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Maroosha Muzaffar

11 October 2019

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Millennials are having fewer children and caring more about environmental impact, so the toy industry is now experimenting with a newly popular "toy subscription" service. Rather than accumulating mass quantities of p...

The Slowdown

Randi Eicher

10 October 2019

Nairobi, Kenya

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To combat the rapidly decreasing forest density in Kenya, an organization created "seedballs," or seeds from trees coated in charcoal and other nutrients that help the seeds survive long enough to germinate. The organ...

Native America Calling

Tara Gatewood

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2 October 2019

Arizona, United States

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To preserve culture, especially language, elders and leaders in Native American communities often rely on shaming. Although this practice has proven to be an effective method in some instances, it is not without its l...

Boulder Weekly

Angela K. Evans

26 September 2019

Boulder, Colorado, United States

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The Media and Climate Change Observatory at the University of Colorado - Boulder has been tracking media coverage of climate change in an effort to improve and provide analysis of it. As awareness of the climate crisi...

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Matthew Zeitlin

27 August 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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Across the world, countries are reckoning with its astounding single-use plastic bag waste by instituting legislation that taxes or all-out bans them. Research has shown that taxing the bags has been a more effective ...

Searchlight New Mexico

April Reese

27 August 2019

Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

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The Outdoor Equity Fund in New Mexico introduces troubled youth across the state to exploration in nature as a sort of informal therapy and mental retreat. The Fund - a first of it's kind across the nation - distribut...

The Seattle Times

Scott Greenstone

22 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Rewarding patients for sobriety greatly increases the likelihood for recovery. The approach of contingency management creates new behaviors through incentives instead of punishment. Through the Seattle Department of V...

The Trace

Alain Stephens

21 August 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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In San Diego, California, more than three Gun Violence Restraining Orders, or “red flag laws,” have been used to prevent gun violence. These laws have gained in popularity across the country, and allow courts to tempo...

Apolitical

Amelia Axelsen

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16 August 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Turning climate solutions into opportunities for investment can help mobilize capital to address climate change. The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance (The Lab), part of the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) bas...

Washington Post

Marisa Iati

13 August 2019

Muncie, Indiana, United States

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Across the United States, cities are letting residents pay off their parking tickets with donations to local organizations. For set periods of time, cities like Muncie and Las Vegas write off traffic tickets – as long...

The Greater Sum

Anna Taylor

12 August 2019

Houston, Texas, United States

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In 2012, Megan Marcus founded FuelEd, an organization that trains teachers in emotional and social health so that they can be adequately prepared for their role as a mentor to children. Their practices are based in tr...

BBC

Maddy Savage

7 August 2019

Stockholm, Sweden

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In Sweden, employees are allotted up to 6 months in an unpaid leave of absence for the purpose of entrepreneurship. Because of the reported decrease in fear of job loss or financial insecurity, this law has said to in...

NPR

Rhitu Chatterjee

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7 August 2019

McGregor, Minnesota, United States

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Due to urban migration from rural areas, communities in less populated regions around the country are experiencing increased loneliness and lack of social connection; a health organization in Minnesota is building per...

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Megan Clement

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6 August 2019

Bronx, New York, United States

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When paired with evidence-based intervention methods, hip hop therapy is gaining ground as a means of increasing the odds that the intervention will work. Although further studies are needed to prove the effectiveness...

Vox

Dylan Matthews

4 August 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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A group of economics researchers and county officials in the Seattle area teamed up to create a more comprehensive approach to housing vouchers. Rather than simply provide a rental voucher, the city piloted a program ...

Rewire.News

Ari Honarvar

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2 August 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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One way that any ordinary citizen can lend a hand to the plight of those caught in the American immigration system is by being a court observer: someone who sits in immigration court and takes notes by hand. Several o...

The New York Times

Julia Hotz

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18 July 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Feeling isolated often leads to increased feelings of loneliness, but is also a reason why new meet-ups such as Tea With Strangers are becoming widely used as a solution. Based on the idea that strangers can become mo...

The Colorado Sun

Dan England

15 July 2019

Denver, Colorado, United States

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Exercise has long been regarded as healthy, but it's now being used as a way to combat addiction. From specialized gyms that require 48 hours of sobriety to addiction recovery centers emphasizing exercise, people batt...

BBC

Tom Colls

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2 July 2019

Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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A U.S. company, Flock Safety, has developed a security and surveillance system that allows residents to monitor the color, model, and license plate of every car entering their neighborhood. The system uses car license...

BBC

Dougal Shaw

28 June 2019

London, United Kingdom

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In London, a new initiative called Junior Roadwatch is engaging children as traffic safety enforcers. Around one particularly busy and dangerous section of road, drivers who are caught speeding have two options: get a...

CityLab

John Surico

21 June 2019

New York City, New York, United States

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Though cities around the world range in size, demographics, and countless other factories, they share a common trait: cities are loud. The app Hush City offers an easy way to find a quiet space amid the noise. The app...

BBC

Kathleen Hawkins

Hannah McNeish

18 June 2019

Portugal

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In 2001, facing a 20-year opioid epidemic, Portugal decriminalized all personal drug use, meaning people carrying drugs for personal use could no longer face prosecution or jail. The approach, met with public support,...

The New York Times

Timothy Williams

12 June 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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The San Francisco District Attorney’s office has been instituting “blind charging,” making it impossible to see someone’s name, race, and other demographics before deciding to charge them with a crime. This new practi...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

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11 June 2019

Oregon, United States

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In Washington, Oregon, and Colorado, the traditional polling place has all but disappeared. In its place is the rise of the mail-in ballot, a convenient, inclusive method where states mail ballots to every registered ...

NPR

Patti Neighmond

10 June 2019

Detroit, Michigan, United States

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People who experience trauma in their early childhood are at a higher likelihood of experiencing chronic pain in later years, which often goes untreated. However, emotional awareness and expression therapy, which comb...

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