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Making the Digital Connections to Improve Education in the 21st Century

Frank Islam | Posted 10.21.2015 | Education
Frank Islam

That is a key connectedness challenge and the opportunity for the 21st century. It is being addressed and answers are being developed. Progress over the next decade will determine the adequacy of those solutions

Decision Points: Prosecutors Have Opportunities to Reduce Incarceration and Disparities Through Risk Assessment

George Gascón | Posted 10.14.2015 | Crime
George Gascón

Refusing to use our own data about our prior successes and failures, with the goals of making better decisions going forward, is irresponsible.

Outrage Over MacArthur Genius Awards

Steven Clifford | Posted 10.02.2015 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

In a stunning stub, the MacArthur Foundation once again overlooked Steven Clifford in awarding their $675,000 "genius grants."

Here Are 10 Books By Certifiable Geniuses You Should Really Read

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 10.01.2015 | Arts

“Genius” may be a murky descriptor, one that implies divine inspiration rather than earnest hard work. But when the title comes with a bi...

Ta-Nehisi Coates Of The Atlantic Awarded MacArthur 'Genius Grant'

The Huffington Post | Gabriel Arana | Posted 09.29.2015 | Media

Atlantic contributor Ta-Nehisi Coates has been awarded a “Genius Grant” of $625,000 by the MacArthur Foundation, the organization announc...

Here's Who Won A MacArthur 'Genius Grant' While You Were Sleeping

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.29.2015 | Arts

Once a year, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation announces its roster of MacArthur Fellows, a designation frequently...

Does Alma Mater Really Matter?

Cecilia Conrad | Posted 05.28.2015 | College
Cecilia Conrad

About 1.8 million students will graduate from American colleges and universities this month, but their future trajectories will not be determined by the name of the school printed on their diploma. Newly compiled data on the educational background of MacArthur Fellows corroborates this basic claim.

The Global Search for Education: Digital

C. M. Rubin | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
C. M. Rubin

"We live in a world now where anybody can ask any question anywhere and get thousands of answers within seconds, but it is up to the questioner to d...

Tribeca All Access 2015: Giving a Cinematic Voice to the Underrepresented

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.20.2015 | Entertainment
E. Nina Rothe

Years ago, when I first started writing about films, I remember attending a luncheon for the Tribeca All Access program, offered by the Tribeca Film Institute, during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC.

$75 Million Pledge To Help Reduce Number Of Nonviolent, Poor, Mentally Ill In Jail

Associated Press | Posted 02.11.2015 | Impact

NEW YORK (AP) -- In an effort to reduce the number of people locked up in local jails around the U.S., the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundati...

8 Nonprofits Win Big MacArthur Foundation Grants Promoting Justice, Prison Reform And More

Associated Press | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — An Illinois prison watchdog group and a Montana organization that tracks campaign contributions in 50 states are among the nine winne...

MacArthur Award Validates Climate Strategy

Forest Trends | Posted 04.07.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

A $1 million award from the MacArthur Foundation confirms a highly effective, sustainable, and groundbreaking climate change strategy. Nine organi...

Left Right or Better: An Impactful Meeting of Minds

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

What difference does your money make when you invest or divest? You might be conservative and want nature to remain beautiful forever. You might be liberal and want to undo environmental injustices.

A Home Creates a World of Possibilities

Jonathan T.M. Reckford | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Jonathan T.M. Reckford

It is important that we continue to seek new opportunities to improve housing conditions because too many families know the impossible compromises that must be made to afford acceptable shelter.

National Medalists

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 12.14.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Yvonne C. Brill received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama in October 2011 "for innovation in rocket propulsion systems for geosynchronous." Other women have received these medals, also for groundbreaking accomplishments.

Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Awarded MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.17.2014 | Books

On Wednesday, cartoonist Alison Bechdel was named one of 21 new MacArthur Fellows. Bechdel’s name may be familiar to you from her graphic memoirs Fu...

Here Are The 21 MacArthur Geniuses You Should Know This Year

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.17.2014 | Arts

From a 36-year-old Harvard mathematician to 71-year-old independent historian to 53-year-old public artist, the class of 2014 MacArthur Fellows is her...

Music I (Mostly) Hold Dear: On Robert Dick

Daniel Asia | Posted 09.24.2014 | Arts
Daniel Asia

I first met Robert Dick -- flutist, composer, improviser- when starting my graduate work at the Yale School of Music. He had finished up already but was very much in the mix of the musical scene.

MacArthur Foundation Fellow Tells World How to Improve Foster Care System

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

Recently, I asked Founder and Publisher of Youth Communication, Keith Hefner, his opinion on the current state of the foster care system because he ha...

New Models of Collaboration Are Changing the Face of Philanthropy

John F. Ince | Posted 07.05.2014 | Impact
John F. Ince

GPF has long been one of the world's premier gatherings of philanthropists and nonprofit practitioners, but it's also become breeding a ground for collaborative models addressing some of the world's most intractable problems.

MacArthur Foundation Chooses 7 Nonprofits To Get $1 Million Grants

AP | HERBERT G. McCANN | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact

CHICAGO (AP) — The MacArthur Foundation has chosen seven nonprofits for grants of as much as $1 million to recognize their success and future potent...

Looking for ET

John Branch | Posted 02.06.2014 | Books
John Branch

Science writer Lee Billings accomplishes a lot in the pages of Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars (published in the U...

Give Me a Genius Grant

Michael Drew | Posted 09.27.2013 | Entertainment
Michael Drew

Hey, I want a MacArthur grant, too! I do good work. I'm interesting. I'm bright. I'm opinionated. I help people. I've written a book. I've even got my own company.

Arthur Delaney

MacArthur Genius Grantee Received Food Stamps | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three years ago, poverty qualified choreographer Kyle Abraham for food stamps. On Wednesday, the MacArthur Foundation announced it had a...

MacArthur Genius Grants Awarded

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 09.25.2013 | Arts

What do a 60-year-old video artist, a 36-year-old atomic physicist, and a 53-year-old behavioral economist have in common? Not much, probably, except ...