The social entrepreneurs behind mimycri are turning migrants' broken and discarded rubber boats into designer bags and wallets - not only offering refugees meaningful jobs, but also helping to reduce plastic waste in the process.
By bringing together locals and foreigners through intercultural exchange, Migraflix is helping to flip the typical immigrant paradigm on its head. Rather than being seen as foreigners in need of help from their new country, instead they become entrepreneurs, enriching their new communities with their own unique skills.
For refugees fleeing war and persecution, starting over in a foreign country can be a major challenge. RefAid is a mobile app that connects users with local services offered by aid organisations, to help new arrivals re-establish their lives.
Translation is extremely important for refugees, and communication is often hindered by interpretation problems or delays in organising translations. Tarjimly could soon be a faster connection to a translator, on a platform that many people already use: Facebook Messenger.
Banks in Jordan are using iris scan technology to help Syrian refugees access cash assistance provided by the UNHCR.
Germany certainly hasn't been backward in its approach to helping migrants; the generosity shown by both its government and the ordinary people on the streets has set an example to many other European countries. And now there's yet another initiative coming out of the country's capital. A new popup coworking space has recently opened in Berlin, offering the city's startups a space to meet up and work on projects that help refugees.
A web platform launched by the International Rescue Committee earlier this year looks to make it easier for Syrian refugees in Lebanon to find reliable aid and commercial services.
There are tonnes of good ideas that can change the world. Regular readers of RESET will already know of a few. Every month, we will choose one idea that stands out thanks to its impact and innovative approach. Our favourite project in August: First Contact.
If you've read the news recently you might well think that nobody in Europe has any interest in helping refugees. Governments are struggling to form a response to the current crisis, busy shifting the burden onto their neighbours, and arguing about quotas.