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Burma Civil Society Groups Goes on a Study Trip to Sri Lanka
Members of a Burma civil society group comprised of lawyers, journalists, women social rights advocates, among others, have embarked on a trip to Colombo to meet with and learn from the experiences...more



Increase of Elderly at Risk of Homelessness, ABS Finds
A report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) reveals an increase in the numbers of elderly that are at risk of homelessness in the private rental market. Housing for the Aged Action...more

Most Philanthropists Rather Not Extol Their Giving, New Report Reveals
According to a recent report by Forbes Insights, the latest research provider, 77% of philanthropists have stated that they do not want their charitable efforts announced or publicized. The...more

New Research Finds Play Promotes Emotional Recovery Among Chronically Ill Children
Laura Nabors, an associate professor of human services in the University of Cincinnati College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH), will present new research that documents play...more

Vacant Lots On Chicago Blocks Cost A Dollar Each?
In an effort to eliminate neighborhood blight, Chicago is giving away vacant lots for just $1 each. There's a catch, however. To obtain one, you must already own a home on the same block. The...more

Modesto City Council To Approve Fund Program To Aid The Underserved
The Modesto City Council has recently announced it would approve two programs that would spend up to $450,000 in federal budget to boost the economic way of living of low- and moderate-income...more

French Civil Society Groups Launch New Campaign For Ethical Clothing
French civil society groups and labor unions come together to launch an ethical clothing campaign designed to support the payment of decent wages to workers in Asia and Africa. The groups have...more

Grand Rapids Gets DEED Funds For Commercial, Housing Projects
Grand Rapids received $615,552 in funds from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). The funds will be used towards six commercial rehabilitation projects and 27...more

Social Enterprise Hopes to Improve Sanitation and Hygiene in Underprivileged Areas
Soap Cycling is a social enterprise that collects used soap bars from hotels, processes them, and works with NGOs to circulate processed soap to children and families in disadvantaged Asian...more

New Report Details Tax Reforms Geared to Promote Homeownership
An Urban Institute report, New Perspectives on Homeownership Tax Incentives, documents three tax reforms that address to promote homeownership through a channel other than the deductibility of...more






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Reinventing Playgrounds


Reinventing Playgrounds

Billy Jensen, a digital media strategist, writer, and father of two, believes that people should “return to the heyday of adventure playgrounds.”




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