Government by the (Connected) People

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On an otherwise reasonable evening in July, more than 1,000 people packed an auditorium in Boulder, Colorado, for the culmination of the 2014 Unreasonable Institute. They came to see 11 ventures present their […]

We’re Just Getting Started

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“There has never been a better time in the whole history of the world to invent something. There has never been a better time with more opportunities, more openings, lower barriers, higher benefit/risk ratios, better returns, greater upside, than now.”

How Mango Seeds Help Chicken Farmers Cut Costs by a Third

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With feed prices accounting for up to 70 percent of Nigerian chicken farmers’ overhead, a simple move to UNFIRE feed can mean a 35 percent reduction in overall costs.

Mentor Others

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Go out and mentor someone. Even if you think you’re too young or inexperienced, or that you don’t have anything to give quite yet, trust me—there is always someone a step (or more) behind you who will learn an incredible amount from you.

He Builds Houses out of Recycled Plastic

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Russian startup Plastica recycles 10 percent of all plastic waste in the million-person city of Volgograd, Russia, where it is based, and turns that plastic into enough bricks, paving tiles, and roof tiles for four homes per month.

We’re Heading into a Jobless Future

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No matter what the jobs of the future are, they will surely require greater skill and education, since robots will be able to do all the grunt work like manufacturing our goods and driving our cars.

Their Radical Idea for Transforming High School: Trusting High Schoolers

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Ustvarjalnik brings entrepreneurs to high school classrooms and engages students with open-ended assignments aimed at solving real-world challenges. (One example: “Go get your picture taken with the mayor.”)

A Most Relaxing Way to Help a Village

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Watch Yellow Leaf Hammocks co-founder Joe Demin talk about the 600-mile taxi ride that led to his company, which is creating sustainable jobs for Thailand’s hill tribe communities—by selling some of the most comfortable hammocks in the world!

Eight Key Lessons from the 2014 Unreasonable Institute


The fifth Unreasonable Institute has come and gone. We have since synthesized what we learned and are already sharpening our offerings for our next few programs. Here’s a look at what we learned and what we need to improve.

His Competitive Advantage? Employees With Autism

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Rising Tide Carwash co-founder and COO Tom D’Eri explains how his company has made a competitive advantage out of the fact that 80 percent of its workforce has autism.