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The Recommender.
Cotopaxi’s latest windbreaker is made from repurposed fabrics. Created by Salt Lake City-based outdoor gear company Cotopaxi, the waterresistant Teca Half-Zip Windbreaker is constructed from leftover polyester from other companies’ production runs-wh
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The Ascent Of Sara Nelson
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A World-Changing Year
For five years, Fast Company’s World-Changing Ideas Awards have recognized companies and organizations addressing the world’s most intractable problems through technology, science, design, finance, education, and philanthropy. Our WCI coverage is an
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Banking On A Better World
Started by Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard in 2002, 1% for the Planet is a global organization composed of businesses—including Honest Tea and Klean Kanteen—that donate a hundredth of their sales to “sustainability oriented” nonprofits. Bank of the
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Making Investing Accessible For Everyone
It used to be that buying stock shares required a phone call to a broker—and a fat commission paid for every trade. That’s changed in recent years as a flurry of financial services and fintech companies entered the scene offering automated, commissio
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Amber Does What
Begins performing improv at venues including Boom Chicago in Amsterdam, iO Theater in Chicago, and Second City in Denver (with Jenny Hagel). Becomes a regular on Derek Waters’s Comedy Central show, Drunk History, retelling such major events as the in
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Backyard Drone Delivery
During quarantine, residents of Grand Forks, North Dakota, didn’t have to rely on a person bringing takeout to their doorstep. Instead, a drone, hovering 80 feet in the air, lowered packages by retractable wire into their backyards. On the horizon fo
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Monitoring Carbon in Soil
Farmland offers a benefit beyond food: carbon sequestration. Emerging regenerative agriculture practices have been experimenting with new ways to draw carbon from the air, store it in soil, and help farmers sell this benefit as carbon credits. But un
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Uncensored Library
4 Lb In countries where governments tightly control the media and ban hundreds of news sites, it’s still possible to access Minecraft, a video game owned by Microsoft since 2014. So the nonprofit Reporters Without Borders created a back door within t
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Fighting Racial Bias In Retail
Nationwide protests calling for racial justice during the summer of 2020 prompted a lot of American companies to rethink their policies around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Sephora, the prestige beauty company, had been thinking about these
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Around The World
In response to COVID-19, the company offers virtual Experiences. They prove popular, with some hosts booking up to $100,000 within two months. Airbnb begins courting boutique hotels to list their properties on the platform. A year later, it acquires
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Workers Mean Business
Even before the pandemic brought to a head the challenges faced by essential employees (low wages, inadequate safety gear, nonexistent sick leave), a diverse set of workers started to rebel against decades of management policies that expand profits a
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6 Creative Ways Workers Are Taking Back Power
WHEN WORKERS ALIGN WITH LOCAL CONSTITUENTS TO FIGHT FOR SHARED GOALS, IT STRENGTHENS THEIR CAMPAIGN. What if unions could help not only their members but also the broader communities where they work? That’s the concept of Bargaining for the Common Go
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Portrait Of The American Worker
BESSEMER, ALABAMA, A TOWN OF 27,000 located 15 miles southwest of Birmingham, drew international attention earlier this year when 5,800 workers at its recently opened Amazon fulfillment center voted on whether to unionize (they preliminarily lost). A
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Addition By Reduction
Want to make DNA from scratch? Just take drops of each of the four bases of a DNA molecule, mix them up in the lab-standard 96-well plate, and voilá! Okay, the process isn’t quite that simple. But scientists have been stitching DNA together from thes
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Exit Strategy.
After more than a year of working from home, you may need some practice before transitioning to the office. ■
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Automated Bee Hives
Over the past half century, the worldwide bee population has nearly collapsed; annual losses are up to 40% due to a variety of factors, including pesticides and extreme weather events driven by climate change. This decline threatens the 75% of global
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My Daily Media Diet
Jules Miller, founder and CEO, The Nue Co. ($30, REI.COM) The eight-piece MealKit Bio, from the design-forward Swedish camping specialist Light My Fire, includes bioplastic plates, bowls, and cutlery. This site offers relief from the regular news cyc
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A Cleaner Freight Train
● A typical freight train runs only on polluting diesel fuel, but a new locomotive built by Pittsburghbased Wabtec includes 18,000 battery cells, producing roughly as much energy as 24 of the most powerful Teslas. Like those in an electric car, the b
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Building A More Equitable Healthcare System
When it comes to healthcare, access and delivery are often divided along racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic lines. Consider that members of Hispanic and Black communities were hospitalized for COVID-19 at a rate nearly three times higher than those in
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Favorite Instagram Accounts
Elsa Majimbo voices what we’re all thinking, and does so with the shadiest laughter. I can always count on absolute foolery. For when I need uncouth wisdom. I look forward to his Sunday drop of new music-his creativity is next level. Khadija Farah/Th
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The 2021 Winners
Microsoft A system that continuously monitors the environment for potential pathogens and disease-carrying animals before they cause outbreaks A range of entries offering innovative solutions to issues from climate and energy to health and education
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Lab-Grown Meat
At a restaurant in Singapore, you can now order “cultured” chicken that comes from a bioreactor instead of livestock or plant protein. Good Meat, from the U.S.-based food-tech company Eat Just, received the world’s first regulatory approval for cultu
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Back to Work, Differently
Months of working from the couch might have erased them from people’s minds, but despite the headlines about companies breaking leases and the rise of global nomads, offices are still central to the way many companies plan to do business going forwar
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Bearing Fruit With Groundbreaking Marketing
Why have U.S. imports of Mexican avocados almost doubled in just seven years? Just look to Avocados From Mexico, an innovative nonprofit marketing organization that has reinvented the way produce is marketed here. In recent years, avocados have gaine
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Music For A Road Trip
Alyssa Ravasio, founder and CEO, Hipcamp (FROM $345, SEASONTHREE.COM) Footwear maker Season Three launched in 2020 with an all-weather, retro-inspired boot called the Ansel. The “Extreme Conditions” model is made with a fuzzy blue suede that’s both r
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Innovating Their Way To A Timely Solution
When you get down to it, Labcorp, a global life sciences company based in Burlington, North Carolina, does one thing: it helps patients and healthcare providers make informed decisions. It achieves this through its combined diagnostics and drug devel
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Planet Airbnb
The home-rental giant was already at a crossroads—both financially and spiritually—when COVID-19 brought travel to a halt. Now it’s looking for new purpose (and profitability) in a post-pandemic world. mask-clad photographers gathered in front of the
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Success Stories
Data visualization by Chelsea Schiff • RELEASED/ DEVELOPED ° IN DEVELOPMENT In the world of Wattpad, no genre is too niche. The user-generated publishing platform, boasting more than 90 million monthly readers, now has both a film and TV arm and a pr
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Hiring Heroes: Why Veterans Make Great Tech Employees
Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. unemployment rate was at a 50-year low. Competition for talent was intense, nowhere more so than in the technology sector. Even after the pandemic hit, more than half of businesses polled for the
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