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Interview: Deb Delman on how The Pangaea Project creates global citizens

The Pangaea Project arranges overseas learning experiences for low-income high school students from Portland, Oregon. In the eight-month-long program, students meet social entrepreneurs and activists working on issues related to…

Interview: Bob Bates on how art gives kids lifelong problem-solving skills

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by, or disconnected from, public schools. Starting today, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Phyllis Novak on why homeless youths need art studios, not just shelter

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be featuring a…

Interview: F.K. Day on how bikes can catalyze economies

Before creating World Bicycle Relief, F.K. Day ran SRAM, one of the world’s top manufacturers of bicycle parts.  In 2005, struck by the images of people struggling to cope after…

Back-to-school Interview: Aleta Margolis on why a dynamic classroom leads to greater learning

Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, believes all kids have an innate desire to learn. She also believes our schools are beating it out…

Interview: Mary Ellen Iskenderian on why women + microfinance = less poverty

Fresh out of business school, Mary Ellen Iskenderian went to work on Wall Street, where she learned the art of banking and made good money. But something was missing. “I…

Interview: Patricia Walker on art, spirituality and international development

After evaluating dozens of disappointing aid projects in places like Togo, Swaziland, and Senegal, Patricia Walker asked herself: Why don’t more of these projects succeed?  In response, Walker, a Buddhist…

Interview: How Hannah Taylor launched the Ladybug Foundation (in first grade) and turned empathy and creativity into $2 million to help the homeless

When Hannah Taylor was 5, she saw a man eating out of a trash can.  For the next year, Taylor interrogated her mother with questions about homelessness.  One day, her…

Interview: Eric Schwarz on how to transform education with ‘citizen teachers’

Eric Schwarz wants Americans to re-imagine how and when learning happens. In 1995, he founded Citizen Schools, a network of afterschool programs that enlists adult volunteers to provide hands-on apprenticeships…