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Editors' Picks: Our Favorite Fast Company Stories Of 2015

Mark Zuckerberg, Afghanistan, diversity in tech, and more . . .

  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3041147/getting-out-of-afghanistan#!" target="_self">By the time we thought about leaving Afghanistan, we’d been tossing gear into the country for more than a decade. This is the story of how we moved out.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052885/mark-zuckerberg-facebook" target="_self">Facebook is firing on all cylinders. Now Mark Zuckerberg is looking to the decade ahead, from AI to VR to drones.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3052877/techs-big-gender-diversity-push-one-year-in" target="_self">Is anyone making headway on recruiting and retaining more women? Behind the scenes at the world's largest conference for women in tech.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3040832/world-changing-ideas/a-universal-basic-income-is-the-bipartisan-solution-to-poverty-weve-bee" target="_self">What if the government simply paid everyone enough so that no one was poor? It's an insane idea that's gaining an unlikely alliance of supporters.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3052442/what-patagonia-learned-so-far-from-mixing-content-strategy-and-activism" target="_self">Campaigns and Advocacy Director Hans Cole talks about the new doc <em>Jumbo Wild</em>, how the New Localism strategy is evolving, and more.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051541/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/secrets-from-11-of-the-most-productive-people-from-opr" target="_self">We asked Google and Microsoft execs, L.A's mayor, a famous chef, and other ultra-busy professionals how they get so much accomplished. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3049374/solving-inequality/the-story-of-how-income-inequality-has-exploded-in-america" target="_self">Technology, globalization, and political choices all play a role. The current debate is over how much of each. What's at stake is our future.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3050328/most-creative-people/hot-sauce-usa" target="_self">Where once was Tabasco, there is now Sriracha, Cholula, and Gochujang. This is what the condiment aisle says about American consumers. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046890/the-inside-story-of-starbuckss-race-together-campaign-no-foam" target="_self">Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz has always tried to do right by his company, his customers, and his country. So why did Race Together go so wrong?<br />
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  • <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. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3046299/the-new-rules-of-work/this-is-the-future-of-college" target="_self">It's not the death of higher education, but college as we've known it will be forced to undergo some dramatic changes in the next decade. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcodesign.com/3054533/our-14-best-design-longreads-of-2015#1" target="_self">From how <em>Star Wars</em> toys get designed to the power of the type, here are the best longform stories we wrote all year. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3044284/bring-it-on" target="_self">How HBO's quest to win the streaming wars became a binge-worthy drama as juicy as <em>Game of Thrones</em>. </a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3049569/has-this-man-unlocked-the-secret-to-internet-anonymity" target="_self">Jonathan Hirshon kept his photo off the Internet for 20 years. Now he's rallying the troops to hack Facebook and Google facial recognition. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3051589/secrets-of-the-most-productive-people/the-key-to-oprah-winfreys-success-radical-focus" target="_self">After revamping her once-struggling TV channel, OWN, Oprah Winfrey has figured out how to make time for the projects she cares about most. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3054404/behind-this-strikingly-prescient-homeland-season-with-producer-lesli-linka-glatter" target="_self">The executive producer and director talks about undercover meetings with intelligence experts, Quinn's epic ISIS speech, and more.</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3053946/how-netflixs-jessica-jones-captures-the-comic-its-based-on-and-how-it-doesnt" target="_self">The Marvel/Netflix partnership got dark in its follow-up to <em>Daredevil</em>—but how does that fit with the initial tone of the character?</a></p>
  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3036356/yahoo-is-killing-its-web-directory-and-with-it-a-little-bit-of-the-internets-soul" target="_self">One of the most important sites of the web's first era is about to go offline. Here's a better suggestion. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcoexist.com/3054441/9-ways-ge-executed-its-radical-green-reinvention" target="_self">With Ecomagination, GE bet big on efficiency and clean energy. A decade later, it's made $200 billion, and is driving the future of the company.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3040889/the-untold-story-of-the-invention-of-the-game-cartridge" target="_self">How a forgotten company's 1970s technical breakthrough launched a billion-dollar business and helped spawn a new creative medium. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3044283/the-messy-business-of-reinventing-happiness" target="_self">Inside Disney's radical plan to modernize its cherished theme parks.<br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcompany.com/3048163/in-cuba-an-underground-network-armed-with-usb-drives-does-the-work-of-google-and-youtube" target="_self">In a country nearly devoid of Internet access, the weekly distributors of <em>El Paquete</em> create a window to online content. <br />
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  • <p><a href="http://www.fastcocreate.com/3050420/behind-the-brand/how-under-armour-uses-a-scrappy-outsider-will-to-get-what-it-wants" target="_self">Senior vice president of global brand marketing Adrienne Lofton on how the brand's marketing strategy has evolved through explosive growth.</a></p>

The gifts have been gifted. The in-laws are gone. It's time to relax. We've compiled a list of our favorite Fast Company longreads that you may have missed during this long and busy year. So, in this blissful time between merry madness and the start of 2016, read about Mark Zuckerberg's plans for the future of Facebook, the U.S.'s challenge of getting out of Afghanistan, the state of tech's gender-diversity push, or—for something lighter—what the condiment aisle says about current American demographics in Hot Sauce, USA.

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