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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046741/why-did-wu-tangs-rza-just-join-this-bluetooth-speaker-company#1" target="_self">More than a celebrity endorsement, RZA's new partnership with Boombotix gives him a hands-on role in product development.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3045140/rebranding-pot/take-a-pungent-tour-inside-san-franciscos-top-marijuana-dispensaries" target="_self">Join us behind the green door for a peek at three of the world's best-designed pot shops.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040827/world-changing-ideas/the-world-changing-ideas-of-2015" target="_self">14 of the most important trends, theories, and inventions that are going to re-shape business, society, and the planet in the year to come.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3045896/today-in-tabs/today-in-tabs-may-you-go-fourth-and-prosper" target="_self">Is your girlfriend a horse? Read on to find out!</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3051451/infographic-of-the-day/the-pachinko-machine-of-your-probable-death" target="_self">Nathan Yau's life expectancy simulator makes one thing clear: don't book plans after 80.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052278/behind-the-brand/the-blurring-of-art-machines-and-vodka-at-industry-city-distillery#14" target="_self">“We make booze to pay for art and science,” says the cofounder of the New York-based vodka maker.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3042339/most-creative-people/what-a-sober-6-am-rave-can-do-for-you" target="_self">We go inside Daybreaker to see why throngs of young office dwellers are flocking to pre-dawn sober raves.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3049240/most-creative-people/inventing-a-retail-job-that-doesnt-suck" target="_self">For Enjoy, keeping the tech experts who deliver and set up your gadgets happy isn't incidental--it's the business model.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3050691/solving-inequality/the-biggest-and-boldest-ideas-for-how-to-stop-rising-inequality" target="_self">Achieving a more fair society is a defining challenge of our time. In 12 stories, we present an in-depth look at the scope of the issue and the radical, creative, and smart solutions at hand.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048309/most-creative-people/the-accidental-surprising-thriving-artisanal-incubator#5" target="_self">Essential entrepreneurial advice from three women fighting burnout, Brooklyn, and bros to build personal, passion-fueled businesses.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048309/most-creative-people/the-accidental-surprising-thriving-artisanal-incubator#5" target="_self">Essential entrepreneurial advice from three women fighting burnout, Brooklyn, and bros to build personal, passion-fueled businesses.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3047268/my-creative-life/how-a-hairstylists-hilarious-game-of-thrones-recaps-killed-the-competition" target="_self"><em>Funny or Die</em>'s <em>Gay of Thrones</em> has grown a cult fan base by keeping it simple--and, yes, funny.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3047268/my-creative-life/how-a-hairstylists-hilarious-game-of-thrones-recaps-killed-the-competition" target="_self"><em>Funny or Die</em>'s <em>Gay of Thrones</em> has grown a cult fan base by keeping it simple--and, yes, funny.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046772/tech-forecast/why-online-harassment-is-still-ruining-lives-and-how-we-can-stop-it" target="_self">The Supreme Court may have just made it harder to prosecute online threats, but there's still much that can be done to fight harassment online.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048795/most-creative-people/the-journey-from-inmate-to-entrepreneur" target="_self">Is entrepreneurship an answer to America's high recidivism rate? <em>Fast Company</em> explores one man's path from prison to self-sufficiency.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3047262/most-creative-people/from-high-school-calculus-straight-to-a-job-at-ibm-meet-the-first-gradu" target="_self">School leaders and industry partners are reinventing vocational education for low-income students. Can the new model work?</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/section/creative-calendar" target="_self">Creative Calendar</a>, a Monthly Series on CoCreate <a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3047972/creative-calendar/your-creative-calendar-74-things-to-do-see-and-hear-this-july" target="_self">highlighting upcoming movie and shows worth taking a look</a>. This Mash up is for the month of <a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3047972/creative-calendar/your-creative-calendar-74-things-to-do-see-and-hear-this-july" target="_self">July 2015</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3046428/4-cities-that-are-getting-rid-of-all-of-their-garbage" target="_self">Achieving "zero waste" might seem impossible, but these cities have implemented plans that are getting them very close. Now it's time for the rest of the world to follow along.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3047849/meet-the-savvy-businessman-behind-the-grateful-deads-final-shows#2" target="_self">How did a college kid named Peter Shapiro turn a no-budget music documentary into an empire? It has a lot to do with Jerry Garcia and Co.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3049309/the-worlds-best-whisky-goes-to-outer-space" target="_self">You're not still drinking Earth-aged whisky, are you?</a></p>
  • <p>Outtake from an unpublished Item: Powrplnt is a "collaboratory" where digital artists and regular people come together to break down the barriers of gentrification.</p>
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046685/most-creative-people/the-5-billion-battle-for-the-american-dinner-plate" target="_self">How boxed-meal companies like Blue Apron, HelloFresh, and Plated will change the way we eat.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3041110/most-creative-people/sending-a-handwritten-letter-is-now-as-easy-as-using-gmail" target="_self">But does a note in your handwriting done by a bot look like it's sent from uncanny valley? We test out letter-writing company Bond to see.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3050579/today-in-tabs/today-in-tabs-sunglasses-advil" target="_self">Last month was mad real.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3047964/the-recommender/intimate-and-amazing-photos-from-yesterdays-historic-new-york-city-gay-pride#2" target="_self">As SCOTUS ordered: Love is love.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3047964/the-recommender/intimate-and-amazing-photos-from-yesterdays-historic-new-york-city-gay-pride#2" target="_self">As SCOTUS ordered: Love is love.</a></p>

Fast Company's photo team hit the streets this year in search of fresh, compelling stories about creative inspiration and business as a force for positive change.

Some highlights? We met with Wu-Tang Clan's RZA
to talk about his new partnership with Boombotix. We went behind the scenes at three of the world's best-designed pot shops. We traveled to Boston to meet with former inmates on a new path, and talk about whether entrepreneurship is an answer to America's high recidivism rate.

We met with supermodel Karlie Kloss to talk about her new YouTube channel, and took a hard look at trends in the $5 billion boxed-meal category.

You can also see our favorite photos from the magazine in 2015 here. Finally, it was Fast Company's 20th anniversary, and we celebrated with our first-ever Innovation Festival in New York; if you missed it, you can see some memorable moments here. Together, these photos and illustrations represent the width and breadth of the innovative companies and creative people that make up Fast Company's world.

Slideshow Credits: 01 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 02 / Photo: McNair Evans; 03 / Illustration: Justyn Iannucci; 04 / Illustration: Maja Saphir; 05 / Illustration: Dan Salo; 06 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 07 / Photo: Joel Arbaje; 08 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 09 / Illustration: Eric Chow; 10 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 11 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 12 / Photo: Jonathan Snyder; 13 / Photo: Jonathan Snyder; 14 / Illustration: David Cowles; 15 / Photo: Matthew Monteith; 16 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 17 / Illustration: Joel Arbaje; 18 / Illustration: Dan Salo; 19 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 20 / Illustration: Dan Salo; 21 / Photo: Joel Arbaje; 22 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 23 / Illustration: Kyle Bean; 24 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 25 / Illustration: Maja Saphir; 26 / Photo: Celine Grouard; 27 / Photo: Celine Grouard;

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