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Drawdown Solution #1: Refrigerant Management

4 Stories
2 external links

It turns out that the single most significant way to reduce CO2 emissions is to change the way we...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Addressing Root Causes

5 Stories

The stories in this collection are about approaches to problems that go beyond "Band-Aid"...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #2: Onshore Wind Turbines

4 Stories
5 external links

Wind turbines are rapidly becoming cost competitive with electricity generated by coal-fired...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Shifting the Focus to Solutions

3 Stories

Most journalism is about what’s wrong in the world, with very little focus or reporting on what...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Expanding Access

4 Stories

Expanding access is often about getting products and services to new people, in new markets, in...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Project Drawdown Solution #3: Reducing Food Waste

5 Stories
1 external link

Project Drawdown ranks reducing food waste as the third most significant strategy for reducing...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Using humor

5 Stories

Human-centered design is a social change strategy that emphasizes understanding a social...

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Project Drawdown Solution #4: Plant-Rich Diet

6 Stories
4 external links

Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains is good for human health, and it turns...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

UN Global Goal 1: End Poverty

7 Stories
3 external links

The Goals for Sustainable Development provide an agenda for governments, agencies, and...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Discovering What Works: Using Prizes

6 Stories
1 external link

The stories in this collection (one of three about Discovering What Works), provide an overview...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

UN Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger

7 Stories
3 external links

The stories in this collection illustrate approaches taken toward achieving the UN’s goal to end...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Project Drawdown Solution #4: Plant-Rich Diet (Meat Substitutes)

5 Stories
1 external link

Project Drawdown ranks a plant-based diet as the fourth most powerful strategy for slowing and...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: Data and Evidence

4 Stories

This is the third of three teaching collections on Discovering What Works in the field of social...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Measuring Impact

5 Stories

Sometimes what seems like a great idea to solve a social or environmental problem fails, or even...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Discovering What Works: Rapid Results

3 Stories
1 external link

This is the second of three teaching collections on Discovering What Works in the field of social...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Breaking Down Constructs

4 Stories
2 external links

Creative thinking, managing risk, having fresh perspective and overcoming concerns about failure...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Embracing the Power of Relationships

4 Stories

The stories in this collection are about programs to help people  overcome depression;...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Sharing Economy

5 Stories

In a world of 7.5 billion people, there are innumerable scenarios where individual ownership of a...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Creating the Greatest Possible Impact: Moneyball Philanthropy & Effective Altruism

4 Stories
3 external links

The readings in this collection explore two concepts that proponents believe create the greatest...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Health Insurance in America

6 Stories

America's healthcare is by far the most expensive in the world, and in 2014 there were still 33...

created by

Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

Cultivating Collaborations

4 Stories

The stories in this collection illustrate how cultivating collaborations can lead to successful...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Microfinance + Microcredit

5 Stories
1 external link

Microfinance - or creating financial products such as savings plans, small loans, or insurance to...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Marketing to the Base of the Pyramid

4 Stories

Ten years ago, a book called "The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid," introduced the idea that...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Building trust

3 Stories

Trust fosters confidence, particularly with marginalized communities that have little faith in...

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Last mile delivery

3 Stories

Last mile delivery focuses on building the last step in a delivery model to make sure people...

created by

Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Focusing on assets, not needs

5 Stories

Focusing on assets, not needs explores programs that take advantage of pre-existing assets and...

created by

Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Empowering people

4 Stories
1 external link

Success factors are the tactics that are critical to a response’s success or failure. The success...

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Immigrants in the United States (Extended)

12 Stories

More than 13% of the U.S. population is made up of immigrants. In 2016, the U.S. welcomed 96,874...

created by

Elizabeth Tompkins

Solutions Journalism Network

Media Training Professional

Crowdfunding

5 Stories

In an age of economic globalization and rapidly-increasing access to technology, new avenues are...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

HIV & AIDS

9 Stories

This broad collection highlights the various ways agencies, cities, governments, and entire...

created by

Taylor Nelson

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Private-public partnerships

5 Stories

Sometimes the underlying causes of a social challenge are so large or complex that uniting...

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

UN Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

7 Stories
2 external links

The third UN Global Goal—good health and well-being—aims to ensure healthy lives for all people...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

UN Global Goal 4: Quality Education

6 Stories
2 external links

The UN's fourth Goal—achieving quality education—seeks to ensure inclusive education for all. By...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Using a Comprehensive Approach

6 Stories

There are very few (if any) "silver bullet" solutions for the myriad of complex problems society...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

Identifying positive deviance

5 Stories

When communities have reached solutions that deviate from cultural norms, they have overcome a...

created by

Lita Tirak

Solutions Journalism Network

Researcher or Data Scientists

Addressing underlying issues

6 Stories

The root causes of familiar social challenges such as poverty or violence are often difficult to...

created by

Holley Gaskill

Solutions Journalism Network

Other

UN Global Goal 5: Gender Equality

7 Stories
3 external links

Achieving gender parity is a necessary precondition for the UN Global Goals. Providing women and...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Using Data to Create Accountability

5 Stories

Data is a powerful tool that can be put to use in a myriad of ways.  Advances in the way it...

created by

Tina Rosenberg

New York Times and SJN

Print Reporter/Digital Reporter/Staff Writer

Integrating purpose with profit to achieve UN SDGs

5 Stories
3 external links

The stories in this collection illustrate how real-world businesses are innovating and remaining...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

UN Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

6 Stories
1 external link

Water management is one of the most challenging Goals on the 2030 Agenda. As the UN Economic and...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Overcoming Big Challenges

7 Stories

Certain challenges — questions of scaling and impact measurement and evaluation — are endemic to...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Using Creative Financing

7 Stories

Coming soon!

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #5: Restoring Tropical Forests

5 Stories
3 external links

Tropical rainforests provide many ecosystem services, including absorbing carbon and filtering...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

Drawdown Solution #6: Educating Girls

4 Stories
1 external link

"Education lays a foundation for vibrant lives for girls and women, their families, and their...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

UN Global Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

7 Stories
2 external links

Ensuring universal access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern sources of energy is...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Drawdown Solution #7: Family Planning

5 Stories
3 external links

Effective family planning strategies that focus on well-being, education and empowerment not only...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

UN Global Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

7 Stories
2 external links

The UN’s 2030 Agenda relies in large part on achieving decent work for all and creating...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

Share Yours Here!

0 Stories

This section of Teaching Collections is for you -- the brilliant educators who use solutions...

created by

Katherine Noble-Goodman

SolutionsU

Educator

UN Global Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

7 Stories
1 external link

Investments in sustainable industrial development, resilient infrastructure, and the innovations...

created by

Paul Niebrzydowski

Solutions Journalism Network

Educator

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