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We were thrilled to see so many posts about the intersection of the online and offline realms as part of the open innovation process.

We were thrilled to see so many posts about the intersection of the online and offline realms as part of the open innovation process.

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While interviewing a group of parents in Kigamboni, Tanzania, I was surprised that very few mentioned a morning meal as part of their daily routine.

While interviewing a group of parents in Kigamboni, Tanzania, I was surprised that very few mentioned a morning meal as part of their daily routine.

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Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is an IRS program offering free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-c

Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) is an IRS program offering free tax help for all taxpayers, particularly those who are 60 years of age and older, specializing in questions about pensions and retirement-related issues unique to seniors. The IRS-c

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To learn more about some of the challenges facing older adults, I spoke with a gerontologist professor who teaches classes on aging and researches ways to better support people as they age.

To learn more about some of the challenges facing older adults, I spoke with a gerontologist professor who teaches classes on aging and researches ways to better support people as they age.

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I had the pleasure of talking to Jade Frank about her work towards empowering women and girls through World Pulse and Context Partners. It was an inspiring and informative conversation full of great insights. Here's what I learned...

I had the pleasure of talking to Jade Frank about her work towards empowering women and girls through World Pulse and Context Partners. It was an inspiring and informative conversation full of great insights. Here's what I learned...

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Layla Shaikley is an architect, designer, and entrepreneur with extensive experience working in post-war Iraq. She is the founder of crowdSOS, a startup that was founded out of the development ventures course at the MIT Media Lab, which aims to democ

Layla Shaikley is an architect, designer, and entrepreneur with extensive experience working in post-war Iraq. She is the founder of crowdSOS, a startup that was founded out of the development ventures course at the MIT Media Lab, which aims to democ

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When I first began thinking about this challenge, I remembered hearing about the great work of HarassMap and posted a short overview of their work as a success story. This Cairo-based project uses crowdsourced reports of sexual harassment to inform t

When I first began thinking about this challenge, I remembered hearing about the great work of HarassMap and posted a short overview of their work as a success story. This Cairo-based project uses crowdsourced reports of sexual harassment to inform t

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Of the over 5 million people living in refugee camps, women and children are overly represented and disproportionately exposed to their hardships, dangers and utter lack of opportunity. Camps are a window to understanding the plight of the word's 15

Of the over 5 million people living in refugee camps, women and children are overly represented and disproportionately exposed to their hardships, dangers and utter lack of opportunity. Camps are a window to understanding the plight of the word's 15

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Dress for Success is an organization based in New York that works to promote the economic independence of low income women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools.  Dress for Success has more than 125 affil

Dress for Success is an organization based in New York that works to promote the economic independence of low income women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools. Dress for Success has more than 125 affil

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Hi Ambily, thanks for such an informative contribution. I wonder if you've been thinking of applying the SOLE model and adding it to the ideas phase of the challenge? The phase just launched and your level of insight will surely add much to the conversation!

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Maartje, thanks for sharing what sounds like a fantastic program. I'd be really curious about lessons you've learned in setting up other cinemas that might be applicable to others interested in setting up educational initiatives in remote areas. Also, what are some of the guiding principles you use when selecting a location? What sorts of local stakeholders are needed to make programs successful? I'm sure you've learned a lot through your past work. We'd love to hear more!

Wow -- You've offered some really fascinating insights about the need for more financial literacy for all sorts of groups. I had no idea about the financial difficulties of pro athletes. I've tended to think that those most in need of financial education are those without resources, but clearly there are all sorts of at risk groups that need it as well.

Meanwhile, I'm super intrigued about your provocations around shifting from a model of self-reliance to community support and group solutions. We've seen the success of micro-finance lending circles and other peer support groups in low-income countries. Why shouldn't it exist for other groups as well? Actually pooling the resources of a group to access financial services seems like it could have a ton of potential. It makes me wonder...

- Is this happening anywhere yet?
- What legal restrictions might need to be considered?
- In addition to having similar levels of income and similar milestones, what other characteristics would need to be taken into account for financial advice to be accurate across a large group?

Meanwhile, given your background in the financial services sector, are there others you'd like to invite to this conversation?