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Al Jazeera: Is Interactivity the Future of Refugee Fundraising?

Al Jazeera: Is Interactivity the Future of Refugee Fundraising?

On World Refugee Day, a golden shipping container was brought on to the grounds of the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York. Inside, cutting-edge audiovisual technology allowed delegates to converse via live video chat with children inside Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, as though they were standing in the same room.

Austin American-Statesman: Golden shipping container at St. Edward's University is a videoconferencing portal to the world

Austin American-Statesman: Golden shipping container at St. Edward's University is a videoconferencing portal to the world

My two new college-aged friends -- at least I think we're friends, we just met -- love to hang out with their friends, shop and hit the beach when it's not too crowded. One of them loves horror movies, the other is really into action films. They've both gearing up for exams coming up in their studies of English and French literature

Chicago Tribune: A portal in Daley Plaza can take you to Rwanda during Chicago Ideas Week

Chicago Tribune: A portal in Daley Plaza can take you to Rwanda during Chicago Ideas Week

Visitors can also watch curated portal experiences focusing on particular interests or activities. For example, a high school world history class will connect with teenagers in Gaza City Monday; on Wednesday, Chicago-based hip-hop artist Ric Wilson will perform for a crowd in Mexico City before artists there perform; and musicians Eddie Taylor Jr. and Harmonica Hinds will perform a blues concert for an audience in Kigali, Rwanda Saturday.

Greenwich Time: A Door to Human Connection

Greenwich Time: A Door to Human Connection

A stream of some 10 fourth-grade girls poured out of a metallic gold shipping container into the bright sunshine at Greenwich Academy. "Oh my gosh, that was so fun," several said, smiles on their faces. Inside, the students had been speaking with students in Honduras through a live stream, full-body video connection.  They talked about their favorite parts of school and what they like to do for fun with the help of a translator.

Global Citizen: Displaced Iraqi Children Call on US Leadership for Help

Global Citizen: Displaced Iraqi Children Call on US Leadership for Help

Last week, members of the US House of Representatives met with displaced students from Erbil, Iraq, to highlight the magnitude of humanitarian crises in the world. The event was co-hosted by Global Citizen, Global Campaign for Education-US; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA; U.S. Fund for UNICEF; and A World at School. 

Hilltop Views: Inside the Portal Conversing with 2 Honduran Girls

Hilltop Views: Inside the Portal Conversing with 2 Honduran Girls

Going into the Portal, I did not entirely know what to expect. I mean, I was about to go into this golden shipping crate that was supposed to connect me with someone across the globe. What was I going to say? what kind of questions would they ask me? Would I be awkward? My mind went into this experience loaded with questions. However, as I propelled myself into an eye-opening conversation, I soon learned that the selfish questions wandering through my mind were unnecessary

Jesuit Refugee Service: Iraqi Children Ask U.S. Lawmakers for Help

Jesuit Refugee Service: Iraqi Children Ask U.S. Lawmakers for Help

Omar, an articulate, polite and outwardly jovial 15-year-old from near Mosul, Iraq, is a typical teenager in many ways. He enjoys hanging out with friends, is close to his family and hopes one-day to become a journalist. But he is missing an essential part of growing up – attending school. 

Universal Cargo: Golden Shipping Containers Instantly Transport People To Other Parts Of The World

Universal Cargo: Golden Shipping Containers Instantly Transport People To Other Parts Of The World

If you see a golden shipping container, step inside and be instantly transported to another part of the world. It sounds like science fiction or fantasy, but these portals exist. No, they haven’t actually invented teleportation; however, this may just be the most innovative use of shipping containers yet. And it’s such a simple idea. All it really takes is a shipping container, a camera, a microphone, and an internet connection. Oh yeah, and some gold paint.

Forbes: How Two Artists Are Using Shipping Containers To Talk To Refugees Around The World

Forbes: How Two Artists Are Using Shipping Containers To Talk To Refugees Around The World

It might not be a magical armoire from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, or Doctor Who’s time-traveling TARDIS, but “Portals” from artist collective Shared Studios certainly has its own story to tell.

Spearheaded by Yale Law School-educated artist and journalist Amar Bakshi and multimedia journalist Michelle Moghtader, the international exhibit takes gold spray-painted shipping containers and outfits them with immersive audio-visual technology to allow strangers to converse with one another from across the globe. The latest “Portal” was unveiled at the United Nations on World Refugees Day on June 20, 2016, as part of the U.N.’s free “Refugees” exhibit that runs until September 2016.

TipInfo: Milwaukee, Newark Make Community Connections Through A Digital Portal

TipInfo: Milwaukee, Newark Make Community Connections Through A Digital Portal

Recently, groups of residents from Milwaukee and Newark, New Jersey met to share ideas and strategies they use to reduce violence in their respective communities. The conversation gave the groups — both from low-income, mostly black neighborhoods — an opportunity to delve into some weighty topics like prisoner re-entry, and share a few laughs in a face-to-face setting, all while remaining more than 700 miles apart.