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Why Do Australia and Canada Have the Most Livable Cities?

The Economist Intelligence Units list of the 10 most livable cities is dominated by Australian and Canadian cities. What's their secret?

Last week, the Economist Intelligence Unit released the list of the world's 10 most livable cities in its Global Livability Report. A city's rating "quantifies the challenges that might be presented to an individual's lifestyle" and is based on scores for more than 30 factors within five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education, and infrastructure. Scores for each of the factors are compiled and boiled down to one score between 1 (untolerable) and 100 (ideal). The list, led for the fifth year by 2010 Winter Olympics host Vancouver, is dominated by Canadian and Australian cities. Click through for the winners. (You can also contrast the 10 most livable with the 10 least livable cities here.)

1. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Nine Organizations Already Working to Win the Future

Obama called for renewed hustle in the areas of job creation, innovation, and education. We found nine organizations that are already hard at work.

President Obama called for renewed hustle in the areas of job creation, innovation, and education. We found nine organizations that are already hard at work.

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UPDATE: B.E.A.T. Brings Hip Hop Education Home to the Bronx

B.E.A.T. and hip hop legends bring breakdancing and beatboxing back to the Bronx's high schools.


What happens when a successful, young marketing agency decides to harness its powers (not to mention time, money, and passion) for good? It births a successful, young nonprofit. Born out of the minds of Catharsis co-founders James Kim and Justin Kim and now program director Tonia Kim, B.E.A.T. (Bridging Education and Art Together) is changing the face of after school programs in the Bronx, New York. After nearly 10 years of hip hop producing and event managing, Catharsis got in touch with friend and iconic b-boy Ken Swift (former VP of The Rock Steady Crew and founder of the 7 Gems Dance Movement) and pitched an idea for a free after-school workshop that would bring breakdance education back to its birthplace.

“I realized there was a huge void in New York in terms of the kids being able to learn authentic b-boying,” says James Kim. “He [Ken] was on board because nobody is taking it quite to the communities and directly to the kids.”

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