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From a hurricane, a butterfly emerges

Applying the Method of Somatic Experiencing to Humanitarian Aid in Puerto Rico By Elsbeth Horbaty, Rain Barrel Associate Deeply moved by the devastation hurricane Maria had caused in Puerto Rico in September 2017, I was determined to support the recovery work on the island, hoping that my knowledge of humanitarian assistance operations and my newly […]

Panoramic View from the SBCC Summit

Rain Barrel’s co-director, Robert Cohen, participated in the excellent 2018 SBCC Summit in Bali.  He was honored to have been asked by the steering committee to help draft the Final Declaration, including post-conference feedback and suggestions from participants. You can read it here. Robert came away from the summit with three main impressions: 1) an important shift […]

Inspiring Support for Your Campaigns: Nudging in the Right Direction

Rain Barrel Communications is pleased that our “Nudge Seminar” is up and running! If you are as inspired by TED Talks or academic lectures as we are, but unsure how to translate what you have heard into practice, this seminar is for your organization or company. We explore five well-known theories of behavior and social change, including the theory of providing small nudges, which comes […]

Zambia adopts Rain Barrel designed strategy to end child marriage

We are pleased to learn that the advocacy and communication strategy our team designed to support efforts to end child marriage in Zambia has been endorsed by the Ministry of Gender. According to the country office of UNICEF in Zambia, which commissioned the consultancy, the strategy document will guide national social and behavior change communication-related […]

Sustainable Development becomes Bigger Business for Big Business

A significant trend in the corporate world is the mainstreaming of sustainable development concerns into their efforts to become more responsive corporate citizens. Many companies have upgraded their CSR programs, making them more substantial and tied more deeply into their business models. As part of this process, businesses are exploring ways to create more effective […]

Celebrating role models and champions for ending child marriage in Zambia

Our Rain Barrel team – Teresa Stuart, Andrew Carlson and Chola Lungu – working with the Government of Zambia through its Ministry of Gender, recently concluded a contract with UNICEF to develop a comprehensive advocacy and communication strategy and a monitoring and evaluation framework.  This time it was on “Ending child marriage in Zambia”. Working […]

New partnership announcement: youth video workshops for social change

  The One Minutes Foundation and Rain Barrel Communications are pleased to announce their new partnership to empower young people around the world to promote social change. Since 2002, The One Minutes Jr. has organized innovative workshops giving young people the opportunity to make their voices heard. Through creation of 60-second videos in a collaborative […]

Puerto Rico: Helping Those Who Help Others

Cover: Artist in front of her mural destroyed by hurricane Maria, picking up new material for the art of the future. Puerto de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2018 (Photo E. Horbaty) By Elsbeth Horbaty * In January 2018, I spent three weeks in Puerto Rico supporting groups of women and men who have been […]