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As a cornerback for the Washington Redskins, Shawn Springs learned more about head trauma than he likely cared to. Football players are often left with horrible medical consequences as a result of their work, and his 13 seasons in the NFL had opened Springs' eyes to the considerable risk.

Now, he's taking action to help solve the problem. His company Windpact works on technology for not just athletes, but soldiers, recreational facilities and other occupations in which people suffer from impacts to the head and body. And he's maklng progress: Windpact recently signed a two-year, $600,000 contract with the U.S. Army to develop padding for combat helmets.

You can read Springs' impressive story at the Columbus Dispatch, here.

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temp-post-imageAs a media executive for ESPN and later Vevo, Amber Laws had achieved success in a competitive and challenging field. But despite her flourishing career, she felt something was missing. She took a leap by applying for Wanderist Life, a program that allows young adults to live in four different countries for a year. She was accepted, and resigned from her job. The experience was a transformational one; upon her return, Laws was able to leverage her experiences from the sports and entertainment business into a high-end marketing boutique consultancy.

To find out how she did it, read the whole amazing Forbes feature here.

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One of the most severe impacts of climate change is the scourge of drought. Drought affects rural farmers' ability to make a living and provide for themselves, and threatens the wider food supply. Solar stills have shown great promise as a way to insure fresh water supplies, but they are typically inefficient. Engineer and social entrepreneur Alessandro Bianciardi has been working on the problem, and has been making immense progress by looking at one of the greatest powers of nature itself: mimicry.

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As many of our followers already know, Billions Rising has long been a supporter of Andrew Gabula and his Joy Orphanage in Uganda. Over the last 14 years, Gabula has built an operation that includes a K-7 primary school, boarding for unplaced orphans and a huge farming operation, all to serve Ugandan children whose parents have died of AIDS. We wrote about his efforts, and Billions Rising Board President Janet Lipsey's visit to his orphanage, here back in March of this year.

We've made assisting organizations like Gabula's our priority, so we were deeply pleased to hear from him last week. It seems the orphanage had just received the dairy goats that he purchased with the foundation's help, and was quick to express his thanks. Writing on ...

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Bipolar disorder affects 5.7 million adults every year, and despite its prevalence, the disorder carries a lamentable stigma. Gabriela Pereira, a published author and successful founder of creative writing startup DIY MFA, is one of them, but she doesn’t accept the stigma part. It shows in her language: where another might say she is bipolar, Pereira is more precise: “I have bipolar.”

Indeed, she claims her disease was the main driver in her decision to leave her nine-to-five job and start a business–albeit in a roundabout way. The medication Pereira required at the time made it impossible for her to drive, so she couldn’t commute, forcing her to take a leave of absence; enter DIY MFA, which teaches writers h...

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Here at Billions Rising, discovering stories of hope and positivity is in our DNA. So when we heard about Alissa Lentz's company HERO Backpack, we knew we had to share her mission. Because she doesn't just sell backpacks: every HERO backpack comes with a HERO card inside telling the story of someone who has made a positive difference in the world. And best of all, ten percent of the firm's profits go to human rights initiatives and equality-focused education programs.

To view the trailblazer's interview with Entrepreneur, click here.

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Going through surgery can be tough on anybody, and for children the experience can be downright terrifying. Charlotte Gould was born with a cleft palate which required several surgeries to repair, so she knows just how hard it can be.

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As a teenager, Francesca Chaney had the dream of opening a vegan café in her neighborhood. She eventually succeeded, opening her restaurant Sol Sips in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn. But challenges were rife, especially in Bushwick, where one in five people are food insecure, and vegan food isn't exactly familiar territory.

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