Our Stories

A world teetering on the financial edge

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)

How do people around the world get money when they need it most?

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)

Part One: From the Ground Up

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)

Part Two: Where the Grass is Greener

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)

Part Three: Holding 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)

Part Four: The Ecology of Knowledge

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)

Part Five: Common 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)

Part One: Is there room for families in the global labor trade?

As birth rates decline, developed countries are attracting foreign workers to fill essential jobs. Governments and employers embrace adult immigrants for labor, but often treat children as an unwanted burden.

Orb8: Trade (Governance, Health, Education)
SDG17: 8 Decent Work & Economic Growth (8.8, 10.2, 10.4, 10.7, 10.c, 3.c, 4)

Part Two: Inside the Global Nursing Trade

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)

A global exploration of violence between partners

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)