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Aging in America in the Twenty-first Century: Demographic Forecasts from the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on an Aging Society

Network research finding that by 2050 Americans may live 3.1 to 7.9 years longer than official government projections, resulting in sharply higher costs for government programs that serve older citizens. More

Video Games and the Civic Involvement of Youth

The Civic Potential of Video Games, written by Joseph Kahne, Ellen Middaugh and Chris Evans, focuses on the civic aspects of video game play among youth. More

The Future of Learning Institutions in a Digital Age

The single most important characteristic of the Internet is its capacity for world-wide community and the limitless exchange of ideas. More

Living and Learning with New Media

This report summarizes the results of an ambitious three-year ethnographic study into how young people are living and learning with new media in varied settings—at home, in after school programs, and in online spaces. More

New Competencies, Skills Required for Participatory Culture

Many teens today who use the Internet are actively involved in participatory cultures—joining online communities, producing creative work in new forms, working in teams to complete tasks and develop new knowledge, and shaping the flow of media. More

Study Underscores Importance of Web 2.0 for Learning

A study by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) found the actual use of Web 2.0 to improve the learning environment in U.S. schools is quite limited.  More

Evaluation of The MacArthur Foundation’s Work in Mexico to Reduce Maternal Mortality, 2002-2008

From 2002–2008, the MacArthur Foundation invested $5,000,000 in Mexico to contribute to a reduction in maternal mortality. More

Executive Summary: Review of Models for Change in Pennsylvania

The overall purpose of this review is to provide an independent look at the current work supported through the Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative in Pennsylvania. In this summary of the report I will summarize the main findings.  More