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The faces of Chobani: The multibillion-dollar yogurt company's staff hails from more than 15 countries. Almost one in three is an immigrant. Of Chobani's 2,000 employees, 400 are refugees. We photographed some of them for our April 2017 cover story. ⠀

Name: Tiffany Ruiz⠀
Job: Parts Room Clerk⠀
Country of origin: United States⠀

[Photo: @timrichardsontv; Groomer: @rplymate of @artdeptagency; Stylist: @youandiarehere]

When eighth graders play the @nbamathhoops game, they get to assume the role of basketball coaches, using real players’ actual statistics to make decisions about whether a player should take a two-point shot or a corner three. As the kids soon disco­ver, they’re applying math skills they might otherwise have considered boring. “We have a vision for every student to fall in love with every subject through things they already care about,” says @khalil_fuller, CEO of Learn Fresh, the nonprofit that first created a physical edition of the game and is now launching an app version. —Story by Adele Peters⠀

Photo: @cwurzbach

Nearly one in three of @Chobani's 2,000 employees are immigrants, hailing from more than 15 countries. About 400 are refugees. In the past year, founder @hamdi.ulukaya launched a program to give away up to 10% of the company's equity to workers. “You have to lead by example,” he says. “Chobani can inspire a new way of business, a new way of work, a new way of innovation.” Swipe through to see the faces the make up Chobani. (First image is a layered composite of all the people pictured in this slideshow.) [Photo: @timrichardsontv; Groomer: @rplymate of @artdeptagency; Stylist: @youandiarehere]

Developed by @impossible_foods, the Impossible Burger is made from ingredients that yield one-eighth of the greenhouse gases involved in meat production, require 95% less land, and use a quarter of the water. And yet it was designed to mimic every aspect of beef—how it looks, smells, tastes, cooks, and even bleeds. That last part is thanks to the addition of heme, an iron-containing molecule found in blood that enhances the product’s flavor and color. In this case, it’s made through fermentation. Potato and wheat proteins make the burger chewy and juicy, while coconut oil fries like beef fat. —Story by Adele Peters⠀

Illustration: @rich_tu

“The biggest problem with charity is that people don’t trust charity,” says @scottharrison on a winter morning at @charitywater offices in Tribeca. Since founding the organization out of a friend’s living room in Manhattan, Harrison and his growing team have been committed to transparency. When they first started paying for wells, Google Maps had just debuted, so they began tagging each completed project with GPS coordinates, which they uploaded to a public site along with photos and a map. Harrison wanted people to be confident that all of their contributions were going to water projects, so in 2009 he created the Well, a group of dedicated major donors who make multiyear pledges toward overhead. Today, the Well has 118 members and enough reserves to finance nearly two years of operations. —Story by Ben Paynter⠀

Photo: @quesofrito

Shamayim “Shu” Harris is proving that even the most forgotten neighborhood can thrive again. Avalon Village (@theavalonvillage) is a local effort to create a self-sustaining, off-the-grid community in Michigan’s Highland Park, an impoverished city of 10,000 people in the Detroit metro area. Harris and fellow residents are transforming a run-down home into the Homework House, where local kids will be able to gather after school to study. Down the block, shipping containers will become a women-run business hub, a greenhouse will generate fresh produce, and a retention pond will collect rainwater for plumbing. Harris moved to the once-blighted block in 2008, after her 2-year-old son was killed in a hit-and-run near Avalon Street, planning to clean it up in his memory. But property values were low, so Harris decided to buy up the lots—through crowdfunding and seed grants—and turn them into local assets. “Things don’t have to stay the way they were,” Harris says.⠀

—Story by Eillie Anzilotti ⠀

Photo: @beodddierich

To a fish or a seagull, plastic trash in the ocean looks like lunch (to often-deadly results), but this new six-pack ring actually is. Made from beer process waste from breweries or wheat by-products from agriculture, the edible six-pack ring also breaks down in seawater, unlike typical plastic. “The best solution would be no packaging at all, or 100% recyclable behavior from human beings,” says Marco Vega, cofounder of ad firm We Believers, which launched the concept in 2016 as part of a brand-building campaign for Florida-based craft brewer Saltwater Brewery. After massive demand from other breweries, the agency spun off a new company, called E6PR, to begin broader production; consumers will start seeing the rings on shelves this summer. —Story by Adele Peters⠀

Illustration: @tianhua_mao

#E6PR

Up-and-coming R&B star @jovanie uses @Instagram like the teens, which makes sense since he’s only 15-years-old. His feed is a highly-curated place to show off upcoming music, like a new single with Lil Yachty, as well as the videos that put him on Atlantic Records’ radar, like one from when he was 13 where he belted Usher’s “You Got It Bad.”⠀

FC: People compare you to Justin Bieber. Do you want to model your career off his?⠀

Jovanie: I see myself as having my own lane. You have a little bit of who your inspirations are. What made me wanna dance was watching Michael Jackson, James Brown, Fred Astaire. New Edition taught me a lot about the music industry and performing. The people I watched growing up I feel like I have a little part in me. That’s what makes me me as an artist.

#Instagram and stories from users like Jovanie are featured in our April issue. Check it out at FastCompany.com.

Photo: @elizabethrenstrom

From Kurdish shepherd to billionaire CEO: @Chobani founder @hamdi.ulukaya turned milk into gold and created a model for 21st-century leadership. Read our cover story, available on fastcompany.com Monday morning, to see how Ulukaya is winning America's culture war.
Photo: @timrichardsontv

@Amazon stresses that its new automated fulfillment centers actually require more human workers than the old ones did, because the warehouse can store a significantly larger number of products—which all still need people for boxing and general oversight (plus, someone’s got to service those robots when they need repairs). The plant in DuPont, active almost 24/7, employs more than a thousand people full time. At stow station 1405, for instance, I watch a young guy with tattoos, a man bun, and large-gauge flesh-tunnel earrings grab item after item from orange robots, scan each one, and, after the computer gives the green light, send it to be boxed. Over the holiday season, Amazon hired an extra 120,000 workers at centers nationwide to help meet demand. This is what the future of American factory work might look like.

#FCMostInnovative Pictured here: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Photo: #peterhapak

The Drone Racing League is a series of spectacle-filled competitions in which pilots don VR-like headsets (which provide a drone’s-eye view of the course) and zip their souped-up planes through gnarly, neon-lit obstacle courses. @thedroneracingleague held its first official race at the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium at the end of 2015. By the following fall, it had a major sponsor (Bud Light) and deals with three of the world’s top sports networks—ESPN, Sky Sports in the U.K., and Germany’s ProSieben—to broadcast its inaugural 10-episode, five-race season. “You’re seeing TV networks doing things they don’t normally do, in terms of committing to a new sport and growing it into a major spectator [event],” says founder Nicholas Horbaczewski.

#FCMostInnovative

Photo: @tobiashutzlerstudios; Production: Ville Gobi Andersson

@Headspace cofounder @andypuddicombe believes meditation can be a key wellness tool. “It’s our job to get people excited about meditation,” says Puddicombe, whose relaxed British accent pilots users through Headspace courses. “It’s about putting meditation in places where people wouldn’t expect to find it.” Headspace will reach 750 million airline passengers this year through its own in-flight channel on eight airlines, and it’s planning to install phone-booth-size relaxation “pods” in airports and other high-traffic, high-stress areas.

#FCMostInnovative Photo: @alexhoerner

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