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It’s a hard sell but Africa must invest in art and imagination

Building an arts centre in Uganda, in a pandemic, was never going to be easy but it’s crucial to our post-Covid futureI’ve been raising funds for a building project: not a hospital, not a school, but an arts centre.It’s not an easy sell at the best of times but add in a pandemic and the fact that I’m in Africa and, according to the current rules of financial engagement, art is the verylowest of priorities. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Culture, Art and design, Global development, Installation, Arts funding, Coronavirus


Diane Paulus Responds to Griffin Matthews

Tony-winning director Diane Paulus has released a statement regarding the creative process behind the musical, Witness Uganda. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Uganda, Tony, Diane Paulus, Griffin Matthews, BWW News Desk


Donja R. Love Will Write New Musical DRIVE CHANGE, True Story about Food Truck Run by Previously Incarcerated People

Playwright Donja R. Love one in two, Fireflies, Sugar in our Wounds and Witness Uganda composers and lyricists Matt Gould Jonathan Larson Grant winner Lempicka and Griffin Matthews 'Dear White People', has secured the underlying rights for the new musical Drive Change, an incredible true story about the award-winning non-profit of the same name. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Uganda, BWW News Desk, Lempicka, Matt Gould Jonathan Larson Grant, Griffin Matthews Dear White


Donja R. Love Will Write New Musical DRIVE CHANGE About the Non-Profit of the Same Name

Playwright Donja R. Love one in two, Fireflies, Sugar in our Wounds and Witness Uganda composers and lyricists Matt Gould Jonathan Larson Grant winner Lempicka and Griffin Matthews 'Dear White People', has secured the underlying rights for the new musical Drive Change, an incredible true story about the award-winning non-profit of the same name. [Author: BWW News Desk]
Tags: Theatre, Uganda, BWW News Desk, Lempicka, Matt Gould Jonathan Larson Grant, Griffin Matthews Dear White


Rundown lodge near the Nile River is now a solar-powered eco-resort

Once known as one of Uganda’s most popular hotels, the Nile Safari Lodge had fallen into disrepair over the years. When it was tasked to breathe new life into the property, Kampala-based studio Localworks decided to pay homage to the building’s history by respectfully and carefully rebuilding the existing facilities instead of tearing them down and starting from scratch. Now, the fully refurbished accommodation is an incredible, solar-powered eco-retreat offering guests a direct connection to th...
Tags: Design, Hotels, Uganda, Architecture, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Green Renovation, Kampala, Nile River, Green Hotels, Natural Materials, Low Impact Design, Murchison Falls National Park, Passive Design Strategies, Will Boase, Localworks


East Africa's Two-Wheeled Taxis Get a Visual Makeover

In east Africa, cars are hard to come by and mass transit is non-existent. However, motorcycles can be purchased--even on credit--so a number of entrepreneurs in the region have invested in a bike, and offer taxi service with it to generate income. Image credit: Simisa Locally referred to as boda bodas, these motorbike taxis are ubiquitous; CityLab estimates that "there may be as many as 300,000 boda bodas in Uganda alone." To attract fares, boda boda drivers need to stand out in a crush of traf...
Tags: Design, Africa, Uganda, Amsterdam, Kenya, Object Culture, East Africa, Nairobi, Bobbin, Boda Boda, Jan Hoek, Devil RiderMad Max RiderMachete RiderJan


Self-sustaining Ugandan surgical facility provides healthcare to underserved areas

In an inspiring example of humanitarian architecture, Kliment Halsband Architects teamed up with Mount Sinai Surgery in New York to create the Mount Sinai Kyabirwa Uganda Surgical Facility, a prototype for an independent, self-sustaining ambulatory surgical facility. According to the architects, roughly 5 billion people lack any form of safe or affordable surgery, leading to millions of deaths annually worldwide. In response, the architects created a modular, easily replicable surgical facility ...
Tags: Health, New York, Design, Uganda, Architecture, Norway, Solar Panels, Solar Power, Humanitarian Design, Modular Architecture, White Nile, Humanitarian Architecture, Self-sustaining, Mount Sinai Surgery, Kliment Halsband Architects, Kyabirwa


Currently Crowdfunding: A Simple but Powerful Pen, a Backpack With a Social Mission, and More

Brought to you by MAKO Design + Invent, North America's leading design firm for taking your product idea from a sketch on a napkin to store shelves. Download Mako's Invention Guide for free here. Navigating the world of crowdfunding can be overwhelming, to put it lightly. Which projects are worth backing? Where's the filter to weed out the hundreds of useless smart devices? To make the process less frustrating, we scour the various online crowdfunding platforms to put together a weekly roundup o...
Tags: Design, Crowdfunding, Uganda, Gulu, MAKO Design Invent North America


Africa's first sustainable chocolate brand plans to sell in the US

While Africa grows 70 percent of the world’s cacao, very little chocolate is made on the continent. Instead, most of the raw material is shipped to other countries that then produce delicious chocolates. But De Villiers Chocolate is now working on becoming the first African-made, sustainably sourced chocolate brand available in the U.S. “Once we discovered the cocoa beans of the vibrant Bundibugyo region in Uganda, we began to realize the potential of the journey we had embarked upon,” said Piet...
Tags: Design, News, Africa, Environment, US, Uganda, South Africa, Cargill, Sustainable Food, Eat & Drink, De Villiers, Cape Winelands, Capetown South Africa, Bundibugyo, De Villiers Chocolate, Pieter de Villiers


International Women's Day Spotlight: Meet the 8 women leading the change for a better world

International Women’s Day is just one of the 365 days per year that it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions and advancements female leaders have bestowed onto the environment, society and culture from around the world. While there are thousands of women who are fighting to help conserve and preserve our planet, below we highlight eight brave women from across the globe who are making headlines for their innovative impact in the environmental, conservation and sustainability...
Tags: Design, Iraq, India, Africa, Earth, Uganda, Davos, Gaza, Palestine, Kenya, Un, Greenpeace, Kuwait, Caribbean, Christiana Figueres, Lagos


International Women's Day Spotlight: Meet the 8 women leading the charge for a better world

International Women’s Day is just one of the 365 days per year that it is important to recognize and celebrate the contributions and advancements female leaders have bestowed onto the environment, society and culture from around the world. While there are thousands of women who are fighting to help conserve and preserve our planet, below we highlight eight brave women from across the globe who are making headlines for their innovative impact in the environmental, conservation and sustainability...
Tags: Design, Iraq, India, Africa, Earth, Uganda, Davos, Gaza, Palestine, Kenya, Un, Greenpeace, Kuwait, Caribbean, Christiana Figueres, Lagos


Permaculture feeds and empowers refugees in Uganda

Refugees arrive at Palabek refugee camp in Northern Uganda with the clothes on their back and what little they carried. New arrivals, many from South Sudan, receive a tarp, tent poles, a water can, a cooking pot and a ration card for enough food to make starvation a slower process. While aid agencies swarm Sub-Saharan Africa, home to more than 26 percent of the world’s refugee population, few make their desired impact. But African Women Rising (AWR) is having startling success. The organization...
Tags: Design, Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Inhabitat, Tom, Linda, Saharan Africa, Coles, Northern Uganda, Tom Cole, Thomas Cole, Macduff Everton, Brian Hodges, Palabek


Must Visit? National Geographic Puts Dundee’s New Waterfront And Museum On Its Worldwide List

Dundonians are said to have developed “a new kind of swagger” thanks to the opening of its V&A museum, which is hailed as “the crown jewel” of its £1 billion waterfront regeneration. The city was rated number 15 in National Geographic’s 2019 “Cool List,” which it says are the destinations set to “hit the headlines” next year. Other locations to make the top 19 included Oslo, Guyana, Bhutan, Corsica, Eritrea and Uganda. More than 250,000 visitors flocked to V&A Dundee in the space of just months...
Tags: Art, Uganda, Dundee, Issues, 12.05.18, National Geographic Puts Dundee, Oslo Guyana Bhutan Corsica Eritrea


Eco-Chic in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda

A look inside the luxurious Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge It’s 3PM in the village of Bwindi and the afternoon rain ceasing prompts a chorus of African tree frogs to chirp blissfully, serenading a group of local children as they hurry barefoot toward the Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge to welcome the new guests. It’s only been one year since this eco-chic lodge re-opened after a major refurbishment, but …
Tags: Travel, Design, Africa, Uganda, Eco Friendly, Lodging, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi, Eco-Chic, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Volcanoes Safaris, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda


Hope for mountain gorillas: new census results reveal the population is increasing

Good news for mountain gorillas: the number of the critically endangered apes residing in the Virunga Massif is up to 604 from 480 in 2010, according to a statement from the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International. In fact, the World Wildlife Fund said (WWF) the mountain gorilla is “the only great ape in the world that is considered to be increasing in population.” In 1981, just 242 mountain gorillas lived in the Virunga Massif, a transboundary area spanning Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Re...
Tags: Design, Uganda, Wwf, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kazakhstan, Virunga, Dian Fossey, World Wildlife Fund, Karisoke Research Center, Tara Stoinski, Rwanda Uganda, Virunga Massif, Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration, Fossey Fund


Britain's Abandoned Brass Instruments Are Changing Children's Lives In Uganda

The not-for-profit Brass for Africa "has delivered 800 brass instruments to both Uganda and Liberia and reaches over 1000 children weekly. ... The children involved include those living in extreme poverty (living either as street children or in a slum), as well as children living in orphanages and rehabilitation centres, living with physical or mental […]
Tags: Art, Music, Africa, Uganda, Britain, Liberia, 04.11.18


HOW TO: Turn your food waste into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted — 46 percent of the world’s garbage. While the global food waste situation is what you’d call a “doozy,” consumers and companies like HomeBiogas are determined to turn food waste into clean, usable energy. Read on to find out how. What Is HomeBiogas? HomeBiogas is one of several successful projects to come about from Kickstarter. The Israeli company, which began its crowdfunding efforts in 2015, focuses on turning everyday food wast...
Tags: Design, Cook, China, Renewable Energy, Features, Uganda, Innovation, Clean Energy, Jordan, Greenhouse Gases, Composting, Alternative Energy, Waste Disposal, Green Energy, Clean Power, Recycling And Composting


Here's how to turn your kitchen scraps into clean energy

Each year, 1.3 billion tons of food ends up lost or wasted — 46 percent of the world’s garbage. While the global food waste situation is what you’d call a “doozy,” consumers and companies like HomeBiogas are determined to turn food waste into clean, usable energy. Read on to find out how. What Is HomeBiogas? HomeBiogas is one of several successful projects to come about from Kickstarter. The Israeli company, which began its crowdfunding efforts in 2015, focuses on turning everyday food wast...
Tags: Design, Cook, China, Renewable Energy, Features, Uganda, Innovation, Clean Energy, Jordan, Greenhouse Gases, Composting, Alternative Energy, Waste Disposal, Green Energy, Clean Power, Recycling And Composting


Cities in Scotland to start universal basic income trials

Select residents of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, and North Ayrshire will soon begin receiving unconditional monthly payments as part of a Scottish universal basic income experiment. Universal basic income (UBI) is a policy that offers unconditional income for all citizens to ensure that everyone benefits from a basic standard of living. UBI is currently being tested in Scotland, as well as countries like Canada and Finland, and has attracted £250,000 (~$334,500) in public funding for feasibility s...
Tags: Design, California, Scotland, Uganda, Canada, Finland, Sam Altman, North Ayrshire, DepositPhotos, Glasgow Edinburgh Fife, Netherlands Ontario India Italy, Y Combinator Silicon Valley


Hippos could be threatened with extinction due to demand for their teeth

To satisfy black market demand for ivory, poachers have turned to hippos. Hippopotamus teeth offer an unfortunate alternative as elephant populations plummet. But now the animals could face extinction – with one estimate suggesting the species could vanish within 100 years. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature classifies hippos as vulnerable. Their populations have fallen in Africa as their habitats have shrunk, and they’ve been hunted for teeth, skin, and meat. They’re in tr...
Tags: Hong Kong, Design, China, Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, University of Hong Kong, Pixabay, Anglia Ruskin University, Quartz Africa Images, Ben Garrod, African Journal of Ecology, Alexandra Andersson, Garrod


This 20-cent, hand-powered centrifuge is set to revolutionize off-grid healthcare

Centrifuges separate blood components to make pathogens easier to detect – and they’re essential to diagnosing and treating diseases like Malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. However centrifuges need electricity to work – therefore, in remote areas without electricity, a common centrifuge is worthless. Enter the Paperfuge – an ingenious human-powered centrifuge made from 20 cents of paper, twine and plastic. The low-cost device can separate plasma from a blood sample in 990 seconds without electricit...
Tags: Design, Stanford, Uganda, Don, Prakash, Manu Prakash, MIT Prakash


Plastic fibers found in over 80% of tap water samples from five continents

If you had a glass of water from the tap today, you likely ingested plastic. Orb Media conducted an investigation of plastic in our tap water over 10 months, and their results were shocking: over 80 percent of samples they collected – in places like the United States Capitol building or the shores of Uganda’s Lake Victoria – contained plastic fibers. The authors of the study say we’re living in the Plastic Age – and the contamination probably is not limited to our water. Orb Media and a resear...
Tags: Europe, Design, Congress, India, Uganda, United States, Mark Browne, Richard Thompson, Ecuador, Environmental Protection Agency, University of New South Wales, Trump Tower, Lake Victoria, Plymouth University, United States Capitol, University of Minnesota School of Public Health


Facial deformities in Ugandan apes linked to pesticide use

Pesticide use may be harming animals that live nearby, according to new research. A group of 10 scientists led by Paris’ Musée de l’Homme and the Great Ape Conservation Project at Kibale National Park in Uganda found baboons and chimpanzees with facial deformities near an agricultural area where they were told around eight pesticides had been used. 25 percent of chimpanzees the researchers monitored displayed abnormalities like reduced nostrils, reproductive issues, hypopigmentation, cleft lip,...
Tags: Design, US, Uganda, United States, Wikimedia Commons, International Union, Kibale National Park, Total Environment, Paris Musée, France Uganda Canada


Facial deformities in Uganda apes linked to pesticide use

Our pesticides may be harming animals that live nearby, according to new research. A group of 10 scientists led by Paris’ Musée de l’Homme and the Great Ape Conservation Project at Kibale National Park in Uganda found baboons and chimpanzees with facial deformities near an agricultural area where they were told around eight pesticides had been used. 25 percent of chimpanzees the researchers monitored displayed abnormalities like reduced nostrils, reproductive issues, hypopigmentation, cleft lip...
Tags: Design, US, Uganda, United States, Wikimedia Commons, International Union, Kibale National Park, Total Environment, Paris Musée, France Uganda Canada


The Finalists Of The 14th Annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

Winter Is Coming The Arctic wolf is a sub-species of the grey wolf and lives in the Arctic regions of North America. (© Pedro Jarque Krebs/Smithsonian Photo Contest) More info: Smithsonian Photo Contest Before the Portrait Lila Chosa sits on the side porch of her house while her family and friend get ready for a portrait behind her. Lila’s grandmother, Heart Warrior, has spent years battling to keep custody of her grandchildren in Minnesota. It’s part of a long history of Native American rem...
Tags: Asia, Utah, Photography, Design, London, Minnesota, California, China, India, New York City, Uganda, Walter Matthau, United States, Arctic, Tokyo, Las Vegas


JUST Creative Gets a Fresh Redesign

Boom! It’s a brand new website for JUST Creative! Soft-launched on social media last week, the new JUST Creative site is a fresh evolution of the previous design, which had been in place from 2012 – an eternity for a website. The new site’s design aesthetic & structure is quite similar, however, the site is much more fluid in terms of working at large and small screen sizes. Everything is bigger & bolder, making use of today’s screen real estate, while maintaining that clean white space. My port...
Tags: New York, Design, Uganda, Seattle, Maldives, Just Creative, Redesign, Unicon, Howard Sachit, San Francisco Follow


SolarAid launches "the world's most affordable solar light" for just $5

UK charity SolarAid and solar panel manufacturer Yingli Solar just launched "the world's most affordable solar light." Sold by SolarAid's social enterprise SunnyMoney in Africa, the SM100 solar light costs only $5. People in the UK can buy one of the lights for 10 pounds, and the money will help distribute two more solar lights in African countries. The SM100 is designed for off-grid use by African families and children working on homework at night. The light is "two times brighter than keros...
Tags: UK, Design, News, Africa, Renewable Energy, Uganda, Solar, Solar Power, Green Gadgets, Green Lighting, Helping People, Solar Light


SolarAid reveals "the world's most affordable solar light" for just $5

UK charity SolarAid and solar panel manufacturer Yingli Solar collaborated on what might just be the most affordable solar light on Earth. Sold by SolarAid's social enterprise SunnyMoney in Africa, the SM100 solar light costs only $5. People in the UK can buy one of the lights for 10 pounds, around $12, and the money will help distribute two more solar lights in African countries. The SM100 is designed for off-grid use by African families and children working on homework at night. The light i...
Tags: UK, Design, News, Africa, Renewable Energy, Uganda, Solar, Solar Power, Green Gadgets, Green Lighting, Helping People, Solar Light


Is Zika the real cause of microcephaly in Brazil? New study raises questions

The massive microcephaly outbreak that rocked Brazil last year has confounded researchers who are trying to understand the cause. Although most scientists think there is a connection between the Zika virus and the huge spike in microcephaly cases in Brazil, a new study of Zika-infected mothers in Colombia casts doubt on this theory, because out of 12,000 confirmed cases of zika-infected pregnant women, none had babies born with microcephaly. Many take for granted that the Zika virus is the ...
Tags: Health, Design, News, Cdc, Uganda, Colombia, Pesticides, Brazil, Who, Monsanto, Inhabitat, Pesticide, Brazil Zika Virus, Zika Virus, Microcephaly, Zika


Terrific Action Films On $200 Budgets: Uganda’s One-Man Hollywood

“It starts out like any other training montage. Alan is a white doctor in Uganda, and the children of the slum resolve to teach him the ways of the commando. A child soldier, armed with a makeshift assault rifle strung together by yam sticks and slung over his shoulder, chases the hapless doctor into a […]
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Uganda, Alan



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