The Big Story

Longform feature stories by the industry's best writers.


Kick a ball, turn on a light: Can soccer solve one of the globe's intractable problems?

Four Harvard University women created a soccer ball that generates electricity for use in off-grid areas of the world. It is having a powerful impact.


Bypassing traditional shipping methods through travelers' good will

"Crowdshipping" is a new and less expensive way to ship goods through travelers connecting online. But if something goes wrong, who is held responsible?


Fourth Estate 2.0 puts innovation above the fold

Non-profit news organizations develop new ways to tell a story and play watchdog, while tech gurus now share the bylines. Is the future of news already here?