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Escalators Made the Difference to Medellin’s Comuna 13

Escalators Made the Difference to Medellin’s Comuna 13

Once known as one of the most dangerous places on the planet, Medellín’s Comuna 13 is now one of the city’s major tourist attractions. Its transformation illustrates the power of good public policy combined with

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Alba Barrio Martin is Mayor for a New Rural Generation

Alba Barrio Martin is Mayor for a New Rural Generation

Alba Barrio Martin grew up in a village of 90 inhabitants in the province of Segovia, Spain. Her father was mayor of the village of Grajera for many years before Barrio took his place at

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Brenda Darden Wilkerson Is Diversifying STEM Professions

Brenda Darden Wilkerson Is Diversifying STEM Professions

Today’s stereotypical coder or computer scientist is white and male. While women make up 47% of the workforce, they only hold around one quarter of jobs in tech. In artificial intelligence, one in five professionals

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Using Brand Power to Activate Young Voters

Using Brand Power to Activate Young Voters

Campaigns for social change and consumer brands are often reluctant bedfellows but Jo Hobbs and Maddie Smith are big believers in corporate matchmaking. Hobbs is chief executive of the British Youth Council (BYC), while Smith

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Nicola Forster Thinks We Need a New Kind of Democracy

Nicola Forster Thinks We Need a New Kind of Democracy

“I really believe in experiments,” says Nicola Forster, a 37-year-old Swiss social entrepreneur. Society is changing so fast and there are no obvious solutions to many of the problems we face today. “The only way

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Keeping the Faith While Job Hunting in the Public Sector

Keeping the Faith While Job Hunting in the Public Sector

“I appreciate you taking the time to apply and interview with us, unfortunately we went with a different candidate that had more relevant experience.”  I have received this email or a version of it almost

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Enrique Martínez Pomar on Moving People to Rural Spain

Enrique Martínez Pomar on Moving People to Rural Spain

Visiting the abandoned stone villages of rural Spain during Christmas 2016 with his youngest son, Enrique Martínez Pomar, recalls his sense of loss and sadness at the emptiness he encountered. Less than 300 km from

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Jill Pay: Britain’s First Female Serjeant at Arms

Jill Pay: Britain’s First Female Serjeant at Arms

Jill Pay broke through a glass ceiling when she became Britain’s first female Serjeant at Arms of the House of Commons in the position’s 607-year-history. “All but one of my predecessors in the role were

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Getting Early Career Tech Talent into Government

Getting Early Career Tech Talent into Government

This June, the Biden administration’s new two-year fellowship program to get technologists into the U.S. federal government launches its first cohort. For Caitlin Gandhi, co-founder of the U.S. General Services Administration’s U.S. Digital Corps, it

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How Swaniti Helps Indian MPs Serve Constituents

How Swaniti Helps Indian MPs Serve Constituents

In India, an elected member of Parliament (MP) represents, on average, 2.5 million citizens. This is by far the largest political representation ratio in the world, more than three times that of the United States’

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