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Build Your Own Baugruppe - A Home For The Rest Of Us. By Johnny Magdaleno Today more than half of the world’s seven billion people live in big cities and the United Nations estimates that by 2030 that will climb to 60 percent.

Build Your Own Baugruppe - A Home For The Rest Of Us

If our urban planners don’t find a way to match supply with rising demand, the cultural and economic capitals that we revere risk becoming pressure cookers for unprecedented poverty, gentrification, high costs of living, and a larger gap between the rich and the poor. But in Germany, communities and architects have been working together for decades as part of a progressive urban housing and planning scheme that might provide an answer to these imminent problems.Baugruppen— or “building groups”— are German co-housing projects that are entirely owned and designed by their residents, with the help of an architect. There are no commercial developers or real estate agents, considerably lowering construction costs and rates of absentee ownership.

But what if you wanted to start one in the United States? Homeless People Plant a Huge Organic Garden, and Feed an Entire Shelter. Generation Citizen making a difference. By Amelia Pak-Harvey Updated: 12/30/2015 10:50:02 AM EST0 Comments.

Generation Citizen making a difference

Canada is adopting one of Finland's greatest ideas: baby boxes. Remember those baby boxes Finland started giving out to parents of newborns for free?

Canada is adopting one of Finland's greatest ideas: baby boxes.

They're boxes with basically everything you need to keep an infant alive, healthy, and happy: clothes, a towel, a quilt, diapers, bibs, a book, a toy. The kit even comes with a mattress, so the box itself can be used as the baby’s first crib. Looks pretty comfy … do they come in queen size? Image by Milla Kontkanen. Introducing the Social Benefit Company - a new legal structure for Australian Social Enterprises. Background Chuffed.org was launched in October 2013.

Introducing the Social Benefit Company - a new legal structure for Australian Social Enterprises

At the time, we decided to incorporate it as a (non-DGR) charity - formally as a Company Limited by Guarantee. This decision wasn't straightforward. What If the Key to Ending Homelessness Is Just That—a Key? The whole mess started around noon on a Sunday in March, when two homeless men on L.A.’s Skid Row got into some sort of spat.

What If the Key to Ending Homelessness Is Just That—a Key?

Something about a tent, or the location of a tent, or the contents of a tent. Typical Skid Row stuff, the kind of thing you can’t avoid seeing in a 50-block area where 1,500 of the city’s most destitute souls—most of them mentally ill or drug addicts or both—sleep in their own filth and throw elbows just to survive. So there was an argument, and someone called the cops, and when they arrived the officers approached Charly Keunang, a Cameroonian national known among fellow street dwellers as Africa. Housing-First Programs Have Reduced Veteran Homelessness by 50% in Four Years. Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets. The final week of January saw an annual ritual in government statistical gathering that few people know about — the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Point-in-Time survey of the homeless population, in which HUD recruits volunteers around the country to go out and try to count up all the homeless people living in America.

Giving housing to the homeless is three times cheaper than leaving them on the streets

This year, White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough even joined up, volunteering as part of the San Francisco PIT crew. Counting the homeless is, of course, a critical element to making appropriate homelessness policy. But good policy also requires greater awareness of a discovery that research continuously confirms — it's cheaper to fix homelessness by giving homeless people homes to live in than to let the homeless live on the streets and try to deal with the subsequent problems. Between 2005 and 2012 the rate of homelessness in America declined 17 percent Source: National Alliance to End Homelessness Further reading: 11 myths about homelessness in America. These before-and-afters will make you question everything about how our economy works. Report: Philanthropy Days ‘very successful’ Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015 - by Carol Adelman Jesse Barnett Kimberly Russell.

The Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015 is the first analysis of philanthropic freedom across the world.

Index of Philanthropic Freedom 2015 - by Carol Adelman Jesse Barnett Kimberly Russell

By examining barriers and incentives for individuals and organizations to donate money and time to social causes, Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Prosperity (CGP) has measured, ranked, and compared countries on their ease of giving. The research is a major step in identifying the public policy actions to encourage private giving which, in turn, can increase generosity. View PDF Study findings contradict the notion that developed countries have laws and regulations most conducive to philanthropy. Over a third of surveyed countries with low per capita income (less than $25,000) earned philanthropic freedom scores in the top half of the study. The new Index provides a detailed analysis of the legal barriers and incentives to philanthropy in both developed and developing countries.

Read the full press release.View the interactive map graphic. Coverage: NonProfit Times, “U.S. View PDF. Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids. What makes highly creative people different from the rest of us?

Harvard researchers have mapped the five child-rearing techniques you need to raise kind kids

In the 1960s, psychologist and creativity researcher Frank X. Barron set about finding out. Barron conducted a series of experiments on some of his generation’s most renowned thinkers in an attempt to isolate the unique spark of creative genius. In a historic study, Barron invited a group of high-profile creators—including writers Truman Capote, William Carlos Williams, and Frank O’Connor, along with leading architects, scientists, entrepreneurs, and mathematicians—to spend several days living in a former frat house on the University of California at Berkeley campus.

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