

Cleveland, Ohio, United States

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Systemic issues like redlining, re-entry after incarceration, and addiction have left many people in search of affordable and sustainable housing options. Cleveland’s Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries is rehabbing home...

The Huffington Post

Bryce Covert

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18 March 2019

Washington, D.C., United States

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In Washington, D.C., universal pre-K is creating a more accessible landscape for childcare services, which often take up unmanageable amounts of parents' budgets. The city is now taking another step to ease the burden...

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Valerie Vande Panne

11 March 2019

Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

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When big box stores shutter, communities can suffer: vacant buildings deter investment and sites can encourage vandalism and other crimes. Because demolishing the stores can prove prohibitively expensive, three cities...

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Mimi Kirk

7 February 2019

Bar Elias, Lebanon

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Designers around the world explore ideas and tactics to make inviting, safe, and engaging playgrounds for underserved children. From Lebanon to Belgium, engineers and builders work together to make play accessible and...

Southern California Public Radio

Felicia Mello

6 February 2019

Berkeley, California, United States

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In a hot housing market like Berkeley, CA, it can be hard for students to find affordable apartments. At the same time, spare rooms often sit unoccupied in the nearby homes of retired UC Berkeley faculty and affiliate...

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.

The New Yorker

Tom Vanderbilt

4 February 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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DIY solutions can overcome the scarcity of medical resources in developing countries and save lives. A simple solution such as replacing expensive uterine balloons with more readily accessible condoms has already help...

Politico

Sarah Karlin-Smith

27 January 2019

Butaro, Rwanda

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In rural Rwanda, a new medical university is offering coursework that understands that health care and health outcomes is deeply intertwined with issues of discrimination and equity. Classes include in-depth looks at ...

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Nick Dall

22 January 2019

Cameroon

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In Cameroon, community members were facing a dire situation with a lack of efficient access to blood banks. Infiuss, an online blood bank, aims to fill this crucial gap in care by delivering bags of blood to patients ...

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Gregory Scruggs

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21 January 2019

Durham, North Carolina, United States

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A community land trust in North Carolina uses a "shared equity" model to help minority and low income people obtain access to affordable housing. The trust owns the land underneath the house, therefore holding onto th...

Mongabay

Shreya Dasgupta

3 January 2019

Bontang, East Kalimantan, Indonesia

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Bioacoustics, a method for studying sound in forests, has some powerful implications for conservation. For example, the U.S.-based non-profit Rainforest Connection used a remote smartphone network to discover logging ...

Oregon Public Broadcasting

Ian McCluskey

2 January 2019

Umatilla, Oregon, United States

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5-15 Minutes

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At a decommissioned chemical depot, a lone biologist has been building artificial homes for burrowing owls. To date, he's installed some 182 burrows. Not only have his efforts helped bring a declining species back acr...

FastCompany

Ben Paynter

2 January 2019

Oakland, California, United States

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Renewal Mill, a food company based in Oakland, is taking on food waste in a big way. The company produces goods from previously wasted byproducts, such as a fiber-rich, gluten-free flour that was once a wasted tofu by...

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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 Epoch Times

Amindeh Blaise Atabong

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4 December 2018

Mfou, Cameroon

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Using old and worn-out tires, inmates at the Mfou Principal Prison in Cameroon are able to transform them into sandals that are sold across the world. With a drastic shortage of resources, the prison is often unable t...

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...

CityLab

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...

FastCompany

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 ...

Washington Post

Mike Plunkett

26 October 2018

Kansas City, Missouri, United States

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Cities around the United States look to tiny homes as a solution to the national homeless crisis. From Kansas City, Mo. to Seattle, Wa., community members and city officials come together to build tiny homes and provi...

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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