On the Ground

Solutions in History

  • Personal hygiene is the practice of keeping your body clean, including your hands. Hygiene has aesthetic and moral (purity) dimensions in addition to health dimensions.1 Dating back to biblical times and beyond, societies have emphasized the importance of cleanliness of both people and the environment. Dirt was negatively construed, moving …

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Envision the Future


Media Review

  • In major western media headlines, we see the stereotypical refugee woman crying, donning a hijab, and holding an infant—the victims of the Syrian civil war. “Syria woman is one that is refugee,” Rula Asad, co-founder and executive director of the Syrian Female Journalists’ Network, told a crowd gathered at the Middle East …

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  • Plastics are seemingly the ideal raw material for toys. They’re relatively inexpensive, easy to clean, durable, and can be molded into just about anything a child’s imagination is capable of cooking up. While wood, textiles, and metals can no doubt still be found in your average toy box, these materials have largely been supplanted …

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  • An unprecedented 65.3 million people around the world are currently displaced, according to the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. More than half of these people live in urban areas. Others are jammed into refugee camps, waiting desperately to go back home one day. Now, designers are working on solutions to improve their lives. In February, UNHCR, […]

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