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    2004 - 2010
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Work at Knight Foundation on media innovation. Live Chicago. 
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News Challenge Open Gov Winner Presentations

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5 Reasons to Build a Business that Changes the World

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Closing California's education gap

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The following is an excerpt from my new book Don’t Go Back to School: a handbook for learning anything. To someone who has never tried, it’s

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