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A New Vision for Humanitarians and Open Data


 
Humanitarian work is rapidly evolving. As crises emerge and unfold, digital technologies and networked communities are changing the way information is collected, distributed, analyzed, and acted upon. The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) published a comprehensive report on the impact of these technologies and made a powerful statement calling for “more diverse and bottom-up forms of decision-making – something that most Governments and humanitarian organizations are not designed for." With an abundance of information being produced around crisis events, there is a need to rethink how technology is used in support of humanitarian action.   

“Dronies” and the Flipping of a Conversation

This time last year, drones were a hot topic of conversation.  The discussion focused on the military use of drones, which lead to widespread negative sentiment among the general public.  It was also around this time that frog started exploring the positive potential of drones as a personal device for everyday people.

What Defines the Designer of the Future?

Sharing. Entrepreneurism. Coding.

What do these traits have in common? They belong to the designer of the future, according to a panel of experts gathered at frog Amsterdam in February to discuss the future designer.

Improving Access to Medical Oxygen

The Oxygen Gap

Rwanda and Kenya experience an infant mortality rate that is eight to ten times greater than that of the U.S. The top six causes are all related to respiratory failure, and in many cases these deaths are avoidable if patients receive proper ventilation and oxygen. However, access to oxygen in east Africa is limited, expensive and unreliable.

What Do frogs Read?

On a daily basis, frogs email tidbits of knowledge in the form of a podcast recommendation or an article link. We're constantly listening to the musings around us and believe keeping a list of podcasts, articles, and magazines is beneficial to our intellectual diet. So, we decided to pose a simple question to frogs around the world: What do you read? Below you'll find a list of the top five books, websites, podcasts, periodicals, and blogs we consume and love.

What are some of your favorites? Let us know in the comments. 

We Are the Builders of Tech Revolutions. Why Are They Still a Surprise?

We should expect another digital revolution, or two, or three.  In fact, I would like to think we could plot them like stops on a subway line, or – introducing free will – cities on a map.

Launching Point B’s Design-Thinking Center for Community Engagement in Myanmar

After more than 50 years under military rule, Myanmar (formerly Burma) is just beginning to open up to be a free and democratic nation. The people of Myanmar currently face challenges and complexity that vastly exceed the creative resources available to address them. Point B Design + Training (pointB), a partner of frog, is leveraging this unique time and context to change the story of Myanmar from seeing problems to creating new possibilities.

Reviewing Cosmos: A Personal Voyage


 
I’ll admit it. I was ready to dislike the new FOX and National Geographic series, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. You don’t mess with a man’s childhood memories.

From frog Milan: Design for Everyday Life

On February15th, frog Milan hosted the 3rd annual World Information Architecture Day: a global sharing of experience and vision among the IA community. Taking place in 24 cities on 6 continents, the Milan event attracted 120 enthusiastic participants to frog’s studio for a day of sharing and collaboration themed “Design for a Better Everyday.”