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How a Group of Political Novices Ended Gerrymandering in Michigan

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Their success proves that you don’t need political power — or a Supreme Court majority — to get fair congressional districts.

Utah Has Perfected Social-Distance Voting

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Americans may find themselves following the state’s stay-at-home playbook in this year’s presidential election.

There’s a Better Way to Vote

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As America’s primary elections stumble along, a fairer method of picking who runs the country is gaining ground.

The Coronavirus-Proof Nation

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Taiwan has built a pragmatic, solutions-oriented society where democracy is expected to deliver results. Amid the pandemic, it’s paying off.

The Beautiful Place that Stopped Big Bottled Water

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As Washington State moves to ban companies from selling its spring water, the story of Hood River County shows how even a small place can stop the extraction of its most precious resource.

How South Africa Ended Its Secret Births

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A country where many parents once hid their children’s existence from the government has achieved something once thought impossible: universal birth registration.

Is It Okay to Copy China?

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A country that opposes human rights and democracy is also coming up with some smart solutions. Can we emulate the good without endorsing the bad?

Reforesting the Ocean

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Recently, Australian scientists proved something we once thought impossible: we can regrow the ocean forests we’ve destroyed. Now they’ve set their sights on a tougher challenge… and they can’t do it alone.

Changing Behavior: Economic Incentives

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Mexico’s tax on sugary drinks will save thousands of lives and millions of dollars. Ahhh… sweet social change.

This Lake Belongs to Everyone

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A city on Lake Erie convinced its waterfront property owners to give the public their waterfronts for free. It’s a case that could transform the Great Lakes forever.

Our Bicycle Future

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At the Bicycle Architecture Biennale, spacious parking garages and elegant water crossings point the way to a two-wheeled utopia.

Treating Loneliness as a Medical Condition

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When a small-town clinic in England started prescribing human connection to its lonely patients, rates of chats over coffee increased—and hospital visits fell.

Can We Change Our Behavior or are We Stuck?

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Our future survival may depend on our ability to adopt more selfless habits. One city has proven we can do it.