Welcome to the One Seventeen.

It's February, which means Black History Month, Valentine's Day, and -- in cold countries -- mostly unfulfilled hopes of warmer weather. 

The theme of Black History Month in the US this year is "African Americans in Times of War", which makes it a great time to reflect on a past that's so often been overlooked. Also highly recommended: A BHM letter from the legendary rapper Nas, and a Netflix mini-syllabus on Black history.

Have an inspired week, friends! Allons-y!

Davos, inaction

Any progress on development issues at Davos?

Two weeks ago, a wide range of players used the World Economic Forum to make statements on issues like gender inequality, global health, and "blended" finance. They missed a lot, though, apparently, including children, the environment, and, oh yeah, doing actual things. Meanwhile, Trump found a way to get booed despite leaving everyone somewhat relieved at how not-awful he was.

Image from VICE

Blockchain, saving the children.

UNICEF just launched a program aimed at getting gamers (players of video games, mom) to mine cryptocurrency for children displaced by the Syrian civil war. The initiative is called "Game Chaingers" -- get it? CHAIN-gers? BlockCHAIN? Heh.

Meanwhile, a bunch of companies have come together to use blockchain to track a different kind of mining -- that of Cobalt, a mineral used in many electronics -- to make sure it's not being mined by children

From the Globe and Mail

Deforestation vs. Economic development in Brazil.

This magnificent piece of digital reporting takes us on a journey down a single road that happens to run through one of Brazil's biggest challenges: How to find prosperity while preserving the Amazon as a bulwark against climate change? In the end, the Globe and Mail's Stephanie Nolan finds ways to achieve both.


Resources to level up your feminism.

If you've been wanting a list of websites, blogs, organizations, and other resources all about feminism, then this page is for you. It's brought to you by the Stanford Women's Community Center, and the resources it presents are wide-ranging. Bookmark this one.


Arlan Hamilton, CEO of Backstage Capital.

This queer, Black venture capitalist started Backstage Capital to invest in people of color, LGBT people, and women. "I didn't come here to get your scraps. I didn't come here to get your pity or your charity. I came here to go toe-to-toe with you, head-to-head with you, and to take it all." This interview is part of How We'll Win's "The Visionaries", a series of interviews with the world's most qualified women on the fight for gender equality.


How decolonization could reshape science.

In South Africa, a generation of black scientists is about to transform research, in both the social sciences and the "hard" sciences like physics and biology.

Image from the Washington Post

Why parents should celebrate Black History Month with their kids.

"White nationalism", white supremacy, and bigotry are threatening people of color and other groups. That's why white parents should take responsibility for preparing their kids to resist the hatred and fight inequality.

I love you. Thanks for reading. :)

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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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