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UN Global Goal 1: End Poverty

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

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Refrigerant Management

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Inside every refrigerator and air conditioning unit are chemical refrigerants that are harmful to...

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Shifting the Focus to Solutions

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

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Journalism & Democracy

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Journalism and democracy are inextricably linked. The practice of journalism plays a critical...

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UN Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger

7 Stories
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The goal of Zero Hunger encompasses food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture. In...

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Drawdown Solution #2: Onshore Wind Turbines

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

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Discovering What Works: Using Prizes

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

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The Youth Vote

6 Stories
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The 2018 midterm election witnessed a dramatic increase in young voter turnout—by some measures,...

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UN Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

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

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Reduced Food Waste

5 Stories
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Approximately one-third of all food produced globally goes to waste. For many people, reducing...

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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...

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Making Voting Maps Fair

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"One person, one vote." This phrase originated from a 1960s Supreme Court ruling requiring states...

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UN Global Goal 4: Quality Education

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The UN's fourth Goal—achieving quality education—seeks inclusive education for all youths,...

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Plant-Rich Diet (Meat Substitutes)

6 Stories
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Project Drawdown lists adopting a plant-rich diet to be one of the most powerful strategies for...

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Discovering What Works: Rapid Results

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

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Disagreeing with Grace

5 Stories

Extreme polarization does not just make for unpleasant Thanksgiving dinners with relatives who...

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UN Global Goal 5: Gender Equality

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Achieving gender parity is a necessary precondition for the UN Global Goals. While the steady...

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Plant-Rich Diet

6 Stories
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Eating a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains not only good for human health, it’s...

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Measuring Impact

5 Stories

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

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Putting Youth in Charge of Public Spending

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Teenagers and young adults in Boston decide how to spend one million dollars of the city's budget...

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UN Global Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation

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

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Tropical Forest Restoration

5 Stories
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Absorbing carbon and filtering water are just two of the many ecosystem services that tropical...

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Creating the Greatest Possible Impact: Moneyball Philanthropy & Effective Altruism

5 Stories
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Can a science of philanthropy inform spending in a way that maximizes the benefit? This...

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Better Citizen-Government Collaboration via Technology

6 Stories
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Every citizen observes from day to day how well their local government works. When faced with...

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UN Global Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

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

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Addressing Root Causes

6 Stories

Many well-meaning social programs don’t quite get to the root of the problem—they only treat the...

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Sharing Economy

5 Stories

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

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UN Global Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

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The UN’s 2030 Agenda relies on achieving decent work for all and creating employment through...

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Drawdown Solution #7: Family Planning

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

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Cultivating Collaborations

4 Stories

The solutions journalism stories in this collection illustrate how cultivating collaborations can...

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Harnessing the Power of Many to Fight COVID-19

3 Stories

This collection is adapted from the SolutionsU Pro Innovation in Action series on COVID-19. The...

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UN Global Goal 9: Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

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Investments in sustainable industrial development and resilient infrastructure are indispensable...

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Solar Farms

5 Stories

Solar farms provide an unlimited and clean source of energy, that in many countries is now...

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Embracing the Power of Relationships

6 Stories

What the solutions journalism stories in this collection all have in common is that they are...

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Start with Simple to Adapt During COVID-19

3 Stories

This collection is adapted from the SolutionsU Pro Innovation in Action series on COVID-19. The...

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UN Global Goal 10: Reduce Inequalities Within and Among Countries

7 Stories
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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals call for us to build more equitable societies—leaving no...

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Silvopasture

3 Stories
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Silvopasture is a form of agroforestry which integrates raising livestock, planting trees and...

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Empowering people

5 Stories
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When disadvantaged people are given the tools to succeed, they develop confidence in their own...

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Microfinance + Microcredit

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

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UN Global Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals requires creating cities that are more inclusive,...

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Rooftop Solar & Microgrids

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Installing rooftop solar has become an effective climate change mitigation strategy as well as a...

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Human-Centered Design Solutions on College Campuses

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Human-centered design (video) is an approach to problem solving that combines the creativity of...

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Last mile delivery

3 Stories

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

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UN Global Goal 12: Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production

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Goal 12 calls for consumers and producers to reverse current trends, decoupling resource...

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Regenerative Annual Cropping

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In the modern era, industrial monoculture has taken a huge toll on global biodiversity. Large...

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Using Creative Financing

6 Stories

Finance is crucial—not only to funding programs, but also as a direct means of giving people...

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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...

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UN Global Goal 13: Climate Action

7 Stories
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Goal 13 calls for urgent action against climate change. Currently, the world is falling short of...

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Drawdown Solution #12: Temperate Forests

4 Stories

Temperate forests lie mostly in the Northern Hemisphere and in total cover 1.9 billion acres,...

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Focusing on assets, not needs

5 Stories

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

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Expanding Access

6 Stories

Making a difference means distributing goods and services more equitably. By extending the reach...

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UN Global Goal 14: Life Below Water

7 Stories
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The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals aim to ensure the sustainable use of marine resources and...

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Drawdown Solution #14: Tropical Staple Trees

5 Stories

Project Drawdown ranks planting and harvesting tropical staple trees as the 14th best solution...

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Overcoming Big Challenges

6 Stories

How can we create and scale solutions that last? Challenges are endemic to social...

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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...

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UN Global Goal 15: Life on Land

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Goal 15 reminds us that healthy human communities rely on the health of our land and forest...

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Drawdown Solution #16: Conservation Agriculture

3 Stories

Conservation agriculture, when looking at a single acre, does not appear to do much in the way of...

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Private-public partnerships

5 Stories

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

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Identifying positive deviance

5 Stories

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

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UN Global Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions

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Legal systems provide the framework for countries to implement the Global Goals in the 2030...

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Tree Intercropping

5 Stories

Tree intercropping is growing trees and crops together in order to create a richer ecosystem and...

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Using a Comprehensive Approach

6 Stories

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

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Crowdfunding

5 Stories

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

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UN Global Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals

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Goal 17 calls for increased international cooperation in the implementation of all the...

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Drawdown Solution #18: Geothermal

4 Stories

Beneath the surface of the earth is an energy source, geothermal, that could provide 39 countries...

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Addressing underlying issues

6 Stories

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

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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...

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Repurpose, Redirect & Reimagine Resources to Contain COVID-19

3 Stories

This collection is adapted from the SolutionsU Pro Innovation in Action series on COVID-19....

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What's Working in the Global Fight to Contain COVID-19

8 Stories
2 external links

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising by the day in the United States and around the...

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors During the Pandemic

7 Stories

Volunteer groups like Invisible Hands, COVID-19 Neighborhood Volunteers and thousands of others...

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Democracy and Information During a Pandemic

6 Stories

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising by the day in the United States and around the...

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Flattening the COVID-19 Curve

7 Stories
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With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising by the day in the United States and around the...

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Breaking Down Constructs

4 Stories
2 external links

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

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Custom Course Collection: Villanova U Seminar: Who Am I in Relation to the Natural World?

3 Stories

This collection was curated by the Solutions Journalism Network for you, the students in the...

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Indigenous Peoples' Forest Tenure

5 Stories

Although indigenous communities contribute the least to climate change, they are among those most...

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Lessons from Asia and Africa in Containing a Pandemic

4 Stories

While the United States, the UK, Italy and other wealthy Western countries have struggled to...

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TEMPLATE: Solution Stories that Have Impact

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This collection was curated by the Solutions Journalism Network for you, XXX. We invite you to...

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Custom Course Collection: Entrepreneurship Capstone: Small Business Management

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Custom Course Collection: Prescott College Photojournalism Course

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More and more people around the world are saying how tired they are of the 24-hour news cycle and...

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