Ideas We Should Steal: Reduce Gun Violence with Cognitive Behavior Therapy

A program in Massachusetts and Baltimore trains shooters to refrain from shooting by literally changing their minds

By Roxanne Patel Shepelavy

Ideas We Should Steal: More Public Defense Spending

Pennsylvania is the only state that doesn’t provide money for public defenders. What would it look like if they — like progressive prosecutors — had the resources to be reformers?

By Emily Nonko

Ideas We Should Steal: Raising School Funds through Solar Power

In Batesville, Arkansas, a high school’s solar panels saved the district enough money to raise teacher salaries. A similar program in Philly could save as much as $20,000 per school

By Christina Griffith

Ideas We Should Steal: Make College More Affordable

A longtime college president urges Pennsylvania to learn from states like Illinois and Louisiana, which are increasing college attendance by requiring high schoolers to submit a free student aid application

By Elaine Maimon

Ideas We Should Steal: Fully Paid Teacher Sabbaticals

The U.K. is giving some teachers a paid year off in the hopes that it will help keep them in their jobs. Could that solve Philly’s teacher retention problem too?

By Quinn O'Callaghan

Ideas We Should Steal: Cool Streets to Cool the Air

America’s hottest city—Phoenix—lowered surface temperatures of a neighborhood by more than 10 degrees with a new water-based surface on its streets. Could Philly be next?

By Leah Garden

Ideas We Should Steal: Lawyers Stand Against Muslim Refugee Ban

Attorneys from major law firms and nonprofits alike banned together to help refugees planning to enter the United States in the wake of Trump's ban on Muslim travelers

By Jane Levy

Ideas We Should Steal: Fix Poverty by Giving Cash to the Poor

Organizations like Give Directly take money from donors and give it directly to the poor. Statistics say that's the best way to do it.

By Saurav Upadhyay