Former Stanford reliever pitches personal-finance education through storytelling

Sahil Bloom’s story began with, well, a story.

Tim Cook wearing a suit and tie: Sahil Bloom (right) with one of his mentors, Apple CEO Tim Cook.

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Sahil Bloom (right) with one of his mentors, Apple CEO Tim Cook.

In May, the Weston native and former Stanford baseball pitcher wanted to find a simple, effective way to communicate his knowledge of the financial market to the public in the midst of a tumultuous economy. So he started a Twitter thread for his approximately 500 followers, explaining why the stock market was on its way back up even while unemployment rose to all-time highs.

He used a parable about an Italian market and explained the concept in uncomplicated terms.

“It got picked up by a few accounts … and all of a sudden I had gone from 500 to 1,500 followers, and I kind of thought, ‘Wow, maybe I’m onto something here with simplifying these things with little stories and breaking down these concepts in

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Competition Encourages Use of Geospatial Software to Spread Awareness of Sustainable Development

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have launched the 2020 ArcGIS StoryMaps Competition for the Sustainable Development Goals.

The SDSN is a leading nongovernmental organization (NGO) working to mobilize global scientific and technological expertise for sustainable development. According to the organization’s president, economist Jeffrey Sachs, “Today’s leaders in sustainable development require skills in the rapidly expanding range of geospatial data and GIS tools, as well as the ability to convey geographic information in stories and maps that advance the public understanding.”

Esri’s ArcGIS StoryMaps is one such tool that enables users to integrate maps, data, and other multimedia content with text to tell stories about the world’s greatest challenges and highlight or inspire solutions. Esri and SDSN are inviting both professionals and students to build and submit

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