Problem Solving Must-Reads: Defeating ISIS with Empathy

Plus: France Bans All Plastic Cups, and a Food Waste Supermarket

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Defeating ISIS with Empathy

Plus: France Bans All Plastic Cups, and a Food Waste Supermarket

Here at The Citizen, we do problem-solving journalism, looking for ideas and solutions to move the region forward and make a better city. Here are some other great ideas for solving the world’s problems, from media outlets around the globe:

One Nonprofit Is Proving Empathy Could Be The Key To Defeating ISIS

After ISIS rose to power in 2014, the Heraion Foundation stepped into Iraq. They paired up U.S. and U.K. veterans with the most vulnerable people in the area to provide job training, education and social reintegration for women and children who were captured by ISIS. By using this holistic approach to understand the roots of extremism, the hope is to remove the fear and violence that pervades Iraqis’ lives. With that gone, people can finally begin to heal. This approach is largely the opposite of the U.S. government’s, which focuses on military force rather than rebuilding communities. (via GOOD)

France is the first country to ban all plastic plates and cups

Photo: Mashable

France has officially banned all plastic cups, plates and silverware in a law that will take full effect in 2020. France is the first country to pass these radical restrictions, and has already begun to receive criticism by packaging industry lobbyists. France is undaunted, remaining a global leader on climate change: They held the Paris Climate Change Conference in 2015, and banned all plastic bags as of last July. (via Mashable)

Welcome to the World's First 'Waste Supermarket'

Photo: CityLab

Nonprofit Real Junk Food Project is over food waste. The British organization has created an “anti-supermarket”— a massive warehouse stocked by food donated by supermarkets, restaurants and wholesalers that would have been thrown away but remain fit for human consumption. The waste supermarket is also pay-what-you-wish, a model that has already been successfully implemented by the Real Junk Food Project in 126 cafes in seven countries. The goal is to get food that would otherwise be thrown away and wasted into people’s kitchens at an affordable price. (via CityLab)

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