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THE JOURNAL

The most important event in recent years remains systematically unreported in mainstream media and so completely escapes our collective attention. This is the spectacular rise of 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 together exceptional people and many more anonymous heroes, in all sectors, anywhere in the world. Join them at OLBIOS and become an agent of change.

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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.

Giving vulnerable people tools for empowerment

FOUNDATIONS

Mahmoud Riyad, Social Innovation Specialist at Jordan River Foundation, spoke to OLBIOS from Jordan on the importance of providing tools that allow people to serve their communities and beyond.
by MAHMOUD RIYAD

Helping children but also their communities

SOCIAL ISSUES

Rosalie Tieges spoke to OLBIOS from Thailand on how caring for children also creates much-needed jobs for their local communities
by ROSALIE TIEGES

Immersing ourselves in other cultures

EDUCATION

Katy Kavanaugh, founder at 360.tv, spoke to OLBIOS from San Francisco on how travel is a great teacher and the gift of being able to immerse ourselves in a culture other than our own.
by KATY KAVANAUGH

Creating Businesses out of Problems

ECONOMY

Julien Verzier, Co-Director at BroadLeaf Group, spoke to OLBIOS from Cape Town, SA, on how the economy can benefit only if its direct environment benefits also.
by JULIEN VERZIER

The meaning of Home

NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS

Antigoni Alexiou talks from Greece on her work supporting asylum seekers, refugees and migrants that have faced torture, violence and abuse.
by ANTIGONI ALEXIOU

Foreign aid, reparations, and community investment

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Dr. Christopher Stanfill, international development professional in New York, writes on how we need to rethink the lens through which foreign aid is viewed.
by DR. CHRISTOPHER STANFILL

Can a bank be based on Christian values? 

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Tommy PIemonte presents at OLBIOS the exceptional work of BKC
by TOMMY PIEMONTE

When information flows halfway

HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

Amaya Alexandra Ramos spoke to OLBIOS from Washington, D.C., on puncturing the barriers preventing the flow of vital information to people like herself who work with human trafficking, forced migration and trauma.
by AMAYA ALEXANDRA RAMOS

A new approach to humanitarian assistance

NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS

Antoine Richards highlights the work of Peacebuilding Solutions and its new approach in re-stabilizing the livelihoods of people who have become refugees or internally-displaced persons.
by ANTOINE RICHARDS

Taking care of the disabled in Iran

DISABILITY

From Teheran, Samaneh Shabani, OLBIOS Correspondent in Iran, presents the Tavana association
by SAMANEH SHABANI

The fight against common and fundamental diseases

PUBLIC HEALTH

Nick Sireau, the founder of Orchard, spoke to OLBIOS from London on the lack of funds for OCD research and on how nature reveals its secrets ‘apart from the beaten path’
by DR NICK SIREAU

No future?

NATURE & ENVIRONMENT

Environmental extinction and COVID-19: How children and teenagers fight worldwide for a better future and how social structures may prevent this.
by MERLE BüTER

An ounce of humanity goes a long way

FOUNDATIONS

New Delhi: The pandemic has seen extraordinary levels of mutual help, according to Alokesh Sharma, Founder of Kayantar Foundation, interviewed for OLBIOS.
by ALOKESH SHARMA

Is it possible to be optimistic about the future of Turkey?

HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

Human rights activist Baris Bayram, founder of the EPE Movement, talks about unjust hardships, challenges, and minor or major achievements.
by BARIş BAYRAM

Creating a ‘national story’ of solutions

ECONOMY

David Laurent, Head of Climate & Resources department at EpE, tells OLBIOS from France about business issues that weren’t even on the table a year ago.
by DAVID LAURENT

From street-smart to street-educated

CULTURE & SOCIETY

The learning environment for some kids is the street. Arnoud Raskin presents Mobile School and its pioneering outreach strategy based on empowerment, as opposed to merely assistance.
by ARNOUD RASKIN

Learning from the past how to protect our future

SOCIAL ISSUES

USA: Stacy Gallin, Founder and Director at MIMEH, presents in her interview with OLBIOS her work and insights on the most pressing issue: the need for a new moral ethos.
by STACY GALLIN

Adapting to the rules of the Earth’s Ecosystem

ECONOMY - EDUCATION - SOCIAL ISSUES

Alexandre Lemille, Director of Anthesis Group (France), spoke to OLBIOS on the challenge of an economy with the least amount of energy and how linear leaders become circular laggards.
by ALEXANDRE LEMILLE

The future looks good for the Philippines

ENVIRONMENT

Oliver Gardiner writes about Regeneration International and the efforts of the country to forge a national consensus around regenerative agriculture.
by OLIVER GARDINER

Facing the Corona challenges with local power

PUBLIC HEALTH - INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Benjamin Wolf, Founder of the Stay Foundation, writes at OLBIOS on why he has not followed the classical approaches in volunteer work and development aid and the two flaws in the fight against the coronavirus in Africa
by BENJAMIN WOLF

Listening matters: poor people are not mere beneficiaries

CULTURE & SOCIETY

France: Clinical psychologist Adrien Cascarino writes on how empowerment requires a high dose of self-confidence, which is undermined when individuals are regarded as mere beneficiaries.
by ADRIEN CASCARINO

Educating the orphans

CULTURE & SOCIETY

OLBIOS Correspondent Nicholas Sandoval in Tijuana, Mexico, presents the work of Create Purpose.
by NICHOLAS SANDOVAL

Meet the Global Voices of a Child

SOCIAL ISSUES

Rayan Ezzedine, OLBIOS CORRESPONDENT in Lebanon, tells us about her work with Global Voices of a Child.
by RAYAN EZZEDINE

Defining Oneself and Changing the Narrative

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Australia: In his article for OLBIOS, Mohammed Semra, UN Humanitarian Affairs Peace Ambassador, writes on the challenge of defining oneself as opposed to being defined by others, the importance of role models and opportunity.
by MOHAMMED SEMRA

If you want to change the minds, change the infrastructure

NGOs & ASSOCIATIONS

Precious Ebere, OLBIOS Correspondent in Nigeria, Founder of « Do Take Action », presents the organization
by PRECIOUS EBERE

Food excess is the neglected issue in the hospitality industry

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Thailand: The food waste hacker Benjamin Lephilibert, writes on why food waste is the elephant in the room, especially in the hotel sector.
by BENJAMIN LEPHILIBER

We are faced with a climate emergency. Can art help?

ARTS

The artist Kito Mbiango contributed to OLBIOS this interview by Jill Van den Brule, In it, Mbiango points to the crucial role of art in communicating risks, but also motivating people to act.
by JILL VAN DEN BRULE

Bridging the gap with classical music

A very special choir presented by Sara Soltani, OLBIOS Correspondent in Austria.
by SARA SOLTANI

Saving the lives of the prematurely born

FOUNDATIONS

Tanzania: Doris Mollel, Founder of the Dolis Mollel Foundation, writes at OLBIOS about how she is taking care of thousands of babies
by DORIS MOLLEL

Churchill’s black dog

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Switzerland: Read this excellent report of Maria Halphen, Founder of Meeting for Minds, on her work on mental illness.
by MARIA HALPHEN

Tracking real needs, in real time

SCIENCES & NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Canadian Natasha Freidus, Founder of NeedsList, tells OLBIOS that donations often come without a clear beneficiary and how the factor determining longevity is your postal code
by NATASHA FREIDUS

How can we face growing levels of poverty?

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Italy: Davide Carimati reports on his work with the exemplary project Insieme and on how to allow women and men to regain their human worth.
by DAVIDE CARIMATI

Success in Finland

EDUCATION

Helinä Piik shares her experiences with an outstanding educational system
by Helinä PIIK

The empowerment of data

SOCIAL ISSUES

Steve Hollingworth, President and CEO at Grameen Foundation, talks to OLBIOS from the US on how the ‘fifth revolution’ may be harnessed in the fight against poverty and become an agent of empowerment
by STEVE HOLLINGWORTH

New Zealand’s mental health crisis: what society can do to prevent it

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Oliver Carrington shares his experiences and explains why a thriving mental health charity sector could make a real difference in New Zealand.
by OLIVER CARRINGTON

The youth as active citizens

CULTURE & SOCIETY

Ornella Nana, OLBIOS Correspondent in Ireland, highlights her work at the International Youth Empowerment
by ORNELLA NANA
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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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