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"The idea was based on an observation—we noticed that despite feeling for the homeless we only occasionally stopped to give money," says Bird. "That awful feeling after you’ve walked past either someone collecting for charity or a homeless person—it felt like something we could work with. We all know what the right thing to do is, but how often do we actually do it?"
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"The idea was based on an observation—we noticed that despite feeling for the homeless we only occasionally stopped to give money," says Bird. "That awful feeling after you’ve walked past either someone collecting for charity or a homeless person—it felt like something we could work with. We all know what the right thing to do is, but how often do we actually do it?"

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This study adds to a growing body of research that suggests that even the hardest to serve in our communities can be successfully housed and that housing with necessary supportive services not only leads to better outcomes for individuals but is cheaper for the community,” says Lori Thomas, an assistant professor at UNC, who led the study.

Housing The Homeless Saves Money—Here’s The Research That Proves It

"We live in a world that is so saturated by design and branding that these homemade begging signs just get drowned out…We want people to see these signs, and be curious about the person holding it.” 

The Signs for the Homeless project exchanges handwritten panhandling signs for colorfully illustrated, eye-catching recreations that aim to give the homeless a power that most of us take for granted: The power to be noticed.

The Gates foundation plans to organize a world summit in London this summer to bring leaders together and raise $4 billion, the estimate of what it will cost to provide birth control to 120 million women in the developing world by 2020. “You simply cannot talk to real women about their lives and not hear the issue of family planning come up,” says Melinda Gates.
In a recent conversation, Fast Company discovered that Gates is a friend to, and supporter of, many of the other members of the League of Extraordinary Women.
Melinda Gates On The Importance Of The Girl Effect

The Gates foundation plans to organize a world summit in London this summer to bring leaders together and raise $4 billion, the estimate of what it will cost to provide birth control to 120 million women in the developing world by 2020. “You simply cannot talk to real women about their lives and not hear the issue of family planning come up,” says Melinda Gates.

In a recent conversation, Fast Company discovered that Gates is a friend to, and supporter of, many of the other members of the League of Extraordinary Women.