We often get bogged down in the problem we’re trying to solve and one of the best ways to snap out of it is to find inspiration in a completely unrelated context.
We often get bogged down in the problem we’re trying to solve and one of the best ways to snap out of it is to find inspiration in a completely unrelated context. Look at highly innovative approaches that have worked in very different communities or analogous problems in other fields. For example, think about other densely-populated spaces – like music festivals or conventions – and explore how they deal with safety, access to resources or network-building.
Kate Webster, Ph.D. is the Director of Violence Prevention Programs at Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center in Chicago, IL.
"The self-defense we teach at Thousand Waves Martial Arts & Self-Defense Center teaches teens and adults of a
In WASTE LAND by Lucy Walker, Vik Muniz travels to one of the most impoverished areas in the world… Brazil’s Jardim Gramacho garbage dump, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. Through art, world-wide attention, and demonstrating the beauty of
The solution to ending gender-based violence should not be centered around more victims reporting their assaults or changing their behaviors. The focus should be changing our societal culture that promotes sexual violence and condones such behaviors.
Often times it is seen a woman's problem but women aren't the ones doing the rape. In India, it is a deep-rooted cultural issue regardless of what the woman may try to do to protect herself. Men feel they have the right do what they please if they ar
Kiran Bir Sethi shows how her groundbreaking Riverside School in India teaches kids life's most valuable lesson: "I can." Watch her students take local issues into their own hands, lead other young people, even educate their parents.
1) Exploring basic proven safety procedures to see how they could potentially be used (in the ideation phase ) in correlation with other methods to create new and effective safety practices for women.
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The town of Rjukan in Norway is a very dark city, with no direct sunlight.
Rjukan did a great design project to let the sun light the city, called "The Mirror Project". What if we imagine bringing artificial lights in suburbs areas, to make women fe
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