In the next issue of Pacific Standard, we’ll unveil our annual list of the 30 top thinkers under 30—the brightest young minds currently at work in the social and behavioral sciences. Our profiles of these rising luminaries anticipate the problems of tomorrow and highlight the progress of a new generation as it works toward promising—and exciting—solutions. Our 2016 list includes a young scholar working to combat labor exploitation among immigrant children; an astrophysicist who brings his expertise to bear on national security and alternative energy; a young woman who is re-inventing what school boards are capable of; data analysts at work on solar innovation and climate change; and a prodigy who wrote the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report on LGBTI refugees in Africa. These thinkers comprise immigrants, children of immigrants, and a variety of problem-solvers who have emerged from deep poverty to help others to do the same. Whether they’re writing laws, founding non-governmental organizations, starting their own businesses and consultancies, or re-educating populations about migration and climate change, these are the people you need to watch to understand what tomorrow holds.
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