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

On April 23 Libraries Without Borders had the honor of hosting Burundi’s Minister of the Interior, Mr. Nduwimana, in the Musasa refugee camp where one of our two Ideas Box kits is deployed. Mr. Nduwimana was able to discover the project during his visit to the camp. 

The Minister praised the diversity and richness of the materials and contents offered by the Ideas Box. He also emphasized the importance of this project for Congolese refugees—especially children—who until now had been denied access to culture and information. Thanks to the Ideas Box, modern educational and recreational tools based on new technologies are now at their disposal. The Minister underscored the potential benefit of this innovative project for refugee populations. He also addressed the need for LWB to extend the program to include Burundian people, starting with those living around the camp and then the rest of the communities, especially IDPs living in camps.

The Ideas Box is a hub for ​​education, information, recreation and creativity, but also a place of meeting and "living together". Through the Ideas Box, people who did not usually came together are now rubbing shoulders: young and old, mothers and their infants, idle young adults, refugees suffering from psychological distress, but also NGO partners ... Integrating Burundians living near the camp is a priority for LWB so that they can meet the refugees in a setting other than the commercial one provided by the local market, and around a space for cultural exchange, sharing knowledge, and in a context of discovery and acceptance of the other. These “peace building” activities, as they are so commonly known in the camps, are cherished by all stakeholders working for the well-being of refugee populations.

As a result, the Minister’s wish will soon become a reality: starting this May, the Ideas Box will be open to the many Burundians who come asking to have access to the Ideas Box. Among them are young students, high school graduates who cannot find work and unemployed adults who want to access the Internet and social networks, but also teachers who want to use the new and up-to-date contents to teach class.

Libraries Without Borders is very happy and grateful for the full support of the Minister of the Interior, a key partner of the Ideas Box program via ONPRA, the national office responsible for the organization of life in the camps. It is a vote of confidence, but also proof that the Ideas Box is well-suited to deal with boredom and the lack of activities in the camps, and to encourage openness to the world and access to culture, education and information.