Using Problems to Solve Problems
Inside Luis Von Ahn's Duolingo
Earlier this year, GOOD and Progressive teamed up to bring you the Progress Is GOOD Challenge, a hunt for creative change makers whose initiatives are pushing to make our world a little bit better.
In the spirit of celebrating progress and the driving forces behind it, we’re thrilled to announce the winner of this years challenge is Duolingo.
We were inspired by the innovative language-learning platform not only for its fun, effective, and completely free skill building services, but also for its powerful global impact and reach.
Students use the Duolingo platform to translate news from English to their native languages as they hone their new English skills. And, as they improve their language proficiency, they convert previously untranslated text into other languages, making news and information more accessible across the globe in real time.
The brainchild of crowdsourcing savant Luis von Ahn, Duolingo creatively marries gamification, human computation, and social impact — making it a truly progressive company that embraces the ethos of living well by doing good.
This post is brought to you by GOOD, with support from Progressive. Learn how Progressive continues to inspire social innovators to find creative solutions at Progressive's Apron Project.
Video created by GOOD & Creative Director: Anya Farquhar, DP / Editor: Ryan Maxey.
This Earth-Like Planet Could Be The Biggest Scientific Discovery Of All Time At just 4 light-years away, it orbits our closest neighboring star
A Mother’s Dramatic Facebook Post Shows Why C-Sections Aren’t An ‘Easy Way Out’ ‘I now belong to a badass tribe of mamas…’
UT-Austin Students Protest New Campus Carry Law By Bringing Sex Toys To Class Its to protest an absurd new law
Infographic: Charting Kobe Bryant’s Blockbuster Investment Empire To celebrate his new namesake holiday, a look at how he’s redefining the pro-athlete’s second act
This New Anti-NCAA Documentary Could Be College Football’s Blackfish Ex-USC player Bob DeMars’ film takes on the NCAA’s idea of amateurism
Artist Calls Out The Hypocrisy Of The Burkini Ban With One Perfect Drawing When will we stop policing women’s bodies?