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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Protecting Internet Infrastructure from Natural Disasters

Plus: A beauty school in a men's prison, and mindfulness changing children's classrooms

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Protecting Internet Infrastructure from Natural Disasters

Plus: A beauty school in a men's prison, and mindfulness changing children's classrooms

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:

Wash, Rinse, Redeem: A Look Inside A Beauty School—In A Men’s Prison

Photo: GOOD

At Valley State Prison, male prisoners can be found practicing hair styling, manicures, facials and pedicures. The reason for the prison’s cosmetology school is a coincidence: The prison originally opened as a women’s facility. But after the Public Safety Realignment in 2011, thousands of women in the facility were able to finish out their sentences in county jails. Now men are in the facility, using the old cosmetology school in the prison to prepare them for jobs in the industry, changing the tide for many ex-cons. “Out there cutting hair, nobody asks what your record is as long as you have a good rapport, good communication skills, and good people skills,” Said Andrew Jones, who has been arrested and convicted of car theft several times. (via GOOD)

Yesterday’s Internet Isn’t Good Enough for Tomorrow’s Cities

Photo: Next City

Before Hurricane Sandy hit Red Hook in Brooklyn, Red Hook Initiative’s building was ready. RHI did not lose power, nor did it lose internet access, because RHI had built their own sustainable “mesh” designed WiFi network. RHI is now a case study for preparing communities to help themselves in a disaster. An initiative in New York called “RISE : NYC” was built around empowering and supporting vulnerable communities in times of emergency, but also help small businesses recover and lessen the divides felt in daily life. RHI’s work in is now being modeled throughout the city of New York and the country. (via Next City)

How Mindfulness and Storytelling Help Kids Heal and Learn

Photo: KQED

Children who have experienced trauma often can’t close their eyes and relax; instead, they feel a constant need to keep an eye on their surroundings. This constant vigilance affects their ability to learn. But the staff and faculty at Reach Academy in Oakland have found a way to address this issue: Mindfulness. Students who have experienced trauma need more tools to regulate their emotions, so using mindfulness in the classroom has helped students become more trusting and, generally, feel better. After students began practicing mindfulness, the teachers found a “sense or serenity” took over the classroom and changed the entire school’s climate. (via KQED)

Header photo courtesy of Next City

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