In the beginning,
there is a number

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.

 

The response:
a revolutionary media center in a kit

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.

In response, we have created, along with UNHCR and the creator Philippe Starck, the Ideas Box: a portable multi-media toolkit. Standardized, easy to transport and set up, the Ideas Box is a robust device with minimal energy needs and its own power source. Furthermore, its contents are customized to the needs of the populations, to their language, and to their culture.

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

 

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THE IDEAS BOX: THE portable media center toolkit

FITS ON 2 PALLETS | SETS UP IN LESS THAN 20 MINUTES | CREATES A SPACE OF 1000 FT²

 

Customized contents and equipment

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.  

 

 

connecter

connect

Internet access
Via satellite or 3G/4G
IT
15 to 20 tablets
5 laptops
1 internal server

jouer

play

Cinema
1 HD TV for daily showings
Projector
100 documentaries and films
Games
Board games
Video games
Arts
1 built-in stage for musical and theatrical representations

content

 

apprendre

learn

Library
250 paper books
50 e-readers
Thousands of e-books
Education
Khan Academy
Wikipedia
Educational apps

creer

create

Video/PAO
5 HD hand-held cameras
Graphic design and video software
100 documentaries and films
Arts & crafts
Arts and crafts materials
Scanner for creations
Electronics
Rasberry Pi & electronics kit

design

A robust and effective design

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.  

Interview with Philippe Starck