The healthcare industry has embraced texting. Here’s one reason that should give you pause

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People ignore text messages when they come repeatedly. Even incredibly important ones. At first glance, the text message seems like the perfect reminder for just about anything. It’s an automated nudge, a way to say, “Hey, remember to do this thing right now.” And given the inundation of text messages and push notifications from every app and service imaginable, you’d assume they must work. Read Full Story

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There’s a simple way to reduce extreme political rhetoric on Facebook and Twitter

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Tech companies should stop forcing politicians to vie for their algorithms’ attention, writes political digital strategist Eric Wilson. Instead, they should rethink their platform’s incentives—and follow the example of the USPS. As major tech companies struggle with their responsibilities to the users and communities they serve, the question of what political candidates should be allowed to say in their online postings has emerged as a flash point. Each of the various platforms have taken different approaches to this question, but they each ignore the most important consideration of all: Why is it more advantageous online for a political candidate to be sensational rather than measured? Read Full Story

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Inside the quest to reopen schools—by moving classes outside

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“Every kid at every grade level in every subject area can do the majority of their learning outside.” Sharon Danks has been working for more than 20 years to get school kids outdoors. As a trained landscape architect and urban planner, she says too many schools across the country ignore the educational and health benefits offered by the outdoor spaces of their campuses. This is something she’s been trying to change through her nonprofit Green Schoolyards America , based in Berkeley, California, and something that’s become an international topic of concern since the coronavirus pandemic caused the mass closure of schools. Read Full Story

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By ignoring this community, venture capitalists are missing out

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As a Latina investor, I’ve seen how young Latinx people and their sensibilities are overlooked by brands. But it’s time for VCs to pay attention. It’s quite clear the world of venture capital has a diversity problem: Founders of color within the U.S. receive the short end of the stick when it comes to amassing venture dollars. The current VC climate is so dire that there are only 105 entrepreneurs of color who have raised at least $1 million. A big part of the issue is just how white and male the venture community remains. When a homogeneous group of investors controls most of the $ 136.5 billion that are invested annually, the consequences are felt beyond Silicon Valley. Read Full Story

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