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Cass Hebron

Astari Sarosa

3 July 2020

Bali, Indonesia

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A collaborative movement in Indonesia is creating job opportunities within the creative sector for those living with disabilities. Gerakan Kreabilitas holds workshops and events to provide business training through me...

Bangor Daily News

Ernie Clark

21 June 2020

Monson, Maine, United States

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A Portland-based foundation has revitalized a small town in Maine with the establishment of an arts colony, reconstruction of old buildings in downtown, and a full health center - a rarity for small towns. A declining...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 May 2020

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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ChiFresh Kitchen is a worker-owned cooperative that gives formerly incarcerated people an income, and a second chance, under a corporate structure that attacks high unemployment from the ground up. Formed as a caterin...

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Peter Biello

Alex McOwen

6 May 2020

Manchester, New Hampshire, United States

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Fresh Start Farms is a program by the New Hampshire Organization for Refugee and Immigrant Success that invites refugees in the state to apply their farming skills here in America to earn an income. Many of the refuge...

MIT Technology Review

Karen Hao

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6 May 2020

China

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Online retailers in China launched rural live-streaming initiatives to aid farmers in selling their products directly to consumers. After traditional selling methods were halted due to the novel coronavirus, farmers n...

Jackson Hole News & Guide

Tom Hallberg

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29 April 2020

Jackson, Wyoming, United States

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Teton County’s St. John’s Health medical center worked proactively to make sure they had the resilience needed in staffing to accommodate a potential surge in COVID-19 patients. Working quickly, they identified curren...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Sharyn Jackson

11 April 2020

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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With COVID-19 causing the shuttering of restaurants around the country, the Minnesota Central Kitchen collaboration brings together furloughed chefs – and their restaurants’ ingredients – to help feed those experienci...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

6 April 2020

Wilmington, Delaware, United States

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A technology service company based in Wilmington, DE hires neurodiverse employees, people with developmental disabilities, to fulfill roles that they may typically be overlooked for despite their skillsets. TPI avoids...

Wired

Garrett M. Graff

25 March 2020

United States

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For decades, executive orders have positioned the U.S. Postal Service to take part in helping during national crises, but the recently updated "medical countermeasures program" now tasks the postal carriers with the d...

CNN

Oscar Holland

Ananda Pellerin

24 March 2020

New York, United States

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To help address the shortage of personal protective equipment in hospitals, companies and individuals in the fashion industry are turning from clothing production to face mask production. This approach, which is being...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

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19 March 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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As restaurants across the nation have been forced to close their doors during the coronavirus pandemic, some are turning to creative means to help account for the loss of revenue. In Philadelphia, restaurants have cre...

Yes! Magazine

Patrick Ammerman

Gustavo Andrés Castillo Arenas

19 February 2020

Bogota, Colombia

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In a time when many Western countries are closing their doors to refugees, Colombia has been particularly welcoming to migrants and refugees. The country has enacted a series of laws that make it easier for incoming V...

Pioneers Post

Adeel Ahmed

13 February 2020

Sindh, Pakistan

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Pakistan's poorest citizens, who previously panhandled for their basic needs, were launched onto an entrepreneurial path by the Heritage Foundation Pakistan. Eight impoverished communities have been trained in the cra...

St. Albert Today

Jennifer Henderson

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12 February 2020

Quebec, Quebec, Canada

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By expanding childcare access and reducing costs, Quebec has seen a steep increase in the percentage of women actively involved in its workforce. Could this system, which has been financially sustainable as a result o...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Blatt Press

12 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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A workforce development initiative, PowerCorpsPHL, pays participants to learn skills and gain hands-on experience for jobs that offer long-term career opportunity in the field of environmental sustainability. Particip...

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Philadelphia Media Network)

Terri Akman

11 February 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Powered by a workforce made up exclusively of the formerly incarcerated and people experiencing homelessness, Philadelphia start-up company Graffiti Removal Experts gets paid to clean up signs of blight while giving p...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

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29 January 2020

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

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At Nehemiah Manufacturing, more than 80% of the employees are "second-chance" workers: people with a criminal record, a history of drug abuse, and such. Not only does the company bring more jobs to the city of Cincinn...

The New York Times

Eduardo Porter

27 January 2020

Portland, Maine, United States

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Universities situated in the right market have proven to jumpstart innovation and technological hubs across the country, from San Diego to Boston. Now, Portland, Maine is testing out the economic impact and growth of ...

Pioneers Post

Imani Dlamini

24 January 2020

Melkhoutfontein, South Africa

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A community in South Africa tackles waste management and unemployment at the same time by hiring workers to find new uses for waste that would otherwise be burned or dumped in a landfill. Some workers - most of whom a...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jessica Press

14 January 2020

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Founded in Pittsburgh, Honeycomb Credit expands to Philadelphia as a way to offer small businesses help with microfinance challenges. The company hosts a platform that allows businesses to create fundraising profiles;...

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David Kidd

7 January 2020

Rochester, New York, United States

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In 2016, the city of Rochester, NY partnered with Kiva—a crowd-funded microlender—to serve aspiring or established small-business owners. Their partnership offers interest-free loans, and already 20 of the loans have ...

The Salt Lake Tribune

Becky Jacobs

2 January 2020

Logan, Utah, United States

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Training rural residents to work from home eases the struggle with unemployment. Utah’s Rural Online Initiative program provides rural residents with an online work certificate and training in online tools such as vid...

Public Radio International (PRI)

Priti Salian

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2 January 2020

Berlin, Germany

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One newsroom in Berlin is giving exiled journalists a chance to not only continue practicing journalism but to do so in their native language. With so many journalists forced to start careers anew, Alma Magazine is ta...

Richland Source

Katie Ellington

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23 December 2019

Chagrin Falls, Ohio, United States

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In Northeast Ohio, manufacturing companies are partnering with local schools to address a workforce shortage by appealing to future workers at a younger age. By participating in a Certified Production Technician progr...

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Mathilda Mallinson

20 December 2019

Gunungkidul, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

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Although Indonesia is making efforts to improve disability rights, progress is slow. In the meantime, a group called Economic Empowerment for Entrepreneurs with Disability (EEED) was formed in partnership with the Bri...

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