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By Andrea Guzman In 2012, fourth year Cal undergrad Vrinda Agarwal landed an internship at Senator Barbara Boxer’s office in Oakland, fielding calls from constituents. She knew that people rarely called to commend state employees on state policies, but she was shocked by the number of people whose complaints stemmed from problems of poverty and […]
(Published by the Berkeley News Center) UC Berkeley students are creating a new tool that could soon make it far easier for children in developing nations to get life-saving vaccines.
By Jennifer Fei This essay is one of two winning entries to the 2014 Finding Big Ideas Essay Contest. The other winner is Shrey Goel’s essay, “Rendering the Private Public: A Collective Approach to Slum Improvement.” Last year’s winners were Courtney Mullen’s essay “Belenpampa Clinic,” and Narissa Iqbal Allibhai’s “Young Artistic Leaders Rising from the Slum.” The first New […]
By Shrey Goel This essay is one of two winning entries to the 2014 Finding Big Ideas Essay Competition. The other winning essay is Jennifer Fei’s essay, “The International Rescue Committee’s New Roots Program: Uncovered Terrain in US Refugee Resettlement.” Last year’s winners were Courtney Mullen’s essay “Belenpampa Clinic,” and Narissa Iqbal Allibhai’s “Young Artistic Leaders Rising from […]
By: Jenna Hahn; November 18, 2014 On Thursday, November 13 Big Ideas winners launched the first-ever partnerships with the world’s most established crowdfunding platform: Indiegogo. This was created as a new opportunity for past winners to expand their ideas and reach a greater audience. The encouragement Big Ideas staff provides is not meant to end […]
(Published by the Berkeley News Center) For fourth-year Berkeley student Chloe Tsang, it isn’t necessary to take an international flight to encounter the global poverty she has studied in class. Hunger, should we choose to see it, is at our back door, on the streets of Berkeley — a reality not to ignore or lament, she […]
By Andrea Guzman A 2013/2014 UNESCO report found that 250 million children across the globe are not learning basic literacy and numeracy skills. Of these, 57 million children—a disproportionate number of whom are from disadvantaged backgrounds, live in conflict-afflicted countries, or are disabled or simply girls—aren’t enrolled in school at all. Big Ideas@Berkeley and USAID’s […]