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Empowering women

UNICEF celebrates International Women’s Day


We aspire to a world where every woman and every girl — no matter where she lives — is…


Which is more valuable — Apple or Wales?

“Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world — but for Wales?” — Thomas More, in “A Man For All Seasons”.


Live in the Time of Asynchronous


Meerkat and Periscope. Mobcrush and Twitch. For people not paying attention to live video, these could easily pass for 80s rock bands. For those who have followed Ryan Hoover, Danielle Morrill or me this week, you know they represent the bleeding edge of a movement towards live moments layered on top of our otherwise asynchronous digital world.


5 Surprising Facts from the Kenya Financial Diaries Project

What we can learn about money challenges from the diaries of low-income households.


Have Fucking Fun.


Can an existential crisis be cracked by freshly baked chocolate chip cookies? How about if you sprinkle them with a dash of sea salt? Is the world starting to make more sense…

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Betaworks CEO: There Will Be No Line Between Us and Our Devices

A critical look at artificial and augmented intelligence


How to Discover a Planet


Citizen-science site Zooniverse is crowdsourcing scientific research and accelerating discovery — and you can join in.


The making of a president


August 2014: Ahmadiya Muslim Primary School in Sierra Leone is working hard to ensure that education is built around children’s needs, and…

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Closing the Gaps in Local News

New Pew Research Finds Gulf Between People People’s Hunger for Local News and their Satisfaction with Local Media.


Inequality and Education

The Senate committee that oversees education is preparing to debate a bill to fix No Child Left Behind. Our office has been working with the committee’s chairman, Lamar Alexander, a Republican from Tennessee and its senior Democrat, Patty Murray, from Washington. Together, we might actually be able to rise above political dysfunction to pass a bill.


Top 10 emerging technologies of 2015

Bernard Meyerson


Technology is perhaps the greatest agent of change in the modern world. While never without risk, technological…

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Soundalike Songs Are a Two-Faced Business


Digital music platforms are filled with copycat recordings—duplicitous remakes motivated not by artistry, but by money


Appraising Amanda Palmer’s New Patreon Campaign


She’s done the research and taken the plunge. Should you?


Kids First: What’s Good for Kids Is Good for Cities

By James Siegal, President, KaBOOM!

Last month, GOVERNING published an article that asked, “Do cities need kids?

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“Why Do You Use So Many Four-Letter Words?”

Short answer: Because I can. But there are much better defenses of profanity than that.


Seven things I learned in venture


I left Andreessen Horowitz 5 months ago to join Imgur. Below are seven things I learned in venture that have been useful.

  1. The winners always have something that looks hugely wrong with them. Like spectacularly wrong. That’s why no one else has invested/hired/built this opportunity. But you can. Value strength over lack of weakness.

Gender Fluid Generation: Evolving Gender Norms At School


By Nanette Thompson, Youth Radio


The first time I learned that gender could be fluid was in sex ed in…


Unplugging Mom: A One Man Play

When my phone rings and is nearby, my son automatically says, “Decline,” and reaches to press the red button.


Politicians Saying Bae


Why tweeting like a teen won’t win millennial votes


Crybaby Speaker John Boehner isn’t known to “Shake It Off.” But that changed when his…


And You Thought Measles Was Bad

Meet whooping cough: highly contagious, especially fatal to infants… and making a comeback.


Having a Woman Stalk You is Not as Cool as It Sounds


She may also be the sanest one in the room.


As a guy I’d always assumed having a female stalk me would…


Life Behind the Prison Walls, Life Within the Cells

On February 27, with a few people from my Investigative Reporting and Writing class, I toured the San Quentin State Prison.

“I don’t even know how to text,” he said matter-of-factly. This man, a prisoner for the last 20 years, half of his life, will soon be re-entering society and he does not have what is now seen as…


How Soft Rock Saved My Life


Songs about making dreams come true were what a fool believed, but the fools were having a ball