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Reflections on Writing and Creativity

MacArthur Fellow and writer Sandra Cisneros reflects on her career and inspiration and what creativity requires of artists.
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Momentum for Juvenile Justice Reform

Marsha Levick, Chief Legal Officer at the Juvenile Law Center
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100&Change: Exploring Solutions at Scale

Managing Director Cecilia Conrad shares how MacArthur designed 100&Change to support potential solutions that may go unnoticed or under resourced, waiting to be brought to scale.
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Advocating for the Best Interests of Immigrant Children

When I began this work in 2004, 8,000 unaccompanied children arrived at the border each year. Last year, the number of children crossing the border – all on their own – reached 50,000. Most of the ...
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Building a Movement to Represent Madagascar’s Small-Scale Fishing Communities

Madagascar, the world’s fourth largest island, has a large coastal population heavily dependent on wild fisheries for income and subsistence. A significant proportion of these fishing communities in the country, one of the world's ...
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Improving Access to Treatment and Promoting Equity in Mental Health Care

Why is mental health an important issue? HG: Mental disorders are common and cause considerable distress and disability. They affect peoples’ mood, thinking, and behavior, including how they perform in school and work and how they ...
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Tackling Foreclosure In Chicago

MacArthur’s Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation Project, a $44 million initiative that included both grants and program-related investments, helped stabilize neighborhoods hard hit by vacancy and foreclosure.
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Raising Early Warnings About Climate Change

World Resources Institute has driven conversations on climate change through out its history, and Andrew Steer, President and CEO, calls for renewed urgency “to provide for the needs and aspirations of future generations.”
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Bridging Divisions to Focus on Climate Solutions

Climate Solutions grantees' work in the U.S., India, and China focus on solutions, engage a diverse array of communities on the issue, and help countries meet the goals they committed to under the Paris Climate ...
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Mexico’s Criminal Justice Transformation

It has been 10 years since Mexico adopted a critical Constitutional reform that transformed its criminal justice system. The new accusatorial system promises speedier, transparent, public trials, and aligns Mexico with most countries in the Americas ...
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Understanding How Early Childhood Changes the Developing Brain

Dr. Charles Nelson articulates the history of the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Early Experience and Brain Development and its research on how experiences of early childhood impact brain development.
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Preserving Affordable Rental Housing

In 2003, MacArthur launched what eventually became a $187 million strategy to preserve and improve affordable rental homes through the Window of Opportunity initiative. Former Representative Barney Frank had long championed the need to preserve federal ...
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Supporting Evidence-Based Work to Reduce Nuclear Threats

In the lead-up to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, MacArthur and other U.S. foundations supported civil society organizations working to reduce the risk from nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction ...
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Criminal Justice and New Neuroscience

Owen D. Jones describes how the Research Network on Law and Neuroscience is examining the effects of modern neuroscience on criminal law and working to make neuroscience accessible and beneficial to America’s legal systems.
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A Research Network to Support a Productive, Equitable, Aging Society

In the United States, life expectancy at birth has increased by more than 30 years since 1900. This enhanced longevity, when complicated by the post-World War II baby boom, has rapidly converted the country into an ...
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