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Welcome to The Spark


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How is virtual reality transforming the lives of veterans living with PTSD? How does advocacy and education empower human trafficking victims to become part of the solution? How can a development project revitalize a historic metropolis?

Hard questions like these inspired The Spark, a new storytelling series from ICF that explores the ways in which incremental steps make big things possible for individuals, communities, and the world.

Read recent articles from The Spark:

Redefining the Art of the Infrastructure Deal: According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), America’s infrastructure is in trouble — the nation earned a paltry D+ grade on ASCE’s 2017 National Infrastructure Report Card. Some areas of the country, however, are setting a positive example: Port Covington, a development project in historic Baltimore, demonstrates the ways in which a shared commitment to better infrastructure can improve job prospects and strengthen communities.

Tackling Hard Conversations about E-Cigarettes: E-cigarette use has taken off among youth, possibly due to a lack of understanding about the potential health risks. Children often turn to their parents or other adult influencers for information about health, which can lead to some difficult questions.

Are you prepared for a conversation with your teen about the risks of e-cigarettes?

The Power of Survivorship: There’s no single profile of a human trafficking victim. Anyone — no matter age, race, religion, or gender — can fall for false promises of love, a good job, or a stable life. And despite their unconscionable situations, most victims don’t realize that’s what they are.

Follow the story of one victim who became a fierce advocate for survivors. And learn how all of us, no matter what area of expertise, can become part of the solution.

Power Dreaming: For many trauma survivors — including almost 120,000 U.S. veterans — this nightmare is their reality. They move from the real horror of war to an infinite loop of virtual horror in their nightmares, with minimal rest and no recovery between.

Our first story, Power Dreaming to Heal a Wounded Reality, explains how virtual reality can help veterans manage nightmares triggered by traumatic stress sustained while serving their countries.