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It’s hard to predict a disruptive technology. It’s even harder to predict disruptive technology when the industry in question produces a ubiquitous tool.

How do you possibly disrupt plastic?

From grocery bags and food wrappers to Amazon packaging and the household items we use on a daily basis, plastic is so omnipresent that it would take something truly brilliant — and some help from the government — to replace it.

The Tipping Point

With every passing day, the plastic pipeline does more and more damage to the world around us. It’s borne of one of the most environmentally harmful industries — oil —…

Mount Washington, NH // Anna Repp

There’s something about physical movement that takes a lot of soul. A lot of commitment.

I don’t think running, hiking, or climbing are “comfortable” hobbies. But you’re not going to get to the top of a mountain by being comfortable. You have to commit to the discomfort to get to something greater.

You end up asking: How far will I go? How much discomfort can I take before you quit? What am I wanting to achieve?

Usually, my answers quantify in distances and mile times. On summer weekends in the White Mountains, they come to me in elevation gain.


An aerial photo of Fredericksburg, VA, which includes the downtown area and the Rappahannock river.
Photo credit: Harlow Chandler

In a lot of ways, I’ve spent life living in the future: dreaming about my next move, my next adventure, my next epiphany. For me, college has been a space for me to be malleable, shifting from one experience to the next—transitioning from city to city, apartment to apartment, and major to major. I’ve discovered pieces of myself where I least expected them, whether I was living in Montreal, Arizona, or Boston. I have realized that the process teaches as much as I wish to learn.

I always hoped I’d get here someday, self-actualizing and surrounded by people who would…

Anna Repp, GovSight business strategist. (Chris Repp)

GovSight is a non-profit technology and news company which was formed in 2019. In our weekly GovSight Diaries series, we share the stories of our challenges and successes in hopes that others can learn from our accomplishments and struggles.

This story on GovSight.

On the day the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage was legal, I was 16 at journalism camp in Washington, D.C.

I had never considered that maybe one day, I could get married too. The world split open in front of me.

The law students at the intensive program I was in went to the steps of…

Stay-at-home orders have kept Congress from being able to vote together to allow voting at home. (angela n./Flickr)

For Congress, the pandemic hasn’t just diverted attention. It’s diverted power structures and decision-making back to the White House.

The checks and balances system that Congress supports by nature of their meetings has been put on hold. Instead, President Donald Trump is taking over much of the proceedings.

Trump did this even before the pandemic shut down regular life, most notably in his decision to declare a national emergency and bypass congressional confirmation for construction on a border wall. Recently, he vacillated about disbanding the coronavirus task force until he was met with major pushback. And since then, he ousted…

Supreme Court. (Mario A.P./Flickr)

S.C.O.T.U.S., returning from their postponement of cases, is officially in decision season — albeit over the phone.

They’ve had to adapt their methods of hearing cases, now conducting arguments over the phone, but business continues (almost) as usual for the Supreme Court. Here’s the latest on their highest-profile cases.

N.Y.C. gun rights


The LGBTQIA+ community already faces significant challenges, but this development is particularly harrowing in the face of a pandemic.

The LGBTQIA+ community faces additional resistance as President Donald Trump moves to rewrite legislation that protects people from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity while receiving health care.

The Trump administration moved to rewrite part of the Affordable Care Act which prohibits said discrimination. The revision would strike down protections primarily for transgender people and allow health care workers to deny care based on religious or moral opinion. …

Jared Kushner. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

It’s been dubbed a “shadow task force” by some White House officials, since meetings and email communications are entirely private.

Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House advisor, has been running his own COVID-19 task force behind the scenes.

And that’s about all he wants you to know.

The team, comprised of his personal allies and private sector representatives, was initially pursuing expanded testing in hotspot areas, including Seattle and New York City. …

Richard Burr. (United States Congress/Public domain)

Reports showed multiple senators allegedly sold millions of dollars worth of stock just before news of the COVID-19 pandemic broke.

Senator Richard Burr, R-N.C., resigned from his chair of the Intelligence Committee after the Federal Bureau of Investigation seized his phone in investigation into stocks he sold at the onset of the coronavirus outbreak.

Sens. Jim Risch of Idaho, Marco Rubio of Florida and Susan Collins of Maine are next in line to take over his chair, despite leading their own committees.

Burr allegedly advised private donors of the severe potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic then let go of…

Oil well. (Ryan Lackey/Flickr)

The coronavirus pandemic has squashed demand and prices of oil, a significant stakeholder in economic stability.

Saudi Arabia Crown Price Mohammed bin Salman and Russian President Vladimir Putin, leading an effort with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, agreed to scale back oil production amid reduced need.

Saudi Arabia will decrease its typical 12 million barrels by 3.3 million barrels a day; Russia will axe 2 million barrels from its normal 10.4 million barrels a day.

The agreement was made in an effort to restore oil prices and correct the subsequently upset economic equilibrium. Oil prices plummeted recently due…

Anna Repp

Asking questions, seeking answers. Northeastern ‘21.

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