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A solution for America’s affordable housing crisis

ICON 3D-printed homes are paving the way for affordable housing. Click to learn just how Icon’s 3d-printed homes are solving the affordable housing crisis.

Simone Biles’ gold medals are only part of her amazing story

Simone Biles advocates for foster kids through “Friends of the Children.” A former foster care kid, Simone Biles’ charity work connects foster youth to mentors.

Meet the engineer with a radical fix for poverty

The “Samaritan App” offers resources for overcoming homelessness. Click to learn how the app addresses the epidemic of homelessness.

Bridging Divides

A tweet from Kim Kardashian changed one woman’s life, sparking a movement

Alice Marie Johnson crossed paths with Kim Kardashian by chance. They now advocate for criminal justice reforms focused on human dignity and public safety.

The dangerous power of ‘collective illusions’

Why we must push ourselves beyond the cultural norms that hold us back.

An ex-gang leader and a police chief joined forces. Here’s why.

This astonishing partnership between a cop and an ex-Bloods gang leader is making the Dallas community safer.

Health Care

Solving the mental health epidemic among kids 

How do we address the mental health epidemic in schools? One solution: Focus on the importance of play in a child’s development. Read more.

One veteran’s fight to reform mental health services

A combat veteran & former VA social worker has seen barriers to health care for veterans firsthand. She now pushes for veterans health care reform. Learn more.

Visibly’s digital eye exam shakes up the status quo

Regulatory barriers stunt innovation. When Visibly won approval for its online vision test, a vital new technology entered the market.


What’s a microschool? Why focusing on how kids learn is changing education

An MIT engineer noticed his daughter was tuning out at school, so he built a new learning model right out of his kitchen. It’s catching on.

Teacher burnout is a big problem, but not for these educators

Empowered gives teachers the tools to build classrooms on their own terms.

How to make postsecondary education work for all

A better postsecondary education system benefits learners, educators, and employers. Here are some ideas to do just that.

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