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We are fusing massive data analysis with knowledge from the crowd and professional reporting to build a new kind of journalism that better serves the public. We’re just getting started and we’re glad you stopped by. Check out our stories, discover what we’re doing and join us in building a new kind of journalism.

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Why Culture Matters for Demographics

Mother, daughter, grandaughter riding metro in japan. Aging, three generations.

With two days left in Paris, Lucian Perkins and I are roughly two thirds of the way through our field reporting for Orb’s transmedia story on ageing and eldercare. We’ve spoken to researchers, social scientists, care managers, elderly men and women and careworkers. Some of what I’ve learned bears out the data points I looked at before setting out. Other conversations offer additional clarity on trends. But some influencing factors have surfaced that I hadn’t taken into consideration.

A New Tool for Journalists to Hear the Crowd

A new tool to help anyone survey the crowd and get more credible results.

Breaking Ground

It’s easy to dismiss this global destruction as an unfortunate environmental mishap, yet the ways we grow food are causing this destruction. Simply put, we need to apply new methods of growing food.

Orb8: Food, (Health, Environment, Trade)
SDG17: 15 Life on Land (15.3, 2.4, 2.a, 2.b, 3.9, 9.4, 12.2)

Breaking Ground

How do farmers learn their craft? And how do they balance the health of their soil with the productivity of their land? These are questions we wanted to ask farmers all over the world.

Orb8: Food (Education, Environment, Trade)
SDG17: 15 Life on Land (15.3, 2.4, 2.a, 2.b, 4.7, 9.4, 12.2)

Breaking Ground

Brazil has transformed the Cerrado, a grassland south of the Amazon, into a major soy producing region, but as soy plantations blanket the region they lay waste to the Cerrado’s soils.

Orb8: Food (Water, Environment, Trade)
SDG17: 15 Life on Land (15.2, 15.3, 15.5, 15.9, 15.a, 15.b, 15.c, 2.4, 2.a, 2.b, 9.4, 12.2)

Breaking Ground

Soil is a finite, fragile resource everywhere in the world, but in Montana, farmers and ranchers who don’t treat it that way risk losing the ground from under their feet.

Orb8: Food (Education, Environment, Trade)
SDG17: 15 Life on Land (4, 9, 12, 15)

Orb featured on A Path Appears

New York Times' Nick Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's new project, A Path Appears, features Molly as a guest blogger.

One World. One Story.

Just like the duck and the hare, once you see the world as a connected whole, you can’t “unsee” it!

Financial Shock

It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live; the question isn’t if you’ve faced a financial emergency but when — and when you did, how you managed it. We use this question as a barometer to measure the efficacy of financial inclusion and the success of poverty alleviation around the world.

Orb8: Trade (Education, Governance)
SDG17: 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth (8.3, 8.5, 8.10, 1.4, 1.5, 9.3, 9.a, 10.2, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 17.1)