Society

  • Bosnia: Young people with the courage to stay

    By on March 20, 2018

    Two decades after the war that tore their country apart, citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina are still hoping to join the European Union. It’s a dream that some don’t wait for, as several thousands flee to the West in hope of a better life. While others, less conformist, choose to stay in order to rebuild what has been lost. 

  • Romania: Teenage romance in a digital era

    By on Jan. 3, 2018

    Romanian teenagers are living in a glass cube. In an age where teenage relationships start and end online and where it's easiest to hide behind a smartphone screen, it can be difficult to find refuge. Stories from the ground show just how complex the issue is. 

  • Greek youth: When Facebook trumps traditional media

    By on Dec. 6, 2017

    Young people in Greece no longer watch the news. At least not often, and they are not ashamed to say it. The general consensus among young Greeks is that the Fourth Estate is no longer trustworthy; it is only used to spread fear so that politicians behind the media corporations can get their way. But if they read the news selectively and full of doubt, how do they stay informed?

  • Georgette Sand: When history makes women invisible

    By on Nov. 23, 2017

    Did you know that the oldest university in the world was founded by a woman? Or that the father of rock'n'roll was not a father at all, but a mother? Probably not. History rarely keeps track of important women; in fact, it often renders them invisible. In response to the systematic erasure of women from history books, Georgette Sand, a French feminist collective, wrote Ni Vues Ni Connues.

  • Dutch YouTubers get high with government money

    By on Nov. 3, 2017

    The Dutch YouTube channel Drugslab just celebrated its 500,000 subscribers. Nellie Benner, Bastiaan Rosman, and Rens Polman take trips for science, riding highs from recreational drugs to teach the world about the effects they have on the body and the brain. Every week, a new substance is tested in front of the camera. Oh yeah, and the Dutch government funds the network that produces the show.

  • Mass tourism in Mallorca: Trouble in paradise

    By on Oct. 31, 2017

    Mallorca is not all about sea, sun and sex. The island’s population, which makes up less than 1 million residents, is starting to feel the weight of the 2 million tourists that arrive each summer. Locals have had enough of rent prices rising and public spaces disappearing. During a protest last month they finally faced the music and said what had to be said: “it has come to this.” 

  • SKATE Nepal: Rolling over gender inequality

    By on Sept. 12, 2017

    Bibbi Abruzzini and Zyanya Jackson worked together with Refurb Skate in Nepal to document how skateboarding has the potential to empower young women and children. Through searing heat and torrential rain, what emerged was a community of stoked boarders - girls and boys alike. All it took for these two young Europeans to find magic were two essential weapons: a camera and a skateboard. 

  • Nikki Mattocks: "Social media is a blessing and a curse"

    By on Aug. 10, 2017

    At the age of six, Nikki Mattocks was telling her mother she didn’t want to be on this planet anymore. But when life gave her lemons, she threw them in the bin and became a mental health advocate. A story from the UK on youth, pain, recovery and the dangers of social media. 

  • Cool Britannia, Calm Britannia? 

    By on June 1, 2017

    A sharp and catchy font, a crown to match the royal poise of the words below, and a striking red back-drop: the Keep Calm and Carry On poster is dripping in Britishness. But how did these five words come to be emblematic of British culture, and do they really reflect a common mindset?

  • How Finland could be a smoke-free country by 2030

    By on April 18, 2017

    The days of lighting up in Helsinki are numbered. Finland will become the first country in the world to introduce a total ban on smoking, which is expected to come into effect in 2030.