Takehiko Yoshizawa’s Japan Car Sharing Association has aided residents since the 2011 tsunami. The effort expanded this year after twin earthquakes in southern Japan.
More than half of people in 140 countries surveyed had helped strangers – with many of the most generous in countries hit by disaster and war.
Recognizing the benefits for users and owners, government agencies and developers are making it easier for real estate to become available for temporary use. Fremantle, Australia, is a case in point.
Susana Martin and her mother say they've given away about 800 character ensembles over the past three years or so. 'I just think it's good to help people,' Susana says.
Haidar el Ali started out in his family’s furniture business but then dedicated his life to protecting the oceans and other habitats.
Laila Haidari founded a shelter in Kabul to help those struggling with addiction. Some 3,600 people, she says, have left the facility recovered.
A coastal Kenyan community has earned $30,000 in two years selling carbon credits from the mangroves they protect. Mangrove forests are particularly effective at absorbing carbon dioxide.
A research team at the University of Washington ran an experiment to see if putting STEM-related tasks in a group setting affected children's motivation.
Kathleen ‘Cass’ Cronan was a lawyer but found her work had limits. Now, as head of EarthLinks, she invites marginalized people to join a community that has an environmental focus.
Bonnie Chang, who came from Taiwan, spent three decades in the computer technology industry. Within a month of retiring, she got a phone call that led to a new opportunity.
The nationwide survey of soil conditions is leading to more effective use of fertilizers and could boost food security.
Bob Shipley had been volunteering as a mentor in an adult literacy program, but he wanted to do more to encourage reading. The Albuquerque Journal helped him out.
A new partnership will distribute multicultural books to low-income kids and give a boost to an author of color.
Aabid Surti was irked when he saw water wasted by dripping taps. Now he’s visited 13,000 homes in the suburbs of Mumbai to fix leaks.
Five hundred nuns from the Buddhist sect known as the Drukpa Order took part in a bicycle trek to raise awareness about trafficking. The nuns' activities have also made people think twice about gender roles.
Cory Greene's experience in prison was integral to him cofounding H.O.L.L.A! in New York. For his work, he was named a 2016 fellow by Echoing Green, a nonprofit that supports social entrepreneurs.
When Andy (Yuhan) Wang visited a school in rural China, he saw how difficult getting an education can be. His nonprofit provides books and supplies to rural Chinese students.
Pollen is an ideal 'biomarker' for linking people and objects to particular places and times. And researchers have recently developed a new technique for identifying pollen, using genetics.
Anja Reefschläger responded to an emergency call last year to help as refugees arrived in Berlin. Since then, she has become a second mother to many of them as they try to settle in.
The public, police, internet companies, and victims can access the hotline's form in Hindi or English.