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Know A Hero: His Name Is Mechai Viravaidya, But You Can Call Him Mr. Condom

A round of applause for Mechai Viravaidya! No, really. The guy's a genius. Since the 1970s, he's been raising the standard of living in Thailand through bold and innovative programs in family planning and poverty reduction — and the results are remarkable. But perhaps the way he's done it is the greatest part of all. Hint: It involves taxi drivers, balloons, monks, Coca-Cola, and laughter.

Know A Hero: His Name Is Mechai Viravaidya, But You Can Call Him Mr. Condom
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One little girl took pictures of her school lunches. The Internet responded — and so did the school.

If you listened to traditional news media (and sometimes social media), you'd begin to think the Internet and technology are bad for kids. Or kids are bad for technology. Here's a fascinating alternative idea.

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This article originally appeared on 03.31.15

Kids can innovate, create, and imagine in ways that are fresh and inspiring — when we "allow" them to do so, anyway. Despite the tendency for parents to freak out because their kids are spending more and more time with technology in schools, and the tendency for schools themselves to set extremely restrictive limits on the usage of such technology, there's a solid argument for letting them be free to imagine and then make it happen.

It's not a stretch to say the kids in this video are on the cutting edge. Some of the results he talks about in the video at the bottom are quite impressive.

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