Coalfield Development is a nonprofit on a mission to unlock the resources and potential of coal country. Partnering with local entrepreneurs, they've helped launch six new businesses and trained hundreds of workers across Appalachia. They provide education and training for unemployed workers, from college courses to trade skills, and partner with businesses to help them succeed on the job. The coal jobs might not be coming back, but they believe that coal country still has the material, creativity, and drive to build a strong economy and a thriving community again.
A group of culinary professionals in Chicago is volunteering their talents to end child hunger in the US, and some are going all the way to Capitol Hill.
Failure is a universal experience, yet the stigma attached to it undermines our ability to talk about it openly and honestly. One provocatively named organization, F*ckup Nights, is hoping to turn the tide.
A shocking amount of scientific studies can’t be reproduced. Do we need to change the culture of science?
A Freethink update: It's been several months since we first brought you the story of journalist Jamie Kalven and his influential "Sixteen Shots" expose in Slate that depicted a corrupt Chicago police department in the midst of a cover-up following the racist killing of teenager Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. Since then, Kalven has written another critical piece, this...
Is the solution to dangerous drugs... making them safer?
Author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker lays out what he see as a basic paradox. The news today seems worse than ever - but based on a number of key metrics, Pinker argues the world is better than it’s ever been. Pinker explores the data and makes the case for how can we tackle the world’s problems while not drowning in negativity. That’s the focus of his latest book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science,...
Have you ever found yourself in an argument that was so frustrating that no resolution felt possible? Harvard’s top negotiation expert, Dr. Daniel Shapiro, says it’s not what we’re arguing about that’s the problem, it’s how we’re arguing. Dr. Shapiro is author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable and has committed his career to giving people a framework for resolving their most emotionally-charged conflicts. As political and...
Amidst our most intense religious, political, and cultural conflicts, there are people around the country who are working tirelessly to forge connections
First Sgt. Landon Jackson battled with severe PTSD and turned his experience into a 24 hour hotline that gives service members an outlet whenever they need it.