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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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My Operating System.
YVONNE ORJI ACTOR, STAND-UP COMEDIAN, AUTHOR What’s your best habit, and what’s your worst? Connecting people, and acting like the cupcakes I eat are fat-free. What do you do when you’re creatively stuck? I take a nap. How do you unplug? I take a vac
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Six Participating Mayors
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A Robot Suit
The XO allows a user to lift up to 200 pounds but makes it feel like 5 or 10 (zero is possible, but weightlessness can cause wooziness). Software inside the suit analyzes data collected from 125 biometric sensors, assessing stress points and directin
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Devil’s Bargain? Not Anymore
Maya Angelou walked so that Amanda Gorman could run so that I... could do burpees. In late January, I listened to the disembodied voice of 22-year-old National Youth Poet Laureate Gorman reciting her inauguration poem, “The Hill We Climb,” as I sweat
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Using Robots To Make Smarter Warehouses
As the COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world in early 2020, global supply chains came under the spotlight. Warehouses, essential to the functioning of the global economy, became potentially unsafe workplaces virtually overnight. With vast numbers
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Amber On Air
THE SEGMENTS AMBER RUFFIN performs on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers “Amber’s Minute of Fury,” “Amber Says What,” and “Jokes Seth Can’t Tell”-showcase her infectious energy and ability to satirize hot-button issues. They also earned the 42-year-ol
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Forging A Path To Carbon Transparency
The signing of the United Nations’ Paris Agreement in 2015 marked a historic moment when nations agreed to combat climate change, setting actions and investment toward a low-carbon future. But for Logitech, an award-winning design company with a well
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Financial Stability
7 Fi In February 2019, about midway into his term as the youngest (he was elected at the age of 26) and the first African American mayor of Stockton, California, Michael Tubbs launched a two-year guaranteed income pilot program that provided $500 per
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Recycling Clothes
● Inside a glass box the size of a shipping container at an H&M store in Stockholm, several technicians in white lab coats press buttons on a counter-height, multistation machine as a customer watches the worn-out T-shirt she’s just dropped off begin
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What to Read
01 The Celestine Prophecy JAMES REDFIELD A great combination of adventure, mysticism, and spirituality. 02 The Autobiography of Malcolm X MALCOLM X AND ALEX HALEY A direct account of the life of one of the most controversial yet impactful people in A
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Finalists
Aerofarms Color of Change Eat Just HDR IBM Orange 1% for the Planet Account Bank of the West The 2030 Calculator Doconomy Accessible by Design Current Global Air Company Air Company BioFuze Paradise Textiles (Alpine Creations) Black Ambition Black Am
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The Drive-In Renaissance
New York City-based Rooftop Films has specialized in outdoor pop-up screenings of independent and foreign movies since 1996, but as the pandemic began, Rooftop president Dan Nuxoll realized drive-ins might be the only safe way to show films. He teame
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Dance Dance Revolution
American Ballet Theatre principal dancer James Whiteside has built a career playing romantic leads onstage, from Romeo to Swan Lake’s Prince Siegfried. Offstage, he creates experimental music, choreography, and more through bombastic online alter ego
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Imagining A New Digital Workspace
There’s no question how drastically our work lives have transformed over the past year. But in many ways, the COVID-19 pandemic only hammered the final nail in the coffin of the traditional office environment. For many workers, it’s been a not-so-fon
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Solving The Puzzle Of Efficient Shipping
Transportation is a wildly complex industry. For the companies shipping their products and the carriers hauling that freight, there are an endless number of variables to consider, with each affecting delivery times and costs. Where are the carrier’s
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Power In The Hand Of A Worker
After Republicans in Wisconsin passed a law attacking public-sector unions by cutting their pay and limiting their collective bargaining rights, workers occupied the statehouse and led months of creative protests. Although they did not succeed in ove
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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
SARA NELSON WAS SUPPOSED TO BE ACCEPTING A LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FROM THE AFL-CIO, THE NATION’S LARGEST FEDERATION OF UNIONS. AFTER A BRIEF VIDEO PLAYED OF HER SPEAKING OUT AGAINST SEXISM AND HARASSMENT IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY, NELSON, THE PRESI
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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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