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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.

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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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Photosynthesis of ‘The Rose that Grew From Concrete:’ Exposing Youth To Opportunities

Photosynthesis (noun) pho·to·syn·the·sis: the process by which plants convert light energy into chemical energy that can be later released to fuel the organisms' activities. Photosynthesis of the Rose That Grew From Concrete seeks to expose and equip underserved youth with tools vital for success.

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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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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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Educating Kids & Creating Heroes for Science: The Explorer At Large Clubhouse

Explorer At Large Clubhouse is the brainchild of explorer, educator and television host Josh Bernstein, who has recruited the very best science institutions, early educators, curriculum developers, STEAM researchers, evaluative testers, science museums, nature museums, television stations, and animators to create a television series, games, apps, teaching kits, and more to help 'raise the bar' for science education in ...more »

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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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Walker's Legacy: Equipping Diverse Women For Entrepreneurship and Beyond

Studies have shown that women of color represent the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the country and represent the largest share of the $2.5 billion dollar collective spend of African American and Hispanic communities. Despite these findings, women of color still earn less than all their non-minority female counterparts, $0.64 and $0.58, disproportionally suffer from fewer funding dollars and more difficulty ...more »

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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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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.

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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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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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