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Run For America: electing the best and brightest to U.S. Congress

What if we could fix politics in the US? What if our political system truly tackled our nation’s toughest problems? What if the best and the brightest viewed running for elected office as a desirable form of public service? Run for America (RFA) is a citizen-powered movement to reimagine politics and reinvigorate government by recruiting, training, and working to elect a new generation of solutions-oriented leaders ...more »

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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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On The Same Page UNITED: Poetry creates connection between inmates & community

The mass incarceration of 2.3 million Americans has created an underclass of people who feel alienated, isolated, and ill equipped to successfully reintegrate into society. On the Same Page UNITED implements nationally a successful Washington, DC program that uses poetry to forge understanding and connection across the bars.

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CrossBoundary Energy: unlocking Commercial & Industrial solar in Africa

Power in Africa is expensive and unreliable. Solar is a cheaper alternative, yet is inaccessible due to upfront cost and perceived risk. We remove both barriers by providing installers with financed Power Purchase Agreements to offer clients—unlocking clean energy-as-service for African enterprise.

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Building the national will to expand opportunity in America

The debate over police shootings in Baltimore, Ferguson and NYC makes clear that we too often talk past each other on matters of racial equity. Drawing on research & experience, we plan to train hundreds of non-profit, public & private sector leaders to promote greater & more equal opportunity.

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The Case for Modernizing Voter Registration

Recall the long lines at the polls in 2012? For the 2014 midterms, the nation faced a different challenge: the worst turnout in more than 70 years, with just 36.3 percent of eligible Americans voting. On the one hand, we have an electorate increasingly frustrated by partisan, polarized politics, a gridlocked Congress, and an election season dominated by special interests. On the other hand, for those who still want ...more »

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Inspiring Inglewood: Developing Literacy In Underserved Los Angeles Middle Schools

Writopia Lab is an award-winning, not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing joy, literacy, and critical thinking in children and teens through creative writing. The Ideas Award would allow Writopia L.A. to provide once-a-week creative writing workshops for 30 underserved middle school students in Inglewood, CA, throughout the 2015-16 academic year. Our open, safe, and nurturing space would provide at-risk youth ...more »

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Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders: ASU’s Public Service Academy

The Public Service Academy develops leaders who know how to collaborate across sectors; who are skilled in forging partnerships among people who are not accustomed to working together; who can communicate to diverse groups; and who embody a spirit of social responsibility and entrepreneurship.

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Beautiful Mathematics for All Students: The Power of Opening Math

I have spent the last year showing teachers how to open math tasks, with amazing results. The ideas have gone to over 200,000 math teachers and the students report a huge impact. They say that they now feel "open" and "free" and that they believe in their potential. I would like to create a new website "openingmath.com". it would be simple and clean, teachers would enter their math topic they are teaching and receive ...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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Mobile Justice: Using Mobile Technology to Support Justice Systems

Stopping violence and increasing rule of law is essential to the democratic process. An inefficient justice process further debilitates victims of crimes, undermining democracy. Adapting existing mobile platforms can improve efficiency to a court system through coordination and increased awareness.

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Caring for the Caregivers: Digital Meditation, Mindfulness and Centering Tools

Family and paid caregivers face high rates of burnout, fatigue and stress. Daily isolation, fragmentation, and the physical stress of caretaking negatively impact the caregivers and the care recipients. We propose a multilingual, mobile-friendly digital toolkit that encompass the best content and tools that support mindfulness, meditation, and centering practices-- tailored specifically for caregivers.

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