Safe haven for exiled artists in Paris

“You never knew what could happen. You could get arrested, get killed,” says Lina Aljijakli A large studio in Paris’ 18th arrondissement has become a dedicated workspace for some 150 exiled artists from countries such as Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Iran. It has provided Aljijakli with a sanctuary from where she can express… Lire la suite Safe haven for exiled artists in Paris

Creative pros mentor students from under-represented backgrounds

UK, in journalism, 80 per cent of the top echelon of editors are privately educated, compared to just 18 per cent of Britain’s population. When Isabel Farchy founded the non profit Creative Mentor Network in 2015, this was among the issues she wanted to address: “There are so many creative businesses talking about the importance… Lire la suite Creative pros mentor students from under-represented backgrounds

Baltimore student receives generous fund after asking for heat in classrooms

Samierra Jones couldn’t bear to see the young students at her city schools struggle through their classes in freezing temperatures – so she took to social media with a plea for help. Because the district’s school buildings are already lacking adequate heating systems, this month’s harsh east coast weather conditions forced students to stay bundled… Lire la suite Baltimore student receives generous fund after asking for heat in classrooms

London’s first community fridge launches

Powered by a crowdfunding campaign, London’s first community fridge launched this week in Brixton, south London. The People’s Fridge is a public fridge in which local residents and businesses can leave spare, edible food for those who need it. The People’s Fridge is run by a group of volunteers who want to cut food waste,… Lire la suite London’s first community fridge launches

Woman leaves jackets, sweatshirts around Pasco for homeless

  One woman in Pasco County is on a mission to keep the homeless warm this winter. When it gets cold out, Melissa Cohee gets to work. She’s trying to keep people warm in her own unique way. « Thought this would be a good idea. It’s for anybody who needs it, anybody who wants it.… Lire la suite Woman leaves jackets, sweatshirts around Pasco for homeless

A crowdfunding site for homeless people in the UK

A new crowdfunding platform is helping homeless people train up and get into work. Founded by Alex Stephany, also CEO of JustPark, Beam crowdfunds employment training. It launched with a pilot in September and is backed of The Mayor of London and Nesta, with James Bowen, author of A Street Cat Named Bob as ambassador. Beam partners with more than… Lire la suite A crowdfunding site for homeless people in the UK

Iceland January 1, it’s now illegal to pay male more than women for the same job

On January 1, Iceland implemented a new law that makes it illegal for companies to pay male employees more than women for doing the same job. As a result, Iceland is now the first country in the world to ensure equal pay between men and women. the new legislation mandates that any company or government agency with 25… Lire la suite Iceland January 1, it’s now illegal to pay male more than women for the same job

In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

This spring, Vancouverites may find renting a set of camping equipment as easy as borrowing a book from the library. The Thingery project is a recent initiative launched by Vancouver Tool Library founder Chris Diplock. The first Thingery pilot project was carried out in summer 2016, and Diplock reached agreements over the following months with the city… Lire la suite In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

Tesla just announced six new projects to restore power in Puerto Rico

After Hurricane Maria destroyed much of Puerto Rico earlier this year, Elon Musk was quick to offer Tesla’s services as an energy provider. The largest energy contract in the restoration efforts ultimately went to Whitefish, a small energy company from Montana, but they’ve since halted work. Tesla, however, has remained dedicated to improving energy access… Lire la suite Tesla just announced six new projects to restore power in Puerto Rico