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Natasha Freidus

Facilitator, digital storyteller, tech for good

Natasha has spent the past fifteen years facilitating the use of media and technology for social good. She is the founder of NeedsList, a social enterprise connecting refugee aid workers with responders around the world. Natasha lives in Southwest France with her family where she co-founded a local refugee solidarity effort.

When Voting 'Blanc' Is Voting White

Don't vote for your privilege, vote against racism, vote against fascism, vote against Le Pen. Choose the chicken. It may not be ideal, but it's the reality. There are already enough plates of crap in the world.
28/04/2017 15:57 BST

Democracy Lessons

On Saturday January 20th I stood with a group of a few hundred Americans in front of the U.S. Embassy in Athens. It was thrilling to be a part of simultaneous marches across the world for women's rights. The gathering began at 4pm, and at 4:30 we were politely told to cross the street, our slot was up.
09/02/2017 11:15 GMT

Open Sourcing Our Values

<img alt="tech for good" src="http://i.huffpost.com/gen/4343170/original.jpg" width="300" height="35" /> What you may not have heard about is the tremendous groundswell of tech innovation in response to the refugee crisis. In a historically unprecedented humanitarian response, developers all over have come up with a solution for pretty much every refugee-related challenge you can think of
25/12/2016 22:20 GMT

On Why I'm A Human(rights)itarian

I became immersed in this world of humanitarian work, and quickly realized that it's hard to talk about long-term change when kids in front of you have nothing to eat. But here's the thing. What does it mean to talk about humanitarian aid in a crisis, when there's no end in sight?
22/08/2016 15:27 BST

Saving Others, Saving Ourselves

As we collectively navigate this crisis we must consider the cost of failing to act. Essa, Danika, and Maria are living proof of how our society benefits when refugees have the opportunity to learn, to work, and to give. Acting on behalf of refugees is not merely altruistic. In Danika's words, "By saving refugees, we are saving ourselves, our future, our morality, and our civilization."
21/06/2016 13:17 BST

Paris, City of Blight, City of Forgotten Refugees

Whether the new camp promised by Mayor Hidalgo will improve the situation remains to be seen. In the meantime, the crisis is acute with volunteers from throughout Europe sending hygiene kits, sleeping bags, and tents to provide aid. Aid to the refugee camps -- in the green gardens of Paris.
21/06/2016 11:28 BST

Reducing Duplication of Efforts in the Refugee Crisis

One family needed a fridge, another needed size four diapers, another little boy had no sandals, and everyone could use regular food deliveries. The needs changed week to week, day to day. People wanted to help, they just didn't know how.
03/06/2016 19:02 BST