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A new initiative for launching big, audacious ideas

A new initiative for launching big, audacious ideas

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Social entrepreneurs often walk a tough road. Their ideas seek to improve life for communities that can’t afford to pay a lot, if anything, and without the support of funding options like venture capital, bank loans and stock markets, their best option to fund their ideas is generally the philanthropic sector. This requires an endless []

Remembering Maestro José Antonio Abreu

Remembering Maestro José Antonio Abreu

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When Maestro José Antonio Abreu lifted his baton, magic sparked to life. Young people from diverse backgrounds played classical music that could take your breath away, yes, but something deeper transpired too — they demonstrated the skills for both personal and cultural thriving. Abreu founded “El Sistema,” the network of youth orchestras, choirs and music []

‘Armchair archaeologists’ search 5 million tiles of Peru

‘Armchair archaeologists’ search 5 million tiles of Peru

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GlobalXplorer, the citizen science platform for archaeology, launched two weeks ago. It’s the culmination of Sarah Parcak’s TED Prize wish and, already, more than 32,000 curious minds from around the world have started their training, learning to spot signs of ancient sites threatened by looters. Working together, the GlobalXplorer community has just finished searching the []

GlobalXplorer invites you to find and protect archaeological sites

GlobalXplorer invites you to find and protect archaeological sites

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The power of the crowd has helped digitize the world’s books; it maintains the online encyclopedia many of us check by default. The crowd has fueled our understanding of the connections between neurons in the brain and contributed voice samples that will become a simple phone test for Parkinson’s. Incredible things happen when people around the world team up to []

In the lead-up to the presidential election, StoryCorps celebrates #WhoWeAre

In the lead-up to the presidential election, StoryCorps celebrates #WhoWeAre

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If you head to Google.com today, you might notice something interesting underneath the search bar: an invitation to watch a series of animations called #WhoWeAre. A collaboration between StoryCorps and Upworthy, with support from Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation and Delta Airlines, #WhoWeAre is designed to encourage people across the United States to reach out to others who’ve []