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Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt

1 April 2019

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Racism, segregation, and discriminatory housing policies has plagued cities across the United States for decades. In this excerpt from Dr. Jennifer Eberhardt’s book, Biased, the author details the role surveillance an...

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Gary Warth

25 March 2019

San Francisco, United States

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The San-Francisco based organization Miracle Messages has helped to reunited around 200 people experiencing homelessness with friends and family using the internet and a small-but-dedicated group of staff. The team fi...

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Sydney Worth

22 March 2019

Vancouver, Canada

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To address systemic racism in western institutions, we need to consider the role subject headings play in sorting and presenting knowledge. The X̱wi7x̱wa Library at the University of British Columbia is rethinking the...

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Jeneé Osterheldt

12 March 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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In a city that many people of color consider unwelcoming, social media groups offer a path to visibility and community. The group, Young, Black, and Social, connects thousands of millennials in Boston to their peers, ...

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Casey Quinlan

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12 March 2019

Providence, Rhode Island, United States

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Changing norms surrounding masculinity begins with destigmatizing communication. Masculinity 101, a peer discussion group at Brown University, encourages students to be mindful of their behavior by promoting discussio...

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Libby Leyden

6 March 2019

Muizenberg, South Africa

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Surfing lessons are bridging racial divides and providing a therapeutic outlet for disadvantaged children in South Africa. In a society largely segregated by race, children in Cape Town’s black communities disproporti...

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Collier Meyerson

5 March 2019

New York, United States

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Birth and pregnancy coaches lessen the disproportionately high risk of death from complications in maternal care suffered by black women in the United States. Women in states that provide consultation with a doula, a ...

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Allison Dikanovic

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1 March 2019

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

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In Wisconsin, the Alma Brothers Smart Reentry program works to reduce the rate of recidivism by building relationships with those being released from jail and reentering society. By providing each man in the program w...

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Maria Esquinca

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25 February 2019

Miami, Florida, United States

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To cope with and combat gentrification, residents of Miami's Little Haiti neighborhood created a community garden called the Femme Fairy Garden, founded by Fempower. Community members come together every Sunday to ten...

Yes! Magazine

Julia Hotz

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25 February 2019

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, loneliness is an epidemic. Those who feel chronically lonely may have weaker immune systems, an increased risk of cancer, and shorter life spans. These afflictions and risks associated with lone...

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Amanda Bernardo

22 February 2019

Canada

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When designing policies, user engagement is an essential part of obtaining feedback and raising awareness among the very people that the policies are intended to impact. One small government team in Canada, the Next G...

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Noah Phillips

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13 February 2019

New York, New York, United States

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In New York City, much of the mental health infrastructure relies on the work of professionals known as Peer Specialists, who are individuals with lived experiences of mental health challenges and additional training ...

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Rebecca Davis

13 February 2019

Salem, Oregon, United States

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When a teenager at a high school in Salem, Oregon began expressing threatening sentiments online, the community stepped in to help rather than punish the student. Through assessing the threat and then partnering him w...

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Amy Walker

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11 February 2019

London, United Kingdom

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The Access Project in London recruits volunteer tutors in science, math, and technology fields to help young women build confidence in their STEM courses. The project also works to spread educational resources and tut...

The Christian Science Monitor

Leslie Roberts

8 February 2019

Maiduguri, Nigeria

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The Neem Foundation brings intensive counseling and 1-on-1 therapy to survivors who escaped the horrific violence of Boko Haram, a terrorist group in northeastern Nigeria. With months of aid and tough conversations, t...

The New York Times

Liz Robbins

7 February 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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For migrant detainees in San Diego County's Otay Mesa Detention Center, a recent letter writing campaign from participants at nearby San Diego State University has brought a small form of hope and courage. The univers...

Pacific Standard

Rebecca Gale

30 January 2019

Houston, United States

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Houston is a leader in ending veteran homelessness, with "an engaged police unit, a seasoned group of social and policy workers, and a city looking to innovate and improve," but that success has not scaled successfull...

The Verge

Andrew Liptak

24 January 2019

Moretown, Vermont, United States

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A Vermont-based online network, the Front Porch Forum, has spread around the state as a way for community members to share ideas, resources, and initiatives. Neighbors offer support in everything from rogue Roombas (y...

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Patty Wight

20 January 2019

Maine, United States

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For America's aging population, loneliness is a serious concern and a public health issue; a national program for Senior Companions relies on volunteers, who must be at least 55 years old and commit to at least 15 hou...

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Anoush Darabi

16 January 2019

Aarhus, Denmark

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Taking its queue from digital engagement strategies of cultural institutions across Sweden, the Danish city of Aarhus, Denmark is making the redevelopment of an area called South Harbour more equitable and inclusive. ...

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Maria de la Guardia

15 January 2019

Uttarakhand, India

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In a mountain village in the north of India, a women’s knitting group formed five years ago to help women reach for financial independence. The group ended up breaking stereotypes, building confidence, and creating li...

The Guardian

Tom Wall

15 January 2019

Bracknell, United Kingdom

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In the UK, where loneliness amongst senior residents has been declared a public health issue, councils, churches, and local charities are working to ensure that people are provided opportunities to connect with others...

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Nathanael Johnson

14 January 2019

Nevada City, California, United States

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In wildfire-prone Nevada County, California, community squads that do controlled burns are on the rise. According to the Nevada County fire council, some 23 associations are active, while about 50 more are forming. By...

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Jack Shuler

10 January 2019

Ohio, United States

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Day reporting, which serves as an alternative to to jail or prison for many with substance abuse disorders, provides intense, holistic programming to help participants recover. The personal relationships built in the ...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

10 January 2019

Boulder, United States

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Having your identity stolen, especially a social security number, is frightening and can have far reaching consequences for everyone involved; while some of the people who commit identity theft have malicious intents,...

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