Kristine Wong

Dutch Collective Broodfonds Provides Gift-Based Health Insurance for Freelancers

Freelance workers are known to be intrepid by nature. But perhaps the bravest — and most vulnerable — among them are those who don’t have anyone to rely on for financial help, in case they become disabled or too ill to work. That problem appears to have been addressed in the Netherlands, thanks to a trio that came up with the idea for Broodfonds (English translation: Breadfunds), an alternative kind of disability insurance that can replace lost income.

September 14, 2017

Berlin’s Holzmarkt Shows the Incredible Potential of Urban Villages

Creative placemaking — a concept that employs a specific strategy to infuse the arts and culture into a space — can be seen in different forms all around the world. Now, one creative placemaking project along the waterfront in Berlin, Germany — near where the Berlin Wall once stood — has transformed into a robust urban village.

August 24, 2017


Participatory Budgeting is Gaining Momentum in the US. How Does it Work?

But now participatory budgeting, a concept in which citizens get to vote democratically on how a particular pot of public funds will be spent, has been gaining traction across the U.S. over the last few years, and promising to give citizens a voice in these matters.

March 30, 2017


FoodCycle Prevents Food Waste and Builds Community, One Meal at a Time

But while a proliferation of food waste apps hope to combat the problem through technology, FoodCycle is tackling it by serving up hot meals to those who need it — along with providing a place for diners to build community and face-to-face friendships.

February 9, 2017