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A U.N. AGENCY'S RADICAL EXPERIMENT IN ADDRESSING THE REFUGEE CRISIS

This article was originally published by FastCompany in its Most Creative People section.

THE HIVE, AN INITIATIVE OF THE U.N. REFUGEE AGENCY, HAS BOLD AMBITIONS: SOLVE THE REFUGEE CRISIS, AND USE DATA TO TRANSFORM NONPROFITS.

BY DAVID ZAX

When I meet Brian Reich at a restaurant in Manhattan, I ask him what's new. "Just trying to solve the refugee crisis," he says casually.

The first half of Brian Reich’s CV sounds like something out of Parks and Recreation. In 1997, at 18, Reich became the youngest member of Bill Clinton’s speechwriting team. He took time off from college two years later to become Al Gore’s briefing director at the White House. "I grew up working in politics," is how he puts it. He cut his teeth fretting over swing voters, and still refers to Bush vs. Gore as the time "the Supreme Court took my job away."

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Rethinking The Role Of Tech Companies In The Refugee Crisis

The urgent humanitarian situation in Europe has pushed the ongoing global refugee crisis to the forefront of U.S. consciousness. There are currently 60 million people around the world who have been forced to flee their homes because of war, conflict or persecution. Lots of people in the U.S. want to do something about this, but don’t know where to start.

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