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Affordable Housing Developments Create Jobs & Grow Local Economies

The construction and rehabbing of affordable housing developments creates jobs and contributes to the economic vitality of communities, according to a MacArthur-supported research brief by the Center for Housing Policy. Read More

PBS Documentary Looks at How Digital Media Transforming the Way Young People Learn

Digital Media: New Learners of the 21st Century, a MacArthur-supported PBS documentary, looks at how digital media is transforming the way young people learn. Read More
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"How Democracy Works Now: Twelve Stories" Documentary Film

In this 12-part series, "How Democracy Works Now", filmmakers Shari Robertson and Michael Camerini track how comprehensive immigration reform went from almost assured passage in 2001 to an uncertain future in 2007. Read More

Reducing Violence on Chicago's Streets

To help reduce shootings and homicides, Chicago police will hold accountable entire gangs even if only a single member is suspected of a violent offense. Read More

Many Vulnerable Chicago Public Housing Residents Enjoy Better Health, Housing, and Employment, but Youth Still Distressed

An Urban Institute project shows that the most disadvantaged Chicago residents have improved quality of life indicators. Read More

Communicating Effectively About Budgets and Taxes

With support from MacArthur, the Frameworks Institute has been conducting research to understand the underlying assumptions Americans have about budgets and taxes and to develop more productive strategies for communicating about these issues Read More

What D.C. Influencers Say About the National Debt

The second round of the "The Buck Stops Where?" survey series conduced by MacArthur grantee Public Agenda examines how Beltway insiders viewed the debt and the deficit during the 2010 midterm elections. Read More

When Youth Own the Education Agenda

Writing in the Huffington Post, MacArthur grantee Mimi Ito at the University of California, Irvine, discusses "what it would take to get alignment between the energy that kids bring to video games, text messaging, and social ... Read More

Urban Revitalization Initiative Targets Regions with Barriers to Opportunity

MacArthur grantee Living Cities, a nationwide collaboration of 22 major foundations and banks dedicated to urban revitalization, launched a new effort to help five regions tackle barriers to opportunity for low-income residents. Read More

PBS NewsHour Via Phone

Using technology to expand its audience, PBS NewsHour, a MacArthur grantee, made its audio track available from mobile and land line phones. Read More

Harry Potter Alliance Inspiring Young People's Civic Engagement

In an interview, MacArthur grantee Henry Jenkins, of the University of Southern California, said that the Harry Potter Alliance, an online fan group, is demonstrating a "powerful new model for getting young people involved in the ... Read More
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The Promise of Game Design in Curriculum and Learning

Quest to Learn, an innovative school for grades 6 to 12 in New York City, grew out of the idea that gaming and game design offer a promising new paradigm for curriculum and learning Read More

California Approves Juvenile Competence Law

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill, influenced by several MacArthur grantees, that establishes developmental immaturity as a factor in determining whether a juvenile is competent to participate in court proceedings. Read More

President Signs Bill Creating New Consumer Financial Protection Agency

MacArthur grantee the Center for Responsible Lending played a lead role in the formation of the Bureau, which will put in place comprehensive mortgage protections and help borrowers facing foreclosure. Read More

Winners of Game Changers Kids Competition Announced

Seventeen winners of the Game Changers Kids Competition were announced in Washington, DC today at the White House Science Fair Read More