(@ajenkins)

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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.

(@tedlouislevinson)

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No Lose Lottery for Solving the Last Mile Challenge of Solar Lamp Distribution

For over a decade “No Lose Lotteries” have encouraged poor Americans to adopt better saving habits. This same strategy can reduce the consumer cost and increase purchases of solar lamps in the developing world which will improve livelihoods and health while preserving the environment.

(@cbhauser)

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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.

(@julieannburandt)

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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.

(@ted.r.johnson)

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iAmagine: Using personal stories as catalysts for social and political change

Trayvon Martin. Eric Garner. Freddie Gray. Tamir Rice. We know these names because of their untimely deaths, but we don’t know them. iAmagine allows black men and boys to share their personal stories with the world to promote tolerance and combat the stereotypes that cast them as dangers to society.

(@gaetanaebbole)

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BRIDGES - Families Building Communities for Children to be Healthy, Safe and Strong

Parents in high poverty communities want the best and have aspirations for their children. We are building on that belief as the core galvanizing place to enter and work with families and communities to collectively create the changes needed to improve and sustain the outcomes for the children.

(@rtpascale)

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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.

(@jenskohler)

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Urgent Beauty Squad

The Urgent Beauty Squad organizes local Los Angeles artistic and production resources and applies them to the inequality of access to beautiful environments in public space. As these aesthetic interventions are documented and distributed via media, money from the licensing and sale of the outputs of these interventions stick to local talent and develop the local economy. The Urgent Beauty Squad is a concrete expression... more »

(@hamed0)

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Empowering Arab Youth: Financing Education for Employment

The idea tackles access to post-secondary education, with a focus on facilitating employment. A student lending facility executed in conjunction with a vocational and technical education provider would enhance marketable skills for Arab youth. Positive externalities extend well beyond economic gain and into the realm of social progress.

(@phyllis)

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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.

(@joboaler)

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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 »

(@mullain)

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Testing the Waters: Using Nudges to Conserve Water

How do we encourage daily water conservation?

 

ideas42 partnered with the World Bank and the city of Belén, Costa Rica to develop a simple, effective, behaviorally-informed solution: stickers that compared a household’s water consumption to its peers, and a post card that gave water-saving tips.

(@matt.tilleard)

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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.