Bike-powered Produce, Public Housing, and Affordable Sanitary Napkins Named as Curry Stone Prize Finalists


This week at the Venice Biennale, three finalists were named for the Curry Stone Design Prize, a no-strings $100,000 grant honoring a visionary design initiative. The three nominees are Maya Pedal, a nonprofit organization that builds "Bicimaquinas," bicycle-powered agricultural machines in Guatemala; ELEMENTAL, a system of inner city public housing in Chile that allows residents to easily expand and individualize their spaces; and the project above by Sustainable Health Enterprises, which hopes to bring safe, affordable sanitary pads to women in developing nations. As the video explains, it's estimated that women lose up to 50 day of work per year because they can't afford them. In partnership with a group of collaborators in Rwanda, founder Elizabeth Scharpf is manufacturing a line of feminine hygiene products made from locally-sourced banana leaf fiber.

The winner of the Curry Stone Prize will be announced October 13 at Google's headquarters in New York.

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An estimated eight million people in the U.S. have started a crowdfunding campaign to help pay for their own or a member of their household's healthcare costs, according to a survey released Wednesday.

The poll, which was conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, also found that in addition to the millions who have launched crowdfunding efforts for themselves or a member of their household, at least 12 million more Americans have started crowdfunding efforts for someone else.

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In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coast from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken from their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The internment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

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Step by step. 8 million steps actually. That is how recent college graduate and 22-year-old Sam Bencheghib approached his historic run across the United States. That is also how he believes we can all individually and together make a big impact on ridding the world of plastic waste.

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