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    The New Tropic aspires to help Miamians become better locals

    Jan. 15, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Rebekah Monson, Bruce Pinchbeck and Christopher Sopher

    We’re on a mission to help people in Miami be better locals.

    We all have an instinctive need to find our local—the things we love about where we live. It helps balance out the complaining we all like to do. We want to be connected to the people and places around us, and to be part, even in a small way, of shaping our city’s future.

    For every hour we spend in traffic, we need a hidden place of respite no one’s discovered; for every tourist trap, a hole-in-the-wall with the best arepas. For every frustration with local government, we need a new project or idea or emerging leader to get us excited about the future again. In growing changing places like ours, those things are tremendously important, but too often hard to find.

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    DataKind expanding to help more social good organizations use data to advance their work

    Jan. 15, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Jake Porway

    A volunteer during one of DataKind's DataDives. Photo from DataKind on Flickr.

    Jake Porway is founder and executive director of DataKind, a nonprofit that connects social good organizations with leading data scientists to solve problems and inform decision-making.

    When we launched DataKind in 2011 we had big dreams about just how powerful data science could be in helping social change organizations around the world tackle huge issues such as health care, poverty and education. We were overwhelmed with interest from data scientists eager to use their skills to make a difference and social sector leaders eager to learn more about how data science could help them transform their work. We had ideas about how to bring these two groups of talented and passionate individuals together, but they were just ideas. Now, three years into our adventure, we’ve created a suite of programs designed to deliver powerful data science resources to mission-driven organizations.

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    Teaching artists and Philadelphia's economy

    Jan. 14, 2015, 5:28 p.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Jacob Winterstein, The Philadelphia Poetry Slam A year and a half ago I decided to leave my full-time salaried position as a Development Director at a great non-profit to try and turn my part time passions into a full time living. I wanted to write and perform more poetry,...

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