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Big Idea Series

Faculty members of the Sanford School are working on some of the most complex issues in the world today. Read more about current research in these multimedia stories.

Anirudh Krishna standing, the words "the Big Idea", Images that look like the game Chutes and Ladders on the edge 02.15.2019

Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Poverty: Ladders, Traps and Windows

Two central questions drive Anirudh Krishna’s research into poverty: why do some poor people escape poverty and others do not, and why do some well-off people fall into poverty?

Judith Kelley on the cover of the Big Idea 01.07.2019

Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Scorecard Diplomacy

Using data to rate countries doesn't just help us understand their behavior, it actually changes it.  

Ken Dodge on the cover of the Big Idea 01.07.2019

Multimedia Feature: The Big Idea - Preventing Violence

How can we prevent children from growing up to kill each other?