humanitarian design

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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Carry the Future collects and hand-delivers baby carriers to refugee families

Carry the Future collects and hand-delivers baby carriers to refugee families

Just because the refugee crisis in Europe and the Middle East isn’t dominating the front page of every newspaper at the moment doesn’t mean that it’s not a hugely pressing, alarming,

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Libromat combines laundry & literacy, enabling families in South Africa to bond over books and get a break from hand-washing clothes

Libromat combines laundry & literacy, enabling families in South Africa to bond over books and get a break from hand-washing clothes

In certain parts of South Africa, mothers and caregivers spend more than 9 hours each week hand-washing clothes. A team of young social entrepreneurs from Oxford University believes that these

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The Nifty cup is a smart feeding solution for newborns with lip and mouth deformities

The Nifty cup is a smart feeding solution for newborns with lip and mouth deformities

Many newborns have trouble nursing due to a tongue or lip tie that interferes with their ability to properly latch, either at the breast or on a baby bottle, and more severe conditions such as a cleft

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16 year-old invents baby carrier wheelchair so disabled mother can stroll with her newborn

16 year-old invents baby carrier wheelchair so disabled mother can stroll with her newborn

Choosing the “right” stroller for a new baby often seems like a daunting task, and mom-to-be Sharina Jones had a unique requirement: the stroller needed to be wheelchair-friendly. Jones, a

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Croatian ‘Lighten the Load’ campaign provides baby slings for Syrian refugee parents

Croatian 'Lighten the Load' campaign provides baby slings for Syrian refugee parents

Every parent knows firsthand that babies, no matter how small, can get surprisingly heavy to carry after just a short period of grocery shopping, going for a walk, or even getting things done around the

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