Europe is supposed to be one of the safest places for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/transsexual and intersexed (LGBTI) people to live. Nevertheless, LGBTI refugees still often suffer abuse. Could different housing options change their fates?
Whether in Guatemala, Senegal, Italy or Germany: Around the globe, migrant and low-income communities are supporting each other through self-managed savings and loans groups.
How fintech could save us from the next financial breakdown.
How to put an end to financial crises: taking the power to generate money away from the banks.
Residents in the Chiemgau District in Germany are printing their own money – and as such backing the local economy.
Now is the time to take action on the refugee crisis and move past the usual, useless blather, says Joséphine Goube, Expert on Immigration for the European Commission.
Since October, a floating island has offered a safety zone to refugees in distress at sea: complete with food, life buoys and solar-powered emergency telephones.
When the Argentinian government declared it had lowered its poverty rate below that of Germany social media users responded with sarcasm and mockery.
Interview with the first space architect, Galina Balaschova, who designed the interiors of the famous Mir & Sojus space stations.
The Ukranian “Prosot Neva” magazine is sold by the homeless on the streets of Lviv. With contributions from well-known Ukrainian authors, it is a respected cultural magazine with a following of loyal readers.
A Dutch volunteer organisation is placing refugees in private homes where they enjoy the warmth of family life instead of the impersonal anonymity of life in a huge centre.
Recycling construction waste and reviving traditional building techniques: Shams Ard studio showcases what local and sustainable architecture can mean in Palestine.
In February, the first nomadic design museum in the Dharavi slum in Mumbai has open its doors to honour local craftsmanship.
How a dentist from Guatemala convinced his government to send him into space – with faked certificates and doctored photos.
Many praise big data as the panacea for more efficiency, security, transparency and improving communities in large cities. To date this universal remedy has been rather abstract. The applications developed by Berlin start-up Ally demonstrate the concrete advantages of big data for citizens.
An abandoned brewery site near the very heart of Australia’s largest city has been reborn, and it’s becoming the toast of the town.
Ahead of the UN climate summit, artists have installed over 600 artworks criticizing the corporate takeover of the talks.
Next time you travel to Vienna, consider booking your room at the Magdas Hotel, Europe’s first hotel run by refugees.
The world’s refugees’ struggle for survival comes alive in a new videogame.
90s, born around 1980 and now enjoying the best years of your working life. And just the right age to realize your dreams. We talked to Scilla Elworthy about how and why Generation Y will influence world events.
Active citizens in West São Paulo have revitalized a square to create a small oasis in the middle of the city.
Can a hospital be targeted if the enemy is inside and targeting you? Get the answer in this brand new quiz app and test your knowledge of the Laws of Armed Conflict.
The infotainment app Newspeak invites players to critically assess media language by asking them to identify which story is real.
In the computer game Slum Challenge, Europeans can immerse themselves in life in a Philippine slum from a first-person shooter and wander through real film sequences.
How mobile phone games, comic strips, crowdsourcing, and virtual candidates shook up Indonesia’s presidential election.
Encrypted communications, drug deals on the web, propaganda per Facebook: The younger generation is driving the digitalisation of the Mexican drug cartels.
Crowdsourcing for freedom of speech: Digital platforms honour journalists and activists who have been silenced by the authorities.
In Mexico, family members of kidnapping victims are using new techniques to locate their loved ones.
Sometimes it’s better to do nothing: How Erdem Gündüz kindled a protest movement with his hands in his pockets.
During the Egyptian revolution, Cairo’s walls became newspapers of resistance. Mural artist Ammar Abo Bakr tells their story - a story of power, politics and revolutionary fight.
Can social media keep women from being harassed? This was the aim of the Egyptian start-up HarassMap when founded 4 years ago. We talked to women in Egypt: Did it actually help them?
Do you think that a crisis can make people more creative? It does!
Here's the proof: the mood in Athens, Greece might be bad but the creativity in street art explodes.
A photo story on the invisible heroes of the “Comuna 8” district in Medellín.
Havanas’s unique agricultural infrastructure today provides an exemplary precedent that could be applied worldwide.
Plumbing and sewage treatment aren’t the sexiest of pursuits, but innovative approaches are changing cities from their innards out.
The reality of daily life for Palestinians is complex. But the initiative Visualizing Palestine took on the challenge of spreading the word, making “creative visuals to describe a factual rights-based narrative of Palestine/Israel”.
These days tourists want to see the other side of Rio: the poverty in the favelas.
It has often been said that if you can make it in Lagos, you can survive anywhere. Explore Nigeria's buzzing capital and find out: would you make it in Lagos?
You think you can’t change the world all by yourself? Then the “Wonderful” initiative in Ukraine is proving you wrong! The actions taken by these young people are changing the urban landscape of Kiev.
When asked to name three wishes, Patrick Condon says he'd like people to think in a more complex way, for global warming deniers to burn in hell, and that we had less money to spend. He has spent his lifetime investing in sustainable city design and found some simple but effective answers for how to reduce greenhouse gases.
A new approach to transform traffic in big cities: the SkyCycle, a bike highway above the city.
"Lima is horrible", Peruvians say. The city is chaotic and full of ugly architecture and informal housing. But some young architects already have new plans up their sleeves…
The Fez Tá Pronto company is creating something that many think impossible: inexpensive, well-located and good quality apartments in Brazil’s cities.
Lagos produces ten-thousand tons of waste every day. The start-up "Wecyclers" provides a fleet of cyclists that act as mobile recycling collectors in the poorer areas of the town.
Orwell’s 1984 has become reality today. But why?
Would you expect that Afghanistan's first graffiti artist is female? We talked to Shamsia Hassani about graffiti and her home country in Afghanistan.
An inspiring graphic novel about the life of Jewish boxer Hertzko Haft who survived the WWII death camp because he won the boxing fights organized by the SS.
Metro Manila, the metropolitan region around the Philippine’s capital, is in a constant state of change. Traffic is a particular problem for Manila’s over 11 million inhabitants.