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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Replacing Detention with Mediation

Plus: A legislative proposal to fortify urban farming, and a federal initiative using "smart tech" to address urban problems

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Replacing Detention with Mediation

Plus: A legislative proposal to fortify urban farming, and a federal initiative using "smart tech" to address urban problems

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:

Legislation to Rethink Urban Farming

Photo: CityLab

On Monday, Michigan senator Debbie Stabenow introduced a piece of legislation that would strengthen existing loans and grants for urban farmers. The bill would incentivize urban farmers to share their harvest with neighbors, and would also invest in technologies that reduce water and energy expenses. As urban farming continues to take root throughout the country, this legislation could potentially alter the food supplies of American cities. (via CityLab)

Over 20 U.S. Cities Make “Smart Tech” Promise

Photo: NextCity

The federal government announced Monday that it plans to invest an additional $80 million in its Smart Cities Initiative, which uses federal research grants and partnerships between the public and private sectors to address a wide array of urban problems. With more than 70 cities and communities now involved, the initiative will emphasize the use of “smart tech” in tackling public safety and transportation issues. (via NextCity)

One school replaced detention with meditation, with remarkable results

Photo: Upworthy

When kids begin to act out, Robert W. Coleman Elementary School does not resort to detention or suspension. Instead, the school utilizes a meditation room in order to calm misbehaving students. The Mindful Moment Room was created in partnership with Holistic Life Foundation, a Baltimore nonprofit that strives to involve children in meditation and yoga. So far, the results have been impressive, with suspension rates plummeting and kids learning valuable emotional skills. (via Upworthy)

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