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Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla
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Five Insights from AltSchool Founder and CEO, Max Ventilla

Max Ventilla on why he thinks its time for a new way to educate kids and how his startup could…

By Mike Riggs
December 21, 2016

Max Ventilla on why he thinks its time for a new way to educate kids and how his startup could be a way to do it.

Education
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School
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Education
This Fearless Principal Used UFC & Skateboards to Save a Failing School

How one relentless, unconventional principal rallied an underdog school.

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March 25, 2019

Hamish Brewer, the unconventional principal of Fred Lynn Middle School, went viral and won praise for his work turning the school around. But can he rally the school to the next huge milestone - regaining accreditation?

Since moving from New Zealand to the United States, tattooed, skateboarding principal Hamish Brewer has helped inspire teachers and students at lower-income schools to smash people’s expectations. After his success at Occoquan Elementary,…

Challengers
Can This Startup Build the School System of the Future?
Can This Startup Build the School System of the Future?
Challengers
Can This Startup Build the School System of the Future?

AltSchool wants to build a new school system based on a highly personalized education model that any school could join.

By Mike Riggs
December 20, 2016

AltSchool wants to build a new school system based on a highly personalized education model that any school could join.

Challengers
Building a Better School System
Building a Better School System
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Building a Better School System

A highly-personalized experience could be the foundation for the future of education.

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December 19, 2016

Everyone wants America’s education system to do better. Ex-Googler Max Ventilla has a radical idea for how to make it happen. Ventilla’s AltSchool is building a highly-personalized education experience that gets better and cheaper as more students use it.

Relentless
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again
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Relentless
The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again

The Tattooed, Skater Principal Making Education Fun Again

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October 24, 2017

To hear Hamish Brewer speak is to be inspired. About education. About life. About the possibilities of it all.

And for disadvantaged youths that come from poverty and broken homes, the New Zealander with an infectious energy works hard to encourage them to excel, not only in school, but in life.

About Hamish Brewer

With a shaved head, tattoos, and one of those loud, larger-than-life personalities, Hamish Brewer is hard…

Catalysts
How This Non-Profit Weaves a Family of Support for Struggling Teens in Baltimore
How This Non-Profit Weaves a Family of Support for Struggling Teens in Baltimore
Catalysts
How This Non-Profit Weaves a Family of Support for Struggling Teens in Baltimore

“Everyone - no matter their age, race, or background - needs a network of supportive relationships to help them thrive.”

May 23, 2019

“Everyone - no matter their age, race, or background - needs a network of supportive relationships to help them thrive.”

Catalysts
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food Competition
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food Competition
Catalysts
Hip-Hop Fans Are Getting Creative in the Kitchen Thanks to This Rap Inspired Food Competition

“T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape.” Yo Stay Hungry competitions are simple: teams of contestants prepare dishes mentioned in…

By Amanda Winkler
June 27, 2019

“T-bone steak, cheese eggs, and Welch’s grape.” Yo Stay Hungry competitions are simple: teams of contestants prepare dishes mentioned in rap lyrics, coached by a professional chef mentor.

CRISPR: A Future Alternative to Vaccines?
CRISPR: A Future Alternative to Vaccines?
CRISPR: A Future Alternative to Vaccines?

Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try…

By Dan Bier
June 14, 2019

Humanity is locked in an arms race with diseases: we update our vaccines, and diseases evolve new ways to try to sneak past them. Cutting-edge research is exploring how to stimulate immunity without using vaccines, using the new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.

Dispatches
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep
Dispatches
Neuroscience Has a Low-Tech Answer for a Good Night's Sleep

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

By Adriana Galván
November 12, 2018

Neuroscientists say that we may be ignoring a basic fact that could defuse the "screen-time wars" between parents and kids.

#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform
#Fixingjustice - Sentencing Reform
Rising Stars in Criminal Justice Reform

These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.

By Amanda Winkler and Lise Metzger
April 17, 2019

These key players are working from outside the system to lead the criminal justice reform movement.

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
Can Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Break the Cycle of Violence?

CBT is a promising way to reduce violence and depression, so why has it been so hard to scale?

By Dan Bier
April 18, 2019

CBT is a promising way to reduce violence and depression, so why has it been so hard to scale?

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Helping Kids Through Rowing
Helping Kids Through Rowing
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Helping Kids Through Rowing

Inside the surprising program helping disadvantaged kids in New York thrive.

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August 14, 2018

In the middle of New York City sits an unexpected sight: a boathouse; and inside is an unexpected group of rowers: middle and high schoolers from across the city’s fragile communities. Every year, in this place, thousands of kids show up to find something in themselves — whether strength, confidence, discipline, or community — that can make a difference in their lives.

Row New York is one of the most…

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
A Day in the Life of a 'Violence Interruptor'

Freethink followed Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of Man Up!, and his violence interrupter team for a day in Brooklyn…

By Michelle Frankfurter
April 19, 2019

Freethink followed Andre T. Mitchell, the founder of Man Up!, and his violence interrupter team for a day in Brooklyn as they responded to a recent shooting in a nearby neighborhood.

Superhuman
Three Women Who Changed the Way We Think About Medicine
Three Women Who Changed the Way We Think About Medicine
Superhuman
Three Women Who Changed the Way We Think About Medicine

From newborn health to AIDS treatment to DNA research, these brilliant women paved the way for incredible advances in the…

By Mike Riggs
August 2, 2016

From newborn health to AIDS treatment to DNA research, these brilliant women paved the way for incredible advances in the field of medicine.

Challengers
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)
Challengers
Four Crazy Uses for Virtual Reality (That Aren't Video Games)

We’re now starting to scratch the surface of the true potential of virtual reality.

By Mike Riggs
December 29, 2016

We’re now starting to scratch the surface of the true potential of virtual reality.

Science
Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?
Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?
Science
Could This Revolutionary Football Helmet Protect Players and Save the Game?

As more and more former football players exhibit symptoms of CTE, one company thinks their new helmet can address the…

By Oliver Katz
August 18, 2017

As more and more former football players exhibit symptoms of CTE, one company thinks their new helmet can address the problem of player safety.

#fixingjustice - Re-entry
The Ride Home from Prison
The Ride Home from Prison
#fixingjustice - Re-entry
The Ride Home from Prison

The "Ride Home Program" sends drivers to pick up former inmates on their first day of freedom to help ensure…

By Amanda Winkler
April 18, 2019

The "Ride Home Program" sends drivers to pick up former inmates on their first day of freedom to help ensure a smooth transition in those first few critical hours.

Photo Essay
The Final Maker Faire
The Final Maker Faire
Photo Essay
The Final Maker Faire

The maker movement is grieving a big loss with the shutdown of Maker Media. Freethink's Alexandra Cardinale spoke with some…

June 18, 2019

The maker movement is grieving a big loss with the shutdown of Maker Media. Freethink's Alexandra Cardinale spoke with some of the most creative people at the final Maker Faire.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the Unexplainable
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the Unexplainable
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Rockets in Flight, Poverty in Decline, and Explaining the Unexplainable

A step forward for space tourism, extreme poverty could be on its way out, and illustrating advanced tech. These are…

By Mike Riggs
October 8, 2016

A step forward for space tourism, extreme poverty could be on its way out, and illustrating advanced tech. These are our favorite stories of the week.

Culture
This Week in Ideas: Good Things That Happened in 2016
This Week in Ideas: Good Things That Happened in 2016
Culture
This Week in Ideas: Good Things That Happened in 2016

Despite 2016 being widely panned, there were also truly good things that happened over the past year. Here are some…

By Mike Riggs
December 30, 2016

Despite 2016 being widely panned, there were also truly good things that happened over the past year. Here are some of the big ones.

Challengers
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life
Challengers
Failure is Inevitable, But It Doesn't Have to Ruin Your Life

Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.

By Mike Riggs
January 4, 2017

Why learning to suck at something is the only way to get good at it.

Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful
Crossing the Divide
Maybe We Can All Get Along: 5 Reasons to Be Hopeful

While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs…

By Michael O'Shea
June 12, 2017

While the press tends to emphasize bad news, there are less covered stories of people from different backgrounds and beliefs coming together.

Dispatches
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders
Dispatches
Genetic Tests Miss “Invisible” Mutations That Cause Disease and Neurological Disorders

There's more to your DNA than just letters, and mutations can lurk in that genetic "dark matter."

By Dan Bier
May 29, 2018

There's more to your DNA than just letters, and mutations can lurk in that genetic "dark matter."

Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech
Assistive Tech Doesn't Have to be High Tech

The story of how 3D printing gave Ryan Hines a chance to regain his independence for $150. And how he's…

By Mike Riggs
September 1, 2016

The story of how 3D printing gave Ryan Hines a chance to regain his independence for $150. And how he's now offering the same chance to others.

Dispatches
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply
Dispatches
"Cybersecurity for Plants" Can Stop Germs from Hacking Our Food Supply

Computer hackers exploit flaws in code to access systems and take what they want; plant diseases work the same way.

By John Herlihy
July 24, 2018

Computer hackers exploit flaws in code to access systems and take what they want; plant diseases work the same way.

Dispatches
What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?
Dispatches
What Happens If Scientists Lose Faith in Their Own Research?

Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants…

By Dalmeet Singh Chawla
August 6, 2018

Half of scientists have failed to replicate their own work — but they rarely come forward. A new project wants to change that.

Dispatches
High Tech Archaeology Found a New Way to Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency
High Tech Archaeology Found a New Way to Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency
Dispatches
High Tech Archaeology Found a New Way to Screen for Vitamin D Deficiency

Vitamin D deficiency is an age-old problem, but new techniques from archaeology may be the key to catching it early.

By Megan Brickley
August 7, 2018

Vitamin D deficiency is an age-old problem, but new techniques from archaeology may be the key to catching it early.

Dispatches
New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Trigger Alzheimer’s
New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Trigger Alzheimer’s
Dispatches
New Evidence Suggests Viruses May Trigger Alzheimer’s

For the first time in a long time, there's a new direction for potential Alzheimer's treatments.

By Dan Bier
August 13, 2018

For the first time in a long time, there's a new direction for potential Alzheimer's treatments.

Dispatches
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives
Dispatches
How a Video Game Helped the Cajun Navy Save Lives

When lives are on the line, inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.

By Brandon Stewart
August 21, 2018

When lives are on the line, inspiration can come from the most unlikely places.

Dispatches
What We Learned from a Decade of Commercial Space Travel
What We Learned from a Decade of Commercial Space Travel
Dispatches
What We Learned from a Decade of Commercial Space Travel

Businesses have gotten to space; now what?

By Joel Wooten
October 5, 2018

Businesses have gotten to space; now what?

Dispatches
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis
Dispatches
Personal Genetics Might Solve the Opioid Crisis – and the Pain Crisis

Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?

By Erin Young
October 26, 2018

Why does pain hurt more for some people? Why do others feel nothing at all?

Dispatches
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
Dispatches
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching

It's not the next Bitcoin (or a path to riches), but it's an intriguing idea.

By Brendan Markey-Towler
November 5, 2018

It's not the next Bitcoin (or a path to riches), but it's an intriguing idea.

Dispatches
Paige and the Virus Hunter
Paige and the Virus Hunter
Dispatches
Paige and the Virus Hunter

Drugs couldn’t stop her infection — so she asked Ben Chan to get her a virus, instead.

By Kaitlin Ugolik
November 28, 2018

Drugs couldn’t stop her infection — so she asked Ben Chan to get her a virus, instead.

Can Tech Giants Get Ahead of A.I.?
Can Tech Giants Get Ahead of A.I.?
Can Tech Giants Get Ahead of A.I.?

Companies gather to discuss impact of A.I. A possible neural lace breakthrough. And unmanned cargo ships. This is the coolest…

By Mike Riggs
September 9, 2016

Companies gather to discuss impact of A.I. A possible neural lace breakthrough. And unmanned cargo ships. This is the coolest stuff we've read this week.

Dispatches
Tiny Satellite “Constellations” Could Bring the Entire World Online
Tiny Satellite “Constellations” Could Bring the Entire World Online
Dispatches
Tiny Satellite “Constellations” Could Bring the Entire World Online

SpaceX is out in front, but the race for global satellite internet is getting crowded.

By Dan Bier
February 5, 2019

SpaceX is out in front, but the race for global satellite internet is getting crowded.

Dispatches
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight
Dispatches
A Tumor-Killing Virus Could Treat Eye Cancer and Save Children's Sight

The only treatment for retinoblastoma is surgical removal of the eye—but scientists may have found another way: cancer-killing viruses.

By Hemant Khanna
February 8, 2019

The only treatment for retinoblastoma is surgical removal of the eye—but scientists may have found another way: cancer-killing viruses.

#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Why Drugs Are Hurting More People Than Ever – And What to Do About It
Why Drugs Are Hurting More People Than Ever – And What to Do About It
#fixingjustice - Harm Reduction
Why Drugs Are Hurting More People Than Ever – And What to Do About It

Is the solution to dangerous drugs... making them safer?

By Dan Bier
March 18, 2019

Is the solution to dangerous drugs... making them safer?

#fixingjustice - Policing
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?
#fixingjustice - Policing
Do We Need More Police Or Better Police?

American cities are safer than they used to be, but they’re still quite violent, and many economists think they’re under-policed.…

By Dan Bier
April 15, 2019

American cities are safer than they used to be, but they’re still quite violent, and many economists think they’re under-policed. More police could help reduce crime, but only if people trust them to do a good job.

Stand Together
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village
Stand Together
Sometimes It Really Does Take a Village

Building a new, community-based foster care system

By Brandon Stewart
May 1, 2019

Building a new, community-based foster care system

Thinking Differently
Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the Spectrum of Human…
Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the Spectrum of Human…
Thinking Differently
Is Autism a Mysterious Medical Condition or a Disability That's Part of the Spectrum of Human…

Rethinking Autism: Interview with NeuroTribes Author Steve Silberman

May 17, 2019

Rethinking Autism: Interview with NeuroTribes Author Steve Silberman

Superhuman
The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
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The Exoskeleton Marathon Racer
How do you bounce back from a life-changing car accident? Adam Gorlitsky decided he would break a world record.
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August 7, 2019

How do you bounce back from a life-changing car accident? Adam Gorlitsky decided he would break a world record.

In a weird way, it’s a good time to be paralyzed

Adam Gorlitsky

Adam was paralyzed from the waist down in a terrible wreck and thought his track and field days were over. But once approved for an experimental exoskeleton, he gained the ability to walk again and decided to start…

Catalysts
The Lost Art of Apprenticeship
The Lost Art of Apprenticeship
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The Lost Art of Apprenticeship
This organization is bringing urban youth into skilled trades.
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August 14, 2019

The Master’s Apprentice is an organization that recruits young people from rough backgrounds - and gives them the skills to find quality careers in the trades.

“There’s a huge gap between youth looking for an opportunity... and businesses looking for quality employees.”

“There’s a huge gap between youth looking for an opportunity... and businesses looking for quality employees.”

It’s been a problem for a long time. Urban youth without college…

Catalysts
A Home Helping Teen Moms Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty
A Home Helping Teen Moms Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty
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Catalysts
A Home Helping Teen Moms Break the Cycle of Generational Poverty

Hope House in Denver is changing lives for generations to come.

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June 19, 2019

Teen pregnancy is highly linked to poverty and lower educational outcomes. Only about 50% of teen mothers receive a high school diploma by age 22, compared with 90% of women without a teen birth. This is a vulnerable population who often have nowhere to turn. Early and effective intervention can give mothers the tools to continue their education and become self-sufficient, giving them a path to self-sufficiency changes lives for…

Health
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s
Health
The Future of Healthcare Could Look a Lot Like the 1900s

For many cancer patients, being treated at home is just as safe, more affordable, and more convenient than being treated…

June 7, 2019

For many cancer patients, being treated at home is just as safe, more affordable, and more convenient than being treated in a clinical setting.

What We Get Wrong About Love
What We Get Wrong About Love
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What We Get Wrong About Love

Why are we so bad at love?

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February 13, 2019

Love is important to all of us - so why aren’t we better at it? Nate Bagley, host of the Loveumentary podcast, interviewed hundreds of successful couples. He found many traditional ideas of love are wrong.

In this interview, he explains how to have better relationships and reveals key insights about love that aren’t taught in school. He hopes that by improving our love lives, we can learn to foster…

The Forgotten Parent: How One Father is Making Sure Teen Dads Don’t Go Overlooked
The Forgotten Parent: How One Father is Making Sure Teen Dads Don’t Go Overlooked
The Forgotten Parent: How One Father is Making Sure Teen Dads Don’t Go Overlooked

As the founder of Fathers New Mexico, Barry McIntosh is on a mission to help young fathers understand how important…

June 16, 2019

As the founder of Fathers New Mexico, Barry McIntosh is on a mission to help young fathers understand how important the early parenting years really are.

Innovation
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?
Innovation
In the US, Rural Hospitals Are Closing. Can Medical Drones Fill This Healthcare Gap?

“Whether you live in the developed world or the developing world, the further you travel outside of a major city,…

By Kaitlin Ugolik
June 29, 2019

“Whether you live in the developed world or the developing world, the further you travel outside of a major city, the harder it is for you to access the medicine you need to stay healthy and alive.”

Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs
Building Community
This Chicago Urban Farm Grows Opportunity, Jobs

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether…

By B. David Zarley
July 27, 2019

Growing Home’s organic urban farms use agriculture as a vehicle for providing job training for people with employment barriers, whether due to prior convictions, medical concerns, poverty, homelessness, or any other issues which make gainful employment difficult.

Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?
Social Change
Should We Legalize Street Gangs?

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash…

By Dan Bier
August 8, 2019

Gangs are a major cause of violence and organized crime. Here’s why countries should think twice before trying to smash them.

Science
The Four Weirdest Things We've Sent to Space
The Four Weirdest Things We've Sent to Space
Science
The Four Weirdest Things We've Sent to Space

We take a look at a few of the not-so-obviously-bizarre things we've launched beyond the earth's atmosphere.

By Mike Riggs
November 4, 2016

We take a look at a few of the not-so-obviously-bizarre things we've launched beyond the earth's atmosphere.

Challengers
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix
Challengers
Five Insights: Ryan Petersen on Tackling Problems That Feel Too Big to Fix

Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.

By Mike Riggs
December 22, 2016

Flexport's founder discusses the personal and business side of building an ambitious startup.

Challengers
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?
Challengers
What Can We Learn From an Entrepreneur Whose Business Failed?

Luke Kenworthy put everything he had into making his business work. But it didn't pan out. Now he's sharing what…

By Mike Riggs
January 11, 2017

Luke Kenworthy put everything he had into making his business work. But it didn't pan out. Now he's sharing what he learned through it all.

Science
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain
Science
How to Rebuild a Broken Brain

The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be…

By Mike Riggs
August 23, 2016

The unbelievable story of the day Jordan Riley was declared brain dead and his journey of re-learning how to be human.

On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next Einstein
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next Einstein
On The Cusp
This Week in Ideas: Building a Cheaper MRI, Reconciling God and AI, and The Next Einstein

Rethinking the MRI machine, how will Christianity handle advanced tech, and is this 7-year-old the next Einstein?

By Mike Riggs
February 3, 2017

Rethinking the MRI machine, how will Christianity handle advanced tech, and is this 7-year-old the next Einstein?

Sponsored
How To Teach Kids to Read in as Little as 50 Days
How To Teach Kids to Read in as Little as 50 Days
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How To Teach Kids to Read in as Little as 50 Days

1 in 10 people in the world today are illiterate. This program teaches people to read in as little as…

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April 11, 2019

1 in 10 people in the world today can’t read. Pratham’s innovative approach is helping kids in developing countries learn to read in as little as 50 days. Pratham’s methodology centers around teaching children based on their level rather than their age or grade.

It began in India, where most kids are in school - but many aren’t able to read at grade level. The success of the core approach…

Catalysts
Prison Education Can Break the "Revolving Door" of Recidivism
Prison Education Can Break the "Revolving Door" of Recidivism
Catalysts
Prison Education Can Break the "Revolving Door" of Recidivism

Over 600,000 people will leave prison this year; here's how we can help them never return.

By Dan Bier
February 26, 2019

Over 600,000 people will leave prison this year; here's how we can help them never return.

#fixingjustice - Policing
How to Hold Police Accountable
How to Hold Police Accountable
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#fixingjustice - Policing
How to Hold Police Accountable

The Invisible Institute is making Chicago police complaints easily available to the public—and is helping hold police accountable.

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April 15, 2019

Any list of the most influential reporters on criminal justice reform in recent years would have to include Jamie Kalven.

As Julie Bosman of The New York Times put it plainly, "If not for the reporting of Jamie Kalven, an independent journalist in Chicago, the world might never have known the name Laquan McDonald, a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a police officer as he walked…

Crossing The Divide
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing
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Crossing The Divide
Having Your Views Challenged is a Good Thing

When we encounter ideas we don’t like, we often shut them down. Professor John Inazu explains why that’s a bad…

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February 26, 2018

When we encounter ideas we don’t like, we often shut them down. John Inazu, the author of Confident Pluralism and the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law and Religion at Washington University School of Law, explains why that’s a bad thing and what we can do to fix it.

Digital Detectives
Keeper of the Missing
Keeper of the Missing
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Digital Detectives
Keeper of the Missing

One woman is tracking thousands of missing people. Autism is her superpower.

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July 5, 2019

Meaghan Good has made it her life’s mission to track missing people. She runs The Charley Project, an important database compiling information on thousands of missing persons cases in one place.

Growing up with autism, Meaghan was bullied at school and dropped out at an early age. She credits her autism with providing a singular focus, which in her case centered around true crime and unsolved cases of missing…

Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection
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Power of the Pack
What Wolves Can Teach Us About Human Connection

Wolves are not often thought of as therapy animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping young people…

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July 25, 2019

Wolves are not often thought of as service animals, but Wolf Connections is changing that perception while helping troubled youth in the process. 

Wolf Connection is a wolf sanctuary that provides an education and empowerment program geared towards teens who are struggling through a variety of behavioral issues. At-risk youth from all walks of life learn about nature and conservation, they’re able to work through the challenges in their lives,…

#fixingjustice - Policing
Civilian Oversight Is a Solution to Police Misconduct. But is it Effective?
Civilian Oversight Is a Solution to Police Misconduct. But is it Effective?
#fixingjustice - Policing
Civilian Oversight Is a Solution to Police Misconduct. But is it Effective?

Creating a civilian review board to oversee police conduct seems like a straightforward solution to disciplinary issues on the force.…

By Andrew Denney
April 15, 2019

Creating a civilian review board to oversee police conduct seems like a straightforward solution to disciplinary issues on the force. But why is it so hard to implement?

Superhuman
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism
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Using Virtual Reality to Help Kids with Autism

A virtual world offers a new way to engage with kids on the spectrum.

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June 12, 2018

When their autistic son fell in love with a virtual reality headset, Vibha and Vijay Ravindran got an idea: could this unlimited digital world help people who have trouble engaging in the physical world? Together, they founded a company called Floreo to develop VR programs for people with developmental disabilities, helping them break free from the constraints of their bodies and the typical pressures of their learning environment.

Like many…