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29 For Capturing The Moment
Dev Hynes, who performs as Blood Orange, pushes with his words, music, and indeterminate identity against rigid definitions of race, sexuality, and culture. His unstructured aesthetic is his one consistency, whether he’s producing tracks for Solange
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42 For Bringing Food To A Desert
The Problem: A 2018 Johns Hopkins study found that nearly a quarter of Baltimore’s residents live in “food deserts,” where poverty and lack of retailers make healthy food inaccessible. The Epiphany: When riots over the death of Freddie Gray, a black
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76 For Steering Lyft Users Toward Fun
Jessica Zhang’s role at Lyft is to delight the ride-sharing company’s 30.7 million users—and attract new ones. She does that through collaborations and glitzy events with celebrities like Cardi B and Demi Lovato, while “being careful to make sure we’
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33 For Financing Cures For Neglected Diseases
Numerous diseases afflict billions but lack good treatments because they are not profitable enough for drugmakers. Cholera, malaria, dengue, and Zika all fall under the “neglected disease” heading, as does river blindness, a parasitic infection. Mark
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62 For Penetrating North Korea’s Iron Curtain
When President Trump emerged from his Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un last June and announced that North Korea had offered to dismantle one of its nuclear sites, the website 38 North used satellite imagery to confirm that deconstruction was underwa
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68 For Easing Reentry After Prison
Elena Sigman DIRECTOR OF COLLABORATIVE LEARNING, JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE’S PRISONER REENTRY INSTITUTE
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51–54 For Rocking The School-house
“Most rock music is used for catharsis,” says OK Go bandleader and video director Damian Kulash. “That’s true for us, too, but our songs’ videos were also being used as teacher’s aids.” They figured, Why not make it official? Last year, the musicians
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35 For Clearing The Air
Michelle Pfeiffer’s new direct-to-consumer perfume company, Henry Rose—which launched in April—is bringing groundbreaking transparency to a stubbornly opaque industry. Henry Rose offers customers the full ingredient list for each of its inaugural fiv
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100 For Creating Lots Of Smart, Funny, And Black Experiences
A former MTV VJ with a master’s degree in African American studies, Amanda Seales uses her platforms to explore the black experience in ways that range from hilarious to humbling. Over the past year she has embarked on a sold-out, 23-city tour for Sm
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50 For Helping Merchants Meet Customers Wherever They Are
Being able to order dinner, buy a shirt, and book a haircut in the span of a train ride home is nirvana for consumers. But for the merchants fielding those digital requests while also trying to run a brick-and-mortar business, it’s a nightmare. Alyss
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98–99 For Bringing More To The Table
Danish design brand Hay has developed a global cult following for its high-quality, affordable furniture and houseware collaborations with designers from all over the world. Hay views manufacturing as crucial to innovation. “We wanted to work with de
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23 For Out-amazoning Amazon
“Koreans work the longest hours in Asia,” says Bom Kim, who lives in Seoul. “The average commute is 58 minutes. The average elementary school student comes home at 10 p.m.” Kim is working to alleviate their stress via the convenience he can offer thr
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70 For Celebrating African Art, On-site
On the day Art X Lagos, West Africa’s first international art fair, opens to the public, Tokini Peter-side likes to hang out by herself and watch visitors explore the art. The entrepreneur launched the three-day event in 2016 to support Nigerian and
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Apple’s Original Sin
“What happens on your iPhone stays on your iPhone.” The message was printed 14 stories high, in simple black and white, on the side of a building at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The proclamation was quintessential Apple: a bold
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31 For Designing A “Forest School” For Orphaned Orangutans
On the island of Borneo, eight young orangutans are the first students in a 247-acre forest school, where orphaned apes learn the skills they need to live independently in the wild. Primatologist Signe Preuschoft, working with the international nonpr
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61 For Using AI Vision To Spot New Cures
Most AI-driven biopharma companies parse available data to find drug molecules that target single proteins believed to underlie a disease. This yields a lot of leads, but few pan out. Recursion Pharmaceuticals generates its own data by running 100,00
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55 For Turning The Catwalk Into A Megaphone
T-shirts that read STOP CALLING 911 ON THE CULTURE. A beaded gown depicting a black father holding his newborn. Designer Kerby Jean-Raymond’s men’s and women’s fashion label, Pyer Moss, has something to say. “My design philosophy focuses on rewriting
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78 For Scaling Cinematic Mountains
Jimmy Chin didn’t set out to make movie history. When he was dangling off Yosemite’s 3,200-foot El Capitan rock face, filming climber Alex Honnold’s attempt at the site’s first ropeless ascent for a documentary called Free Solo, he was just hoping Ho
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26 For rethinking the Rust Belt
Barrie, a city of 150,000, north of Toronto, was facing the same issues as Rust Belt cities south of its border when Jeff Lehman was first elected mayor nine years ago: declining manufacturing, little affordable housing, and a coming opioid crisis. B
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22 For Reviving Coastal Wildlife Block By Block
Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, an Israeli marine biologist, created Econcrete to protect and rejuvenate coastlines and marine life. The low-carbon, bio-enhanced concrete is custom-made for urban waterfronts, port redevelopment projects, and offshore energy p
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88 For Filming Locally
A small film about two friends in Pretoria, South Africa, who use their expertise in botany to create a special strain of weed, became one of the top-performing films at the South African box office in January. Written, directed, and produced by come
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47–48 For Selling Out The Right Way
Peter Lord and David Sproxton have spent 40 years fashioning quirky and indelible Claymation characters such as Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep, reaping more than $1 billion in box-office revenues along the way. They’ve also nurtured a creativ
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80 For Turning Veterans Into Teachers
Veterans have skills that can translate well to leading a classroom. Having conducted multiple studies of a Defense Department–funded program called Troops to Teachers that was congressionally enacted in 1993, longtime education researcher Emily Feis
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The Senses Of Intelligence
With their tenacious and prescient coverage of the beat of innovation, our Fast Company editorial colleagues uncover trends, opportunities, and insights well before they come into focus for so many others. Many of our marketing partners do the same w
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01 For Leading The FBI To Its Biggest Ad-fraud Bust Ever
THIS WAS NO ORDINARY BOTNET. On a February day in 2017, Tamer Hassan was going about his typical work of monitoring advertising-buying and -selling software for potential security issues when he noticed something strange. Hassan, the cofounder and t
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30 For Easing Podcast Listeners’ Pain Points
When Leah Culver started listening to the true-crime dramaSerial,it was because everyone was telling her to. (That, and she was training for a marathon.) But when she finished and began sifting through the glut of nearly 660,000 podcasts to find some
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Business’s Avant-garde
When Fast Company introduced the 100 Most Creative People in Business 10 years ago, it was a watershed. Other business publications ranked individuals by wealth or power, but this publication sought to take stock of something intangible and, as then
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14 For Fully Embracing Contract Workers At Microsoft
Four months after being promoted to general counsel last year, Dev Stahlkopf announced that Microsoft would require all its vendors to provide contract employees who do “substantial work”—from shuttle drivers to food-service workers to receptionists—
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15 For Making Legos From Plants
For 60 years, Lego made its signature building blocks from oil-based plastic. In 2018, the company launched its first pieces made from plant-based plastic, sourced from sugarcane. As one of the leaders of Lego’s larger environmental mission, Tim Broo
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96 For Influencing What Everyone Wears
With a client list that includes Olivia Wilde, Karlie Kloss, Justin Bieber, and Elisabeth Moss, Karla Welch is one of the most powerful—and prolific—stylists in Hollywood. (She dressed 20 people for the 2019 Academy Awards.) But Welch sees her role a
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