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“Positive Deviance” and immunization coverage in developing countries.

“Positive Deviance” is a corollary of the maxim “teaching a man to fish….” It is a method of “fishing” for novel ideas hidden all around us. Its use led to 4000 vaccinators equipped with Android phones overcoming the seemingly impossible problems of immunization coverage in developing countries.

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Chalkbeat's Election Engine

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts and changing the education landscape in the communities where we work. Chalkbeat's Election Engine is an original online tool that empowers voters to make more informed decisions by helping them compare and contrast candidates’ positions on crucial education issues.

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An Artist Winces at the New Landscape: Lewis Baltz in the American West

Lewis Baltz (1945-2014) was one of the most important American artists to come to prominence in the 1970s. His work engaged with one of the richest themes in American art: The use of the landscape, particularly in the American West. Baltz's work, including series such as The Prototype Works (1969-76), The New Industrial Parks (1974), Nevada (1977), and Park City (1980) pointedly critiqued the way in which Western lands ...more »

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PowerMoves.NOLA: An Idea to Jumpstart the Economy

PowerMoves.NOLA was created address the challenges entrepreneurs of color face when launching, scaling, and charting an exit for their startup ventures. Our mission is to increase the number of venture-backed minority-founded companies, both nationally and in New Orleans. We provide minority entrepreneurs with the access to capital, advisors, and the support they need to be successful. Through our boot camps and power ...more »

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The 90%: A Scalable Pilot to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed in Math

About 90% of Chicago City Colleges students need remedial math. This contributes significantly to a graduation rate of 11%, and to many graduates opting for less rigorous majors. Personalized learning fueled by technology has the promise to provide accessible, affordable, shame-free, remediation.

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The End of Isolation: Let Cuba's Youth Access US Education and Professional Training

In 2008 I went to an international film festival in Havana. I learned that some Cubans had taken 2 weeks off from work, half of their yearly allowance, to see as many movies as possible. Some of them had no hope of traveling abroad. Sitting in a dark theater and watching a film set in another country was their only chance to see the world. The thaw in US-Cuba relations will help relieve Cuba's profound isolation. But ...more »

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Generational Poverty: The High Cost for a Comprehensive Solution

Nonprofits exist today that address generational poverty, providing comprehensive services to families and achieving incredible results. However, they do so at high capital cost. This proposal provides an alternative solution, the Life360 model, for a more cost effective solution that can be started-up and scaled in large cities with significantly less capital.

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Umi Kitchen

A peer to peer food delivery service that opens the kitchens of talented home cooks to eaters who crave home cooking (www.umi.kitchen). Umi is homemade food delivery. We believe a home-cooked meal - made personally, intentionally, and with care - is the best dining experience. Today, people who desire an on-demand, home-cooked meal are unable to get one. Umi changes that. We make it possible for great home cooks to offer ...more »

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A model and scalable post-secondary access and training partnership.

In 2015, Colorado Mountain College will launch an innovative Career Academy for students to receive a college certificate while in HS. In rural Western CO, providing alternative education options is essential for youth and the economy. This pilot is scalable to the College’s 11 campuses and beyond.

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Boosting Capacity of Civic and Community Leaders to Advance Racial Equity in Place

What would happen if 200 communities throughout the U.S. successfully improved outcomes for a population around 6 developmental milestones? That’s exactly what My Brother’s Keeper is attempting to do. However, advancing equity at this scale will require more than tackling these milestones; to be successful, we have to shift cultural perceptions.

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