The Kaleidoscopic Community of a Coronavirus Hotel
Masked chambermaids, sanitized keycards and nurses who pop in to see how you’re feeling.
Japan’s ‘Disaster Parks’ Help Explain Its Coronavirus Response
Benches that become stoves and manholes hiding emergency toilets reflect the survival instincts of a country that has learned to live with peril.
New Zealand May Completely Eliminate the Coronavirus
In this week’s briefing: Kiwis crush the curve, a Brazilian school exceeds all expectations and transit projects leverage car-free streets to hurry forward.
The Media Can Help Beat the Coronavirus
If the press can learn from the mistakes it made during the Ebola outbreak, it could become one of our best assets in fighting the current pandemic.
How an Interactive Database Brought Earthquake Relief to Off-the-Map Villages
An online platform transformed aid efforts in rural Morocco, where remote communities are tucked deep in the mountains.
Community Fridges Combat Both Hunger and Climate Change
A concept that spread to meet an urgent need amid the pandemic remains a low-key yet efficient way to feed people and prevent food waste.
4 Pandemic Responses That Changed Life for the Better
Covid transformed cities, jobs, even entertainment in ways that seem to be ever more permanent — and in some cases, made the world a better place.
For Parents Stressed by a Crying Baby, Help Is on the Way
From hotlines to home visits, these organizations offer a helping hand when overwhelmed parents need it most.
In Sweden, Drones Are Beating Ambulances to the Scene — and Saving Lives
New technology is intervening in the moments where speed matters more than anything. Welcome to the future of emergency medicine.
Vaccines Were a Mysterious Lifesaver Long Before We Understood Them
How a science that now saves countless lives started with dairymaids who never got smallpox.
The Movement to Give ‘Personhood’ Rights to Animals
Legal systems around the world are beginning to confront an existential question: What rights does an animal have?
Once Upon a Pandemic, New York Let Its Street Vendors Thrive
When vendors in Queens started self-governing during Covid, the city got a glimpse of how public spaces can truly flourish.
South African Women Are Reclaiming Their Voices in the Media
With elections approaching, the stakes are high. One organization is making sure journalists listen to women.
Sierra Leone Is Turning Roadway Vibrations into Electricity
A locally owned startup’s devices are powering hundreds of homes and over a dozen schools.
The Surprising Lives of Germany’s ‘Basic Income’ Raffle Winners
For nearly a decade, a German contest has given hundreds of people 12 months of no-strings cash to see how it might change their lives.
Policing Without Cops Finds Its Way from Oregon to New York
A program pioneered in the little city of Eugene is improving policing in Harlem.
The ‘Cosmetics Shop’ Using Code to Help People Escape Their Abusers
“When a woman places an ‘order’ and gives us her address, that’s the signal for us to send the police.”
How a Tent City Controversy Became a Community’s Epiphany
When an affluent California city erected temporary shelters in a public parking lot, angry residents revolted — and then they got involved.
Government ‘Ministries of Loneliness’ Bridge the Gaps of Social Distance
Where isolation is an official policy, alleviating it is becoming one, too.
Portland’s ‘Hygiene Hub’ Goes Way Beyond Free Showers
A full-service facility run by the people who need it offers hot water, laundry, medical care — and legitimization.
‘Vaccine Altruists’ Are Finding Appointments for Strangers
For those who don’t have the time or computer savvy to scour the internet, a volunteer movement is emerging.
The Deal That’s Saving San Francisco’s Restaurants
As the lockdowns began one year ago, Lenore Estrada discovered a customer base that would save dozens of businesses like hers.
When You Know How to Shop, There Are Plenty of Fish in the Sea
Meet the marine geographer teaching Chennai urbanites how to buy seafood the traditional way.
For a Dramatic Covid Recovery, Doctors Prescribe Opera Lessons
The English National Opera has partnered with a hospital to turn lung recovery exercises into song.
New Zealand Is Infusing Policing With a Social Work Philosophy
Nimble, culturally nuanced and collaborative, this Māori-led response gets to the roots of family violence.
The Evolution of Trans Health Care
“Trans-competent” health care services — often staffed with trans doctors and nurses — are enhancing a medical system that has been slow to change its ways.
New York Is Using Data to Stop Homelessness Before It Starts
The city is pinpointing residents who are on the verge of losing their homes and getting them help before it happens.
The San Francisco Housing Policy That’s Stopping Displacement
In the city’s Mission District, renters are collectively buying their buildings before they get priced out.
Lesotho’s Top-Flight Soccer Team Just Broke the Glass Ceiling
The African nation’s Premier League football club will become the first in the world to fund its men’s and women’s teams equally.
‘Microcredentials’ Are Changing the Pandemic Job Hunt
Some universities are offering college credits as industry-recognized certificates instead, allowing students to use them in the job market long before they graduate.
Wine Country’s Farmworkers Are Staying Healthy Against All Odds
Populated by seasonal laborers, Oregon’s Willamette Valley could have been devastated by the coronavirus. Instead, it’s become a model for how to keep workers safe.
The Perks of Roommates With a 50-Year Age Difference
Intergenerational homesharing has taken off. The pandemic has complicated the calculus, but some say it’s more vital than ever.
A Mental Health Service for Inmates that Reduces Recidivism
In an effort to make its prisons more than punitive, Washington D.C. has begun offering cognitive behavioral therapy to incarcerated individuals.
Protesters Are Showing What Policing Could Look Like
At a police-free zone in Seattle, “sentinels” are keeping the peace in peaceful fashion.
No-Strings Cash Is Helping Black-Owned Businesses Survive
Money from friends and family is what helps many startups survive during tough times. One organization is playing that role for black entrepreneurs.
Socially Distanced Architecture That Brings People Together
When correctly designed, housing that gives people personal space can make them feel closer.
France to Airlines: Go Green If You Want a Bailout
How one country is using its economic rescue to clean up a polluting industry.
Germany Is Leading the World Toward a Green Recovery
As Europe’s biggest economy reboots, it — and many others — are planning to transition away from fossil fuels.
Alaska Is Using South Korea’s Method to Beat the Virus
With the fewest infections of any state, Alaska proves contact tracing can work — even in America.
Now Anything Is Possible
In a new series, we explore how the Covid-19 pandemic is making changes once dismissed as pipe dreams happen seemingly overnight.
This ‘Carbon-Negative’ Burger Is Fighting Climate Change
As fake meat floods the market, some fast-food joints are insisting that their ultra-sustainably raised beef is better for the planet.
The World Is Changing — So Can We
The pandemic is revealing the many ways our lives intersect. Is this an opportunity for us to reimagine what we can be?