17 years, is the average time that a refugee spends in a camp. 17 years during which most of the time they will not have the right to leave the camp or to work. 17 years without anything to do.
This is what life is like today for more than 50 million refugees or displaced peoples due to world conflicts or catastrophes.
Displaced peoples and refugees have immediate needs for food, shelter, and medical aid. Once these needs have been met, communities need to begin rebuilding themselves. Too often, the tools to build the future are lacking.
So, we had to come up with something new that would work not just for refugees, but for vulnerable populations worldwide.
It is in this context that we launched the "Urgency of Reading" campaign to better take into account the intellectual dimension of the human being in danger. The call was answered, and continues to be, by the prestigious personalities of the world, beginning with 8 Nobel prize winners such as Toni Morrison and JM Coetzee, and internationally known authors such as Stephen King or Salman Rushdie.
The Ideas Box was born from this challenge to access to information, culture and education for refugee populations. But, once created, the Ideas Box has demonstrated all its capacities and great modularity and already we have begun to imagine its use and its impact in other contexts, both in developed and developing countries
The Ideas Box offers a variety of educational and entertaining contents made to stimulate the creativity of its users by providing tools to produce their own resources and shape the Box to their own image.
For each deployment, the LWB team works in direct contact with in-country partners in order to identify the exact contents and equipments which correspond to the needs and the expectations of the populations (language, culture, geographical context, etc.).
The Ideas Box has its own power source through the generator included.
The colorful and effective design of the Ideas Box was graciously created by the world-famous designer Philippe Starck.
On the field, the box can be set up in 20 minutes with a team of 4 people.
Wheels can be fixed on each module to facilitate travel. The integrated furniture, including tables to view the computers, read books or watch movies on the shelves, is built into the box. Building materials are defined according to criteria of weight, content security, climate resilience and transport.
The Ideas Box also includes storage space for equipment (cables, tarpaulins, etc.) and a battery system. The integrated circuit allows simultaneous charging of all the equipment.