Ideas We Should Steal: Minister of Loneliness

Britain appointed the world’s first official to combat an epidemic of loneliness. A similar post here could save lives

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

CitizenCast—Ideas We Should Steal Revisited: Night Mayor

Philadelphia's bustling nightlife draws many of the best and brightest to our region. Will our inability to act on instituting a night mayor turn them away?

By J.P. Romney and Rana Fayez

Ideas We Should Steal: Threat Assessment Teams

The best way to stop a school shooting has nothing to do with guns, or locks, or school police. It’s to prevent them from happening beforehand

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Tracking The Air We Breathe

A program to monitor inhaler use among Louisville asthma patients led to health-minded policy changes. Would it work in Philly, where asthma rates are sky high?

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: Public Montessori Schools

In Puerto Rico, an experiment in alternative education is getting results in a district with struggling schools and high poverty. Could it work here?

By Syra Ortiz-Blanes

Ideas We Should Steal: Friends of the Children

The 25-year-old Portland nonprofit has a proven method for ending the cycle of poverty for children—a 12.5 year mentorship

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas we should steal: Participatory Defense

The program that tries to even the playing field for poor defendants has collectively reduced prison sentences by 3,350 years. Now it may come to Philly

By Thomas Fox Parry

Ideas We Should Steal: Democracy Vouchers

In Seattle, residents get cash vouchers to support political candidates. It could even the playing field—and bring more people out to the polls

By Quinn O'Callaghan