How arts organizations are growing the audiences of tomorrow

It’s a typical Wednesday evening at SPiN: the rock music is blaring, the drinks are flowing, and the balls are flying. The only unusual thing about this particular night at the trendy ping-pong bar in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood is the dancing. The place is packed with young artists from the San Francisco…

Why the U.S. needs more cyber translators

In February 2016, a few months after two perpetrators walked into an office holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif., and killed 14 people, a federal magistrate judge ordered Apple to allow the FBI into one of the shooter’s locked iPhone. The Justice Department had made the request to investigate potential terrorism connections. Apple argued that…

Celebrating Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary

In 2016, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation marked its 50th anniversary by reflecting on the past so as to inform the future. We invited former staff and leaders to share their memories of Bill Hewlett and the early days of the organization. We commissioned two reports – one that comprehensively examines the history of…

Austin is pioneering a mobility revolution

In Texas, where “Keep Austin Weird” is still a much-celebrated motto, it’s clear the no-growth mentality that marked the city’s culture in the ‘80s and ‘90s got run over. The laid-back Austin of the cult classic “Dazed and Confused” has become the new Austin where creativity thrives in the self-proclaimed “Live Music Capital of the…

Building a thriving arts business coalition in Fresno County

If you’re applying for a job at Bitwise Industries, one of Fresno’s hottest new tech companies and a key player in the city’s redeveloping downtown, don’t forget to put your artistic background on your resume. Painter? Singer? Actor? Dancer? Writer? Be sure to include that experience. It might push you over the top. That’s how…

For teachers, deeper learning is about letting go

On a recent afternoon in Jennifer Burgin’s second-grade classroom at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Va., some students were working on a fractions game on iPads; others were making colorful drawings of part-whole relationships using crayons and paper; and others were researching national parks or working on poems. One boy held a stuffed panda, another had…

New ‘Open Rivers Fund’ to restore waterways, remove aging dams

Fifty years ago, the United States was at the height of a long era of dam construction. Since the first days of the United States, Americans have been building dams and putting rivers to work for mills, to generate electricity and to store water for cities, farms and towns. Dams were considered a symbol of American…

New assessments help teachers innovate in classrooms

Teens are often cautioned about what they post online because their digital profile will follow them well beyond their youth. Students at Del Lago Academy, a public high school in Escondido, Calif., are counting on it. Their teachers are embracing an innovative approach to assessment using digital badges. Similar to scout merit badges, these online…

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