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CityLab

Laura Bliss

30 August 2019

New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

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Often citizens have to go to great lengths to get their problems noticed by city governments. One New Orleans resident concerned with a pothole in his neighborhood did just that when he converted a large pothole in "H...

Quartz

Larissa Hjorth

8 July 2019

Badalona, Spain

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Pokemon Go may have faded from mainstream popularity after it peaked in 2016, but the game is finding new life in Spain, where older generations are using the game to be more socially engaged in their communities. Soc...

Citizen Matters

Sakshi Rao

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30 May 2019

Bengaluru, India

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In Bengaluru, India, Anthill Creations has created dozens of playgrounds, or "play scapes" as they call them, using recycled tire scraps that are safe and fun. Serving over 10,000 children, Anthill's play scapes allow...

The New Yorker

Paige Williams

20 May 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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It turns out goats may be the answer to addressing invasive species. In Manhattan’s Riverside Park, a herd of goats were hired to to eat weeds, ivy, and nonnative species in an attempt to restore the balance of the ec...

Los Angeles Times

Nita Lelyveld

16 May 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Rates of loneliness are increasing across the United States, as people rely on technology rather than human interaction for their day-to-day lives. To directly combat this, a man in Los Angeles created the People Walk...

NationSwell

Lisa Lewis

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30 April 2019

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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“Yes, and,” encourages resilience. The Air Force Wounded Warrior Program offers injured service members and their caretakers the option of attending improv workshops as part of rehabilitation. Improv helps build socia...

The Guardian

Jon Henley

7 April 2019

Switzerland

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A group called Operation Libero in Switzerland has successfully rallied against rising right-wing populist groups by using different approaches like small-scale crowdfunding, eye-catching tongue-in-cheek campaigns, an...

Fox47

Emily Hamer

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31 March 2019

Wisconsin, United States

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A group called NextGen Wisconsin is using bounce houses, armies of field organizers, convenient voter registration tables, door knocking, and digital advertising to turn out historically high numbers of youth voters a...

National Geographic

Alma Guillermoprieto

27 March 2019

Bogotá, Capital Region, Colombia

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Ciclovía (Bicycle Way) is a well-known initiative from Bogota, Colombia that allows citizens to take over the public space once a week — roughly 75 miles of public streets. Citizens will bike, run, walk, dance, eat, p...

WEWS-TV (ABC News 5 Cleveland)

Homa Bash

26 March 2019

Cleveland, United States

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A new fitness craze called plogging has taken Cleveland, Ohio by storm. Participants pick up trash while jogging, adding physical health to environmental benefits.

The Philadelphia Citizen

Alyssa Biederman

21 March 2019

New Jersey, United States

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In South Jersey's Cumberland County, election officials played on one of the state's oldest football rivalries to increase voter turnout by launching the Turnout Trophy. The competition put fourteen towns against each...

Mount Vernon News

Katie Ellington

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7 February 2019

Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States

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Global Play Day for schools is exactly what it sounds like: a full day of supervised but unstructured play. Teachers and scientists say that this kind of play encourages creativity and helps build social skills that k...

NPR

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 ...

KUNC

Leigh Paterson

21 November 2018

Colorado, United States

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With suicide as a leading cause of death among adult men in Colorado, normalizing mental health care serves as an important step toward lowering suicide rates. Colorado’s Department of Public Health hopes that with a ...

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...

BBC

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...

Artsy

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’ ...

NPR

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...

Sonoma Index-Tribune

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...

Citizen Matters

Seema Prasad

23 May 2018

Bengaluru, India

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At Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, some 40,000 spectators per match are testing a waste management system that helps reduce pollution and encourage recycling. The program has shown promise. To boot, the project prov...

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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