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Stories of Resilience

Sep 18, 2020

Who’s Your Unsung Hero? Here are ten to get you thinking!

By Andrew R. Marshall

This week’s Stories of Resilience post has been written in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Unsung Heroes Initiative. 2020 has been a really tough year, for so many reasons. The scourge of COVID-19 has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives, and caused massive economic disruption that’s brought heartbreak and hardship to millions. In the US, […]

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Stories of Resilience

Aug 12, 2020

Food relief on the frontlines

By Andrea Snyder

The world is facing an unprecedented global health crisis in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Stories of Resilience

Jun 18, 2020

Houseless in a pandemic: How community “shows up” for their own to survive and thrive together

By Andrea Snyder and Jacqueline Malaret

Houseless individuals are experiencing firsthand how the pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities and further stigmatized the houseless population.

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Stories of Resilience

Jun 3, 2020

Art as medicine: COVID-19, and the Black Lives Matter movement

Throughout centuries, artists from Francisco Goya to Frida Kahlo have created art for the purpose of healing, unleashing it as a tool for gratitude, compassion, love, and solidarity in crises of health—both personal and collective.

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Stories of Resilience

May 14, 2020

Cosa Buena: A good thing for art and public health in Oaxaca

In the city of Oaxaca, Mexico one social enterprise has taken its relationship with local artists to a new level in the coronavirus pandemic, collaborating with them to create and design sustainable handwashing stations.

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Stories of Resilience

Apr 29, 2020

Building Virtual Communities: The Power of Technology to Connect People

Today’s technology has become the connective tissue of our physically distant lives and positioned us to quickly learn about and respond to COVID-19.

Coronavirus Eastern Europe

Stories of Resilience

Apr 23, 2020

It Takes a Village: Helping the Most Vulnerable in Crisis

India’s coronavirus lockdown has sparked an economic pandemic. A collective of community groups and non-profits in Chennai stepped in to help.

Coronavirus India

Stories of Resilience

Apr 16, 2020

In crisis, social connectedness builds more resilient communities

Grocery stores are building more resilient communities as COVID-19 has required people to stay home and away from their neighborhood eateries.

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

Stories of Resilience

Apr 8, 2020

Refugee women: The most vulnerable and yet the most resilient in this pandemic

By Priyali Sur & Vanessa Davaroukas

Refugee women will be disproportionately affected by COVID-19, living in densely populated conditions without government support. Yet their resilience and sense of personal agency is inspiring others around the globe.

Coronavirus Greece

Stories of Resilience

Apr 1, 2020

The First Responders of Fashion

From luxury designers to ordinary citizens, the coronavirus pandemic is inspiring thousands to take to their sewing machines, united by a common thread: making masks for those on the frontlines of this crisis.

Coronavirus Resilience & Society

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New Atlanticist

Mar 19, 2019

#StrongerWithAllies: Meet the Latvian who leads NATO’s fight against fake news

By Hal Foster

Sarts believes the ultimate defense against fake news will be to inoculate people against it.

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Nov 12, 2019

Art of the Egyptian revolution

By MENASource

In 2011, Egyptians came out in unprecedented numbers to organize and build a revolution that inspired the region. One of the ways they did this was through street art. MENASource interviewed well-known Egyptian artist Ammar Abo Bakr on how street art began in Egypt and where it stands today.

Human Rights Middle East

New Atlanticist

Jan 30, 2019

#StrongerWithAllies: Lives literally depend on the work of this Polish officer

By Hal Foster

As head of the Polish Armed Forces’ biological, chemical and nuclear decontamination team, Maronski’s job was to check the returning troops for Ebola and decontaminate them before getting them to doctors.

NATO Poland


Jun 3, 2019

The right man for the right time  

By Andy Hunder

“God probably has a great sense of humor,” reckons Borys Gudziak, president of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) in Lviv. The US-born archbishop transformed what was designed to be the Soviet communist party’s atheist ideology center in western Ukraine into a thriving catholic university. The irony of this transformation is not lost on him. Only […]

Civil Society Nationalism

New Atlanticist

Jan 15, 2019

#StrongerWithAllies: Danish sergeant wants to ‘help make a change’

By Graham Lanktree

“When I had the chance to volunteer, I volunteered,” said the now thirty-two-year-old sergeant in the Danish Military Police.


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