humanitarian design

Imagine Project: A revolutionary bike rental program for kids

Imagine Project: A revolutionary bike rental program for kids

Isla Rowntree is trying to green the kids’ bike industry, and in the process, this environmentalist is turning her back on the established bike buying model that she helped thrive. For the past

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Tween sews and sells cheerful fabric scrap lovebirds, uses proceeds to send girls to school in Nepal

Tween sews and sells cheerful fabric scrap lovebirds, uses proceeds to send girls to school in Nepal

Never underestimate the power of a good book… or a girl with a plan. When Lily Miller read Malala’s Yousafszai’s memoir in 2014, her eyes were opened to the fact that getting an

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IKEA announces toy drawing competition & debuts soft toy collection created by children all over the world

IKEA announces toy drawing competition & debuts soft toy collection created by children all over the world

Calling all young artists: IKEA just announced their annual Soft Toy Drawing Competition! The competition is an awesome opportunity for little ones (ages 12 and under) to get super-creative with the

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Oregon teen invents groundbreaking bandage that alerts doctors when it needs to be changed

Oregon teen invents groundbreaking bandage that alerts doctors when it needs to be changed

It has often been said that “children are the future,” but more and more, we’re inclined to believe in their abilities to change the status quo right now. Case in point is 13 year-old

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13 year-old genius invents clean energy harvesting device for less than fifteen dollars

13 year-old genius invents clean energy harvesting device for less than fifteen dollars

Thirteen year-old Max Loughan admires Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, yet we wouldn’t be surprised if one day he is famous for being an inventive genius in his own right. Max and his twin brother

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Little Free Pantries help neighbors in need with food and basic essentials

Little Free Pantries help neighbors in need with food and basic essentials

Earlier this year, a Little Free Library popped up near a busy square downtown. We’ve loved borrowing books from the small streetside box and also donating our own so that someone else can have

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Ward + Robes commissions top fashion designers to create a line of stylish hospital gowns to empower teens battling illness

Ward + Robes commissions top fashion designers to create a line of stylish hospital gowns to empower teens battling illness

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Hippo Water Roller helps with the daily, arduous task of water collection for women and children

Hippo Water Roller helps with the daily, arduous task of water collection for women and children

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Organic Nomad pillow-blankets are the ultimate travel accessory for kids

Organic Nomad pillow-blankets are the ultimate travel accessory for kids

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Braille Bricks help blind children learn to read and write through integrated play

Braille Bricks help blind children learn to read and write through integrated play

Learning through play is an important tenet in education. This methodology combines fun, hands-on, and multisensory ways to engage kids in the learning process and get them working together.

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Designer creates special font for people with dyslexia, to make reading & identifying letters easier

Designer creates special font for people with dyslexia, to make reading & identifying letters easier

Dyslexie Font from Dyslexie Font on Vimeo. Growing up a few decades ago, we were taught that people with dyslexia got letters mixed up and often had trouble reading and spelling. Dyslexia is much more

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Mom invents parent-assisted Upsee harness that enables children with disabilities to walk

Mom invents parent-assisted Upsee harness that enables children with disabilities to walk

We’ve been saying for ages that parents are among the best problem-solvers in the world, and the story behind Upsee confirms it. When Debby Elnatan’s second son Rotem was diagnosed with

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9 year-old girl sews bags and fills them with toiletries to give to homeless women in Los Angeles

9 year-old girl sews bags and fills them with toiletries to give to homeless women in Los Angeles

More than 17,000 people in Los Angeles are homeless; and while government bodies struggle with the best way to tackle this issue, a local 9 year-old is taking tangible action to provide necessities for

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The Magic Yarn Project creates handmade princess wigs for children battling cancer

The Magic Yarn Project creates handmade princess wigs for children battling cancer

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Baby boxes are becoming a global phenomenon as safe, portable sleeping spaces for babies

Baby boxes are becoming a global phenomenon as safe, portable sleeping spaces for babies

Are fancy cribs becoming obsolete in favor of utilitarian baby boxes? While we’re sure companies crafting those gorgeous beds for babies shouldn’t start sweating too much, the baby box trend

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10 year-old designs her own superhero-inspired, glitter-shooting prosthetic arm

10 year-old designs her own superhero-inspired, glitter-shooting prosthetic arm

Give a 10 year-old the ability to choose any superhero power and you might be surprised and more than a little amused at her decision: to create a cannon that shoots out glitter at whim. This amazing

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LEGO prosthetic arm for children wins top award

LEGO prosthetic arm for children wins top award

Leave it to a former LEGO intern to come up with a prosthetic arm that encourages kids to build and create using their favorite blocks. Carlos Arturo Torres, who spent time with the LEGO Future Lab

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Father creates app to help parents detect eye cancer in children after his son was diagnosed with retinoblastoma

Father creates app to help parents detect eye cancer in children after his son was diagnosed with retinoblastoma

Noah Shaw was just a little more than three months-old when he was diagnosed with rare tumors in both eyes. He endured a lengthy treatment and had to have his right eye removed, and his father Bryan Shaw

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