working together to grow small ideas.

Our final blog for the 100&Change competition was just posted on the MacArthur Foundation’s site, but you can also check it out below! Thank you to everyone for being part of this journey with us — we’ll get back to you later next month with news about the finals! In our original 100&Change application we…

celebrating bilispec’s success.

For those who may not be familiar, every February an organization called Saving Lives at Birth (SL@B) puts out a call for proposals. They ask for projects that demonstrate “groundbreaking prevention and treatment approaches for pregnant women and newborns in poor, hard-to-reach communities around the time of delivery.” The organization typically receives anywhere between 500-700 applications…

reflections from malawi: prototyping at the polytechnic

Readers! Matt is back on the blogging front, gracing us with his unique insights into life at the Polytechnic Design Studio. Last week, the studio opened its doors to any and all interested in learning prototyping software. Here are his reflections… Here at the Poly, the diploma students are getting close to graduation and are…

innovation defined. 

As an arts and humanities major in college — and in life — I’ve found myself a bit lost at points while working for Rice 360°.  I’m confident I can win an argument, write a poem, read a piece of music, and maybe even pull off a decent painting if I tried; but, trying to…

the cracks in my armor.

“You’re just a tourist inside someone else’s suffering until you can’t get it out of your head; until you take it home with you — across a freeway, or a country, or an ocean.” – Leslie Jamison After many months of seeing Queen Elizabeth Hospital in photographs and trying to convey to our primarily American audience…

advice for future global healthers.

Hi 360° readers! I’m back with another post about the few things I’ve realized in my short time exploring the field of global health, some I somewhat expected and others that took me by surprise.  1.   There is no immediate gratification in global health; studying global health issues and finding solutions requires relentless pursuit. It…

the hopeful side of maybe. 

As strange as it sounds, Malawi looks like my North Carolinian college town in early fall when the days are still warm. Leaves fall, golden yellow and brown from some of the trees, dancing at the wind’s whim. Puffs of dust dance alongside, leaving everything with a fresh sprinkling of rich, red earth, particularly my…

air time is found time. 

Good evening readers – After a pretty long hiatus, the blog is up and running again. In fact, this makes two posts in one day! And, for a change, you’ll be hearing from me – Emily – the communications director for Rice 360°. I’ve put very little of my voice up here because I’m new…

the other side of universal healthcare.

Good morning blog readers — We thought it was about time for another guest blogger. Meet Shravya Kakulamarri, a rising sophomore from Redmond, WA majoring in Biochemistry and minoring in Global Health Technologies at Rice. This summer, she’s completing a Rice 360 internship in Barretos , Brazil.  Shravya has been a communications and marketing person’s…

to be human is to collaborate.

During the last several weeks, the NEST360° team has met with government and university officials across Malawi, Tanzania, and Nigeria to collect feedback on our proposal. These meetings have made me think of a proverb from my country: “kalikokha nkanyama, ali awiri ndi anthu,” meaning to be human is to work alongside and collaborate with…

NEST360° Facebook Live is coming…

Africa has the highest neonatal mortality rate in the world. But we don’t have to perpetuate the idea that African newborns are bound to die regardless of our intervention. With support from #100andChange, we can put this myth to rest. #NEST360 will generate continent-wide change within a decade, saving the lives of 500,000 newborns every year at a…