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Columbus Day could be renamed and rededicated

By Hicbd
Sun Sep 7 2014 11:14 am

"While Indigenous Peoples’ Day was first celebrated in 1992, to explicitly protest the quincentennial anniversary of Columbus’s discovery, it has failed to build steam across most of the U.S. California and South Dakota celebrate Native American Day, Tennessee celebrates American Indian Day, and a few other scattered cities have officially adopted Indigenous Peoples’ Day, but over 40 states still observe Columbus Day as an official state holiday."

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http://magazine.good.is/articles/seattle-wants-to-kill-columbus-day
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus_Day#Opposition_to_Columbus_celebrations
https://www.change.org/search?q=columbus+day&page=1

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Reality television could lower teenage pregnancy rates

By Hicbd
Sat Sep 6 2014 2:50 pm

"A recent study by Melissa Kearney, University of Maryland economics professor and director of the Brookings Institution’s Hamilton Project, showed a powerful connection linking 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom with a plunging birth rate for teenage women in the U.S."

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http://aspen.us/journal/editions/septemberoctober-2014/%E2%80%9Cteen-mom%E2%80%9D-effect
https://www.econ.umd.edu/research/papers/639

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Lotteries or prizes could encourage people to save more

By Hicbd
Mon Sep 1 2014 9:36 am

"Four states—Michigan, Nebraska, North Carolina and Washington—now allow credit unions to offer cash prizes as an incentive to encourage people to save more...By opening a 12-month share certificate with as little as $25—far less than the minimum for most bank certificates of deposit—participants in prize-linked savings programs earn an entry into that month’s drawing and become eligible for a yearly grand prize. For each $25 added to the account (up to 10 deposits per month), a participant earns another entry. Savers are allowed to withdraw money before the end of the 12 months, but to do so they typically have to pay a $25 fee."

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http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/blogs/stateline/2014/07/15/to-encourage-saving-some-states-turn-to-prizes
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/15/saving-money_n_5588235.html

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Poverty Asset Building U.S. Poverty Bank Accounts

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Police officers could wear body cameras

By Hicbd
Fri Aug 22 2014 3:53 pm

Studies have shown wearing cameras has been associated with large reductions in use-of-force and complaints against officers.

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http://www.policefoundation.org/content/body-worn-cameras-police-use-force
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/21/technology/personaltech/police-cameras-can-shed-light-but-raise-privacy-concerns.html?_r=0
http://www.ijreview.com/2014/07/153997-california-towns-simple-solution-police-brutality-lowered-use-force-60-percent/

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Joe Sat Sep 13 2014
1:45 pm
Agreed. Also, since we pay them indirectly through taxes, we should also set the standard of their physical fitness. They are here to protect and serve, yet I see unfit, overweight policeman everyday that couldn't out run my 8 year old child. Thanks Obama.

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Better cookbooks could be available for food stamp recipients

By Hicbd
Thu Aug 14 2014 7:46 pm

As shown by Leanne Brown's Good and Cheap cookbook, more attractive and easier to use cookbooks could be created and available.

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2014/08/01/337141837/cheap-eats-cookbook-shows-how-to-eat-well-on-a-food-stamp-budget?utm_source=facebook.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=npr&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20140802
http://www.leannebrown.ca/good-and-cheap.pdf

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U.S. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Food Stamps Cookbooks

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Libraries could be made out of sketchbooks

By Hicbd
Mon Aug 11 2014 7:19 am

As shown by the Sketchbook Project at the Brooklyn Art Library, "for $25, any doodler, student, parent, graphic designer, architect or would-be artist with an idea can fill a 32-page sketchbook and add it to the collection."

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https://www.sketchbookproject.com/
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/13/nyregion/at-the-brooklyn-art-library-a-home-for-personal-sketchbooks.html?_r=0

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Libraries Art Creation Sketchbooks

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Money could be printed for aid

By Hicbd
Fri Aug 8 2014 2:11 am

"A policy of “print aid” would retain the inflation-targeting guidelines that made current quantitative easing schemes so credible. Second, because the money created would be spent overseas in poor countries on items such as vaccines, education, and infrastructure, the impact on prices in the country doing the printing would likely be minimal."

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https://www.ted.com/talks/michael_metcalfe_we_need_money_for_aid_so_let_s_print_it
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-05-08/could-central-banks-print-money-to-help-developing-nations

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Babies could go to spas

By Hicbd
Thu Jul 24 2014 3:32 am

As shown in Malaysia, Singapore, and the U.K., baby spas enable babies to float in water and receive massages supposedly leading to beneficial effects.

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http://www.today.com/parents/baby-spa-takes-stress-out-being-infant-floating-massage-2D79706599
http://celebritybabies.people.com/2014/06/13/float-baby-houston-baby-spa/

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A 60 mile wide device could clean up litter in the oceans

By Hicbd
Tue Jun 17 2014 5:58 am

The device "harnesses ocean currents and wind patterns (rotating systems called "gyres") that circulate plastic naturally. (The) design, which is fixed to the seabed, has two 30-mile booms in a V-shape, which funnel debris into a central collecting column."

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3031429/could-this-gigantic-ocean-plastic-clean-up-machine-actual-pick-up-our-ocean-trash?partner=newsletter#16
https://fund.theoceancleanup.com/

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Suits could be suitable for biking

By Hicbd
Sat Jun 14 2014 4:32 pm

As shown by company Parker Drusseau, the "Commuter Suit" has extra flexibility, "buttons to secure a pants roll-up, breatheable mesh lining in the jacket, and reflective strips under the collar and cuffs that are revealed when you roll them up."

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http://www.smh.com.au/executive-style/fitness/a-business-suit-you-can-ride-a-bike-in-20140512-384m7.html

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Biking Suits Commuting

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Cigarettes could be designed differently to help people quit

By Hicbd
Thu Jun 5 2014 11:42 am

Ideas by designer Yi-Wen Tseng include numbering cigarettes in a package, using a slightly bigger filter size, and enabling cigarettes to be split in half.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3031378/cleverly-designed-cigarettes-will-convince-you-that-you-can-quit

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A portable sleeping bag could be used for hypothermic infants

By Hicbd
Wed May 21 2014 12:19 pm

"Embrace is a sleeping bag-style baby-warmer that can be used when high-tech, hospital-based incubators are not available to mothers who either can’t afford to pay for a hospital stay or who can’t afford to remain away from home (and work) for long periods of time. In contrast, Embrace is portable, affordable and low-tech."

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http://ideas.ted.com/2013/12/18/mother-knows-best-re-making-the-embrace-baby-warmer-for-moms/
http://embraceglobal.org/

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Citizens could adopt fire hydrants

By Hicbd
Wed May 21 2014 11:44 am

"In the midst of winter snowstorms, buried hydrants cause dangerous delays for fire fighters. But having City of Boston employees check and clear thousands of hydrants would be a timely, costly and burdensome process....Adopt-a-Hydrant allows individuals, small businesses and community organizations to volunteer in shoveling out specific hydrants."

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http://datasmart.ash.harvard.edu/news/article/fire-hydrants-and-the-democratization-of-infrastructure-maintenance-234
http://codeforamerica.org/apps/adopt-a-hydrant/

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The death penalty could be abolished

By Hicbd
Wed May 21 2014 11:24 am

Some argue that there is limited or no evidence that the death penalty deters crime, there can be wrongful execution of innocent people, and state the greater expense of costlier trials and prolonged appeal processes versus life imprisonment to taxpayers.

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http://www.newsweek.com/2014/05/23/unlikely-conservative-cause-abolish-death-penalty-251005.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment
http://deathpenalty.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=001000

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Seniors could teach languages to students abroad

By Hicbd
Fri May 9 2014 11:27 pm

As shown by CNA language schools, the elderly could teach languages to students through videoconference fostering cultural exchange and emotional connections.

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http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/perfect-match-brazilian-kids-learn-english-video-chatting-lonely-elderly-americans-157523
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2622691/Lonely-American-retirees-help-Brazilian-students-practice-English-video-chat-make-unexpected-new-friends-process.html

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Ann Tue May 20 2014
10:33 am
This is awesome. Wish this program would go viral!

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Trees could produce music

By Hicbd
Fri May 2 2014 2:24 pm

"The turntable rotates slices of wood as if they were LPs, while the camera scans the rings for their thickness, growth rate, texture, and overall color tone. A computer using some custom software maps that data to a musical scale, which is then played using piano notes."

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http://www.gizmag.com/record-player-reads-tree-rings/21198/
http://www.livescience.com/33673-tree-rings-sound-record-player.html

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Reality TV shows could be "slow"

By Hicbd
Tue Apr 29 2014 9:42 am

As shown in Norway, "slow TV" experiments have featured seven-hour train rides, minute-by-minute knitting, an evening long show about firewood, and 24/7 online streams of birds.

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http://world.time.com/2013/07/08/norways-slow-tv-movement-so-wrong-its-right/
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/arts-and-lifestyle/2014/03/popular-norway-reality-tv-show-starring-birds/8751/

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Low income students could be given more information and support to apply to competitive colleges

By Hicbd
Tue Apr 29 2014 8:43 am

Research has shown low-income students can be unaware they can attend competitive colleges and have a need for application guidance. Support could range from waiving application fees, providing information packets to high scoring students from the SAT, to offering a nonprofit (such as QuestBridge) to help with the application process.

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http://www.wbur.org/2014/02/27/low-income-students-college-applications
http://www.npr.org/2014/01/16/262789593/white-house-seeks-ways-to-get-poor-kids-through-college
http://siepr.stanford.edu/?q=/system/files/shared/pubs/papers/12-014paper.pdf

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Poverty Education U.S. Higher Education U.S. Poverty Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) College Applications

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Restaurants and cafes could produce little or no waste

By Hicbd
Tue Apr 29 2014 8:16 am

"Most restaurants produce about eight gallons of garbage every hour, but Chicago-based Sandwich Me In, took nearly two years to produce that much."

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http://www.psfk.com/2014/04/chicago-eatery-creates-zero-waste-video.html#!GlZGi
http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/directory/cafe/silo-joost

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The RHS-15 screener and Pathways to Wellness program could be used to address refugee mental healthcare needs

By Hicbd
Thu Apr 24 2014 3:40 pm

As created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the RHS-15 (a 15-question mental health screening tool) and Pathways to Wellness program could help determine and provide for the mental health needs of new refugees. Currently, there is limited assessment.

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http://www.rwjf.org/en/research-publications/find-rwjf-research/2014/01/evaluating-and-responding-to-the-mental-health-needs-of-refugees.htm
http://refugeehealthta.org/webinars/mental-health-screening-and-care/tools-and-strategies-for-refugee-mental-health-screening-introducing-the-rhs-15-2/

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Wetsuits and surfboards could deter shark attacks

By Hicbd
Thu Apr 24 2014 3:12 pm

As shown by the Australian company SAMS, wetsuits and surfboards could be designed to either camouflage or repel sharks from divers and surfers.

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http://www.wired.com/2013/08/wetsuits-that-use-science-to-deter-shark-attacks/
http://www.ted.com/talks/hamish_jolly_a_shark_deterrent_wetsuit_and_it_s_not_what_you_think

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Aquariums could be herb gardens

By Hicbd
Sat Apr 19 2014 9:43 am

As shown by Aquafarm, a "self-cleaning tank directs the waste-water, which is broken down into nutrients, as fertilizer for the plants. This cleans the water and it then falls back down for the fish."

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http://www.psfk.com/2012/11/aquarium-herb-garden.html#!EVKuN
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1682610/from-mushrooms-to-aquaponics-how-back-to-the-roots-is-taking-over-home-growing

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The IRS could file people's taxes for them

By Hicbd
Thu Apr 17 2014 8:38 am

"The Simple Return would have the IRS take the information about income directly from the employers and banks and, if the person’s tax status were simple enough, send that taxpayer a return prefilled with the information....Anyone who preferred to fill out his own tax form, or to pay a tax preparer to do it, would just throw the Simple Return away and file his taxes the way he does now. For the millions of taxpayers who could use the Simple Return, however, filing a tax return would entail nothing more than checking the numbers, signing the return, and then either sending a check or getting a refund."

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http://www.vox.com/2014/4/15/5614776/you-are-the-irss-worst-paid-employee
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Papers/2006/7/useconomics%20goolsbee/200607goolsbee.PDF
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ReadyReturn

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Car seats could be inflatable

By Hicbd
Thu Apr 17 2014 8:23 am

As designed by Volvo, this "rear-facing seat...inflates in 40 seconds using an integrated pump. It comes in at less than 11 pounds, about half the weight of a contemporary car seat. Deflated, it fits neatly into a backpack."

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/3029010/volvos-new-child-car-seat-inflates-in-40-seconds?utm_source=swissmiss&utm_campaign=8e139daeeb-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_2660ad4d17-8e139daeeb-393327009
http://www.businessinsider.com/volvo-inflatable-car-seat-safe-2014-4

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Ann Tue May 20 2014
10:40 am
Why not?

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Stock exchanges could be free from high-frequency trading

By Hicbd
Fri Apr 4 2014 10:14 am

As shown by the Investor's Exchange (IEX), stock exchanges could be created to be protected from high-frequency trading (HFT). Some believe HFT contributes to volatility of markets and scrapes profits from investors.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/31/us-markets-hft-flashboys-idUSBREA2U03D20140331
http://qz.com/193630/why-banks-hedge-funds-and-silicon-valley-all-want-their-own-stock-exchanges/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-frequency_trading#Risks_and_controversy

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Bikes could be pedal-free

By Hicbd
Thu Mar 27 2014 12:18 pm

As shown by the Kazam balance bike, a bike with no pedals could teach kids balance to make learning how to ride a bike easier.

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http://www.kazambikes.com/pages/about
http://www.twowheelingtots.com/kazam-balance-bike/

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Disabled workers could be guaranteed a minimum wage

By Hicbd
Thu Mar 27 2014 11:38 am

The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 allows "certified employers to pay a subminimum wage to workers with a disability, based on their productivity when compared with that of nondisabled workers." Some argue that this has led to organizations taking advantage of disabled workers.

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https://nfb.org/fair-wages
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/03/09/us/the-boys-in-the-bunkhouse.html?hp&_r=0
http://www.change.org/petitions/goodwill-industries-international-pay-disabled-workers-a-real-wage

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Solitary confinement in prisons could be limited or abolished

By Hicbd
Sat Mar 8 2014 4:26 pm

Solitary confinement may be more expensive to create, produce more violent and mentally ill inmates, and contribute to increased rates of recidivism. "At least 25,000 prisoners — and probably tens of thousands more, criminal justice experts say — are still in solitary confinement in the United States. Some remain there for weeks or months; others for years or even decades."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/11/us/rethinking-solitary-confinement.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solitary_confinement#Criticism

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Wheel lights could make cyclists more visible

By Hicbd
Sat Mar 8 2014 3:59 pm

"The white-and-red lighting setup comprises a ring of LEDs that you install around the entire edge of each of your bike rims...The result is beautiful arcs of light that make you visible from all angles."

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http://www.wired.com/design/2013/05/led-bike-wheel-revolights/
http://revolights.com

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Debit card users information could be used in credit scoring

By Hicbd
Sat Mar 1 2014 6:39 am

Without using credit cards, credit scores can be negatively impacted. If debit card users information were incorporated into credit scoring, this could potentially improve credit scores enabling better chances of renting, employment, loans, etc.

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http://money.msn.com/credit-rating/why-suzes-card-wont-help-you-liz-weston
http://www.change.org/petitions/mandate-the-credit-bureaus-to-include-debit-card-holders-information-on-credit-reports

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Nesting arrangements could be used in a divorce

By Hicbd
Sat Mar 1 2014 6:20 am

"Rather than the children having to adapt to the parents’ needs and living in two separate dwellings, they remain in the family home and the parents take turns moving in and out, like birds alighting and departing the 'nest.'" The aim is to create more stability in the children's lives.

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http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/co-parenting-after-divorce/201307/birds-nest-co-parenting-arrangements
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-09-21/business/0309210433_1_divorce-separate-bedrooms-nest

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People with dementia could live in gated model villages

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 21 2014 4:28 pm

As shown by Hogeway in the Netherlands, elderly residents with dementia live in a self-contained village lessening demands on caregivers and allowing residents to live an active lifestyle.

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http://gizmodo.com/inside-an-amazing-village-designed-just-for-people-with-1526062373
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2012/aug/27/dementia-village-residents-have-fun
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hogewey

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Cash stipends could be given directly to the poor

By Hicbd
Thu Feb 20 2014 6:10 am

As shown by the organization GiveDirectly, donations or aid could be given directly to the poor as cash stipends with conditional requirements or be unconditional. This method could result in positive outcomes, stimulate the economy, and be less expensive than other poverty interventions.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/01/18/what-happens-when-the-poor-receive-a-stipend/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GiveDirectly
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unconditional_cash_transfer

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Three kinds of tenure tracks could be used in universities

By Hicbd
Thu Feb 20 2014 5:19 am

Professors whom excel at research, teaching, or both could achieve tenure based on these different tracks in order to improve teaching and research in higher education.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/06/opinion/a-solution-for-bad-teaching.html?src=me

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Education Research Community Colleges Universities College U.S. Higher Education Academic Tenure

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Governments could end subsidies to deep sea fisheries

By Hicbd
Thu Feb 6 2014 2:55 pm

"Eliminating global subsidies would render (deep sea fishing) fleets economically unviable and would relieve tremendous pressure on over-fishing and vulnerable deep-sea ecosystems."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Overfishing#Removal_of_subsidies

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Environment Conservation Aquatic Conservation Fisheries Fishing Industry Government Subsidies

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A central cloud-based organ registry could exist

By Hicbd
Fri Jan 31 2014 11:34 am

"If you have a New Jersey driver's license and you die in California, someone has to figure out that you're from New Jersey, coordinate with the local registry, and ensure that they have your real name at the ready." As states all have separate registries, a central cloud-based registry could make it easier for organ donations to happen. In addition, ORGANIZE offers a mobile app to make it easy to sign up as a donor.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3025482/can-this-new-startup-end-the-organ-donor-shortage-forever
http://www.organize.org/

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Section 8 vouchers could be expanded and cities could permit more building to create more affordable housing

By Hicbd
Sun Jan 26 2014 2:57 pm

Rather than subsidizing development and mortgages, these two strategies could be more effective in creating more affordable housing.

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http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/12/16/two-ways-to-revamp-us-housing-policy/?_php=true&_type=blogs&_r=0

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Nonprofits could be evaluated on financial health, governance practices, and outcomes/impacts

By Hicbd
Mon Jan 20 2014 5:33 pm

Rather than focusing solely on overhead/fundraising/administrative cost ratios, nonprofits could also be evaluated on these three criteria for more informed giving.

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http://www.bbb.org/us/article/bbb-wise-giving-alliance-charity-navigator-and-guidestar-join-forces-to-dispel-the-charity-overhead-myth-42506
http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_pallotta_the_way_we_think_about_charity_is_dead_wrong.html

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Parents and parents-to-be could receive text messages to promote maternal and child health

By Hicbd
Fri Jan 17 2014 11:15 am

As shown by Text4baby, parents and parents-to-be "receive three free text messages a week, timed to their due date or their baby's birth date, through pregnancy and up until the baby’s first birthday. The messages address topics such as labor signs and symptoms, prenatal care, urgent alerts, developmental milestones, immunizations, nutrition, birth defect prevention, safe sleep, safety, and more."

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https://text4baby.org/index.php/about
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Healthy_Mothers,_Healthy_Babies_Coalition_(HMHB)#text4baby

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Street medicine could deliver healthcare directly to the homeless

By Hicbd
Thu Jan 16 2014 12:17 pm

Street medicine, or doctors working in outreach teams, could be a way to deliver healthcare services directly to people whom are averse to seeking treatment.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Street_medicine
http://www.buzzfeed.com/maycie/meet-the-doctor-who-has-spent-the-last-22-years-making-house

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Federal funding could go towards people-based programs, rather than place-based economic development

By Hicbd
Wed Jan 15 2014 8:46 pm

"It’s almost impossible to imagine that the billions already spent on Buffalo’s urban-renewal projects would satisfy any reasonable cost-benefit analysis for helping to reverse the city’s decline. The desire of people and firms to move is just too strong...people-based policies may actually motivate states and cities to spend more wisely, in order to retain their newly educated and mobile residents."

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http://www.city-journal.org/html/17_4_buffalo_ny.html

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Instruments could be made from trash

By Hicbd
Tue Jan 14 2014 5:23 pm

"The young musicians all come from Cateura, a slum that's built upon a landfill; the 2500 families who live there survive by separating garbage for recycling."

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOyEBkYeasc
http://www.npr.org/blogs/deceptivecadence/2012/12/19/167539764/the-landfill-harmonic-an-orchestra-built-from-trash
http://www.landfillharmonicmovie.com/

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Companies could adopt principles from the UK Governance Code of 2010

By Hicbd
Sun Jan 12 2014 2:20 pm

The "Code" outlines specific practices to ensure good corporate governance such as:
"- the CEO and Chairman of companies should be separated
- boards should have at least three non-executive directors, two of whom should have no financial or personal ties to executives
- each board should have an audit committee composed of non-executive directors
- each board should have a remuneration committee composed without executive directors, but possibly the chairman
- directors should have long term performance related pay, which should be disclosed in the company accounts and contracts renewable each year
- the Chairman of the board should be seen as the "leader" of the non-executive directors
- institutional investors should consider voting the shares they held at meetings, though rejected compulsory voting
- all kinds of remuneration including pensions should be disclosed."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UK_Corporate_Governance_Code

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The CEO/president and the chairman of the board could have separated roles

By Hicbd
Sun Jan 12 2014 1:51 pm

This could improve corporate governance and help ensure the board acts in shareholders' interests.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Corporate_Governance
http://www.russellreynolds.com/content/splitting-ceo-and-chairman-roles-yes-or-no
http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2010/01/13/corporations-rotten-core.html

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A device placed on a window could reduce noise

By Hicbd
Fri Jan 10 2014 12:42 pm

"The 'Sono' takes vibrations from a window pane and reprocesses them, releasing sound back into the room in a less annoying form."

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3019934/finally-get-some-damn-peace-and-quiet-with-this-window-mounted-noise-silencer

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Coats could be sleeping bags

By Hicbd
Fri Jan 10 2014 12:23 pm

The Poler Napsack has "has zippers at the shoulders, so you can stick your arms out, and a cinch at the bottom so that you can open it up and stick your legs out. Hike it up to your waist, cinch it, and wear it like a puffy coat around the campfire, and then crawl right back into your tent without ever having to leave the warmth of your bag."

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http://www.swiss-miss.com/2013/12/napsack.html
http://vimeo.com/49343775
http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/the_empowerment_plan_veronika_scotts_winter_coat_for_detroit__17762.asp

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More advisement and support could increase college graduation rates

By Hicbd
Fri Jan 10 2014 11:33 am

CUNY’s Accelerated Study in Associate Programs "addresses money issues by covering tuition that’s not paid for by federal and state grants, as well as paying for public transit and giving students free use of textbooks, saving them upward of $900 a year. To help balance the demands of college with work, life and family obligations, students take their classes in a consolidated course schedule (morning, afternoon or evening)." In addition, "biweekly seminars and one-on-one advising" is also used to increase graduation rates.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/09/opinion/how-to-help-college-students-graduate.html?_r=0

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Congress could operate on a coordinated schedule

By Hicbd
Thu Jan 2 2014 9:47 am

Presently, "all business is conducted midweek. Many members fly in on Tuesday morning and fly home Thursday evening, leaving few possibilities for meeting members of the other party off of the battlefield and out of sight of the press. Mann and Ornstein propose changing the calendar in both the House and the Senate so that Congress is in session five days a week for three weeks each month. Such an arrangement would be both more efficient (less time wasted in transit) and more humane (more opportunities for relationships to form)."

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http://mobile.nytimes.com/blogs/campaignstops/2012/09/17/look-how-far-weve-come-apart/
http://www.nolabels.org/work#ways

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Voting could be electronic or through the internet

By Hicbd
Thu Jan 2 2014 7:48 am

"Polling place electronic voting or Internet voting examples have taken place in Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Estonia, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Venezuela, and the Philippines."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_voting#Examples
http://theweek.com/article/index/249385/4-ways-to-boost-the-dismal-turnout-in-local-elections

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Election Day could be a national holiday

By Hicbd
Thu Jan 2 2014 6:42 am

Some suggest merging this day with Veteran's Day to increase civic engagement and voter turnout.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/past/issues/98oct/electday.htm
http://www.cnn.com/2012/11/12/opinion/ctl-election-holiday/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout#Ease_of_voting

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Small dollar funding could support political campaigns

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 31 2013 9:37 am

One system proposed could be to give "a rebate of $50 (from federal taxes) in the form of a 'democracy voucher.' That voucher could then be given to any candidate for Congress who agreed to one simple condition: the only money that candidate would accept to finance his or her campaign would be either “democracy vouchers” or contributions from citizens capped at $100. And if the voter didn’t use the voucher? The money would pass to his or her party, or, if an independent, back to this public funding system."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/17/opinion/in-campaign-financing-more-money-can-beat-big-money.html
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-10-04/to-save-politics-adopt-small-donor-reforms-commentary-by-lawrence-lessig.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Campaign_finance_reform_in_the_United_States#Clean_elections

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Government disaster relief could directly aid people rather than places

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 31 2013 7:16 am

Residents could be given checks or vouchers to decide how to rebuild or whether to relocate.

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http://are.berkeley.edu/~ligon/Teaching/EEP100/glaeser05.pdf

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Think tanks could disclose scholars' ties to lobbying and/or firms

By Hicbd
Thu Dec 26 2013 10:52 pm

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http://www.newrepublic.com/article/113158/report-dozens-lobbyists-work-think-tank-scholars

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Private prisons could be banned, limited, or have increased oversight

By Hicbd
Thu Dec 26 2013 9:28 pm

Private prisons may be more costly, violent, and less accountable than public prisons. Lobbying efforts from private prison companies may also influence and create tougher, longer sentences for prison inmates.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_prison#Criticisms_2

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Public agencies could be rewarded for cost savings

By Hicbd
Thu Dec 26 2013 5:34 pm

In the public budgeting process, "agencies that demonstrate a cost savings are not rewarded, they are “punished” with a reduction to their funding allocation for the next year." Pilot programs that reward agencies for cost savings (through technology for instance) could encourage agencies to innovate and operate more efficiently.

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http://www.codeforamerica.org/2012/05/31/bizzaro-budgeting-and-public-sector-innovation/

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A tree "teepee" could save water and fertilizer

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 24 2013 5:30 pm

As shown by the Tree T Pee, an inverted, plastic flower-pot could save in water usage, fuel, fertilizer, and herbicide costs as well as prevent frost damage.

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http://treetpee.com/products.html
http://sharktankblog.com/tree-tee-pee/

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More awareness could help to increase bone marrow donations

By Hicbd
Sat Dec 21 2013 6:01 am

"Only about 30% of patients with diseases treatable with hematopoietic cell transplantation (such as leukemia, lymphoma, anemia,certain immune and metabolic disorders) can find a suitably HLA matched donor among their family members...Because the odds that two random individuals are HLA matched exceeds one in 20,000, a registry's success depends on a large number of volunteer donors."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Marrow_Donor_Program
http://www.openideo.com/open/how-might-we-increase-the-number-of-bone-marrow-donors-to-help-save-more-lives/winners-announced/

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Banking could be mobile

By Hicbd
Sat Dec 21 2013 5:45 am

As shown by companies such as M-Pesa and Zidisha, citizens could have easier access to banks by being able to conduct financial transactions through a mobile phone.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_banking
http://www.hbs.edu/faculty/Publication%20Files/The%20Mobile%20Banking%20and%20Payment%20Revolution1_b37fc319-e15f-46c8-b2f9-c0d4c8327285.pdf

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Bike helmets could be invisible

By Hicbd
Sun Nov 10 2013 6:00 pm

As shown by Hövding in Sweden, collars worn by cyclists could deploy airbags when there are "abnormal movements" in case of an accident.

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http://www.bustle.com/articles/8564-invisible-bike-helmet-invented-in-sweden-no-really
http://www.hovding.com/en/how_it_works/

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Small businesses could more easily bid for government contracts

By Hicbd
Sun Nov 10 2013 5:30 pm

As shown by the RFP-EZ website, the contracting process for small dollar value projects could be streamlined for both buyers and sellers.

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https://rfpez.sba.gov/faq
http://radar.oreilly.com/2013/01/rfp-ez-making-it-easier-for-small-companies-to-bid-on-government-contracts.html
http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2013/05/15/rfp-ez-delivers-savings-taxpayers-new-opportunities-small-business

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Cleaning products could be free from harmful chemicals

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 4 2013 5:15 am

As shown by Better Life, cleaning products could be free from environmentally harmful and toxic chemicals such as dyes, alcohols, synthetic fragrances, suflates/sulfanates, ethoxylates, and petrochemical solvents.

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http://www.cleanhappens.com/pages/compare
http://www.ewg.org/guides/cleaners

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GED programs could be linked to college or career training

By Hicbd
Tue Oct 29 2013 5:02 pm

As shown by the GED Bridge to Health and Business program in New York, GED programs could be more beneficial for participants by providing training and resources to prepare adults for college or careers.

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http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/Enhancing_GED_Instruction_brief.pdf
http://www.jff.org/projects/current/education/ged-college/841

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Bike lights could be unstealable and indestructible

By Hicbd
Mon Oct 28 2013 3:04 pm

As shown by the Fortified Bicycle Alliance, a bike light could be designed to be antitheft and unbreakable.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/3017296/fund-this/this-unstealable-and-indestructible-bike-light-is-the-last-one-youll-ever-need-to-
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gotham/fortified-bike-lights-that-last-forever-we-promise

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Syllabi could be collected and shared online

By Hicbd
Mon Oct 28 2013 2:45 pm

"The Open Syllabus Project (OSP) is an open platform whose mission is to assemble a large-scale online collection of syllabi and to build foundational tools for analyzing it, in order to advance scholarly inquiry, promote institutional cooperation, and foster pedagogical diversity. We believe that this critical mass of syllabi will stimulate new research tools, drive policy change, foster best practices, provide new metrics, and aid in the search, discovery, and the development of new course materials."

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http://opensyllabusproject.org/about/
http://www.dancohen.org/2011/03/30/a-million-syllabi/

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Public buses could act like private taxis

By Hicbd
Mon Oct 28 2013 2:21 pm

As shown by Kutsuplus in Finland, citizens could choose their pick up and destination spots and choose whether to have a public or private trip.

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http://www.treehugger.com/public-transportation/newest-city-mobility-bus-goes-where-you-want-it.html
http://www.wired.com/autopia/2013/10/on-demand-public-transit/

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Groceries could come from community-supported agriculture (CSA)

By Hicbd
Fri Oct 25 2013 12:28 am

"Community-supported agriculture farms share three common characteristics: an emphasis on community and/or local produce, share or subscriptions sold prior to season, and weekly deliveries to members/subscribers."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community-supported_agriculture

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Parking spaces' availability could be known through an app

By Hicbd
Tue Oct 15 2013 3:17 pm

As shown by Streetline, sensors could be installed in parking spaces and citizens could use an app to determine where there are open spaces or be able to reserve spaces in parking garages. Cities could also better manage on-street parking and set up dynamic pricing for the spots.

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http://www.streetline.com/manage-parking/smart-parking-why-choose-streetline/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomiogeron/2013/01/10/mobile-parking-service-streetline-raises-25m-from-true-ventures-qualcomm-citi/

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People could have access to repair manuals and be able to fix things

By Hicbd
Wed Oct 9 2013 12:12 am

iFixit "sells repair parts and publishes free wiki-like online repair guides" for electronics, cars, and other gadgets to reduce waste.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IFixit
http://www.ifixit.com/
http://www.ifixit.com/Info/FAQ

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Parents-to-be could be trained by veteran parents

By Hicbd
Tue Oct 8 2013 11:44 pm

As shown by Boot Camp for Dads, new parents could receive training from veteran parent instructors to gain confidence and parenting skills.

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http://www.bootcampfornewdads.org/
http://www.cnn.com/2011/12/09/health/daddy-boot-camp/index.html
http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/scaling_social_impact

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The Congressional Budget Act of 1974 could be repealed

By Hicbd
Thu Oct 3 2013 2:45 pm

Some suggest that it would best to repeal this act (which has created a confusing, overlapping budgetary process) while leaving the Congressional Budget Office intact.

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http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2012/4/11%20budget%20process%20galston/0411_budget_process_galston
http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/deficitdisorderintro.pdf

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A default budget resolution could be enacted if Congress failed to adopt one on time

By Hicbd
Tue Oct 1 2013 10:35 am

The default setting could be to "the aggregate of existing appropriations levels, modified by whatever multi-year spending limits are in effect."

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http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2012/4/11%20budget%20process%20galston/0411_budget_process_galston

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Federal, state, or local governments could use a biennial budget

By Hicbd
Tue Oct 1 2013 10:18 am

A biennial budget, or budget lasting for two years, could give the government time to examine and refine programs and allow more long-range planning. However, this could make it harder to produce estimates or revise the budget.

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http://www.budget.senate.gov/democratic/index.cfm/files/serve?File_id=7eae01d9-1d79-40d2-899b-84e2205db306
http://www.foreffectivegov.org/node/11302

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Community planning could involve games and crowdsourcing online

By Hicbd
Mon Sep 23 2013 4:22 pm

As shown by CommunityPlanIT, community planning could involve "30 days of online engagement that culminates in a face-to-face meeting with planning officials and other participants" to encourage citizen participation.

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https://communityplanit.org/
http://www.knightfoundation.org/grants/20114282/


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Libraries could be free and little

By Hicbd
Tue Sep 17 2013 6:44 pm

A Little Free Library offers free books housed in small containers (around the size of a dollhouse) where people can take a book and leave a book.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Free_Library
http://www.fastcoexist.com/3016201/take-a-look-at-new-yorks-tiny-secret-libraries


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REDF could be a model for workforce development organizations

By Hicbd
Tue Sep 17 2013 2:24 pm

"REDF provides equity-like grants and business assistance to a portfolio of nonprofits in California to start and expand social enterprises—nonprofit-operated businesses selling goods and services demanded by the marketplace while intentionally employing young people and adults who would otherwise face bleak prospects of ever getting a job."

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http://www.redf.org/about-redf

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Citizens could all receive a basic income

By Hicbd
Sat Sep 7 2013 6:01 pm

A basic income is a policy that provides a sum of money to each citizen unconditionally as a form of social security. This could result in more social welfare than other public programs through decreased administrative costs and by stimulating the economy. However, it could discourage working and shrink the labor supply.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basic_income
http://www.demos.org/blog/universal-basic-income-really-utopian


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Brains could be exercised and trained

By Hicbd
Sat Sep 7 2013 4:57 pm

As shown by Lumosity, brain-training games could help improve cognition in such processes as memory, attention, learning, problem solving, and decision making. However, there is limited scientific evidence to prove these games have effects.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lumosity
http://www.lumosity.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brain_fitness


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Music could be synced to the tempo of a run

By Hicbd
Sat Aug 31 2013 5:15 am

The Temporun app sorts personal music by tempo and allows users to choose levels depending on the pace of his/her run.

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http://www.temporunapp.com/

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Sewer systems could use real-time monitoring and control "smart valve" technology

By Hicbd
Tue Aug 13 2013 6:28 am

As shown in South Bend, Indiana, sewer systems could use distributed sensing and control logic to save money and reduce dry and wet weather overflows.

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http://www.emnet.net/index.php/component/k2/item/10-harvardbrightideas
http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/38153.wss
http://www.fastcompany.com/3014805/how-south-bend-indiana-saved-100-million-by-tracking-its-sewers


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Manufacturers of recalled drugs could be required to contact consumers

By Hicbd
Sun Aug 11 2013 11:44 am

Contacting consumers could be done through email, mail, or texts. Currently, the FDA lists recalls on its website, but the information is difficult to find and it is up to consumers to research the information.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/spencer-aronfeld/drug-recalls_b_3704416.html
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/06/04/u-s-has-drug-recall-problem-study-says/
http://www.nolo.com/legal-encyclopedia/fda-drug-recalls-32997.html


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Billboards could generate drinking water from humidity

By Hicbd
Sun Aug 11 2013 10:19 am

As shown in Lima, Peru, condensers within the billboard could turn water vapor from humid climates into liquid water. This water could then be available at the base of the billboard.

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http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/environment/water/a-billboard-that-condenses-water-from-humidity-15393050
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681447/this-billboard-generates-clean-drinking-water-straight-from-the-air

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Massive vacuum tubes could provide high speed transportation

By Hicbd
Tue Jul 23 2013 11:23 am

"A massive vacuum tube — mounted either above ground or even under water — could be combined with a magnetic levitation system used on conventional bullet trains" to hypothetically transport people at very high speeds. The "Hyperloop" could also be energy-efficient by using solar energy.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/16/tech/innovation/elon-musk-tube-transport/index.html?sr=sharebar_facebook


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Homes and buildings could be earth-sheltered

By Hicbd
Tue Jul 23 2013 9:54 am

Earth sheltering, or "using earth against building walls", can maintain steady indoor air temperatures, provide soundproofing, efficiently use land, require less outdoor maintenance, and provide protection against extreme weather and other natural disasters more than standard homes and buildings.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth_sheltering
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/efficient-earth-sheltered-homes


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A sticker could deter mosquitoes

By Hicbd
Wed Jul 17 2013 2:40 pm

The Kite Patch "contains chemicals that stop mosquitos from sensing CO2" and works for 48 hours.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/1682604/can-this-patch-make-you-invisible-to-mosquitoes?partner=newsletter#1


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Fans could be used to deter mosquitoes

By Hicbd
Wed Jul 17 2013 2:27 pm

Mosquitoes have trouble flying past fast winds. A fan also displaces carbon dioxide which attracts mosquitoes.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/16/science/a-low-tech-mosquito-deterrent.html?src=me&ref=general


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Governments could use accrual accounting in public budgeting

By Hicbd
Wed Jul 17 2013 1:41 pm

"The majority of governments today still use cash accounting, which is based on cash payments and receipts being recorded as they occur. This form of accounting fails to capture information on public sector assets and liabilities and therefore presents a short-term view of public finance." Accrual accounting could lead to better information for decision-making, greater transparency, and increased accountability.

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http://www.publicfinanceinternational.org/news/2013/05/governments-using-accrual-accounting-set-to-soar/
http://www.ifac.org/sites/default/files/publications/files/the-road-to-accrual-account-1.pdf
http://blog-pfm.imf.org/pfmblog/2012/02/accrual-accounting-essential-for-government-transparency-and-accountability.html


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Nominal group technique (NGT) could be used instead of brainstorming

By Hicbd
Thu Jul 11 2013 5:54 am

NGT is a technique in which group members develop solutions privately and then share one by one with the group. Group members then privately rank solutions by order of preference. This could promote divergent thinking, and prevent production blocking and downward norm setting as in standard brainstorming sessions.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nominal_group_technique
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brainstorming#Nominal_group_technique


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Marriage could be a renewable contract

By Hicbd
Wed Jul 10 2013 7:36 pm

As proposed in Mexico City, "couples planning marriage would decide on the length of their commitment, with the minimum contract being for two years. If they decide not to renew the contract, they would be able to opt out without a legal hassle."

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http://content.usatoday.com/communities/ondeadline/post/2011/09/mexico-city-lawmaker-propose-renewable-marriage-contracts/1#.Ud4Le0E4uSo
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/crista-tharp/renewable-marriage-contracts_b_997322.html


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Barbie could have average body measurements

By Hicbd
Wed Jul 10 2013 7:26 pm

This could positively influence body image.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/01/normal-barbie-nickolay-lamm_n_3529460.html
http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/07/09/barbie-meet-average-barbie/


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Hotels could use key card systems for electricity

By Hicbd
Thu Jun 20 2013 12:29 am

This could reduce energy usage and costs for hotels.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/realestate/commercial/03sqft.html?adxnnl=1&adxnnlx=1371709122-B6mZw7qATaG6DEZdCdX0dg
http://dtxtq4w60xqpw.cloudfront.net/sites/all/files/docpdf/eefactsheetn11keycardsystemstoswitchoffelectricityinguestrooms.pdf
http://blogs.edf.org/innovation/2009/06/21/hotels-dont-have-to-waste-energy-key-card-management-systems-should-be-business-as-usual/


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A biofilter could remove VOCs from indoor air

By Hicbd
Wed Jun 19 2013 11:50 pm

"Respiratory, allergic, or immune effects in infants or children are associated with man-made VOCs and other indoor or outdoor air pollutants." A biofilter using plant/fungus combinations located in the HVAC system could reduce VOCs.

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https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Pp82jpDX_DGils7kZE1cuzUM_Bv-xvkOl_Nrc6OdqmM/embed?hl=en&size=s#slide=id.gc4ffa69_1_166
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VOCs#Health_risks

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Elevators could be faster and more energy efficient

By Hicbd
Wed Jun 19 2013 10:37 pm

Known as smart elevators, "instead of pushing a button to go up or down, passengers first select the floor they want. Then they are directed to the elevator that will take them to their destination with the fewest number of stops." These elevators can also slow down if a disabled person is boarding and prevent too many people from boarding.

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6799860
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/12/10/magazine/10section3b.t-1.html?_r=0


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Preschool could be part of the public education system

By Hicbd
Sun May 26 2013 5:07 pm

As shown in France, preschool "is treated as part of (the) country's education system. The teachers in it have extensive training in early childhood education. It's voluntary. You don't have to enroll your child in a preschool, but almost everybody does and there are frequent inspections. They have good resources and ... it's available to all at an affordable rate."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_preschool
http://www.npr.org/2013/04/17/177597801/the-hell-of-american-day-care-expensive-and-mediocre
http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2009/07/nj_schools_increasingly_offer.html


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All incompatible kidney donors and recipients could be listed and matched through technology

By Hicbd
Sun May 26 2013 4:52 pm

As shown by the National Kidney Registry, this could facilitate paired donations.

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http://www.kidneyregistry.org/about_us.php#our_story
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/01/us/kidney-experts-urge-a-single-registry-to-oversee-transplants.html

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A kidney transplant chain could increase the amount of kidney donations

By Hicbd
Sun May 26 2013 4:40 pm

An altruistic donor could set off a chain of kidney transplants.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/19/health/lives-forever-linked-through-kidney-transplant-chain-124.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://blog.ctnews.com/kantrowitz/2013/03/15/fewer-transplants-done-through-kidney-chains/

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Citizens could call the government or nonprofits about homeless people

By Hicbd
Fri May 24 2013 8:09 pm

As shown by the 311 program in New York and other citiies, citizens could facilitate the offering of services to homeless people by calling and describing their location.

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http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/a-call-311-campaign-to-help-the-homeless/?apage=2#comments

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Airports could offer fitness options for travelers

By Hicbd
Fri May 24 2013 6:49 pm

For travelers with long layovers, workouts could be possible.

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http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/story/2012-02-20/Airports-get-into-the-fitness-craze-for-stressed-travelers/53177398/1
http://www.airportgyms.com/

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Tankless water heaters could save energy and water

By Hicbd
Fri May 24 2013 6:20 pm

Tankless water heaters heat water on demand whenever needed.

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http://www.thedailygreen.com/living-green/definitions/tankless-water-heater

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Polystyrene foam cups and containers could be banned and/or substituted

By Hicbd
Thu May 23 2013 11:41 am

As these containers are not biodegradable, difficult to recycle, and could pose health risks, they could be banned and/or substituted with more environmentally friendly products.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foam_food_container
http://www.change.org/petitions/conscious-consumers-lets-get-rid-of-polystyrene-in-colorado
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene#Environmental_issues
http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/community-news/reuseable-containers-47011022


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Windows could be gardens

By Hicbd
Wed May 22 2013 8:08 pm

"A windowfarm is a vertical, indoor garden that allows for year-round growing in almost any window. It lets plants use natural window light, the climate control of your living space, and organic “liquid soil” in a hydroponic system."

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http://www.windowfarms.com/what-is-a-windowfarm/
http://www.ted.com/talks/britta_riley_a_garden_in_my_apartment.html
http://our.windowfarms.org/


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For better yield, make it an aquaponics system! Simply adding a small fish bowl or fish tank at the bottom, and pumping the fish-water up and into the plants, provides a much higher crop yield. Additional bonus: watching fish swim reduces stress.

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Currency could be on a peer-to-peer network on open-source software

By Hicbd
Wed May 22 2013 7:12 pm

As shown by Bitcoin, currency could be anonymous, "immune to transaction fees and national borders", and have a predictable and controlled supply controlled by an algorithm. However, its privacy could lead to criminal transactions and there are concerns with its security and inability to revoke transactions.

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http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2140782,00.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitcoin


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Musicians could release albums as sheet music

By Hicbd
Wed May 22 2013 6:53 pm

As shown by Beck, people could have to interpret the songs according to their musical ability.

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/12/29/beck-s-album-song-reader-is-all-sheet-music-we-take-it-for-a-spin.html

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Parents or guardians could be immediately emailed or texted when a student misses class

By Hicbd
Tue May 21 2013 11:34 am

As shown by the TruantToday app, parents could then text back an excuse or a request for more information from the teacher.

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http://kwhs.wharton.upenn.edu/2011/12/considering-cutting-class-truanttoday-may-be-watching/
http://truanttoday.com/


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Toothbrushes could be biodegradable

By Hicbd
Tue May 21 2013 10:44 am

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/bogobrush-biodegradable-toothbrush-detroit_n_2164485.html
http://news.discovery.com/human/life/plant-based-biodegradable-toothbrush-takes-a-bite-out-of-landfill-waste.htm

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Goats, cows, and sheep could be lawnmowers

By Hicbd
Mon May 20 2013 8:30 am

Animals could be cheaper, more ecological, and naturally fertilize the land as well.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/garden/sheep-lawn-mowers-and-other-go-getters.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://www.treehugger.com/corporate-responsibility/school-district-to-save-15000-a-year-with-lawn-mowing-sheep.html
http://www.france24.com/en/20130407-paris-hires-munching-sheep-france-lawnmowers-environment


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U.S. food aid could be untied and not include monetization

By Hicbd
Mon May 20 2013 7:21 am

Food aid could be more efficient and beneficial if being "untied" to being bought and sent from the U.S. In addition, monetization, or the practice of selling U.S. food in developing countries, could end as it can displace imports and local markets.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/when-food-isnt-the-answer-to-hunger/#more-143019
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monetization_of_U.S._in-kind_food_aid

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Public participation could be used in patent examination

By Hicbd
Fri May 17 2013 10:12 am

As shown by the Peer to Patent program, a wiki could be made for the public to submit prior art and commentary relevant to patent applications that patent examiners could consult. "The hoped-for effect is that patent examination will be more efficient and thorough" leading to higher quality patents.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_participation_in_patent_examination
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backlog_of_unexamined_patent_applications

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Group exercises could be used by schools, communities, and organizations

By Hicbd
Fri May 17 2013 8:34 am

As show by morning radio calisthenics in Japan and pre-work assembly in China, group exercises could help raise energy levels, promote good health, and build community.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radio_calisthenics
http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-04-27/news/9904270120_1_japanese-exercises-renault-sa
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre-work_assembly


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Geothermal heat pumps could provide heating and cooling for homes and buildings

By Hicbd
Wed May 15 2013 3:45 pm

"The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has called ground source heat pumps the most energy-efficient, environmentally clean, and cost-effective space conditioning systems available."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geothermal_heat_pump
http://energy.gov/energysaver/articles/geothermal-heat-pumps


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Gifts could be wrapped with cloth

By Hicbd
Wed May 15 2013 3:37 pm

As in Japan, reusable cloth (called "furoshiki) could be used to wrap gifts leading to less waste and interesting decoration.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furoshiki
http://blog.makezine.com/2006/11/27/how-to-use-furoshiki-clot/


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A new global patent structure could modify the WTO TRIPS agreement

By Hicbd
Fri Apr 26 2013 7:08 pm

As "the costs and benefits of pharmaceutical patents vary for different diseases", a "rational patent system could differentiate the extent of protection given to products in accordance with their extremely different global markets and existing research incentives."

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http://www.cgdev.org/sites/default/files/2860_file_cgdbrief3.pdf


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NRSRO designation could be removed from SEC rules

By Hicbd
Tue Apr 23 2013 4:15 pm

The designation of NRSRO (Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization) from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may be producing an oligopoly, leading to errors in credit ratings in the financial system.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Credit_rating_agency#Criticism
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123976320479019717.html#articleTabs%3Darticle
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=newsarchive&sid=a6NdKd8CfR2A

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Commercial banking could be separated from investment banking

By Hicbd
Mon Apr 22 2013 7:25 pm

Banks could be prohibited from making speculative bets if they also take in federally insured deposits.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2013/01/whats-inside-americas-banks/309196/?single_page=true
http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/reinstating-an-old-rule-is-not-a-cure-for-crisis/

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Academic faculty could be required to disclose conflicts of interest in research and nonacademic work

By Hicbd
Mon Apr 22 2013 4:15 pm

Professors and researchers could be required to disclose:
- funding sources for publications and working papers
- relevant and material financial relationships
- potential conflicts when making speeches and writing op-eds
- all of the organizations for which they have done paid work

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204294504576613032849864232.html
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203436904577148940410667970.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conflict_of_interest#Finance_Industry_and_economists


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FEMA could handle natural disasters meeting higher thresholds of scale and severity

By Hicbd
Thu Apr 11 2013 11:16 am

In order for FEMA to better prepare for catastrophic events, the U.S. federal government could better measure the scale and severity of disasters and set higher thresholds for involvement in states. This could encourage states to make better decisions and preparations for disasters.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/10/how-a-smart-conservative-would-reform-fema/264367/
http://www.oig.dhs.gov/assets/Mgmt/2012/OIG_12-79_May12.pdf


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Shower curtains could not contain polyvinyl chloride

By Hicbd
Thu Apr 11 2013 9:02 am

Polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, has high concentrations of phthalates and organotins which have been linked to "developmental damage and harm to the liver and the central nervous, respiratory and reproductive systems."

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http://articles.latimes.com/2008/jun/13/local/me-showercurtain13
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/articles/2008/06/12/your-shower-curtain-might-be-bad-for-you
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_chloride#Health_and_safety

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Votes on amendments could be done by secret ballot and votes on laws could be public and recorded

By Hicbd
Wed Apr 10 2013 9:03 am

Lawmakers could be less accountable to special interests, "whom would be unable to verify the effectiveness of campaign contributions." Fewer provisions could then be added onto to legislation that was not in the public interest.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/danny-hillis/a-proposal-for-meaningful_b_876884.html

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Wiki surveys could aid in citizen participation, research, and data collection

By Hicbd
Wed Apr 10 2013 8:17 am

As show by Allourideas.org, a wiki survey has "the scale, speed, and quantification of a survey" while also allowing "new information to 'bubble up' from respondents as happens in interviews, participant observation, and focus groups."

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http://www.allourideas.org/about
http://arxiv.org/pdf/1202.0500v1.pdf
http://www.niemanlab.org/2010/08/all-our-ideas-facilitates-crowdsourcing-of-opinions/


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Extinct species could be brought back to life

By Hicbd
Wed Apr 10 2013 7:24 am

By using DNA, scientist could re-create and construct genomes to develop embryos of extinct species.

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http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2013/04/species-revival/zimmer-text
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2140222,00.html
http://blog.ted.com/2013/02/27/de-extinction-to-save-a-species-stewart-brand-at-ted2013/

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Natural predators could be trained to hunt the lionfish

By Hicbd
Wed Apr 3 2013 8:32 am

The lionfish, inadvertently released into the Atlantic, have been wrecking havoc on Atlantic coral reefs and sealife. Sharks and moral eels could be trained to hunt the lionfish.

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http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2070599,00.html
http://bittman.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/scourge-of-the-lionfish/


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People could learn from others in their community or people online

By Hicbd
Thu Mar 28 2013 9:34 am

As shown by Skillshare, Dabble, and other collaborative learning organizations, people could learn skills or knowledge from others in their community or online.

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http://techcrunch.com/2012/08/07/skillshare-hybrid-classes/
http://mashable.com/2012/04/23/skillshare-teaching-learning/
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/13/arts/brooklyn-brainery-unclassesorg-and-brooklyn-skillshare.html?_r=0


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Ellen Sun Mar 31 2013
4:44 pm
Agree. There is a wealth of untapped resources there.

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Financial counseling could aid with asset building for low-income individuals and families

By Hicbd
Thu Mar 28 2013 8:36 am

Financial literacy skills such as budgeting, credit cards, and understanding loans could enable people to make better financial decisions and stay out of debt.

URL:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/01/30/leading-the-way-out-of-debt/
http://cfefund.org/info/introducing-municipal-financial-empowerment#banking-access


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Ellen Sun Mar 31 2013
4:46 pm
This would be a valuable service. Some may not have had good parental role models.

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Homeowners could rent their homes after a foreclosure

By Hicbd
Thu Mar 28 2013 7:32 am

The "Right-to-Rent" concept allows homeowners to pay fair market rents (determined by an independent appraiser) after a home is foreclosed on. This could allow homeowners to stay in their homes and prevent depreciation in value of other homes in the neighborhood.

In addition, private companies (like the American Homeowner Preservation) could "find a buyer for a house facing foreclosure, convince the bank to do a short sale, and work out an agreement with the buyer to allow the former owner to stay in the house as a renter."

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/arianna-huffington/righttorent-a-simple-sens_b_1082919.html


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Mobile smog checks could detect high polluting vehicles

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 26 2013 5:50 pm

Mobile smog checks use infrared light to measure and analyze the emissions of cars as they drive by on the highway. They could be more efficient and less expensive than on-site smog checks to catch gross polluters.

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http://www.gladwell.com/2006/2006_02_13_a_murray.html
http://articles.latimes.com/1992-04-06/news/mn-427_1_smog-check-program

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Toys could be gender neutral

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 26 2013 4:13 pm

Gender neutral toys could aid in specific developmental skills, inspire interest in non-stereotypical career paths, and toy companies could expand their markets.

URL:
http://ideas.time.com/2013/03/14/10-big-ideas/slide/play-without-stereotypes/
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2238435/Swedish-toy-firm-Top-Toy-forced-gender-neutral-Christmas-catalogue.html


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Individuals and organizations could track, oppose, or endorse legislation online

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 26 2013 2:49 pm

As shown by POPVOX and OpenCongress, citizens could track bills, the voting of their representatives, and demonstrate their support for or against legislation. In addition, POPVOX guarantees to deliver messages to Congressional offices.

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http://www.alltechienews.com/posts/the-7-best-open-government-sites
http://www.fastcompany.com/1816285/fast-talk-how-popvox-gets-congress-listen
http://www.opencongress.org/about


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Ellen Sun Mar 31 2013
4:47 pm
This would really be direct democracy although prevailing public opinion is not the only consideration.

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Job seekers could apply by video

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 13 2013 4:30 pm

As shown by JobOn, "job seekers can record and upload a free video profile in which they answer standard interview questions and email it directly to hiring managers." This could save time and effort for both applicants and companies.

URL:
http://tech.co/jobon-video-profiles-hourly-job-seekers-2012-02
https://www.jobon.com/
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/223847

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New mothers could receive at least 12 paid weeks of maternity leave

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 13 2013 3:50 pm

"Parental leave is important not only for the mother but for the father as well. Paid leave gives parents the time to provide great prenatal and postnatal care, lowers accident rates, and allows a greater sense of bonding." In addition, companies could save money on training and recruitment and receive gains in worker productivity due to higher job satisfaction.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_leave
http://www.nypost.com/p/news/business/jobs/the_maternity_leave_myth_HWDi9vRboEbef5Sb514WPK
http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/24/maternity-leave-and-human-rights/


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Ellen Sun Mar 31 2013
4:48 pm
Totally agree. We are behind many other countries in terms of paid maternal and paternal leave.
David Tue Nov 26 2013
3:44 pm
12 weeks is far too short. Even 50 weeks (what we get here in Canada) is too short. Mothers should be paid to stay with their kids until they are old enough to go to school.
David Tue Nov 26 2013
3:46 pm
...although if we had a a guaranteed basic income, this question would be moot anyways...

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People could create and share dinners in communities

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 13 2013 1:58 pm

As shown by Foodhost, people could participate in local potlucks or share turns hosting dinner parties.

URL:
http://www.new-startups.com/food-beverage/foodhost-local-dinner-parties-in-uk/
http://www.foodhost.co.uk/


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Ellen Sun Mar 31 2013
4:51 pm
I have been to Moveable Feasts which work well if the participants have at least one thing in common, i. e. same building, same church or religion, same community center

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Oil-to-cash programs could help to avoid the resource curse

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 12 2013 5:18 pm

As concentration of wealth from natural resources can create corruption in governments, oil-to-cash programs could be set up in which the wealth is transferred in dividends to the poor or all citizens as an effective social welfare program.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/13/avoiding-the-curse-of-the-oil-rich-nations/#more-140096

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rBST, rBGH, and artificial growth hormones could be banned from use with cows

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 12 2013 8:29 am

Though it is not clear what affect these hormones have on human health, studies have shown negative affects in bovine health such as clinical mastitis, lameness, and reproductive disorders.

"rBST has not been allowed on the market in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Israel and all European Union countries (currently numbering 27), by 2000 or earlier."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bovine_somatotropin
http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/recombinant-bovine-growth-hormone


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Pregnant women or mothers/fathers with small children could have special parking or use handicapped spots

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 12 2013 8:07 am

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http://pregnancy.about.com/cs/consumerissues/a/storkparking.htm
http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/do-pregnant-women-deserve-special-parking-privileges-2445197.html

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Alexi Wed Mar 13 2013
8:32 am
This is fairly standard in the UK at supermarkets
Alexi Wed Mar 13 2013
8:33 am
This is fairly standard in the UK at supermarkets

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The use of antibiotics in raising livestock could be reduced or banned

By Hicbd
Mon Mar 11 2013 7:07 pm

Routine antibiotic use in animals can lead to antibiotic-resistant infections in people and other health risks.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/04/health/use-of-antibiotics-in-animals-raised-for-food-defies-scrutiny.html?pagewanted=all
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/us/antibiotics-for-livestock-will-require-prescription-fda-says.html
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/meat/safe/overview.html


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7:50 pm
ASAP, please

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Job seekers could achieve desired employer skills online

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 7:33 pm

"Job seekers often don’t know what the most useful skill sets are for positions they are interested in or, when they have skills, don’t know which skills to learn next. LearnUp is a website that allows employers to post skill sets necessary to fill those positions they have open. Those skill sets are then made available to job seekers as part of an online learning program. Employers are also given access to a dashboard that allows them to peruse learners’ individual profiles and what they are working on, giving them the opportunity to take the initiative in their own search for employees."

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http://www.wired.com/business/2012/08/learnup/
http://www.learnup.me/about
http://www.forbes.com/sites/karstenstrauss/2012/06/08/a-silicon-valley-startup-that-can-find-you-a-job/


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Homes could be hotels

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 4:41 pm

As shown by AirBnB, Crashpadder, Roomorama, and Craigslist, homes or apartments could be rented out to travelers. However, rules and regulations may either prohibit this or be lacking to protect renters and travelers.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Airbnb
http://techcrunch.com/2010/07/25/fawlty-logic/

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Small businesses could utilize loyalty reward programs

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 4:30 pm

"FiveStars can analyze consumer behavior in ways that help local businesses create better online links — through email, text messaging and social media – to their consumers — boosting their engagement and revenues."

URL:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/petercohan/2012/10/09/fivestars-wins-the-prize-for-small-business-loyalty/
http://www.fivestars.com/about/


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Herding livestock could prevent desertification

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 3:46 pm

"Keeping cattle more densely packed on smaller plots of land and moving them frequently keeps them from exhausting the supply of living plants, turns scattered droppings into a full blanket of high-quality fertilizer, and keeps the repeated trod of untold tons from packing down the dirt." This "holistic grazing" could conserve grassland ecosystems.

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http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/03/06/how-cows-could-repair-the-world-allan-savory-at-ted/
http://blog.nature.org/conservancy/2011/12/22/nature-brains-conserving-grasslands-can-help-millions-of-people/

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A credit scoring system could be developed for unbanked individuals to qualify for financing

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 12:18 pm

One possible way is shown through InVenture which has developed a system to track text messaging of daily sales and costs to create credit scores and reports.

URL:
http://www.inventure.org/using/how-inventure-works
http://dowser.org/shivani-siroya-of-inventure-bridges-the-middle-gap-with-mobile-technology/

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Homeless shelters could allow drinking and drug use

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 11:44 am

This could save taxpayer money by reducing the need for police and medical services and provide treatment options for people with substance abuse.

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http://www2.tbo.com/weather/news/2009/jun/12/controversial-homeless-shelter-allows-drinking-dru-ar-80121/
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/15/wet-houses-san-francisco_n_1279755.html
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2012/01/why-more-homeless-shelters-should-allow-alcohol/953/

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Artists could be supported by donations or by selling directly to fans

By Hicbd
Fri Mar 8 2013 9:48 am

Large scale donations and direct selling could be done through the internet.

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http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/sep/26/amanda-palmer-future-of-music
http://money.cnn.com/2011/12/22/technology/louis_ck_million/index.htm
http://www.ted.com/talks/amanda_palmer_the_art_of_asking.html

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Electricity free algae street lamps could suck up CO2

By Hicbd
Thu Mar 7 2013 10:26 am

"The lamps are composed of a tube containing microalgae, as well as a battery during the day, the batteries are charged via photosynthesis of the algae, using both solar power and CO2 (both of which are usable by the plantlife)...each lamp absorbs a reported 150 to 200 times from CO2 than a tree."

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http://www.earthtechling.com/2012/04/algae-powered-street-lamps-suck-up-c02/
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/technology/2012/04/streetlight-powered-algae-actually-possible/1854/


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Instruments could be made out of ice

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 8:18 pm

Terje Isungset, a Norwegian musician, uses chimes, drums, a marimba and a "tube-ice" (like a tuba) carved out of ice.

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http://www.npr.org/2013/02/24/172818754/turning-a-glacier-into-a-tuba-ice-music-from-norway

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Parents and infants could have more contact during the day and sleep near each other to promote good development

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 7:59 pm

URL:
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=infant-touch
http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/12/16/best-practices-for-raising-kids-look-to-hunter-gatherers.html

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Parents could respond quickly and consistently to infant crying

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 7:52 pm

"If a !Kung infant cries, 88 percent of crying bouts receive a response within 3 seconds, and almost all bouts receive a response within 10 seconds. Mothers respond to !Kung infants by nursing them, but many responses are by nonmothers (especially other adult women), who react by touching or holding the infant. The result is that !Kung infants spend at most one minute out of each hour crying, mainly in crying bouts of less than 10 seconds—half that measured for Dutch infants. Many other studies show that 1-year-old infants whose crying is ignored end up spending more time crying than do infants whose crying receives a response."

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/newsweek/2012/12/16/best-practices-for-raising-kids-look-to-hunter-gatherers.html

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Positive deviance could be used to produce beneficial behavioral change and outcomes

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 7:16 pm

"Positive Deviance is based on the observation that in every community there are certain individuals or groups whose uncommon behaviors and strategies enable them to find better solutions to problems than their peers, while having access to the same resources and facing similar or worse challenges. The Positive Deviance approach enables the community to discover these successful behaviors and strategies and develop a plan of action to promote their adoption by all concerned."

"Positive deviance has helped to reduce rates of female genital mutilation in Egypt, improved prisons in Denmark, helped the mentally ill in Pittsburgh strengthen social connections and cut infections at Veterans Affairs hospitals across the United States."

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/27/when-deviants-do-good/#more-140516
http://www.positivedeviance.org/


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People could use and have access to community solar farms or solar gardens

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 6:22 pm

A solar garden is a grouping of solar panels connected to local electric utility and shared by community subscribers whom receive billing credits and tax benefits. This could be more convenient than installing solar panels on one's home or if one does not own property.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Community_solar_farm
http://www.solargardens.org/
http://www.getboulder.com/features-winter-2012/solar-gardens

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A federal law could prohibit gun trafficking and straw purchasing

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 5:53 pm

This could aid law enforcement in prosecuting gunrunners, straw purchasing (purchasing a gun for another person), and unlawful gun sales.

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http://www.thirdway.org/publications/651


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Progressive soap operas and other TV shows could be used to boost human rights and public health

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 1:03 pm

"A village getting satellite or cable TV goes along with higher girls' school enrollment rates and increased female autonomy. Within two years of getting cable or satellite, between 45 and 70 percent of the difference between urban and rural areas on these measures disappears."

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http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Americas/2012/1120/Turn-on-the-TV-How-telenovelas-help-people-cope-with-real-life
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=113870313


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Mushrooms could be used in burials to alleviate the release of body toxins

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 12:44 pm

As shown by the Infinity Burial project, special mushrooms could be used to decompose and clean toxins in the body and soil.

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http://www.ted.com/talks/jae_rhim_lee.html
http://infinityburialproject.com/
http://www.cnn.com/2011/11/20/opinion/lee-mushroom-death-suit


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Burials could be natural or green

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 12:22 pm

A natural burial is one in which the "body may be prepared without chemical preservatives or disinfectants such as embalming fluid, which might destroy the microbial decomposers that break the body down, buried in a biodegradable coffin, casket, or shroud", and uses a shallow grave to "allow microbial activity similar to that found in composting." This could alleviate waste, chemical pollution, and health hazards to embalmers and funeral home workers.

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Online benefit screening tools could be combined, streamlined, and allow people to apply for benefits online

By Hicbd
Wed Mar 6 2013 10:18 am

These websites could also include information about local workforce programs to assist in accessing employment.

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http://aspe.hhs.gov/hsp/11/benefitsaccess/vol2/index.pdf
http://www.aecf.org/~/media/Pubs/Topics/Economic%20Security/Family%20Economic%20Supports/ImprovingAccesstoPublicBenefitsHelpingEligibl/BenefitsAccess41410.pdf

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Clinicians could be given "safe harbor" protection from medical malpractice liability when following clinical practice guidelines

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 7:33 pm

If clinicians could follow clinical practice guidelines ("recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options") and be given "safe harbor" protection from medical practice liability, it could decrease the amount of expensive tests and procedures ordered for patients that may be unnecessary.

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http://www.rwjf.org/content/dam/farm/reports/issue_briefs/2012/rwjf72666
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/business/overcoming-obstacles-to-better-health-care.html?ref=malpractice

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Travelers could find and eat home cooked meals

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 6:57 pm

As shown by Mealsharing, travelers could be connected to people who would like to share a home cooked meal with them.

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http://www.mealsharing.org/
http://www.thekitchn.com/meal-sharing-new-website-enables-you-to-eat-with-people-from-around-the-world-food-news-181562

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Ear planes could be used to reduce discomfort with air pressure

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 6:46 pm

"Discomfort is caused by blockage and/or swelling of a passengers Eustachian tube(s). The air pressure changes induced by the aircraft's descent are too rapid for the blocked Eustachian tubes to adjust properly. However, EarPlanes, provide an equal but opposite impedance on the exterior of the middle ear, allowing relief."

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http://www.cirrushealthcare.com/faq.aspx#HowEar
http://www.amazon.com/EarPlane-Pressure-Regulating-Plugs-Adult/dp/B00023DIFO

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Dry cleaners and people could use reusable dry cleaning bags

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 6:12 pm

As shown by the Green Garmento, using reusable dry cleaning bags could reduce "300 million pounds of single-use drycleaning bags in landfills annually."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/13/business/13proto.html?_r=0
http://thegreengarmento.com/


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Textbooks could be rented

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 5:05 pm

As shown by Chegg, CampusBookRentals, and Barnes and Noble, textbooks could be rented instead of bought.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/jjcolao/2013/02/22/looking-for-a-nice-annuity-try-renting-out-your-textbooks/

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Colleges could improve how facilities and buildings are used

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 4:52 pm

"Large amounts of campus building space is occupied perhaps 25 hours a week, perhaps 32 weeks a year—800 hours a year...Using facilities more intensely (could) reduce the need for new buildings, reducing capital and maintenance costs noticeably."

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http://www.centerforcollegeaffordability.org/uploads/25_Ways_Ch13.pdf
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/14/143718677/does-a-college-education-have-to-cost-so-much


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Congress could have age limits

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 4:26 pm

Mandatory retirement could be put into effect after a certain age.

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http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2013/01/average_age_of_members_of_u_s_congress_are_our_senators_and_representatives.html
http://www.aolnews.com/2010/05/19/impertinent-question-is-congress-also-just-too-old/
http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2013/06/04/an-age-limit-for-congress


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Credit could be transferred to colleges more easily

By Hicbd
Tue Mar 5 2013 3:49 pm

"State higher education coordinating boards, state boards of education, state governments and school officials" could "work to make credit transfer relatively seamless and cost efficient."

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http://centerforcollegeaffordability.org/25-ways/use-lower-cost-alternatives/encourage-community-colleges
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/02/5-ways-to-make-college-much-more-affordable-for-all-americans/253564/#

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Primary health care could be modeled after the Veterans Affairs health system

By Hicbd
Wed Feb 27 2013 4:05 pm

In the Veteran Affairs health system, Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) assigns a health care team- physician, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, a registered nurse, pharmacist, social work, psychologist- to a patient. This allows preventative health and chronic disease care and education to be easily coordinated and delivered.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/in-the-va-system-the-future-of-primary-health-care/2012/11/30/c10d5cf0-3b2e-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_allComments.html?ctab=all_&

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Clothing could be leased instead of bought

By Hicbd
Wed Feb 27 2013 3:21 pm

This could be good for the environment and less expensive for consumers.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/1681388/dont-buy-those-expensive-jeans-lease-them-instead
http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/544-avelle-clothing-rental-business.html

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Toilets could be dual-flush

By Hicbd
Wed Feb 27 2013 3:15 pm

Dual-flush toilets have "been proven to save up to 67% of water usage in most homes."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_flush_toilet
http://home.howstuffworks.com/dual-flush-toilet.htm


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McDonald's could give away books in happy meals

By Hicbd
Wed Feb 27 2013 10:59 am

As shown in the U.K., McDonald's is planning to give a book away with every happy meal through collaboration with Britain's National Literacy Trust.

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http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/01/10/mcdonalds-to-give-away-books-with-happy-meals-in-britain/
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/jan/09/entertainment/la-et-jc-mcdonalds-happy-meals-toys-books-20130109


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Gun buyers could be required to have references from 2 people

By Hicbd
Mon Feb 25 2013 10:20 pm

As in Canada, a gun buyer could be required to have references from two people who have known him/her for three years and whom are not a spouse.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/16/opinion/sunday/kristof-do-we-have-the-courage-to-stop-this.html?_r=0
http://www.ehow.com/how_6128656_gun-license-canada.html


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Sinks could have foot pedals

By Hicbd
Mon Feb 25 2013 9:01 pm

This could make it easier to conserve water and, in some instances, be more convenient.

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http://www.finehomebuilding.com/departments/feedback/foot-pedal-powered-faucet.aspx
http://blog.practicallygreen.com/2011/05/water-conservation-at-home-ever-tried-a-foot-pedal-at-your-kitchen-sink-save-thousands-of/
http://inhabitat.com/7-smart-and-easy-tips-to-green-your-kitchen/kitchen-foot-pedal/


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Guns could have additional required consumer safety standards

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 22 2013 1:25 pm

Guns could be required to

- have indicator lights to show whether a bullet is present in the chamber
- be impossible to fire if dropped
- have non-erasable serial numbers
- have microstamping ballistic technology (that marks each bullet with a unique serial code)
- include trigger locks and other child-proofing devices as standard equipment
- technology that would render guns inoperable by anyone except their approved purchaser

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/18/opinion/frum-obama-plan-b-on-guns/index.html?hpt=hp_c1


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The U.S. surgeon general could compile a scientific study about the health effects of individual gun ownership

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 22 2013 1:14 pm

Similar to how the surgeon general's report of 1964 cleared misinformation about cigarette smoking, a report compiling studies could help to educate the public on gun ownership.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/18/opinion/frum-obama-plan-b-on-guns/index.html?hpt=hp_c1


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Elevated bike lanes could be built

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 22 2013 10:27 am

As propsed by Exterior Architecture for London, a a network of raised bike lanes could be created to allow more room for cyclists in busy cities.

URL:
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680535/a-network-of-elevated-bike-lanes-for-london#1
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2012/09/london-serious-about-builing-network-elevated-bike-lanes/3174/


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People could use standing desks

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 22 2013 10:12 am

"If you sit at a desk for more than four hours a day, you increase your risk of death from any cause by nearly 50 percent and boost your risk of heart problems by 125 percent." Workplaces could offer employees standing desks.

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2012/10/mf-standing-desk/
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/business/stand-up-desks-gaining-favor-in-the-workplace.html


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Healthy school meals could be available to schoolkids

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 22 2013 9:58 am

As shown by Revolution Foods, meals could be
- prepared fresh daily
- feature foods free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors, and sweetener
- include fresh fruit and vegetables

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http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/24/us/24sfpolitics.html
http://revfoods.com/

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Fungi could be used for packaging, containers, and insulation

By Hicbd
Fri Feb 22 2013 9:44 am

By growing mushroom fibers on waste like cotton seed, wood fiber and buckwheat hulls, packing and insulation can be created. This uses less energy and creates less waste then synthetic materials.

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http://www.ted.com/speakers/eben_bayer.html
http://www.good.is/posts/mushrooms-based-packaging-and-designing-a-circular-economy
http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2010/08/10/mushroom-based-packaging-98-percent-less-energy-styrofoam

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Federal background checks could be applied to all gun sales and transfers

By Hicbd
Sat Feb 16 2013 6:51 pm

In addition to sales by federally licensed firearms dealers, background checks could be applied to nonlicensed “private collectors” as well as through friends ("the owner could be required to conduct the transaction via a local licensed dealer, who, for a modest fee, would run the computerized check").

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http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-20/after-newtown-gun-control-steps-we-can-take#p2


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The manufacture, sale, transfer, and possession of magazines holding more than 10 rounds could be banned

By Hicbd
Sat Feb 16 2013 6:39 pm

"Magazines are the spring-loaded containers of bullets that snap into the bottom of a rifle or the grip of a pistol. If a shooter couldn’t obtain large mags, he’d have to reload more often, possibly limiting bloodshed."

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http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2012-12-20/after-newtown-gun-control-steps-we-can-take#p2

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Steven Wed Feb 27 2013
10:08 pm
Prior Army Infantry. With literally an hour of practice anyone can change out a magazine in under a second. This will do nothing and is just going to harm the gun businesses, which is a MAJOR part of the American economy; we cannot handle a blow like that.

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Gun makers could be required to use microstamping technology

By Hicbd
Sat Feb 16 2013 4:43 pm

"By reading the code imprinted on casings found at a crime scene through microstamping, police officers can identify the gun and track it to the purchaser, even when the weapon is not recovered."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/13/us/code-on-shell-casings-sparks-a-gun-debate.html?pagewanted=all

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Digital game design techniques could be used to engage people and motivate behavior

By Hicbd
Wed Dec 12 2012 10:04 am

As shown by Recyclebank, My Coke Rewards, and others, gamification could be used for:

- Employee training programs
- Wellness and other personal activities
- Financial services websites
- Online and in-person shopping
- Primary education
- Extreme sports
- Project management
- Enhancing loyalty programs
- Science
- Social Networks
- Surveys
- Sustainability
- Call Center
- Market Research
- Competitive Intelligence

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gamification
https://www.coursera.org/course/gamification
http://business.time.com/2012/08/28/six-reasons-why-gamification-will-rule-the-business-world/
http://www.onlinebusinessdegree.org/2013/06/10/winning-at-their-own-game-the-business-benefits-of-gamification/

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your sofa Sat Feb 16 2013
11:13 am
My Coke rewards, Come on !

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People could be rewarded for taking green actions

By Hicbd
Wed Dec 12 2012 9:44 am

As shown by Recyclebank, people could be rewarded with deals and discounts by taking green actions such as "recycling garbage, using energy more efficiently at home, reducing water usage, buying greener products, and even by walking to work instead of driving." In addition to motivating behavior, awareness of issues and ways to live more sustainably are also spread.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recyclebank
https://www.recyclebank.com/about-us/how-it-works

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your sofa Sat Feb 16 2013
11:11 am
whos rewarding them ? what about all the people who are be rewarded who dont?

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People and businesses could outsource small jobs/tasks

By Hicbd
Wed Dec 12 2012 8:44 am

As shown by TaskRabbit, "users can name the task they need done, name the price they are willing to pay, and a network of pre-approved TaskRabbits can bid to complete the job."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TaskRabbit
https://www.taskrabbit.com/how-it-works

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Shoes could feature and fund street artists

By Hicbd
Wed Dec 12 2012 8:26 am

As shown by Bucketfeet, a shoe company could feature artist's designs on shoes and pay artist royalties on every sale.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680395/a-global-street-art-collective-makes-art-you-can-wear-on-your-feet#9

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Businesses could have access to a comprehensive database of US manufacturers

By Hicbd
Wed Dec 12 2012 7:02 am

As shown by the Makers Row website, small businesses and entrepreneurs could have access to industry-specific factories and suppliers in the United States.

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http://makersrow.com/
http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671289/makers-row-a-comprehensive-database-of-american-manufacturers#1

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David Sat Jan 26 2013
3:36 pm
such a database already exists in several forms as a commercial service - no need for one funded from public money or charity - put funds elsewhere - such as education

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Roofs could be green and have vegetation

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 11 2012 2:06 pm

Green roofs reduce storm water runoff, provide insulation reducing heating and cooling costs, provide space for wildlife, lower urban air temperatures, and reduce air pollution.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/23/in-urban-jungles-green-roofs-bring-relief-from-above/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_roof


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your sofa Sat Feb 16 2013
11:15 am
sounds like a crapy aera in the first place..

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B1G1 organizations could create more development

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 11 2012 9:17 am

B1G1 organizations (like TOMS shoes) could:

- use the consignment model to sell and distribute products
- create manufacturing within developing countries for the item it is distributing
or
- give vouchers or direct cash for people to purchase the item from local shops

URL:
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/09/shopping-for-a-better-world/
http://www.fastcoexist.com/1679628/the-broken-buy-one-give-one-model-three-ways-to-save-toms-shoes
http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/one-for-one-social-enterprise-model-poverty


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Microconsignment could be a way to distribute helpful products into the developing world

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 11 2012 9:04 am

As shown by Community Enterprise Solutions, people could be trained to sell helpful products (water purifiers, reading glasses, solar lamps) to their neighbors and networks and keep a commission, after repaying the supplier.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/31/when-microcredit-wont-do/
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/04/how-to-grow-a-social-business/

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Clean water initiatives could be financed through carbon credits

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 11 2012 8:20 am

As shown by Lifestraw, carbon credits could create the financial incentives to provide as much clean water as possible as well as to maintain and improve the product that created access.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/15/clean-water-at-no-cost-just-add-carbon-credits/
http://www.carbon-markets.co.uk/carbon-investments-co-uk-new-clean-water-project-sets-example-of-how-carbon-credits-can-drive-innovation

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Needle exchange programs could be more widely available and legal

By Hicbd
Tue Dec 11 2012 7:56 am

NEPs could reduce crime, HIV, and Hepatitis C as well as allow drug users to access medical, psychological, and emotional treatment.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Needle-exchange_programme
http://harmreduction.org/issues/syringe-access/
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/an-enlightened-exchange-in-iran/

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Multisystemic Therapy (MST) could help violent and chronic juvenile offenders

By Hicbd
Mon Dec 3 2012 5:23 am

MST focuses on youth's homes, families, schools, teachers, neighborhood, and friends to address all parts of a child's environment. MST has been shown to reduce out-of-home placements, drop out rates, substance abuse, and recidivism.

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http://mstservices.com/index.php/what-is-mst
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multisystemic_therapy
http://mstservices.com/index.php/mst-services/our-history

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Children could stay with their families rather than being placed into foster care

By Hicbd
Mon Dec 3 2012 5:09 am

As shown by Youth Villages, it could be more beneficial (in terms of better educational, emotional, and vocational outcomes) and cost effective to help youths return to their original families by providing extensive in-home support services rather than using foster care.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/21/a-families-first-approach-to-foster-care/
http://www.youthvillages.org/what-we-do/intensive-in-home-treatment.aspx

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Schools could have coaches that organize play during recess and after school

By Hicbd
Sun Dec 2 2012 8:44 am

As shown by Playworks, college graduates could be trained and hired as coaches. This could increase physical activity as well as boost social, emotional, and academic skills for students.

URL:
http://www.playworks.org/
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/04/hard-times-for-recess/


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Shireesh Fri Feb 8 2013
12:27 pm
As a former recreational soccer coach, I happen to think that there is already too much institutionalization and organization of Kid's free time. It is essential for kids to participate in un-organized sport and play also.

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Street to Home could be a model to help chronically homeless individuals into housing

By Hicbd
Sat Dec 1 2012 7:19 am

Street to Home outreach volunteer outreach workers use a "vulnerability index" to rank people on the streets by risk of death. Using that index, they prioritize whom to target and keep talking with these people until they agree to enter permanent supportive housing.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/a-plan-to-make-homelessness-history/


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Bullying could be addressed with babies

By Hicbd
Sat Dec 1 2012 6:30 am

As shown by the Roots of Empathy program, a mother and her baby could visit classrooms with a trained instructor to teach empathy to schoolkids. Research demonstrates that this program has increased empathy and parenting skills among both students and teachers.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/fighting-bullying-with-babies/

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Year Up could be a model for workforce development organizations

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 7:30 pm

Year Up could be model by:
- offering a six month training program followed by a six month internship and charging the companies to receive partipants as interns
- involving employers in the design of the program to ensure training is matched to market demand
- forming partnerships with community colleges to offer course credit for Year Up classes
- paying participants $200 a week
- helping participants find corporate mentors
- practicing important soft skills
- using a points system that is based upon performance in the program

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/01/24/an-education-in-the-ways-of-the-workplace/


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Nurse practitioners could offer primary care services through clinics

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 6:26 pm

Nurses are paid salaries allowing for more holistic healthcare than fee-for-service setups for doctors. In addition, nurse practitioner clinics could prevent patients from using paramedic, police, and emergency services. Currently, "nurse-managed clinics have to overcome regulatory and financial obstacles that traditional clinics don’t face" in many states.

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Shireesh Fri Feb 8 2013
12:28 pm
I do not think Nurse Practitioners are qualified to diagnose diseases.

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Rainwater harvesting could have multiple benefits

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 5:45 pm

Rainwater harvesting could provide water during droughts or restrictions, is relative easy and not expensive to install and run, could reduce peak storm water runoff, and use less energy than other water systems.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainwater_harvesting
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/opinion/age-old-fixes-for-indias-water.html

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Nonprofits could share and learn from failures

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 3:06 pm

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/28/the-power-of-failure-2/?gwh=FA7102CCF2667979180079069AD3D0E3
http://www.admittingfailure.com/

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Cohousing could have social, economic, and environmental benefits

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 12:46 pm

Cohousing, or private homes that could share cooking, dining, child care, gardening, and governing of the community, could create stronger communities and better social supports.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohousing
http://newoldage.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/09/living-together-aging-together/
http://humboldt-dspace.calstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2148/204/Well-Being%20in%20Cohousing,%20A%20Qualitative%20Study.pdf?sequence=1

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MIcro-enriched fertilizers could have benefits for plants, animals and humans

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 12:13 pm

URL:
http://www.fertilizer.org/ifacontent/download/52298/763037/version/4/file/2011_ifa_nutrition_security_brief.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micronutrient#Micro-enriched_fertilization

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Military personnel could deploy for shorter periods to reduce mental health issues

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 11:55 am

As in the British army, U.S. military personnel could deploy for six months at a time and for no more than 12 months in every 3 year period in order to reduce P.T.S.D. and mental health issues.

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http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/03/20/would-a-draft-reduce-the-number-of-post-traumatic-stress-cases/britain-limits-deployment-to-reduce-ptsd

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Social support rituals could aid new mothers during the postpartum period

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 8:55 am

- "In Japan, during the third trimester pregnant women may go to their parental home and stay until 4 to 6 weeks of postpartum recovery, called satogaeri bunben."

- "In Punjab, Jholabhari is practiced, in which a woman in her seventh or eighth month of gestation moves into her mother's home in preparation for the upcoming birth."

- "In addition to household help and significant social support, in many cultures there are ceremonies that welcome the new mother and her newborn into society and recognize and reward the enhanced status of the mother."

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http://www.nursingcenter.com/prodev/ce_article.asp?tid=1054339

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Orphanages could be replaced by providing more support to families, adoption services, or good quality foster care

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 6:47 am

"There is an increasing body of evidence that orphanages, especially large orphanages, are the worst possible care option for children. In large institutions all children, but particularly babies may not receive enough eye contact, physical contact, and stimulation to promote proper physical, social or cognitive development."

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orphanage
http://www.ted.com/talks/georgette_mulheir_the_tragedy_of_orphanages.html


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Paper could be produced with environmentally friendly bleach and recycled waste paper

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 5:39 am

As shown by New Leaf paper, the paper industry could change to be more sustainable.

URL:
http://www.bcorporation.net/community/directory/newleafpaper
http://www.forbes.com/impact-30/jeff-mendelsohn.html
http://www.newleafpaper.com/

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Portable solar lamps could be used instead of kerosene lamps

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 30 2012 4:51 am

As shown by d.light design, people in developing countries could buy solar lamps for a low price rather than depending on unsafe, expensive kerosene lamps.

URL:
http://www.acumenfund.org/investment/d.light-design.html
http://www.dlightdesign.com/


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Businesses could be certified as B Corporations and receive tax breaks

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 29 2012 5:30 pm

B Lab is a nonprofit that certifies a business as a B Corporations when it has met environmental and social criteria. B Lab advocates that these companies qualify for tax breaks and government-contract bidding advantages.

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http://www.bcorporation.net/
http://www.forbes.com/impact-30/jay-coen-gilbert-bart-houlahan-andrew-kassoy.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benefit_corporation


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The self-employed and freelancers could have access to pooled insurance options

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 29 2012 4:26 pm

As shown by the Freelancers Union, freelancers, consultants, independent contractors, temps, part-timers, contingent employees and the self-employed could access pooled insurance options through a shared insurance company.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freelancers_Union
http://www.freelancersunion.org/index.html

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A monorail with recumbent bicycles could be a public transportation mode

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 29 2012 8:26 am

As shown by Schweeb, this mode of transportation could have financial, public health, and environmental benefits.

URL:
http://shweeb.com/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n27B9xtZMTE
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shweeb

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Bridges could be trampolines

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 29 2012 8:14 am

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1671052/a-trampoline-bridge-for-bouncing-across-pariss-river-seine#1
http://travel.cnn.com/trampoline-bridge-paris-206291

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Microland ownership or securing land rights for the poor could lead to development and economic security

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 29 2012 5:51 am

URL:
http://www.forbes.com/2009/09/28/cgi-microland-rural-development-institute-opinions-columnists-elisabeth-eaves.html
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/11/21/what-a-little-land-can-do/?gwh=6D53EA60DEEC5C19F33440AB1170C6F4#more-136592
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landesa

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People could buy fish that is certified to be sustainable

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 28 2012 5:31 am

The MSC ecolabel attests that the seafood has come from a sustainable, certified source operating to environmental standards.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_seafood
http://www.msc.org/where-to-buy/product-finder
http://www.msc.org/where-to-buy/dining-out/dining-out-find-a-place-to-eat

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Gestation crates in pig farming could be banned from use

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 5:11 pm

Eliminating overcrowding, not mixing pigs from different litters, providing straw or other bedding material, and providing sufficient food could be possible reforms to make.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestation_crate
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_vqIGTKuQE&feature=related


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People who like meat could be humaneitarians

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 4:18 pm

And buy and eat meat based off of ethical and environmental standards.

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http://www.humaneitarian.org/what-is-humanely-raised-meat/
http://www.eathumane.org/pages/2826_find_humane_food.cfm
http://www.fourhourworkweek.com/blog/2009/02/17/ethical-meat-vs-meat-hype-a-look-at-all-natural-grass-fed-and-other-half-truths/
http://www.stopfactoryfarms.org/which-companies-use-humanely-raised-meat/

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Governments could share technology and apps to improve public services

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 7:29 am

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http://wiki.civiccommons.org/Organizations
http://commons.codeforamerica.org/

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A landlord watchlist website could improve housing conditions

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 7:24 am

As developed in New York City, a public website could both shame and decrease renter demand for landlords who have many housing violations.

URL:
http://pubadvocate.nyc.gov/landlord-watchlist
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-website-aims-shine-light-city-worst-slumlords-article-1.206621

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An app could enable CPR trained people to respond quicker than first responders

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 6:55 am

People trained in CPR could sign up to receive text messages when someone nearby is suffering cardiac arrest. They then could use the app to map the location of the victim and any nearby automated external defibrillators to respond before an ambulance arrives.

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http://blog.civiccommons.org/2011/06/san-ramon-fire-department/

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Students could learn at home and do homework in school

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 6:17 am

Known as flip teaching, with access to the Internet, students could do more learning on their own time and do coursework with assistance from teachers in school.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flip_teaching
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/the-flip-turning-a-classroom-upside-down/2012/06/03/gJQAYk55BV_story.html

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A digital merit badge system could give credentials to job seekers and encourage life long learning

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 6:07 am

URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/20/business/digital-badges-may-highlight-job-seekers-skills.html?_r=2&ref=business&
http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/digital-media-learning-competition-provides-2-million-for-innovations-in-digital-badges/
http://openbadges.org/en-US/issuer.html

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Education could be available online for free

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 4:44 am

As shown by the Khan Academy, Udacity, Coursera, and edX, people could learn subjects online for free.

URL:
http://www.ted.com/talks/salman_khan_let_s_use_video_to_reinvent_education.html
http://tech.mit.edu/V132/N34/education.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massive_open_online_course


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Governments, scientists, and institutions could allow data to be available online

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 27 2012 4:01 am

Open data could lead to innovations in public services and scientific research as well as institutional accountability.

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http://www.ted.com/talks/tim_berners_lee_the_year_open_data_went_worldwide.html
http://radar.oreilly.com/2010/11/open-government-and-next-gener.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_data
http://mashable.com/2011/02/15/how-open-data-initiatives-can-improve-city-life/
http://wiki.civiccommons.org/Initiatives

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Flu outbreaks could be monitored by internet searches

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 26 2012 11:08 am

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can take up to two weeks to collect and release survey data about where and when the flu is spreading around the country. As shown by Google's Flu Trends, internet search tools could use real-time data to identify regions around the world experiencing a high number of flu-related searches and produce results that correlate closely with CDC data.

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http://images.businessweek.com/ss/09/10/1001_google_apps/11.htm
http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2008/11/tracking-flu-trends.html
http://www.google.org/flutrends/

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Communities could use private social networking websites to connect with their neighbors

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 23 2012 6:50 am

As shown by NextDoor, this website could be used to discuss local events, school activities, plumber and babysitter recommendations, disaster preparedness, recent crime activity, or even lost pets.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nextdoor
https://nextdoor.com/
http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/10/08/nextdoor-website-helping-to-build-stronger-communities/


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Cities could offer curbside compost collection systems

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 22 2012 12:28 am

URL:
http://www.theatlanticcities.com/politics/2011/11/composting-be-mandatory/587/
http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2011/04/26/why-composting-still-vexes-new-york-city/
http://www.governing.com/topics/energy-env/gov-curbside-composting-added-to-major-city.html


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Texting could be used more for activism, healthcare, fundraising, marketing, or advocacy

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 10:10 am

URL:
http://www.mobilecommons.com/
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2122225,00.html

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Cities, countries, and organizations could offer information hotlines, websites, and texting services

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 9:26 am

These phone numbers and/or websites could track and document complaints and inquiries to improve public services.

URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/01/nyregion/new-yorkers-love-to-complain-and-hot-line-takes-advantage.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3-1-1
http://commons.codeforamerica.org/apps/citysourced
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SeeClickFix


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Organic food waste could be used to create succinic acid

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 8:56 am

Succinic acid is a key component of biodegradable plastics used to make laundry detergent bottles, food additives, and car parts. It is currently made from petrochemicals in a process with a large carbon footprint.

URL:
http://biomassmagazine.com/articles/1228/the-quest-to-commercialize-biobased-succinic-acid/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=food-waster-from-starbucks-turned-into-useful-products

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Ride sharing could expand and be targeted towards low income populations

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 8:08 am

In places where public transportation is not reliable or accessible, ride sharing could be a solution.

URL:
http://www.insightcced.org/uploads/nnsp/webinars/2012/DATA.pdf
http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/articlefiles/RuralRides_Minnesota.pdf
http://www.growthandjustice.org/sites/2d9abd3a-10a9-47bf-ba1a-fe315d55be04/uploads/Better_Connections_Brief.pdf

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Car sharing could expand and be targeted to low income populations

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 7:53 am

In places where public transportation is not reliable or accessible, car sharing could be a solution.

URL:
http://web1.ctaa.org/webmodules/webarticles/articlefiles/carsharing_report_final.pdf
http://www.ppgbuffalo.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/How-Buffalo-Car-Share-Fights-Poverty.pdf

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An app could be used to find water fountains rather than buying water

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 7:35 am

URL:
http://www.good.is/posts/thirsty-ditch-the-plastic-bottle-with-this-drinking-fountain-app
http://wetap.wordpress.com/

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Clothes and shoes could have sustainability scores

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 7:27 am

Companies could join the Sustainable Apparel Coalition to be scored on the Higg Index to demonstrate the environmental effects of clothes and/or shoes.

URL:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390443570904577547610634945308.html
http://www.apparelcoalition.org/

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People could have access to personal DNA tests

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 7:22 am

As shown by 23andMe, a DNA test could:
- predict illness
- spot carrier traits
- aid research
- personalize medicine
- show whom you are related to based on shared genetic code
- show your geographic origins

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genetic_testing
https://www.23andme.com/

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Shoes could collect and store electricity from walking

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 20 2012 6:48 am

URL:
http://techcrunch.com/2011/08/25/nanopower-shoes-could-generate-20w-of-electricity-during-walking/
http://www.androidauthority.com/whats-that-in-your-shoe-its-a-phone-charger-84881/
http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2012/aug/27/power-cell-generates-and-stores-energy-in-one-step

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Quality ratings could be developed and refined for childcare providers

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 9:27 pm

This could inform parent choices and motivate and support improvements in childcare.

URL:
http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/2008/RAND_RB9377.pdf
http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412343-Child-Care-Choices.pdf


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Employers could be required to offer sick days

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 7:09 pm

This could have both public safety and economic benefits.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sick_leave
http://paidsickdays.nationalpartnership.org/site/PageServer?pagename=psd_index
http://www.epi.org/publication/pm194-paid-sick-days-measuring-small-cost-new-york/

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Access to childcare could be improved in low income communities

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 6:52 pm

3 strategies could improve access to childcare in low income communities:

1. More centralized enrollment points could be developed at nonprofits where families are already seeking services
2. A universal application could be developed for all childhood development services in an area to make it easier to apply and learn about all the programs and services a family could be eligible for
3. Eligibility requirements could be aligned across providers to have simple, clear eligibility forms, and documentation requirements

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http://www.urban.org/UploadedPDF/412343-Child-Care-Choices.pdf

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Babysitting co-ops or registries could provide affordable childcare

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 6:28 pm

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitol_Hill_Babysitting_Co-op
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/07/business/07baby.html?pagewanted=all
http://nymag.com/guides/cheap-living/childcare/
https://nextdoor.com/

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Ramp meters could be used to decrease traffic congestion and improve safety

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 12:07 pm

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramp_meter
http://www.sas.com/resources/asset/Chapter1NumbersRuleYourWorld.pdf

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Adaptive cruise control could reduce congestion, travel time, and traffic

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 11:47 am

Adaptive cruise control (which automatically maintains a set distance behind a car and the vehicle in front of it) could be equipped in cars.

URL:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/06/03/magazine/innovations-issue.html
http://pid.sagepub.com/content/218/2/111.abstract

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yah so what - this is the domain of the automanufacturers and they are already adressing it very well

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Coffee could taste like berries or almonds

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 11:35 am

Coffee could taste like toasted almonds, berries, or Seville oranges rather than dark, ashy roasts by using vacuum sealed bags rather than burlap bags.

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A top national league could be created for major league teams

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 11:11 am

Major league sport teams in the U.S. could have to compete for a place in the top national league in order to prevent lackadaisical owners from not investing in talent and the teams’ overall competitiveness. There could be multiple league levels as in European soccer.

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Corporal punishment could be banned in schools

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 10:56 am

Currently, it is allowed in nineteen states.

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http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/01/should-teachers-spank-students-a-texas-school-district-expands-its-corporal-punishment-policy/

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The sale of human organs could be legal

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 9:57 am

"Economists Gary Becker and Julio Jorge Elias argue that monetary incentives would increase the supply of organs for transplant sufficiently to eliminate the very large waiting lists for organs, and the suffering and deaths of many of those waiting, without increasing the total cost of transplant surgery by more than 12 percent." Iran allows the sale of kidneys, and has no waiting lists.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_donation#Organ_shortfall
http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Sale_of_human_organs
http://www.becker-posner-blog.com/2006/01/should-the-purchase-and-sale-of-organs-for-transplant-surgery-be-permitted-becker.html

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An opt-out system could encourage organ donations

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 9:48 am

People's who do not want to donate could make it known by directive, through a family objection, or in a state computer registry. In addition, presumed consent could change people's perceptions towards donating organs.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organ_donation
http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Organ_donor_opt-out_program
http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/05/02/should-laws-encourage-organ-donation/


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A wristband could could improve handwashing rates among health workers

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 9:15 am

Hyginex is an integrated soap-dispensing-and-wristband-alert system that alerts doctors to wash their hands and tells them if they have not washed theirs hand well enough. In addition, the wristband keeps a detailed log of hand-cleaning compliance for managers to review.

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http://www.fastcoexist.com/1680432/a-wristband-to-force-doctors-to-wash-their-hands-save-lives

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Skyscraper farms could produce aeroponic and hydroponic crops

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 7:39 am

Vertical farming could potentially allow for year round production, eliminate polluting agriculture runoff, return farmlands to their natural state, and save fossil fuel.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vertical_farming
http://nymag.com/news/features/30020/
http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=the-rise-of-vertical-farms

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People could know the cost and quality of medical procedures before going to the doctor

By Hicbd
Mon Nov 19 2012 7:33 am

Currently, Castlight works with self-insured employers to create an online and mobile space where each employee can shop for health care based on price, quality and how much of their ­deductible has already been spent. Companies using Castlight have saved millions of dollars a year in health expenditures.

URL:
http://www.forbes.com/sites/kerryadolan/2012/06/27/the-startup-that-will-save-us-from-obamacare/
http://www.castlighthealth.com/

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Robotic fish could lead fish away from biological disasters

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 4:01 pm

URL:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120301113345.htm
http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-05-31/news/31931464_1_fish-tale-oil-spill-species

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Chickens and other poultry could be kept as pets

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 3:43 pm

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chickens_as_pets
http://www.wisegeek.com/do-poultry-make-good-pets.htm
http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/pets/chicken.htm

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A washing machine could wash clothes with very little water

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 3:35 pm

Nylon polymer beads could absorb the stains.

URL:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xeros_Washing_Machine
http://www.boston.com/businessupdates/2012/10/05/virtually-waterless-washing-machine-now-launders-linens-xeros-ltd-says/EiaAmmqTu40gfqs3uwZ02M/story.html

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Facebook could be used to post lost photos after disasters

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 3:28 pm

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/11/almandinger_n_1507761.html
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Joplins-Found-Photos/200537796658232
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/20/reuniting-tornado-victims_n_932115.html

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Blind people could play tennis

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 3:14 pm

Using a large foam ball that jingles, this sport could grow and be added to the Paralympic Games.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ZELzVCvaHI

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Firms could have to pay higher or lower taxes depending on how many workers needed disability insurance

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 1:43 pm

As in the Netherlands and similar to how states' workers compensation benefits are funded, the U.S. could impose some form of experience rating on firms and raise the SSDI payroll tax of firms whose workers enroll in the system at above average rates and lowering the SSDI payroll taxes on firms whose workers enroll at below average rates. Employers could then be more incentivized to make the investments in accommodation and rehabilitation that could prolong the employment tenure of a worker with a disability.

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http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3818
http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/burkhauser_testimony_ss914.pdf

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Firms could be mandated to provide the first two years of short-term disability insurance

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 16 2012 1:12 pm

This could increase the willingness of employers to provide additional accommodation and rehabilitation by linking the cost of disability payment to firms. It could also create growth in the private insurance market and greater case management of workers following the onset of a work limiting impairment and hence greater return to work. However, it could result in substantial added costs to the system.

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http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3818
http://waysandmeans.house.gov/uploadedfiles/burkhauser_testimony_ss914.pdf

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A two-tiered disability benefit system could be used to not discourage work

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 5:02 pm

A two-tiered disability system, which has been used successfully in Europe, could begin with a temporary program requiring beneficiaries to participate in rehabilitation, receive regular assessments, and prepare for reemployment. Those who demonstrate that they cannot work could become eligible for permanent disability benefits.

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http://www.cbpp.org/cms/index.cfm?fa=view&id=3818
http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/ssb/v62n3/v62n3p41.pdf
http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43421-DisabilityInsurance_print.pdf

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Signs on the street could warn pedestrians to look both ways

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 4:24 pm

This could reduce accidents in busy crosswalks.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/nyregion/in-new-york-city-curbside-signs-to-look-both-ways.html


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Meat could be grown in a lab

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 4:20 pm

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http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2012/technology/1201/gallery.zany-futuristic-ideas.fortune/3.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/In_vitro_meat

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A new federal competitive grants program could be used to support better workforce training and education systems

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 3:29 pm

Grants could be awarded depending on the following criteria:

• The inclusion of key partners including (i) community colleges and other education or training providers, (ii) industries or large employers with strong labor demand and good jobs, (iii) local workforce development agencies, and (iv) intermediary organizations with strong links to employers or industries
• The targeting of disadvantaged workers
• The responsiveness to labor market and employer needs
• The funding of key direct supports and services to students, workers, and employers
• The extent to which other sources of public or private funding are leveraged

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http://www.hamiltonproject.org/files/downloads_and_links/11_workforce_holzer_paper.pdf

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Real time labor market information about worker resources and needs could be developed

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 3:01 pm

This could help with understanding job availability, hiring trends, and influence education and training offerings and choices.

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http://www.jff.org/sites/default/files/AligningCommunityColleges_LaborMarkets_111711.pdf
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/Research/Files/Speeches/2010/9/27%20labor%20statistics%20reamer/0927_labor_statistics_vollman.PDF
http://www.urbanresearch.org/about/cur-components/new-york-city-labor-market-information-service-nyclmis


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Small schools could boost graduation rates

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 2:15 pm

Cities could replace large, failing urban high schools with small schools. These smaller schools could allow for stronger, more personal relationships between students and adults, increase student engagement, and better position teachers to identify and respond to students’ academic and social needs.

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http://www.mdrc.org/question/do-small-high-schools-make-difference
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Small_schools_movement
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/01/opinion/01thu3.html

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Performance-based scholarships could increase student achievement

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 1:44 pm

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http://www.mdrc.org/question/do-performance-based-scholarships-boost-college-student-achievement
http://chronicle.com/article/Want-Students-to-Perform-Well-/125293/

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CEO's program could be an effective model to reduce recidivism

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 1:34 pm

The Center for Employment Opportunities's (CEO) program of providing temporary, paid jobs to ex-offenders in peer groups could reduce recidivism and be cost effective overall.

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http://www.mdrc.org/sites/default/files/execsum_9.pdf
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/03/28/out-of-jail-and-into-jobs/
http://ceoworks.org/about/what-we-do/

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Incarceration could not be treated as "voluntary unemployment" to calculate child support arrears

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 11:00 am

Ex-offenders could have less debt when leaving prison and recidivism rates could decrease.

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http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/documents/0000/1090/REENTRY_MYTHBUSTERS.pdf
http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications/files/0394.pdf
http://www.asca.net/system/assets/attachments/2653/repaying_debts_full_report.pdf?1301081706

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Learning communities at community colleges could promote student achievement

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 10:46 am

Learning communities could increase the likelihood that students will pass a targeted course like developmental English or mathematics, earn more credits, and graduation rates.

URL:
http://www.mdrc.org/question/do-learning-communities-community-colleges-promote-student-achievement
http://www.postsecondaryresearch.org/index.html?Id=Research&Info=Learning+Communities
http://www.collegetransition.org/promisingpractices.research.learningcommunities.html


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Unemployed workers could not be discriminated against in job recruiting

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 9:06 am

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Career Academies could improve labor market outcomes for students

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 8:27 am

Career Academies restructure large high schools into small learning communities around career themes, follow rigorous curricula that include academic and career-oriented courses, and offer opportunities to participate in work-based learning activities. For disconnected youth, 18-24 years old not engaged in school or work, Career Academies, could be used and evaluated for effectiveness.

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http://www.mdrc.org/question/do-career-academies-improve-labor-market-outcomes-students
http://www.ncacinc.com/
http://evidencebasedprograms.org/wordpress/1366/career-academies/

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Workers' training could be subsidized at companies or community colleges

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 15 2012 7:44 am

As shown by Georgia Works, Platform to Employment, Minnesota Emergency Employment Development Program, employers or community colleges could be subsidized to train workers and workers could gain job experience.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/08/platform-to-employment-connecticut_n_1749763.html
http://www.andrewbullock.net/wftc/Katz%20-%20Wage%20Subsidies%20for%20the%20Disadvantaged%20US%20(1996).pdf
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/26/georgia-works-jobs-program_n_937771.html
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/02/02/franken-seedplan/


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Clothes could be made from kombucha

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 5:58 pm

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The Workforce Investment Act (WIA) could evaluate workforce development programs differently

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 5:48 pm

Workforce development programs could be evaluated on the quality of jobs obtained, retention, earning gains, strength and number of ties with employers and community colleges, resource coordination, and training/education attainment for jobs in local industries that have demand along with the common measures of job placement and average earning at entry.

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http://www.nycfuture.org/images_pdfs/pdfs/David%20Fischer%20testimony%201.31.08.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workforce_development
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/29/sectoral-training-jobless_n_1834990.html

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Developing countries could enact food stamp programs rather than ration systems

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 4:40 pm

A food stamp or voucher program could be beneficial to both producers and consumers and stimulate markets rather than the ration system and direct food aid.

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http://ictsd.org/downloads/2011/12/global-food-stamps-an-idea-worth-considering.pdf
http://www.forbes.com/sites/mahaatal/2012/06/12/how-a-plan-to-feed-indias-poor-went-wrong/
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/09/world/asia/09food.html?pagewanted=2&_r=4&hp


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Families could receive assistance with the FAFSA form in order to increase college attendance

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 4:10 pm

Low- to moderate-income families with young adults could receive assistance with the FAFSA form at tax preparation offices. A representative could automatically pre-populate the FAFSA and then conduct a short interview to complete the form, tell families how much aid they could qualify for, provide tuition information for local colleges, and offer to submit the form to the Department of Education. This program has been shown to increase college attendance.

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http://www.nber.org/papers/w15361
http://toptierevidence.org/wordpress/?page_id=1038


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Interest rates could be capped for payday loans

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 3:39 pm

Alternatively, other loan options such as small consumer loans, paycheck cash advances from employers, and credit union loans with lower interest and more stringent terms could be made more widely available and marketed.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Payday_loan
http://cfed.org/assets/scorecard/2013/pb_PredatoryLoans_2013.pdf
http://assets.newamerica.net/blogposts/2012/mythbusters_payday_lending_version-70045

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Asset limits for public benefits could be reformed to not discourage saving

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 2:47 pm

Public benefit rules for asset types counting towards the asset limits could also be reviewed and changed to not discourage saving. Congress could give states the option to reform asset limits for SSI.

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http://cfed.org/assets/documents/policy/Asset_Test_Reform_Final.pdf
http://www.theshriverbrief.org/2011/08/articles/asset-building/updates-on-asset-limit-reform/
http://assets.newamerica.net/sites/newamerica.net/files/policydocs/SpragueBlackExecutiveSummary.pdf

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Retirement accounts could allow funds to be used for education and home ownership

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 2:20 pm

401(ks), 457s, and 403(b)s could mirror Individual Retirement Accounts and allow people to withdraw money without penalty for college education and up to $20,000 for first-time home ownership. This could clarify rules for savers, remove management burdens for employers, bring federal policy into alignment, and encourage savings for these uses.

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http://cfed.org/policy/policy_agenda/financial_assets_and_income/

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The Saver's Credit could be simplified and expanded

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 2:03 pm

The Saver’s Credit could provide a 50% match to households earning less than $65,000 who save up to $1,000 in a 529 College Savings Account, Coverdell, qualified Savings Bond and IDAs in addition to retirement accounts. In addition, the credit could be refundable, automatically deposited into a designated retirement savings account using IRS Form 8888, and contribution amounts could be indexed to inflation.

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http://cfed.org/policy/policy_agenda/financial_assets_and_income/

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Children Savings Accounts could be required for every newborn

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 1:56 pm

Child Trust Funds or Children Savings Accounts could be required for every newborn to have to ensure every child has savings by the age of 18, help children get into the habit of saving while also teaching them the benefits of saving, and help them understand personal finance. Matching deposits could be given to low-income children.

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http://www.newamerica.net/files/nafmigration/CSA_Primer.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Child_Trust_Fund
http://cfed.org/policy/policy_agenda/financial_assets_and_income/

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A Saver's Bonus could be offered to low-income tax filers

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 8:28 am

A Saver's Bonus, or a 50% match up to $500 if tax filers save for over a year, could introduce tax filers to savings accounts, encourage more savings among low-income families, and reduce the use of payday loans, credits cards, etc.

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http://www.newamerica.net/publications/policy/the_savers_bonus
http://www.results.org/issues/us_poverty_campaigns/economic_opportunity_for_all/the_savers_bonus/

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Tax refund increases could be required to be put into an IRA or other savings product

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 8:09 am

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Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) or matched savings accounts could be expanded and encompass more goals

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 14 2012 7:42 am

IDAs or other matched savings accounts could be expanded to be offered more widely and redesigned to encompass more savings goals for long-term productive assets, short-terms goals (such as automobiles and washing machines for example), and for precautionary, unanticipated purposes.

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http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2005/03/childrenfamilies-boshara
http://assets.newamerica.net/sites/newamerica.net/files/policydocs/Cramer_HomeOwnershipandIDAs_Final.pdf
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr1234

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The coca plant could be allowed to grow

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 5:34 pm

For positive environment, socioeconomic, and geopolitical reasons, the coca plant could not be destroyed and be allowed to grow.

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http://debatepedia.idebate.org/en/index.php/Debate:_Legality_of_coca_production_and_consumption
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coca_eradication
http://www.druglawreform.info/images/stories/documents/dlr11.pdf

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Employment applications could not ask about criminal history to reduce recidivism

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 5:13 pm

"Ban the Box" laws could be passed and policies could be enacted to prevent or lessen discrimination against screening and hiring former prisoners for employment.

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http://www.nelp.org/page/-/SCLP/2011/CityandCountyHiringInitiatives.pdf?nocdn=1
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/hr6220
http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/sen_25_eassys.pdf

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Housing first strategies could be used with the homeless

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 4:40 pm

Homeless individuals could receive permanent housing along with support programs rather than temporary shelters. Permanent supportive housing is more cost effective than the homeless using services such as emergency rooms, addiction treatment, psychiatric care, and jails.

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http://homeless.samhsa.gov/Channel/Housing-First-447.aspx
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Housing_first
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/20/a-plan-to-make-homelessness-history/

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Drug policy and government funds could focus on providing treatment and prevention rather than punishment

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 4:09 pm

This could save taxpayers money, lessen the demand for drugs, and reduce crime and corruption in the United States and elsewhere.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_on_Drugs#Alternatives
http://www.economist.com/node/14309861
http://thegrio.com/2010/05/11/obama-shifts-gears-to-drug-prevention-not-punishment/

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Portugal, 12 Years after Decriminalizing Drugs - "The data show, among other things, that the number of adults in Portugal who have at some point taken illegal drugs is rising. At the same time, though, the number of teenagers who have at some point taken illegal drugs is falling. The number of drug addicts who have undergone rehab has also increased dramatically, while the number of drug addicts who have become infected with HIV has fallen significantly." - http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/evaluating-drug-decriminalization-in-portugal-12-years-later-a-891060.html

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Insects could be more widely eaten and cultivated

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 3:30 pm

Insects could be an ecological (less land, less pesticides), economical, and nutritious food source.

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http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703293204576106072340020728.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entomophagy

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A permanent daylights savings time could be enacted

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 3:22 pm

This could save energy, promote outdoor leisure activity in the evening therefore being good for physical and psychological health, reduce traffic accidents, reduce crime, and/or be good for business.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_savings_time#Dispute_over_benefits_and_drawbacks
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/travelnews/2011/11/111104-daylight-saving-time-science-travel/

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Barefoot or minimalist running could decrease injuries

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 2:56 pm

From switching running from an initial heel strike to a more springy step on the middle, or on the ball of the foot as well as creating shorter strikes and higher step rates, injuries could be avoided and better develop foot muscles.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barefoot_running
http://www.vibramfivefingers.com/faq/barefoot_running_faq.htm
http://zenhabits.net/barefoot-running/

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New societies could be established at sea

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 2:46 pm

Societies such as the Seasteading Institute that have different governments and laws could be established as artificial nation-states at sea.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasteading
http://www.seasteading.org/about/faq/

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People could grow mustaches in November to support prostate cancer research

By Hicbd
Tue Nov 13 2012 1:22 pm

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http://us.movember.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Movember

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Caffeine could be drunk before working out

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 3:36 pm

Caffeine could be drunk before a workout to slow down the burning of glycogen, the body's energy reserves.

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http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/122861
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/12/14/how-coffee-can-galvanize-your-workout/
http://www.livestrong.com/article/513339-drinking-caffeine-before-working-out/

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Low-cost random controlled trials could test government programs' effectiveness

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 3:25 pm

Low-cost random controlled trials could make use of administrative data that the government already collects (test scores, graduation rates, emergency room visits, arrests, unemployment spur innovation. records, etc.) and test hundreds of program models. Rigorous evaluations could determine if programs should continue to be funded.

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http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/worthy-of-government-funding-prove-it/
http://coalition4evidence.org/wordpress/

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Teachers could be trained by apprenticeship programs

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 3:14 pm

Teachers could be trained by an apprenticeship program that evaluates them while they are teaching rather than having to obtain a license, masters, or certification in order to teach in public schools. Some research shows that these degrees do not affect student success.

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http://ideas.theatlantic.com/2009/07/get_rid_of_teacher_licenses.php
http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2010-12-19/news/bs-ed-masters-degree-20101219_1_maryland-teachers-new-teacher-contract-teacher-compensation
http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/education-degrees-and-teachers-pay/

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Focused deterrence strategies could be used to reduce crime

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 3:10 pm

This strategy targets only the worst criminals for intensive investigation and criminal prosecution, builds community trust in the police, and involves the community in offering alternatives to the worst offenders.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/20/opinion/better-ways-to-police-than-stop-and-frisk.html?_r=0
http://www.nij.gov/topics/crime/gun-violence/prevention/focused-deterrence.htm

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The Nurse-Family Partnership program could be used more widely

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 3:04 pm

The Nurse-Family Partnership has been proven to result in less child abuse and neglect, reduction in mother's subsequent births during their late teens and early twenties, reduction in prenatal smoking, and improvement in cognitive and/or academic outcomes for children. In the program, nurses provide home visits to pregnant women with no previous live births once per month during their pregnancy and the first two years of their children’s lives to teach (i) positive health related behaviors, (ii) competent care of children, and (iii) maternal personal development (family planning, educational achievement, and participation in the workforce).

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http://evidencebasedprograms.org/wordpress/1366/nurse-family-partnership/
http://www.nursefamilypartnership.org/about/program-history
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/05/16/the-power-of-nursing/

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Critical Time Intervention (CTI) could prevent homelessness in people with severe mental illnesses

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 2:54 pm

The nine-month intervention is delivered to each participant by a single caseworker trained in CTI and supervised by a mental health professional. The caseworker gets to know client, client's caregivers, and community service providers through meetings, develops long term goals, and mediates conflicts.

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http://www.criticaltime.org/
http://evidencebasedprograms.org/wordpress/1366/critical-time-intervention-top-tier/

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The Efficient Taxation of Income could replace the current tax system

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 2:40 pm

Earned income could be taxed at a flat rate of 10%, while property-type income could be taxed at 30%. There could be big gains in economic efficiency from making the tax treatment of income from corporate, non-corporate and household property the same.

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http://harvardmagazine.com/2003/03/efficient-taxation-of-in.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Efficient_Taxation_of_Income

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Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) could have states accountable for outcome based performance measures

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 2:22 pm

States could have to be accountable and receive credit for outcome based performance by measures such as job readiness through having access to resources (housing, childcare, transportation, counseling), job retention, and job advancement rather than process-based work participation rates.

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/deborah-weinstein/obama-welfare-to-work_b_1772739.html
www.clasp.org/admin/site/.../TANF-Reauthorization-Goals.pdf

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Committee vacancies could be filled by lottery

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 2:03 pm

Committee vacancies could be filled by lottery in order to appoint committee members who were not beholden to party leaders for their selection and, therefore, would not be fearful to cross party lines in the future.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-turn-republicans-and-democrats-into-americans/308521/1/

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Lower insurance premiums could be offered to those who make healthy choices

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 1:53 pm

Employees could be rewarded by taking healthy actions such as taking steps to lose weight, steps to quit smoking, offering free or cheap gym memberships, and reimbursement checks to encourage cheaper choices like generics over name-brand drugs.

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http://www.rd.com/health/healthcare/18-ideas-to-reform-health-care-now/
http://www.forbes.com/sites/brucejapsen/2012/08/08/more-companies-offer-perks-to-lose-pounds-as-incentives-to-stay-healthy-increase/
http://seattletimes.com/html/politics/2010161271_apushealthcarebriefing.html

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Fee-for-service could be replaced by bundled payments

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 1:26 pm

Fee-for-service can encourage doctors to do more tests, surgeries, and prescribe more medicine which may not be in the patient's best long term interest. Bundled payments or annual per patient fees means doctors could be paid on a capitation system linked to outcomes, encouraging doctors to focus on activities that deliver health benefits at a lower cost to the system.

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http://www.innovations.cms.gov/initiatives/bundled-payments/index.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bundled_payment
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/16/saving-by-the-bundle/

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Obamacare could be replaced by a single payer national health insurance

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 12:01 pm

The single payer system, medical care funded from a single insurance pool run by the state, could save money by offering universal preventative care and eliminate insurance company administrative costs. However, there could be issues with access to care and government bureaucracy.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Single-payer_health_care
http://www.pnhp.org/facts/what-is-single-payer
http://www.freemarketcure.com/singlepayermyths.php

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A public option could be added to state insurance exchanges

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 11:38 am

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that adding a publicly run insurance plan would reduce the deficit by an additional $88 billion over ten years relative to the law as passed, by taking in insurance premiums and paying out less to private insurers through exchange subsidies.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/07/12-ways-health-care-could-be-improved-if-the-house-wanted-to-hold-more-than-symbolic-votes/259733/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_health_insurance_option

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The FairTax could replace all federal income taxes

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 9 2012 5:09 am

The FairTax could replace all federal income taxes (including the alternative minimum tax, corporate income taxes, and capital gains taxes), payroll taxes(including Social Security and Medicare taxes), gift taxes, and estate taxes with a single national consumption tax on retail sales. The proposal also provides monthly payment to all family households of lawful U.S. residents as an advance rebate, or "prebate", of tax on purchases up to the poverty level. Supporters contend that the plan would effectively tax wealth, increase purchasing power, decrease tax burdens by broadening the tax base, ease tax compliance, and increase economic growth.

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http://www.fairtax.org/site/PageServer?pagename=HowFairTaxWorks

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The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) could be modified or repealed

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 8:10 pm

The AMT could replaced with a less complicated add-on tax of four percent of adjusted gross income above $100,000 for singles and $200,000 for couples or be repealed entirely.

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http://www.taxpolicycenter.org/briefing-book/improve/incremental-reform/simplify.cfm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternative_Minimum_Tax#Opinions_about_AMT

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Committee staff members could be selected by a nonpartisan House or Senate administrator

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:47 pm

Committee staff members, who schedule the hearings, invite witnesses to testify, prepare background materials for committee members, and negotiate with staff members from other committees in the House and Senate, could be selected by a nonpartisan House or Senate administrator and be obligated to serve all members equally without regard to party agenda. Currently, they are selected by the committee chair and senior members of the minority.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-turn-republicans-and-democrats-into-americans/308521/1/


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Congressional districts could be redrawn by an independent, non- or bipartisan commission

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:39 pm

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-turn-republicans-and-democrats-into-americans/308521/1/
http://www.fairvote.org/national-standards/#.UJxs1IfAeSo

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An open primary system could be used to reduce partisanship

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:31 pm

In states, an “open primary” system in which every candidate for a particular office, regardless of party, appears on the same ballot, could be created to allow voters a wider range of candidates and reduce candidate partisanship. The top two voted, even if they belonged to the same party, could continue on to the general election.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/07/how-to-turn-republicans-and-democrats-into-americans/308521/1/

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A welfare emergency fund could be triggered into action by a poor economy

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:29 pm

A welfare emergency fund could be be triggered into effect by high poverty and unemployment indicators versus Congress having to put it into effect.

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The spruce flavor could be more widely used

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:25 pm

Spruce and pines could be used to make beer, syrup, chewing gum, cocktails, or tea. Spruce is a natural source of Vitamin C.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spruce#Food_and_medicine
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/11/sprucing-up-your-cocktail/309107/

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Public housing recipients could be required to work, do community service, or participate in job training programs

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:09 pm

Public housing tenants who were not disabled, over the retirement age, or facing special circumstances could be required to work or participate in a work training or community service program. As it has been done in Atlanta public housing as well as the Jobs-Plus program, coordinators could be assigned to support residents in accessing resources and counseling.

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http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/nov/8/reinventing-public-housing/?page=all
http://trueslant.com/megancottrell/2010/02/12/more-public-housing-residents-employed-after-first-year-of-work-requirement/
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/04/15/nyregion/in-public-housing-it-s-work-volunteer-or-leave.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm

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Public schools could offer apprenticeships or internships

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:57 pm

As in Germany, public schools could offer a “dual system” where students could split their time between classroom coursework and apprenticeships in companies. The coursework could be structured around the job track students choose and employers could help design the curriculum and cover the program’s cost.

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http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/can-retraining-give-the-unemployed-a-second-chance-09142011.html#r=auth-s
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dual_education_system


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The Oscars voting pool could be past Academy Award winners

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:16 pm

The current voting pool, whose members are a secret, could be dissolved and only Academy Award winners could be allowed to vote.

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Cars could be better designed for children to reduce injuries

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:11 pm

Adjustable seatbelts or fold down seat inserts could be created to better prevent injuries than using car seats.

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Assisted suicide could be legal

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:00 pm

As in Switzerland, assisted suicide could be legal so long as people undergo counseling services beforehand.

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http://www.wired.com/techbiz/people/magazine/17-10/ff_smartlist_minelli
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assisted_suicide
http://nymag.com/news/features/parent-health-care-2012-5/index6.html

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Earning supplements could provide beneficial, cost-efficient effects for low-wage workers

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 4:49 pm

Earning supplements (a monetary payment on a monthly basis) provided to low-wage workers could encourage work, help sustain employment, and increase incomes as well as increase academic outcomes for pre-school children. If the supplements could be combined with employment services and be provided to long-term welfare recipients and unemployed, they could have larger effects.

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http://www.mdrc.org/providing-earnings-supplements-encourage-and-sustain-employment
http://evidencebasedprograms.org/wordpress/1366/canadian-self-sufficiency-project/

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Beer, milk, fruit juice could be drunk after a workout for better hydration

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 4:32 pm

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http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/09/12/should-drink-beer-after-working-out/
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/hack-your-muscles-comparing-the-best-post-workout-beverages.html
http://www.medicaldaily.com/articles/12131/20120914/beer-chocolate-milk-following-workout-routine-researchers.htm


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Treadmill desks could reduce obesity and cardiovascular diseases

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 4:26 pm

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treadmill_desk
http://www.mentalfloss.com/blogs/archives/122861
http://mashable.com/2012/07/10/treadmill-desk-review/

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Employers could enroll workers in an opt-out direct deposit savings account

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 4:14 pm

Employers could enroll workers in an opt-out direct deposit retirement or savings account that places a small percentage of each paycheck into the account as shown in the AutoSave and Automatic IRA programs. Employers could receive temporary tax credits to offset the administrative cost. This could encourage banking access, savings, and financial stability.

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http://assets.newamerica.net/autosave_overview
http://www.mdrc.org/project_16_98.html
http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2009/7/automatic%20ira%20iwry/07_automatic_ira_iwry

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Social impact bonds could fund public programs

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 3:46 pm

Social impact bonds could prevent taxpayers from paying money into programs that are not successful. Nonprofit groups, foundations, and private sector could fund initiatives and be reimbursed by the government later only if the program achieves agreed-upon benchmarks. If not, taxpayers could owe nothing.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/09/business/economy/09leonhardt.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_impact_bond
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michele-host/social-impact-bonds_b_1982618.html

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Illegal drug users could be sent to treatment centers rather than prisons

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 3:35 pm

Those who use illegal drugs could be sent to more widely available treatment specific centers rather than prison in order to reduce prison populations, reduce death by overdose, curb the spread of infections, and rehabilitate addicts.

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http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/sen_25_eassys.pdf , page 60
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/01/06/AR2011010604386.html
http://www.suntimes.com/opinions/2242424-474/treatment-drug-prison-percent-drugs.html


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Community-based alternatives to prison could be used to lower recidivism rates and prison populations

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 3:21 pm

Community-based alternatives to prison include, but are not limited to, electronic monitoring, work release, day-reporting centers, and half-way houses. Community-based alternatives cost thousands of dollars less than prison, and help improve public safety by ensuring that people remain in the community with their families and support systems, while also maintaining employment and receiving services.

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http://www.justicepolicy.org/images/upload/09_05_REP_PruningPrisons_AC_PS.pdf
http://www.unafei.or.jp/english/pdf/PDF_rms/no61/ch07.pdf
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alternatives_to_incarceration

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Nonviolent ex-offenders could have their records expunged under certain conditions

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 3:02 pm

The H.R. 2065: Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2011 tried to expunge the record of any felon who a) hadn’t been convicted of a violent crime, b) served a full sentence and completed all court-ordered requirements, c) had been free of alcohol or drug dependency for at least a year, d) received a high school diploma or its equivalent, and e) completed a year of community service. However it did not pass.

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http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/07/five_prison_reform_ideas_being_ignored_on_capitol_hill.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Chance_Act_(2009)#Support

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Ex-prisoners could have better access to benefits to decrease recidivism

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 2:34 pm

Ex-prisoners could have more or equal access to housing, education, the ballot, and public benefits in order to decrease recidivism rates. For example, prisoners and ex-offenders could be eligible for Pell Grants.

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http://sentencingproject.org/doc/publications/sen_25_eassys.pdf
http://www.clasp.org/admin/site/publications_archive/files/0092.pdf
http://www.nationalreentryresourcecenter.org/documents/0000/1090/REENTRY_MYTHBUSTERS.pdf


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Student surveys could evaluate teachers

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 8:35 am

Surveys could be more widely given to students (or alumni) from kindergarten to high school to give teachers feedback on their performance as well as aid in evaluating teachers, much as professors are rated by students in colleges and universities. In addition, focus groups with randomly selected students could aid in evaluations as well.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/10/why-kids-should-grade-teachers/309088/
http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/student-surveys-may-help-rate-teachers/2012/05/11/gIQAN78uMU_story.html
http://blogs.edweek.org/teachers/teaching_now/2012/07/next_up_in_teacher_evaluations_student_surveys.html


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Community-based currency could be used to support a local economy

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 8:29 am

Community-based currency could boost the value of resources, such as local labor, that are undervalued in the dollar economy, stimulate local investment, and support independent and locally owned businesses.

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http://ideas.theatlantic.com/2009/07/use_local_currency.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_currency

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U.S. agricultural subsidies could be removed

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 8:25 am

Citizens could pay less taxes and consumers could spend less money by being able to buy lower price imports.

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http://ideas.theatlantic.com/2009/07/tell_americans_what_theyre_really_paying_for_their_food.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agricultural_subsidy#United_States
http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/dont-end-agricultural-subsidies-fix-them/

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Fenugreek paper could keep fruits and vegetables fresh longer

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Thu Nov 8 2012 8:20 am

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http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/thinking-tech/fenugreens-freshpaper-lets-produce-keep-for-longer/12883

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All public housing could be offered through portable rental vouchers

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:52 am

As introduced in the Preservation, Enhancement, and Transition of Rental Assistance Act (PETRA) or Rental Housing Revitalization Act (H.R. 6468) to the House of Representatives in 2010 (which died in committee), all public housing residents could receive portable rental vouchers and people who were not low-income could live in public housing developments at market rents in order to preserve current housing, allow the private market to invest in housing, simplify rental assistance programs, and create mixed income communities.

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http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/111/hr6468
http://www.georgemasonlawreview.org/doc/09-SALSICH-FINAL.pdf

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The "green dot" system could be used to reduce waste

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:48 am

As used in the European Union to reduce waste, manufacturers could have to pay more or less for a “green dot” on products depending on how much packaging the product had.

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http://ideas.theatlantic.com/2009/07/cut_down_on_plastic_packaging.php
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Dot_(symbol)

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Mandated individual savings accounts could be used instead of unemployment insurance

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:18 am

Workers could use mandated individual saving accounts after being laid off instead of unemployment insurance. These could reduce the moral hazard costs of discouraging workers to find and take jobs and be cheaper than the current UI program.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unemployment_benefits#Alternative_policy
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/SOCIALPROTECTION/Resources/SP-Discussion-papers/Labor-Market-DP/0910.pdf
http://www.nber.org/feldstein/aeajan8.pdf

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Anyone who speaks of the "moral hazard costs" and thinks being on UI, EI, or welfare discourages people from finding jobs is "armchair quarterbacking"... they have abviously never experienced what it's like to live on such reduced levels of income. There is nothing "comfortable" about an EI wage. Being on EI does not "discourage" one from finding work. It just gives you a slight cushion to find a job that is appropriate to your age, experience, and education levels, instead of forcing you to take the first job that comes along.

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A random sample of voters could decide elections

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 7:05 am

Random-sample elections (where registered voters are randomly selected to vote in federal elections) could allow more educated and representative voting, reform campaign finance, and save money overall.

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http://www.wired.com/opinion/2012/05/st_essay_voting/
http://rs-elections.com/Random-Sample%20Elections.pdf


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Job sharing or short-time working could decrease unemployment

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 6:57 am

Job sharing or short-time working could allow companies to make temporary, across the board reductions in hours worked by and wages paid to the same number of employees in order to reduce unemployment.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/less-work-more-jobs/309033/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unemployment_benefits#Job_sharing_.2F_short-time_working

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Mealtics could be purchased by restaurant-goers to provide food to the needy

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 6:46 am

Local soup kitchens and organizations could pick up meals to give to the needy and homeless.

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http://www.crowdfunder.com/mealtics/profile

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The birth control pill could be offered over-the-counter

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 6:22 am

Pharmacies in metropolitan Seattle have experimented with a model of “safe use”—the Direct Access study—of making contraceptives available over the counter, in which community pharmacists were permitted to dispense hormonal contraceptives after a woman completed a self-administered screening tool. In addition, a progestin-only minipill could be offered that has low prevalence of contraindications.

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http://www.slate.com/articles/double_x/doublex/2012/03/is_an_over_the_counter_birth_control_pill_dangerous_.html
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/07/sell-the-pill-over-the-counter/308997/

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The EITC could be changed to minimize the distortion of incentives to work, marry, and have children

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 6:10 am

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) could be increased to create more resources for children from noncustodial parents and from second-earners in two-parent families. It could provide all adult low-wage workers (ages 21-54) who work full time (30+ hours a week) a payment close to the current family EITC and be based on an individual’s personal income. Singles could be eligible regardless of dependents or marriage as could second earners in a married family to minimize the distortion of incentives to work, marry, and bear children. The minimum wage could also be indexed to inflation to make the EITC more effective and affordable.

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http://www.mdrc.org/area_issue_53.html
www.mdrc.org/publications/450/print.html

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The U.S. minimum wage could be indexed to inflation

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 6:06 am

Studies suggest that a small increase in the minimum wage would not have a negative effect on overall employment rates, could decrease labor turnover therefore increasing labor productivity, could increase employment rates for single, low-income earners, and could increase consumer spending to stimulate the economy. However, a higher minimum wage could create higher prices and could create more competition in the labor pool.

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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/business/the-minimum-wage-employment-and-income-distribution.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
http://raisetheminimumwage.org/pages/qanda
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/mar/14/business/la-fi-mo-minimum-wage-hearing-20130314


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Taxpayers could receive receipts

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:54 am

Taxpayers could be given receipts that show how their tax dollars are spent, making it easier for people to understand government spending.

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http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2010/10/taxpayer_receipt
http://www.thirdway.org/publications/335
http://www.whitehouse.gov/2011-taxreceipt

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The WTO could have a parliamentary assembly

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:37 am

A WTO parliamentary assembly could be created to allow for more democratic participation in WTO decision making.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_the_World_Trade_Organization#Decision_making
http://www.eui.eu/RSCAS/Research/Transatlantic/DeBievre.pdf

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Microinsurance could be offered to citizens in developing countries

By Hicbd
Thu Nov 8 2012 5:22 am

Health insurance, insurance against bad weather, insurance against the deaths of livestocks, etc. could be more widely offered to the poor. Government subsidies to fund insurance schemes could pay for themselves in terms of higher citizen's incomes.

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http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Economics-Radical-Rethinking-Poverty/dp/1610390938
http://www.lloyds.com/~/media/Lloyds/Reports/360/360%20Other/InsuranceInDevelopingCountries.pdf

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Banks could be easier to access at local shops

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 7 2012 3:36 pm

Banks could use local shopkeepers to take deposits into accounts and issue receipts to customers that a bank is legally obligated to honor rather than only using bank employees. India has enabled this through the Banking Correspondent Act.

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http://www.amazon.com/Poor-Economics-Radical-Rethinking-Poverty/dp/1610390938
http://www.centre-for-microfinance.org/wp-content/uploads/attachments/csy/792/BC_PreExploration_Oct09.pdf

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International migrant remittances could be easier to obtain

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 7 2012 3:31 pm

The cost of international migrant remittances could be reduced by decreasing countries' taxes and/or forming a International Remittance Network. Diaspora bonds could be used to raise financing from overseas diaspora and future remittances could be securitized.

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http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Aid-Working-Better-Africa/dp/0374139563
http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20648762~pagePK:64257043~piPK:437376~theSitePK:4607,00.html

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Identification systems could be built for citizens

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 7 2012 3:24 pm

Initiatives could be funded to create identification for citizens to be able to receive government benefits, get bank accounts, build credit for insurance, etc. in order to spur overall development and social welfare.

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http://www.wired.com/magazine/2011/08/ff_indiaid/
http://www.cgdev.org/doc/full_text/GelbClarkUID/1426583.html

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Foreign aid could be given as stimulus checks to country's citizens

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 7 2012 3:20 pm

Citizens could receive checks to spur the economy versus governments receiving aid for programs with specific requirements.

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http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Aid-Working-Better-Africa/dp/0374139563

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Ice cooling tanks could provide air conditioning

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 7 2012 3:09 pm

Ice cooling tanks could be used to provide air conditioning to buildings. During off-peak electricity hours, energy can be used to make and fill the containers with ice. During the heat of the following day, the melting ice can chill the piping that feeds the air in the ventilation system and cool the building.

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/sap/2011/07/25/how-can-making-3000-tons-of-ice-every-night-actually-end-up-saving-energy/
http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/energy-solutions/air-conditioning-ice

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CO2 could be buried to reduce levels in the atmosphere

By Hicbd
Wed Nov 7 2012 3:04 pm

CO2 could be buried, at least three thousand meters, or two miles below sea level into the seabed. At that depth, the extreme water pressure and low temperature could turn the carbon into a liquid denser than the surrounding water, forming a layer that would prevent it from rising back up into the ocean.

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http://www.amazon.com/Super-Freakonomics-Patriotic-Prostitutes-Insurance/dp/0060889578
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_capture_and_storage

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Wine could be mixed with water before drinking to enhance the flavor

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:43 pm

As the ancient Greeks and Romans did, wine could be mixed with water before drinking to enhance the flavor.

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http://penelope.uchicago.edu/~grout/encyclopaedia_romana/wine/wine.html
http://www.amazon.com/Everyday-Life-Ancient-Lionel-Casson/dp/0801859921
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/28/dining/28curious.html?_r=2&ref=dining&


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Fires could be extinguished with a wand

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:35 pm

Fires could be extinguished with less damage by a wand that creates an electric field producing a flow of charged particles that can subdue a flame.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/03/110329-electric-wands-fire-firefighters-extinguish-science-harvard-chemical/

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Clothes could be made from milk, helping those with textile allergies

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:32 pm

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Breathalyzers could be built into cars

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:27 pm

Breathalyzers could be built into cars as touch or breath based sensors that do not allow the car to move if someone's blood alcohol level is above .08%.

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A blood market could be developed to help meet demand

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:23 pm

As shown by General Blood, blood could be bought from areas with excess capacity and sold to hospitals and clinics running short on blood. More hospitals could have dual suppliers (General Blood and blood banks) to meet their demands.

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Security checkpoints could have information on the estimated wait time

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:19 pm

Travelers could then plan ahead accordingly.

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http://www.inc.com/magazine/201206/april-joyner/how-would-you-fix-the-tsa.html

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Airport security checkpoints could allow nonallowable items to be shipped

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:14 pm

TSA could partner with USPS and provide a flat fee shipment service from security checkpoints so travelers could ship mistakenly carried items home.

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http://www.inc.com/magazine/201206/april-joyner/how-would-you-fix-the-tsa.html

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Banks could design and market savings accounts to low income consumers

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 4:09 pm

To encourage the use of savings accounts and banks by low income consumers, banks could develop and offer savings account options by:

- using a consumer insights approach in order to develop products that have demand potential (such as including an incentive scheme) and corresponding effective marketing strategies
- avoiding hardline restriction like opening minimum deposit, minimum balance requirements, or offering several low-value (

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http://newamerica.net/sites/newamerica.net/files/policydocs/chan_beyondbarriers_workingpaper_1.pdf
http://blogs.worldbank.org/africacan/can-mobile-phones-be-used-to-bank-the-poor

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Salt could be added to tea

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 8:00 am

As shown in Tibetan Butter tea and in the Hindu Kush region of northern Pakistan, tea could be salty.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea#Additives
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_tea

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Windcatchers could create natural air conditioning

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 7:52 am

As used in the Middle East, windcatchers could be built to create cooling, natural ventilation in buildings.

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wind_Tower


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Clouds could be created to mirror and reflect the sun to cool the earth

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 7:40 am

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http://www.amazon.com/Super-Freakonomics-Patriotic-Prostitutes-Insurance/dp/0060889578
http://www.scientificamerican.com/blog/post.cfm?id=geoengineering-solution-no-9-the-fl-2008-09-08

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Sulfur laden smoke from coal burning plants could be spewed into the stratosphere to cool the earth

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 7:37 am

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_proposed_geoengineering_schemes

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A garden hose could release sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere to cool the earth

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 7:30 am

By geoengineering, a garden hose could be built up into the sky to release sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere.

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Libraries could lend out "living books"

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 7:25 am

"Living books" or local people who have volunteered to share their knowledge of different topics could be "lent" out. People interested in those topics could make appointments to meet for conversations or come to lectures.

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http://www.good.is/post/library-s-living-books-program-will-loan-human-experts


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Liz Sun Dec 23 2012
8:47 pm
this sounds so cool!

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Restaurants could display how they treat their workers

By Hicbd
Fri Nov 2 2012 7:03 am

Restaurants could display a standardized grade in their window indicating how they have met worker's rights and benefits.

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www.good.is/posts/minimum-rage
http://host.madison.com/news/local/new-dining-guide-rates-madison-restaurants-on-how-they-treat/article_e60720ac-3e4b-11e2-9982-001a4bcf887a.html