Ideas Box is a media library in kit form, it can be easily carried and spread out on-the-spot. It was developed by Patrick Weil and Jeremy Lachal, the founders of the French NGO “Libraries Without Borders”, and designed by Philippe Starck initially to be used in humanitarian crises and refugee camps.
“When you have lost everything, when you have nothing left, the only thing you still hold is the ability to dream,” Starck said. After having tried out the kit in refugee camps, it was soon used in developing countries where Ideas Box provides offline content to places where there are hardly any internet connections, and helps adding something to traditional education.
A simple tool “box”, a sort of Swiss army knife, which also turns into a great contraption to promote peace, reconciliation and personal development.
EURACTIV’s Maria Maggiore went to visit the Ideas Box being used in Ziguinchor, Senegal, and in a refugee centre in Paris. Nowadays 85 Ideas Box are in use in 5 continents and 20 countries around the world.