the Ideas Box

Discover a portable media center, unique in its kind, and learn about how you can support the program or acquire your own Ideas Box!

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Humanitarian situations

A unique device, the Ideas Box enables access to information, education and culture for populations emerging from humanitarian crisis situations. 

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Vulnerable Populations

The Ideas Box is a great tool for vulnerable populations with little or no access to culture everywhere, including in developed countries.

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Education & creativity

A powerful tool for reinforcing education and stimulating creativity among students in and out of school, the Ideas Box has been selected by the WISE accelerator.

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Twenty Ideas Box for peace in Colombia

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and French President François Hollande launch the "mobile libraries for peace." Crédit : Efraín Herrera – SIG Librarie...

Why we decided to keep working in Moria camp in Lesbos despite recent controversy

After the March 20th agreement between the European Union and Turkey, the majority of the large humanitarian organizations withdrew from the Moria Camp in Les...

Walter: Refugee, Computer Engineer…and Ideas Box Facilitator!

  Last March, when we arrived at the Eleonas refugee camp in Athens with the Ideas Box, one man got involved in the maintenance and use of the portable ...

The Ideas Box is a WISE Awards finalist for 2016!

On May 4th, the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) announced this year's finalists for the WISE Awards. Fifteen innovating projects offering concret...

« I’m in Germany ! »

Ali is 12 years old. He has already crossed ten countries and had more difficulties than any European traveler would have to face. He crossed these countries ...

A ferry on the way to Lesbos

What is a crisis? Is it when daily life is marked by abnormal situations in which absurdity and violence take place and change our lives? A crisis and its man...

In Eleonas, the adults are the ones seizing coloured pencils and felt pens

Since Macedonia closed its borders with Greece last Sunday, and following the intensification of European border control policies, hundreds of refugees have f...

Every blog starts with a first post, a first page to write...

Early in 2016, Libraries Without Borders started the Ideas Box, a large-scale program in Europe, along the route of refugees. In this context, we invite you t...

The Ideas Box now in Detroit!

On Monday, November 30th, Libraries Without Borders and officials of the Detroit Mayor's Office and the Detroit Public Library network officially launched a p...

The Ideas Box launched in Taverny and Argenteuil!

For its third experimental programming phase in Ile-de-France, from November to December the Ideas Box will be installed at the Welcome and Orientation Center...

Michelle Obama visits the Ideas Box!

One year after its official selection at the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), the Ideas Box along with Libraries Without Borders was in...

The Ideas Box at the Centre Pompidou in Paris!

Tuesday November 3rd, 2015, Libraries Without Borders participated in the launch of Social Good Week, a French organization intended to find ways to use the I...

Funding and community workshop at the Ideas Box in Burundi

This week, from October 26th to October 30th, a funding and community building workshop was held at the Ideas Box in Burundi. This scaling up working brought ...

Damas, Tanzanian refugee and Ideas Box facilitator

Damas NTAKIRUTIMANA is a 28 year old Tanzanian refugee who lives in the Musenyi integrated rural village in Burundi. After obtaining his humanities diploma...

Calais: First French City to have an Ideas Box!

On Friday October 9th, Patrick Kanner, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports, Natacha Bouchart, the mayor of Calais, and Patrick Weil, President of Libra...

Libraries Without Borders in France has been selected as one of the winners of the Google Impact Challenge!

  Yesterday, Libraries Without Borders in France won the Google Impact Challenge after a night full of surprises at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. ...

The Ideas Box and LWB invited to the European Parliament

From September 28th to 30th, 2015, Libraries Without Borders was invited by deputy Sylvie Guillaume, Vice President of the European Parliament, to the seat of...

The Ideas Box mobilises designers!

The Ideas Box mobilises designers! On Wednesday, September 16th, 23 design and industry professionals got together for the Scale Up workshop for Rationalis...

The Ideas Box around the world

Libraries Without Borders had the privilege of having His Excellency Mr. Gerrit van Rossum, the French Ambassador to Burundi, visit the Musasa Refugee Camp in the N'Gozi province where he was able to get a tour of the Ideas Box.

On June 4th, the Ambassador was accompanied by a small staff of French delegates and was hosted by a coordinator from Burundi's National Office of Protection of Refugees and the Stateless (ONPRA), the Burundi Governor's chief advisor, and a local UNHCR representative. The Ambassador was able to see and learn about the work done for the past several weeks by LWB in promoting access to culture, books, and new technology for the refugee population.

Maurice, LWB's head coordinator of the Ideas Box in Musasa, presented each unit of the box, the function and usefulness of the tablets and e-readers, and the variety of books. The Ambassador praised the quality of the Ideas Box and its remarkable craftsmanship by designer Philippe Starck, the mass selection of digital media, and content for all ages, wants, and needs.

Serendipitously, the Ideas Box also this week hosted an exhibition on sustainable energy made available by the Institut Français. The exhibition consisted of a dozen informative panels and models. At the event, Ambassador van Rossum encouraged partnerships between LWB and the Coopération Française in the service of refugees and the promotion of culture and information.

Finally, the French delegation was able to visit the Musasa refugee camp and see the work done by the ensemble of partners, including professional training programs by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a health center by the African Humanitarian Action (AHA), and the management of the camp by ONPRA. Ambassador van Rossum also praised the role UNHCR has played in the functionality of the camp.

Benjamin, LWB's Burundi desk coordinator, emphasized the importance of this official visit. He also commended the French government for their support of the Ideas Box project since its conception, and the French Embassy in Burundi for being an vital partner in the success of upcoming LWB projects in the African Great Lakes region.