Orb tells stories that challenge our assumptions and unite us around our human story.

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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Money Emergency

The World Bank’s 2014 Global Findex survey suggests that formal financial structures give people resiliency when financial emergencies happen, but it turns out that formal financial structures don't increase a person’s ability to weather a financial shock.

Orb8: Trade (Education, Governance)
SDG17: 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth (8.10, 1.4, 1.5)

Breaking Ground

Life comes from the ground up. All life, virtually every bite of food you’ve ever eaten, comes from the brown stuff, Soil. And while we don’t think about it, soil is a finite resource—a living ecosystem that’s way more complex, important and fragile than you think.

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

Excess Baggage

No country in the world sends more nurses to work abroad than the Philippines. From a Finnish language class in Manila to the halls of a Helsinki hospital, we find out what's lost when a skilled worker migrates to another country, and what can be done about it.

Orb8: Trade (Governance, Health, Education)
SDG17: 8 Decent Work & Economic Growth (8.8, 10.2, 10.4, 10.7, 10.c, 3.8, 3.c)

Orb: The Journey Begins!

Molly Bingham at TEDxSMU

The story of how we got here and a look at where we're going.

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No Place Like Home

In Sweden it’s 28 percent. In Nicaragua, 29. In Uganda it’s 59 percent. Whether you call it “domestic violence”, “partner violence” or “intimate partner violence” there is one key reality: It’s everywhere. This is the story we want to share.

Orb8: Health (Governance, Trade)
SDG17: 3 Good Health & Well-Being (4.7, 5.1, 5.2, 5.a, 16.1, 16.3)