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Fostering Success? An Equity Initiative Goes Sideways

Early on, conflict emerged. Staff did not understand the purpose of equity training or see the connection to better outcomes for youth in foster care. Some staff voiced concerns about focusing equity solely through the lens of race instead of including multiple marginalized identities. Brooks, kept out of the loop, remained unaware of brewing conflict until it came to a head within the Equity Team. Individuals of color voiced religious (Christian) objections to LGBTQ people, and Brooks had to decide how to respond. In Part B, she replaced equity trainings with emotional intelligence training.

Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate

This E-PARCC award-winning case, "Combat and Collaboration in Seattle's Historic Minimum Wage Debate”, provides a gripping and vivid example of an innovative policy-making process in a major city. Students are thrust into the action as the Mayor of Seattle struggles to find common ground between the age-old foes of labor and business after creating a committee of stakeholders to design a new minimum wage law. If the Mayor succeeds, Seattle will become the first major city in the country to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour.

Essential Services at Risk: How Can the Corvallis Crisis Line Survive?

This case follows an ongoing leadership challenge within a small volunteer-dependent non-profit crisis support organization called the Corvallis Crisis Line (CCL), and the impact of poor management on vulnerable agencies. The Corvallis Crisis Line is an anonymous crisis phone line staffed by volunteer community members who participate in extensive training around active listening, appropriate intervention, and service referral for local community resources.

Rescuing Search and Rescue: A volunteer rescue organization’s struggle with internal tension and the path to organizational competency.

The Utah County Jeep Patrol was tasked by the Sheriff to conduct all search and rescue operations in the County. However, their existing organizational structure and culture was not conducive to the level of service required by the search and rescue demands. As newer, more enthusiastic members joined the team, they realized a change was needed. The new members attempted to inspire this change within the existing organization and after a long and arduous process they ultimately failed.

Another Cheating Scandal—But This Time It's Not The Students

In March 2015, Newpoint High School, one of the high-performing charter schools in Escambia County, Florida, suddenly found itself at the heart of a real scandal when the School District announced publically that it appeared there was a possibility that school administrators had pressured teachers to falsify attendance records, delete overdue assignments, give answers to tests, and change grades in order to ensure that Newpoint seniors would advance to graduation. And the suggestion was that this was only the tip of the iceberg.

Defining Sustainability in the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy

Chief Minister Taib has set in place a massive sustainable dam project (SCORE) to increase energy production throughout Malaysia and develop Sarawak’s economy by bringing foreign industrial investment to the area. The SCORE project dams have been qualified as sustainable by the International Hydropower Association’s (IHA) Hydropower Sustainability Assessment Forum, and construction on the Murum Dam, the third of a potential 12 dams, was completed in 2013.

Cities in Flux: Urban Redensification in Detroit and Guangzhou

A shrinking Detroit and an expanding Guangzhou shape this case, which aims to introduce readers to the nuances of population density and the importance of redensification in sustainable urban planning. Redensification policies in these cities offer a novel way of thinking about how to distribute populations and jobs to optimize public services and a city’s quality of life.

Maboneng: Place of Light. A Case Study in Urban Regeneration in Johannesburg, South Africa

Until the 1970s, Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) was the economic center of South Africa and, arguably, of the entire African continent. In the 1980s, however, a series of events and an epidemic of violence led to a mass exodus from the CBD to Johannesburg’s safer northern suburbs. The CBD became a virtual ‘no-go’ zone and quickly lost its significance as the center of Johannesburg. The city shifted to a decentralized sprawl and the CBD fell into a state of abandoned disrepair.

Regularization of Illegal Electricity Consumers: Non-Technical Loss Rates in Rio de Janeiro

Electricity theft represents a major problem in developing, emerging and even developed countries. This case study focuses on Rio de Janeiro, a city that is growing rapidly yet is also struggling to overcome basic challenges in the electricity sector. Known formally as non-technical losses, electricity theft and electricity fraud have contributed to a precarious situation in Rio de Janeiro in which regularized consumers effectively pay increased tariffs to compensate for high electricity theft levels.

Jakarta Under Water: Keeping Riverside Communities and the Rest of the City Dry

Jakarta is the largest urban center in Indonesia and faces frequent floods with growing intensity. In addition to the geomorphic, climate and natural phenomenon that make the city prone to frequent flooding, rapid urbanization, lack of interagency coordination, and other human factors have aggravated the situation. Informal settlements around riverbanks have resulted in the drastic reduction of the river’s capacity due to encroachment and disposal of solid waste.