Education

Educate Girls

The Shining Hope School in the Kibera slum in Nairobi provides girls with high quality, safe, healthy education. Dell Social Innovation Challenge grand prize winner 2010. http://bit.ly/ZFIFwu

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Health

Don't Sit

"Sitting is the 'smoking' of our generation". http://bit.ly/ZPpJZ7

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Global Development

Give Directly

A new service combines cell phone banking and smart data analysis to allow direct, unconditional fund transfers to the world's poorest. http://www.givedirectly.org

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Technology

Link the World to the Internet with Balloons

Google is planning to launch hundreds - perhaps thousands - of high-altitude balloons to link the world to the internet. Wired http://bit.ly/164VvWy

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Health

Test all adults in some countries for HIV

Epidemiologists show that testing all adults for HIV in India would overall save money. Economist http://econ.st/11CuhmQ

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Government

In Elections, Adopt "Alternative Voting"

"Alternative Voting", such as employed in Australia, allows voters to designate their first and second choices. If the first choice loses, your second choice gets the vote. This favors third party candidates and competition. Thomas Friedman NY Times http://nyti.ms/aLX6de

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Government

Change Senate Filibuster Rules

Requiring 60 votes to do anything is a recipe for partisanship and paralysis. http://bit.ly/8rARoJ

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Philanthropy

Spend-down Foundations

The Gates Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and other foundations have announced plans to spend-down their endowments to zero. This greatly increases annual spending and gives the programs a sense of timing and urgency.

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Environment

Forget about Global Climate Agreements - Just Deal With China

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu argues that we should expend less efforts on international treaties and more effort on bilateral discussions with China. The US and China combined create 40% of the world's pollution. An innovative, aggressive, bilateral treaty will represent great progress, and encourage other nations to join. Wired Magazine profile http://bit.ly/bttpI8

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Security

Avoid the Worst Mistake a Parent Can Make

The heart-wrenching, Pulitzer Prize-winning article about parents who mistakenly leave a baby in a locked car to die (about 20 times per year in the US). Washington Post http://bit.ly/9w41Ir

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For Middle East Peace, Use Female Negotiators

Women are better at forging compromise than men. Why not have women lead Middle East peace negotiations? Christian Science Monitor http://bit.ly/cOaiog

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Teach the Proper Role of Government

The role of government should be rooted in a shared framework that there is in fact a proper role of government. Nice, simple summary by Paul Krugman NYTimes http://nyti.ms/U7G24

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