Problem Solving Must-Reads: Treating Drug Offenders

Plus: Fixing the world's housing problem and the future of American jobs

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Treating Drug Offenders

Plus: Fixing the world's housing problem and the future of American jobs

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:

How to Help Middle-Class Workers As Robots Take Their Jobs

Many Americans have a fear the future of the economy, especially with so many technological advancements. Workers across the country increasingly worry about robots taking over their jobs, a trend that’s only been increasing. Nonprofit WorkingNation has been alleviating some of the fears and working to inform people about the change in employment from a rise in automation. There are no answers about how to stop robots from taking over American jobs (a phenomenon which will affect all Americans, not just the bottom 20 percent), but WorkingNation is starting conversation and keeping people informed about where the country is moving in automation. (via Huffington Post)

Don’t Lock ’Em Up. Give ’Em a Chance to Quit Drugs.

Instead of locking up illegal drug users, police in Seattle hand off the person over to a social worker. The program is called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion, or LEAD. The program has been in existence since 2011 is based around a harm reduction philosophy that minimizing damage from drug use by including medical care and counseling as more successful than criminal punishment. The public-health-oriented take on drug abuse has helped not only drug users, but has helped lessen the racial disparities of those locked up for low-level drug crimes in the city. There’s evidence it’s working, too: 58 percent of those in the program were less likely to be rearrested than those who don’t go through the LEAD program. (via The New York Times)

How Catastrophe Inspired Brilliant Home Design

Photo: GOOD

One of the smartest city reconstructions in recent history came from Chile’s Undersecretary of Housing, just a few days after the 2010, 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook the country. As the country’s city of Constitución was reduced to rubble from the quake and ensuing tsunami, the conversations began to create a blueprint to create a city that was better than ever before through smart and affordable housing. The city built these victims half-houses in a desirable part of the city and encouraged community get-togethers at a low price of $20,000. The people still live in these homes and are happy with the units, and the second half of the house was left for the families to decide if they want to expand when they’re able to afford it. (via GOOD)

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