It’s Thanksgiving morning, and all you want is an easy casserole recipe for turkey day dinner. You search for recipes, see an appetizing thumbnail, and dive in:
The year was 1989. The Berlin Wall had fallen. When I was but a small child living in the shadow of the Iron Curtain, my grandmother taught me that a can-do attitude and a generous spirit of hospitality will take you far. I remember the warm crackle of the radio tuned to WDR 2 as 99 Luftballons flittered through the speakers.
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“Slack? Never heard of it.”
My sister is just a few years younger.
“Everyone is on Discord now.”
I have had a long five-year love affair with Slack: I have the deepest respect for the company, am unapologetically impressed by their new brand refresh, and have used the platform for everything from participating in and planning hackathons, running student organizations, and cultivating community.
When we started our summers with Abra as product management interns, we didn’t know the first thing about UTXOs, ERC-20 smart contracts, or non-custodial wallets. Neither of us had yet invested in cryptocurrency ourselves or knew quite what to expect when it came to working on what was next for Abra’s mission to simplify cryptocurrency investing.
Instead, we brought with us a burning desire to learn as much as we could about a young and fast-growing space, a willingness to embrace our beginners’ mindset…
“Lord, let this election not be close.” So goes the Election Administrator’s Prayer, a phrase haunted by the United State’s electoral meltdown in 2000 and the basic fact that elections are hard, complex operations to run.
If elections are hard, voting hasn’t been easy either. The US Census Bureau estimates that 60% of non-voters missed Election Day in 2012 because of inconvenience and registration issues—not because of apathy.
This gap is where risk-wary government meets fast-moving tech: A crop of technology-enabled nonprofits are out to upgrade the infrastructure of democracy itself by making voting accessible and user-friendly. …
“I had a place to stay, but the library kept me warm.” The woman in front of the green screen looked off to the side and broke down in tears at this point, closing her video interview on her relationship with her neighborhood library. She moved to San Francisco in hopes of starting over, and the library was the first place to welcome her. She relied on her branch for books, as well as applying to online job postings, frequenting public lectures or poetry readings, and attending mayoral debates.
Her story was recorded among others as part of a people’s…