Welcome to the One Seventeen.

Woo! Ten issues! We're picking up steam, folks! It looks like we're going to keep this going, and I'm truly grateful for the opportunity. Thanks for the lovely feedback thus far, and of course please continue to let me know what you think so I can make this little dip into your inbox each week even more satisfying. :) To celebrate, take a moment and share this with 2 people you think might like it!

And we're off. This week, more media men got fired, #GivingTuesday happened (#ThrowbackThursday), and of course much more. Allons-y!


Slow-motion housing catastrophe in Mexico.

In 2001, the world got behind then Mexican president Vicente Fox's vision to house Mexico's working class. And now? "It's like a war zone here." Magnificent in-depth reporting from the LA times.

Facebook just stopped letting advertisers filter by race.

After ProPublica reporters found out that housing advertisers were using Facebook to discriminate by race, Facebook temporarily stopped the feature.

Water is coming.

And some are making lemonade. A new proposal wants to turn this kind of dumpy part of northern New Jersey into a "climate change national park" that will become a nature-lovers' destination as sea levels rise.

The planetary physics of sea-level rise.

It turns out that how much and where sea levels rise actually has to do with where the ice caps are melting. Why? Because so much ice is melting that it's changing the rotation of the Earth, which changes the shape of the oceans. Whoaaaa


Science + Development = ?

SciDev.Net. For international development nerds (holla). Great for stories on how science relates to inequality, poverty, and climate change. Check out this one on how an enormous charity is finding holes in its strategy using tech.

Photo from Egypt Today

Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior VP at the World Bank.

"We will not be satisfied unless we get the villages talking SDGs." This is the guy at the World Bank who's in charge of the world's plan to end poverty, save the planet, etc. by 2030. Here he is talking about that in a Wharton podcast.


What really causes US inequality?

With Thanksgiving receding into warm and fuzzy memory, it's as good a time as any to reflect on the stuff to be thankful for. But we might also think about the growing share of people for whom that stuff is tougher to come by. Well, this piece of journalistic analysis is a good overview of why inequality is growing in the US in the first place. Then, once we know the real story, we might find better ways to do something about it.

Photo from Fast Company

What it's really like to come out at work.

Lena Waithe, star of Master of None, on how "there's no easy part of coming out." Read the full story

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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 a recent research piece; 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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