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Problem Solving Must-Reads: Teaching Reading and Sewing Together in Liberia

Plus: Rethinking urban architecture to accommodate bikes, and a group of Colorado towns combatting light pollution

Problem Solving Must-Reads: Teaching Reading and Sewing Together in Liberia

Plus: Rethinking urban architecture to accommodate bikes, and a group of Colorado towns combatting light pollution

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:

Zurich Office Building, Part of a New Trend, Has Public Parking For 1,000 Bikes

Photo: FastCo.Exist

In the next five years, the city of Zurich, Switzerland, intends to add 10,000 new bicycle parking spaces into existing private buildings. As it prepares to cope with 20% population growth in the next fifteen years, the city will partner with building owners and private developers to jumpstart badly needed infrastructural improvements. This strategy has proven so effective to date that Swiss law may soon mandate it across the country. (via FastCo.Exist)

The Colorado Towns That Turned Up the Stars

Photo: Flickr

The American Medical Association has issued numerous warnings about the detrimental consequences of light pollution on our ability to sleep. Two small towns in Colorado are taking steps to combat light pollution by going dim after sundown. Determined night sky activists worked tirelessly for over a decade to convince locals to participate. Now, locals clearly see other benefits of their efforts, as the two towns’ stargazing tourism revenues continue to rise. (via CityLab)

How Adult Literacy Boosts the Textile Sector in Liberia

Photo: GOOD

Liberia is one of the poorest and most economically underdeveloped countries in the world. Low literacy rates are a major contributing factor, as they deprive millions of Liberians of vocational opportunities. The “Sew to Sell” initiative, established by Alfalit International, has taught both sewing and literacy skills to over 100,000 Liberians—many of whom are rural women—in the last decade. After participating in the initiative, these women are even able to start and manage their own businesses. (via GOOD)

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