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THE JOURNAL

The most important event in recent years remains systematically unreported by the mainstream media and, therefore, completely escapes our collective attention. This is the spectacular increase in civil society initiatives around the world and the millions of people behind them. Active in 150 countries, OLBIOS JOURNAL is the first platform dedicated to bringing all these anonymous heroes, in all sectors, anywhere in the world. Most importantly, OLBIOS invites you to become an agent of change by joining them.

DO TANK

Explore and get involved in thousands of extraordinary projects around the world.

HUMAN STORIES

Discover the world’s most inspiring personalities and their achievements. 

THINK TANK

Learn about innovative proposals, solutions, and new approaches to global challenges.

Is it possible to prevent extreme suffering?

SOCIAL ISSUES - PUBLIC HEALTH

Answers and insights from Jonathan Leighton, CEO at OPIS, in an interview with OLBIOS
by JONATHAN LEIGHTON

Rebel Architecture

ARTS - OUR CITIES

How Santiago Cirugeda, a Sevilian artist and architect, exploits the gaps in administrative structure and official procedures in order to come up with ideas susceptible to solve the issue of housing.

Do we still want to maximise consumption?

SOCIAL ISSUES

Jon Alexander, Founder and Director at New Citizenship Project, writes on sustainable consumption and the Citizen Confidence Index

What are the rights of the marginalized?

HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

What happened after John Richardson heard the stories of the residents in the impoverished neighborhood of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver

Children in the margins

NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS - SOCIAL ISSUES - YOUTH

The tireless efforts of Sebastien Marot to assist marginalized children and youth, from orphans and drug addicts to migrants and sex workers.

How can humanitarian aid become more effective?

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS - SOCIAL ISSUES

Reinier Van Hoffen writes from the Netherlands on the constructive interplay between tacit knowledge and science in relation to aid effectiveness.

What matters the most for a tennis player

EDUCATION - FOUNDATIONS - SPORTS

Find out how The Novak Djokovic Foundation is working towards the improvement of conditions in which children in Serbia get education, grow up and play

How Talia Leman started her organization at 10

FOUNDATIONS - YOUTH

When she realized that by harnessing the fundraising power of kids across a country, she’d raise more than she could on her own, the organisation RandomKid was born.

Do only crises bring us closer?

SOCIAL ISSUES

In an article contributed to OLBIOS, Angela Tolliday, Senior Programme Manager at Acumen, asks whether we can connect only during crises

Conscious Commerce

ECONOMY - NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS

How Barbara Burchfield and Olivia Wilde are promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living.

The Imerman angels

PUBLIC HEALTH - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

At 26 years old, Jonny Imerman was diagnosed with cancer and began his fight against the disease, He created the Imerman Angels on the belief that no one should have to face cancer alone.

THE ORPHAN MYTH

NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS - SOCIAL ISSUES

Helping orphans and supporting orphanages is almost synonymous with what it means to be compassionate.  At least this...

What is the most effective way to give back?

NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS - SOCIAL ISSUES

Meet Catchafire, a community of individuals striving to push the social good sector forward by focusing on efficient ways to give back.

How can you track a student’s progress?

EDUCATION

Jennifer Medbery, a math teacher, founded Kickboard, the best technology for schools that want to see real results from a better school culture.

The pandemic's silver linings

CULTURAL ISSUES

Jordan: Rana Nejem tells OLBIOS about how the pandemic brought people together in the Arab world, often in unprecedented ways.

Supporting the birds

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT - NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS

How the American Bird Conservancy conserve native birds and protect their habitats throughout the Americas.

The courage of a journalist

GENDER - MEDIA

Inone of the most dangerous countries for journalists, Adela Navarro Bello continues to work despite the threats against her life.

Smart cities need to be smarter

CULTURAL ISSUES

Cintia Jaime argues that urban density is a breeding ground for pandemics and that the current crisis is an opportunity to rethink our approach.

A financial ecosystem for the unbanked

ECONOMY - NEW TECHNOLOGIES

How Sheena Allen is protecting victims of predatory lending through CApWay

The bees and Leigh-Kathryn

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

How to dave the dwindling honeybee population while providing corporations with a novel approach to sustainability

There is an ‘I’ in Team

ECONOMY - SCIENCES

What we do as individuals, our sense of responsibility within communal life, are make or break factors for what lies ahead, says Carl Liederman, in an interview with OLBIOS.

Giving the missing light

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

One in four Filipinos (20 million people) lacks access to electricity. Jim Ayala did something about it that works.

Please don’t look the other way

HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

Frank Mugisha has long risked his personal safety for the cause of LGBT rights in a nation particularly hostile to them.

A time for charities to reinvent themselves

FOUNDATIONS

In his OLBIOS article, Jeremy Douglas, Vice President at Ocean Wise, uses the example of the Vancouver Aquarium to argue in favor of reinventing charity funding models.

Young people against disaster

NATIONAL DEFENSE

Watch the wonderful documentary directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, and the story of three exceptional children preparing for a music competition.

Mexican management

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Alex Eaton and the model of Sistema Biobolsa, or how to empower farmers to take an active role to escape the cycle of rural poverty.

How Covid-19 rendered the impossible possible

EDUCATION

Berlin: Prof Andreas Kaplan, Rector of ESCP Business School, writes on the exciting consequences of the move to online teaching, a subject that for a number of years had attracted intense debate and speculation.
by PROF: ANDREAS KAPLAN

Nine million meals

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Watch the wonderful documentary directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, and the story of three exceptional children preparing for a music competition.

Who will help you grow?

ECONOMY

How Linda Rottenberg connected talented emerging market entrepreneurs with a world-class network of business leaders, creating 200.000 jobs

Business not as usual

ECONOMY

TTurkey: Perhaps one of the biggest lessons of the pandemic has been the urgent need to reassess our priorities, including the idea of ‘business as usual’, says Richard Betts, Sustainability Director at KPMG, in an interview with OLBIOS.

Why are these children in hospital again?

PUBLIC HEALTH - SOCIAL ISSUES

Physician Vera Cordeiro was shocked by the number re-admissions of children from urban slums. She then came up with a treatment plan that addresses the full range of economic and social causes of illness.

The most silent victims

HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE - PUBLIC HEALTH

Moved by the plight of the victims of gender-based violence, Denis Mukwege founded his famous hospital specializing in disorders caused by trauma from sexual violence, saving the lives of thousands of women

COVID-19: not only a health crisis

CRIME & PUBLIC ORDER - HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

Valencia, Spain: The COVID-19 pandemic is drastically inhibiting our way of life as we know it, the way we work and our economy, Eva Morales is asking: Is it also inhibiting our advancements towards a more sustainable future?

Fix your community yourself

POLITICS

Ben Berkowitz has developed an idea after getting frustrated with city hall’s lack of response to graffiti in his neighborhood.

The power of forgiveness

CRIME & PUBLIC ORDER - HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

How music saved Alice Herz-Sommer when she was deported to a concentration camp together with her husband and their six-year-old son and why she could still talk about the joy of life when she was 108 years old.

How do we overcome fear?

CULTURAL ISSUES

Martha Nussbaum, one of OLBIOS’s favorite thinkers, on the new religious tolerance
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THE OLBIOS EDITIONS

We still know too little about too many countries: The OLBIOS JOURNAL is the first to offer special editions in seven languages while covering every country in the world, small and large, on or off the media radar.

THE OLBIOS TEAM

OLBIOS is a meeting place for changemakers from 150 countries bringing you fascinating projects and new ideas. Join them and become yourself a Correspondent or an Author.

WHO WE ARE

We are proud to be able to count among our members prominent personalities and experienced social sector professionals from around the globe. 

Discover our team of hundreds of OLBIOS Network Correspondents & Authors

 

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THE NEXT STEPS

A second astonishing development has emerged in recent years : this is the phenomenal rise in the number of people that want to become involved in socially oriented initiatives (94% of millennials according to a recent Gallup research). Yet, only a small part manages to become actively engaged.

Just imagine the tremendous gain in social capital if all these people who have the desire to enter social action had for once all the necessary tools to do it.

In an attempt to address this most important of issues, we are also working on the design of a Social Network and a Funding Platform that will provide anyone with the partners and the resources that they need to make a real difference.

THE OLBIOS COMMUNITY

The social network we are working on will allow you to locate mentors, guides, advisors, people with common interests and values, social sector jobs, volunteers, investors and brainstorming partners for your projects.

THE OLBIOS SOCIAL FUND

Furthermore, in our Social Fund you will be able to locate funding sources, in-kind donations and further guidance for all your projects.

MAKE YOURSELF A GIFT

AND BECOME A FUNDING MEMBER

Your involvement is vital in the realization of this vision. As an independent project open to all, we at OLBIOS would prefer to cover our funding needs through the participatory support of everyone who believes in OLBIOS’s mission, before seeking any other financial support.

This is why we have also created a small selection of gifts for our funding members.

Funding members will help us maintain the team that will run not only a Global Social Network and a Funding Platform but also handle an enormous amount of material published at the Journal’s seven editions and manage an extensive international network of 4000 collaborators.

Last but not least, our funding members will also indirectly empower several initiatives, as OLBIOS aims to allocate a significant part of its income to finance directly other social projects and create its own FOUNDATION.

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