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Danielle Preiss

8 December 2018

Varanasi, India

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A calendar featuring goats wearing warm clothing has raised thousands of dollars for local organizations in Varanasi, India. The creative gimmick draws on the power of large numbers of small donations, similar to the ...

The Huffington Post

Sarah Shearman

10 October 2018

London, England

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The Hoe Street Central Bank is an artist run project that raises money through events taking place in a former bank and sells prints designed to mimic paper money. Through the money they raise, the organization buys a...

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Nick Holland

25 September 2018

London, United Kingdom

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A Tovertafel, or “Magic Table” in Dutch, uses a projector and sensors to create interactive games for people with dementia. From catching fish and popping bubbles to assembling puzzles, the games reduce apathy, improv...

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Jacqui Palumbo

30 August 2018

Paris, France

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Through augmented reality (AR) effects, street artists have created surprising, novel experiences in museums and in public. Using an app, viewers can see murals in motion, art floating in the air, and new ‘additions’ ...

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Joanna Kakissis

7 August 2018

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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In Amsterdam, a unique set of problems has a unique set of solutions. Overcrowding by rowdy tourists is threatening a normal, peaceful lifestyle for native residents. The city’s solution is twofold: first, government ...

Politico Magazine

Derek Robertson

26 July 2018

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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A D.C. non-profit is using storytelling, improv, and comedy to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. A study by doctors at Western Carolina University found that the program resulted in "a significant increas...

The New York Times

Martin Selsoe Sorensen

23 June 2018

Allinge, Denmark

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Thousands of Danes attend a political festival called Folkemodet every year to mingle with government ministers and corporate executives and enjoy live music, comedy, and art. The casual atmosphere allows participants...

Hyperallergic

Paige Towers

15 June 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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A loosely connected movement of LGBTQ street artists are creating work with explicitly queer themes across the country. This work puts images of pride in public spaces as well as challenging perceptions about who crea...

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Carole Kelleher

25 May 2018

Sonoma, California, United States

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At the Vintage House Senior Center in Sonoma, California, a Death Cafe is held on the last Wednesday of every month. The phenomenon of the Death Cafe began in London in 2011 but has since become international, popping...

Mashable

Heather Dockray

10 May 2018

West Virginia, United States

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The Queer Appalachia Instagram account has created a virtual community combating the isolation and fear that are often present in the lives of queer people living in Appalachia. In a region particularly hard-hit by th...

Washington Post

Samuel Granados

28 February 2018

San Juan, Puerto Rico

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In the wake of Hurricane Maria, artists are putting on performances of all kinds in traditional and non-traditional spaces. These performances provide entertainment; express pain, loss, and anger; satirize and critiqu...

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Tom Colls

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13 February 2018

Toronto, Canada

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Improvisational comedy teaches people to listen, act quickly on their feet, and be unafraid to make mistakes. An improv class in Toronto geared towards people who struggle to manage anxiety has found that these skills...

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Mimi Kirk

6 February 2018

St. Paul, Minnesota, United States

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The diverse Frogtown neighborhood in St. Paul, Minnesota is filled with immigrants from all over the world. However, warning signs of gentrification are hinting at rising home prices that threaten the affordability of...

The New York Times

Christopher F. Schuetze

2 January 2018

Leusden, Netherlands

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Slightly more than eighteen percent of the Dutch population is sixty-five or older and with this aging demographic comes new challenges. To combat the very serious risks that living alone and aging poses to seniors, t...

The New York Times

Declan Walsh

28 December 2017

Cairo, Egypt

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For young women in Egypt, outlets for their frustrations can be extremely limited under a political climate that oppresses freedom of expression, and in a culture where sexual harassment is rampant and systemic. The C...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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6 September 2017

United States

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Fighting back at far right demonstrators can give them the optics and attention they want. Using humour to counter others is a tool used around the world in a myriad of contexts.

NPR

Chhavi Sachdev

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25 August 2017

Bangalore, India

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Bangalore's police department had an image problem and their successes weren't reaching the public. Crowd Kart Media took over their social media making memes, popular shows, and humor in order to help the department'...

Bright Magazine

Priti Salian

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10 May 2017

India

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To remove stigmas around discussing death and end of life care, four terminally ill people have been delivering stand up comedy routines about the situation. Through humor, the Laughing At Death foundation hopes India...

The Atlantic

Isabel Henderson

1 March 2017

La Paz, Bolivia

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In La Paz, local government is using people dressed in zebra costumes to direct traffic and change the behavior of people who break the rules. La Paz borrowed the idea from Antanas Mockus, the former mayor of Bogota, ...

News Deeply

Amy Fallon

8 December 2016

Kampala, Uganda

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Uganda has some of the highest fertility and HIV prevalence rates in the world. Yet the government has banned comprehensive sexuality education in schools, and parents feel uncomfortable talking about the taboo subjec...

NPR

Angus Chen

23 July 2016

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Embodying beloved characters, cosplayers are able to access what they find special and strong about these characters and find inspiration for their own lives. This inspiration—once the costume is off—can result in out...

The New York Times

Katie Rogers

13 July 2016

North Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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With so much police brutality upon black men in the news, police departments across the country have been perceived with suspicion and fear. A police officer in North Little Rock has sought to change the perspective o...

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Jenny Gold

29 June 2016

Palo Alto, California, United States

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Undergoing surgery is a stress-inducing prospect for anyone, but children are especially vulnerable to anxiety prior to operations. To avoid using risky anti-anxiety medications on young patients, two anesthesiologist...

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Melissa Bailey

27 June 2016

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Hospitals can be stressful places for children and their families, but music therapy can help ease some of that stress. At Boston Children's Hospital, music therapists help children complete tasks such as using the re...

The New York Times Magazine

Dan Kois

19 April 2016

Reykjavik, Capital Region, Iceland

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Despite being an island of seamen, Iceland used to experience high numbers of drownings every year, fostering a keen interest in swimming education. The government stepped up and tapped into the underground hot water ...

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