"In Ethiopia, we taught local women how to make better nutrition decisions. They'd then share the knowledge; they became conduits. In Washington, D.C., we want to repeat that result with different goals: helping mothers attain education and financial stability."
Lisa Gans, fellow, Fuse Corps, D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative
"We've been working on ImproveSF.com, a digital platform where government is open about the challenges that we face. The first step is being honest with ourselves. Then we invite the public to suggest solutions."
Jay Nath, chief innovation officer, San Francisco
[Illustrations by Brett Affrunti]