From The Atlantic

Welcome to the One Seventeen.

A week for the ages, ladies and gentlepeople. 

This week, organic solar panels made a big leap forward, Ontario said 'nope' to the world's first real universal basic income trial, and prisoners in New York can now make calls for free (wait, they couldn't before??)

And more, of course. Plus, if you haven't already, join us to save the humans.


🌞 Solar panels made from cheaper materials make a big leap in efficiency.

"Organic" solar cells, made from cheap carbon and plastic, are now just as efficient as the expensive silicon kind. This breakthrough promises way cheaper solar electricity.

💸 Ontario's universal basic income experiment is no more.

The world's first big experiment in just giving people money has been axed. Ontario's new conservative government announced that it would stop payments to about 4,000 Canadians after year 1 of the 3-year program. They're not pleased, as you can imagine. But neither are those who were looking to this as a big test of whether this idea would work.

⛓ How globalization has broken the chain of responsibility.

"As the world grows ever faster and bigger, with ever more connections, locals are left further and further outside of the circles where sources of power lie, and those in power are increasingly divorced from the people and places they influence."


👩‍🔬 Wanted: "Lost Einsteins." Please apply.

A new fund is supporting young people with potential from anywhere, starting with a month-long online tournament. "We’re trying to build a kind of search engine for finding great people with talent, ambition and potential."


💪 The three founders of Wethos, which matches nonprofits to low-cost freelancers.

Rachel Renock, Claire Humphreys, and Kristen Ablamsky started Wethos after realizing what a resource crunch most nonprofits are in. 


📊 Compare how different countries are doing on the SDGs.

Check out how different countries are doing on economic, social, and environmental policies. Neat visualizations generated from research by the Sustainable Governance Institute.


💔 The American Dream was about equality of opportunity. It died in 2008.

It was about trust, says Frank Rich. The financial crisis showed too many people that they couldn't trust even the US's core institutions to look out for their interests. That's the same stuff we exported all over the world. It's been exposed to many as an illusion, and a mean one at that.

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The One Seventeen is a weekly email that presents the latest in how the world is doing on ending poverty, protecting the planet, and reducing inequality, delivered in plain English. Each email has 5 parts: Recent developments; a resource; a profile of someone to watch; a summary of recent research; and commentary from around the web. It's called the One Seventeen in reference to each one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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