In the Harsham Internally-Displaced Persons & Refugee Camp, a converted pumping station serves as a Portal to the rest of the world.
As part of one of our largest community activations, Shared_Studios curated connections from Times Square, New York, for a month at the end of 2017. Those connections opened a window from the Square to sites around the world, creating encounters between New Yorkers and Afghanis, Swedes, Mexicans and more.
A Portal outside the European Parliament connected elected officials to refugee and migrant communities to highlight Europe’s refugee crisis. Portals provided a direct feedback mechanism for MPs who were able to speak with those on-the-ground to better understand the impact of the policy decisions and legislation currently under review.
In 2017 Shared_Studios placed a Portal at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum for connections between museum-goers and displaced communities in Erbil, Iraq; Amman, Jordan; and Berlin, Germany. The exhibit connected the atrocities of the past and the refugee crises of the present, while humanizing complex geopolitical events that many attendees knew little about.
Zoom used Portals to show how its teleconferencing platform can connect diverse communities around the world. The company placed Portals at their annual event allowing employees and partners to see how their teleconferencing platform can operate in distinct environments to facilitate meaningful global conversations.
Portals facilitated powerful dialogues around family health at the Global Family Planning Summit co-sponsored by the UN Population Fund and the Gates Institute, connecting family health practitioners around the world, these conversations enabled vital exchange between the leaders who forge global health policy and the populations those policies impact.