Nathan Barclay is a pianist with intellectual disabilities.
He began playing the piano when he was five years old and without reading sheet music he learned to memorize and play songs by ear.
Master of Keys is Nathan’s piano playing name and fans of his can find him at the St. Paul Menards on Saturday afternoons performing for customers. He also entertains at a local senior center and is available for hired gigs.
Nathan is a shining example about the potential that people with disabilities have in our society.
John Long is on a mission to lessen the political divide in the United States with his mobile news app Gnomi.
Gnomi offers transparent, simple and clear slant grading of top news articles. John employs a proprietary grading system that combines human graders, algorithms and machine learning to produce an objective and true slant on news articles.
He hopes this new found transparency in news media will provide citizens with a better understanding of current issues, lessen the political divide amongst those with different views and produce a feeling of safety for all to voice their opinions.
Thirty three percent of older US adults describe themselves as chronically lonely. James Falvey is helping to change that in the Twin Cities.
James is the executive director of Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) Minneapolis, a non-profit that is part of a national network of volunteer-based organizations committed to relieving isolation and loneliness among the elderly.
The organization was founded by a French nobleman Armand Marquiset in 1946 after World War II. He was dedicated to serve isolated and lonely older adults who had lost their families in the war.
Today, LBFE has a chapter in nine countries throughout the world and seven in the United States.