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The Rockefeller Foundation 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge Blog

March 28, 2014. "Can a House Be Typhoon-Proof and Earthquake-Proof at the Same Time?"

Aurora Alemendral interviews Gordon Goodell, Build Change's chief operating officer, about rebuilding in the Philippines, for The Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities blog. Learn more here.

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Le Nouvelliste

February 12, 2014. "Sogesol et Build Change lancent ''Kredi Bèlkay''" (Trans: "Sogesol and Build Change launch "Kredi Bèlkay"")

Sogesol is helping rebuild Haiti by joining Build Change to launch a new microfinance program, called, 'Bèlkay Kredi'. Learn more here.

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Rappler

February 2, 2014. "Building back better: Lessons from Aceh, Sichuan and Haiti"

Elizabeth Hausler Strand writes about the opportunities to build back better in post-disaster situations. Available here.



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Forbes

December 3, 2013. "What kind of philanthropist are you? A how-to for aligning your giving with your personal values"

Build Change is noted as an example of a nonprofit which is reinventing existing patterns to create long-term change. Available here.


Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

November 19, 2013. "Lo que América Latina necesita saber acerca de los terremotos"

Dr. Hausler Strand’s post on disaster risk reduction is translated and featured on the Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo website. Click here to read the blog (in Spanish).


National Public Radio

November 18, 2013. "NPR's All Things Considered: How And Where Should We Rebuild After Natural Disasters?"

Build Change is interviewed about reconstruction in post-disaster situations. Read and listen to the story here.

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The Buckminster Fuller Challenge

August 21, 2013. "The Buckminster Fuller Challenge 2013 Semi-Finalists"

Build Change is selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge. Established in 2007, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge aims to support the development and implementation of solutions with significant potential to solve the world's most pressing problems in the shortest possible time while enhancing the Earth's ecological integrity. Read more.


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SumbarOnline.com

June 17, 2013. "Warga Lubuk Alung Bersaing Ketat Produksi Bata Terkuat"

Build Change held a “Better Building Materials” community event in the Nagari Pasie Alung Lubuk Laweh District in West Sumatra, Indonesia, to determine which brick manufacturer produced the strongest bricks in the area. Click here to learn more.


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Lakay Weekly

June 6, 2013. "J/P HRO and Build Change, advocating community involvement"

Lakay Weekly reports on the press conference held by Build Change and J/P HRO on June 3, 2013, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. The organizations showcased their progress and explained their mission to the press and to the public. Read the story.


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Le Nouvelliste

June 7, 2013. "Des recoins de Delmas 32 respirent un air de reconstruction"

Build Change and J/P HRO work in partnership with homeowners and builders to build earthquake-resistant houses and create jobs in Delmas 32. Click here to learn more.


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Haiti Press Network

June 4, 2013. "Haïti: le J/P HRO et la Build Change pour le renforcement des maisons classées 'jaune'"

Build Change and J/P HRO work in partnership with homeowners and builders to build earthquake-resistant houses and create jobs in Delmas 32. Read the article here (in French).


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SEAONC Newsletter

June 2013. "2013 SEAONC Scholarships and Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards"

Degenkolb Engineers and Build Change won the Award of Excellence for our Haiti Seismic Evaluation and Retrofit Guidelines. This award is for outstanding achievement in the development of structural engineering practice and concepts through the analysis, design, evaluation and/or testing of structures resulting in the preparation of a study, research project, guideline or reference standard. Click here to learn more.


The World Economic Forum

April 25, 2013. "What Latin America Needs to Know About Earthquakes"

Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand’s blog on disaster risk reduction is featured on The World Economic Forum’s blog. Read it here.


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Semana Económica

April 25, 2013. A live interview with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand at the World Economic Forum on Latin America.

Hans Rothgiesser from Semana Económica interviews Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand at the World Economic Forum on Latin America, held in Lima, Peru. Watch the interview.


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The Huffington Post

April 23, 2013. "Earthquakes are inevitable. Disasters don't have to be."

Dr. Hausler Strand’s blog on disaster risk reduction is featured on The Huffington Post website. Click here to read the blog.


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Signal FM Haiti

April 22, 2013. "Community Meeting on the Application of Seismic Standards in Petit-Goave"

This article (in French) mentions how Build Change supported Panos Caribbean by training journalists in construction messages and participating in a large community meeting about safe construction practices. Read the article.


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InfoSumbar

April 9, 2013. "Ibu Rusi sang Pembuat Bata; Contoh Nyata Kuatnya Seorang Wanita"

This article (in Bahasa Indonesia) features the work Build Change does to help brickmakers near Padang, West Sumatra, produce better building materials. Click here to read the story.


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ASRI Magazine

April 2013. “Earthquake-Resistant House Campaign and Demonstration”

This article features the February Build Change Indonesia Grand Opening event in Bandung, West Java. It also highlights the work Build Change is doing to train others about earthquake-resistant design and construction. Click here to read the article.


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Kiva Blog

March 8, 2013. “Women Who Start: Why these entrepreneurs should be honored on International Women’s Day”

For International Women’s Day, Kiva discusses why women make great social entrepreneurs and showcases four women entrepreneurs impacting the world, including Build Change CEO and Founder Elizabeth Hausler Strand. Read more.


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See Change Magazine

March 4, 2013. Women who start: Why these social entrepreneurs are talented in new ways”

Elizabeth Hausler Strand is featured as one of four women social entrepreneurs who are impacting the world and making a difference. Click here to read the article.


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Lakay Weekly

January 17 - 23, 2013. "Build Change works with Haitian engineers, contractors to prepare homes for future natural disasters"

Lakay Weekly discusses how Build Change has worked with homeowners, Haiti's Ministry of Public Works and partner organizations and provided technical assistance to help families in Haiti retrofit or build new 1,100 earthquake-resistant homes. The article also highlights the benefits of retrofitting houses versus building temporary shelters after a disaster. View the full story.

Built Expressions

December 2012 – Volume 1, Issue 12. "'Build Change' – Builds a Better Future in Seismic Zones"

Built Expressions, a civil engineering and architecture magazine based in India, features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand and Build Change’s homeowner-driven approach to post-disaster reconstruction. View the full story.

Radar Kepahiyang (Indonesian newspaper)

October 20, 2012. "Build Change Gives Vocational Students a Lesson" (translated)

Build Change's vocational student training program is featured in the Indonesian newspaper Radar Kepahiyang. Read the story (in Indonesian).


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HaitiRewired.com

June 7, 2012. "Build Change Aims to Render Homes Earthquake-Resistant"

Tate Watkins interviews Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand for this article about the founding of Build Change and how its work has changed earthquake-resistant construction in Haiti. Click here to read the article.


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WorldHabitatAwards.org

June 6, 2012. "World Habitat Awards 2012: finalists announced!"

Build Change is selected as one of 12 finalists in the 2012 World Habitat Awards for the organization's post-earthquake reconstruction efforts in Indonesia. View the announcement.



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KSL.com

May 28, 2012. "Haiti slowly being rebuilt by locals, charities"

Build Change's Gordon Goodell and Kathleen Jeanty are featured by KSL TV in Salt Lake City Utah. Watch the segment.

 

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EchoingGreen.org

May 1, 2012. "Building Change From the Ground Up"

Elizabeth Hausler Strand is featured on the Echoing Green website as part of the site's blog series Unleashing your talent to solve the world's biggest problems. Click here to view the full story.


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Huffington Post IMPACT

April 27, 2012. "Design for Good - A Global Movement and Mission"

Elizabeth Hausler Strand and several other social entrepreneurs using good design to solve significant global issues are interviewed for this article.


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University of Colorado Denver - On the Horizon

Spring 2012. "Alumni Notes"

The University of Colorado Denver's On the Horizon alumni newsletter mentions Dr. Hausler Strand as the recipient of the Schwab Foundation's 2011 Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Click here to see the article.


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Next Billion & Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship

April 2, 2012. "The BIG IDEA: Global Spread of Affordable Housing"

This e-book distills the best practices and accomplishments of Build Change and other social enterprises from posts published on Next Billion in collaboration with Ashoka in Q4 2011 under The BIG IDEA series on affordable housing. This e-book is a resource for practitioners and colleagues working in this sector. Access the publication here.


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PBS Newshour Online

March 29, 2012. "Colo. Nonprofit Helps Quake Victims Rebuild With Better Techniques"

Dr. Hausler Strand is interviewed by David Pelcyger of PBS Newshour Online: View the full story.


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Time for Kids

March 2, 2012. "You've Got Skills - Top Minds"

Dr. Hausler Strand is featured in the You've Got Skills section of the March 2nd issue of Time for Kids. View the article here.

 

 

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UniversalGiving.org

January 31st, 2012. "PhilanthroBuzz - Tips for Non-Profit Partners"

Build Change is featured as a "Success Story" in Universal Giving's membership newsletter PhilanthroBuzz. View the article.


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SOSENSE.org

January 23, 2012. "Build Change: Help Build Earthquake-Resistant Homes!"

View the Build Change Impact Opportunity on SoSense.org here.


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HousingRevolution.org

January 6, 2012. "Building an Earthquake-Resistant House on a Tight Budget"

HousingRevolution features Build Change's low cost improvements construction methods. View the article.

 

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Social Entrepreneur and Build Change Founder Honored for Sustainable Earthquake-Resistant Housing Innovations:

 

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Huffington Post

December 21, 2011. "Building Change One Brick at a Time in Haiti, China and Indonesia" by Lee Schneider.

Huffington Post features Dr. Hausler and describes how Build Change is saving lives in Haiti, China and Indonesia. View the article.


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Bloomberg Businessweek Magazine

November 23, 2011. "Building Knowledge, Not Just Houses, in the Developing World" by John Tozzi.

Businessweek Magazine examines how Build Change is helping Haiti build back smarter by training local builders and engineers. View the article.


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Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

November 2011. EERI Newsletter, November 2011, Volume 45, Number 11

The partnership between Build Change and Degenkolb is featured. View the article here.


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HiltiFoundation.org

October 2011. "Build Change Fuels Hope for Reconstruction"

A profile of Build Change is featured on the Hilti Foundation website, including information and pictures of our Haiti and Indonesia programs. View the page here.


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NextBillion.net

October 31, 2011. "Housing Series: Building a Strong Foundation, When Earthquake Hurricanes Hit Affordable Housing" by Rochelle Beck.

Next Billion launched a month-long series on Housing for All in partnership with Ashoka and featured Build Change. Read the article here.


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National Geographic Magazine

September 2011. "Safe Houses" by Chris Carrol.

Drawing of Build Change's construction design for Haiti. Read the article here.


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WEforum.org

August 30, 2011. "Schwab Foundation Announces US Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2011"

Schwab Foundation announces Dr. Hausler Strand of Build Change as one of the 2011 US Social Entrepreneurs of the Year. Read the article here.


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Huffington Post IMPACT

August 15, 2011. "Constructing a Safer Haiti" by Stacey McMahan

This article features Build Change and partner organization Architecture for Humanity.


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ProFellow

July 10, 2011. "Meet Dr. Hausler, Build Change Founder and Fellowship Winner"

Build Change is featured on the site ProFellow.com, a website dedicated to showcasing Fellowship Winners like Dr. Hausler. Read the article here.


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ELLE Magazine 2011 9 For All Mankind

June 22, 2011. "9 For All Mankind"

Build Change's Founder & CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, is selected as one of the recipients of the ELLE Magazine 2011 9 For All Mankind award. Read more.


2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability Presentation

June 2011. Dr. Hausler Strand presents at the 2011 Eureka Fest and accepts the award for 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the year. Watch here.


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Cement Trust

June 8, 2011. "Build Change's Dr. Hausler Wins $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award"

The Cement Trust blog features Build Change's work in Haiti. Read the blog here.

 

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SciDevNet

June 3, 2011. "Award-Winner Shakes Up Design of Earthquake Proof Homes" by Dyna Rochmyaningsih

SciDevNet discusses the importance of the homeowner-driven reconstruction model used by Build Change in Indonesia. Read the article.

 

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hypeScience

May 26, 2011. "NGO teaches building disaster-proof homes" (in Portuguese)

A discussion of the Three Cs of Build Change. Read more.

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MSNBC Cosmic Log

May 24, 2011. "Disaster-Proof Homes That Don't Suck" by John Roach

John Roach articulates the importance of the three Cs and homeowner empowerment in the work of Build Change. Read the article.


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OnPhilanthropy.com

May 20, 2011. "Building Stronger Communities Out of the Rubble" by Susan Dempsey

A feature on Dr. Hausler Strand, recipient of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Read more here.


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New Scientist

May 18, 2011. "Quake Engineer: Earthquakes Don't Kill, Buildings Do" by Phil McKenna

New Scientist interviews Elizabeth Hausler. Read the article.


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InventorsDigest.com

May 13, 2011.

Inventors Digest features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Read the article.


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Science360.gov

May 10, 2011. "Award Winner Shakes Up Design of Earthquake-Proof Housing"

Science360.gov features Elizabeth Hausler Strand's Lemelson-MIT profile video. Watch here.


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BusinessWire.com

May 10, 2011. "Social Entrepreneur and Build Change Founder Honored for Earthquake-Resistant Housing Innovation"

The online magazine, Business Wire, features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Read the article.


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iStockAnalyst.com

May 10, 2011. "Social Entrepreneur and Build Change Founder Honored for Earthquake-Resistant Housing Innovation"

iStockAnalyst features Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, winner of the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability. Read the article.


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Boston.com

May 10, 2011. "Lemelson-MIT prize goes to Hausler"

Boston.com features Dr. Hausler Strand, winner of the Lemelson-MIT prize. Read the article here.


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Hilti Foundation

April 7, 2011. "Earthquakes Don't Kill People"

The Hilti Foundation features Dr. Hausler Strand with a brief history of Build Change. Read the article.


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ENR California

January 14, 2011. "Forell/Elsesser Teams with Build Change on Haiti Homes Project"

News on the partnership between San Francisco based Forell/Elsesser and Build Change. Read the article.


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KGNU Morning Magazine

January 2011. "An interview with Elizabeth Hausler"

Mauve Conran interviewed Elizabeth Hausler after the January 19th Pakistan Earthquake.

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Stanford Social Innovation Review

Winter 2010. "Grassroots Concrete" by Brandon Keim

The work of Build Change in China and Indonesia is showcased in the Stanford Social Innovation Review Winter 2010 issue. Read the article.

 

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Innovations Journal, Build Back Better

Fall 2010. "Build Earthquake-Resistant Houses in Haiti" by Elizabeth Hausler Strand

An essay by Dr. Hausler Strand on the Build Change homeowner-driven model in Haiti is featured in the Innovations Journal, published by MIT press and the Clinton Global Initiative. Read the essay.

 

Fast Company

September 13, 2010. "Five Innovators Heading to CGI: An NGO Cementing Change"

A feature about Build Change's involvement with the Clinton Global Initiative. Read more.

 

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CH2M Hill

April 21, 2010. "CH2M Hill – Build Change in Haiti Rebuilding After Jan. 2010 Earthquake"

A video produced by CH2M Hill about the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti and how Build Change is helping to train homeowners, builders and engineers to rebuild earthquake-resistant houses. View the video.

 

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Dowser.org

April 20, 2010. "Mini Case Study: Build Change Lays Off Indonesian Staff, Then Major Earthquake Hits" by S.L. Bachman

A case study featuring a tough decision for the Build Change Indonesia program. Read the article.

 

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The Jakarta Post

April 20, 2010. "Locals learn quake-proof construction"

Following Build Change's work in West Sumatra. Read the article.

 

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Wired: Beyond the Beyond

April 16, 2010. "When the favela falls over, you might build a better favela"

Bruce Sterling writes about Build Change's work in West Sumatra. Read more.

 

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National Geographic Channel

March 2010. "China Quake!" Co-production with NGCI and Yuanchun Media

Build Change is featured in this documentary about the May 12, 2008 earthquake in Sichuan, China. Check out the preview here. The China Quake! DVD is also available for purchase here.

 

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World Vision Report

January 23, 2010. "Build Change" by Chad Bouchard

World Vision Report profiles Build Change's technical assistance programs in West Sumatra, Indonesia. Read more.

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New York Times

January 18, 2010. "Managing Disasters with Small Steps" by Henry Fountain

The bottom-up method is best for rebuilding after disasters. Read more.

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Jakarta Globe

October 14, 2009. "Building Post-Quake Hope in Padang" by Lisa Siregar

The Jakarta Globe features Build Change after a fundraising event for safe reconstruction after the Padang Earthquake. Read more.


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UN HABITAT Magazine, Urban World

July 2009. "After the quake: how self-build is the key to Sichuan's recovery" by Maya Alexandri

Learning is the key to development. Read it here.


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UC Berkeley College of Engineering Magazine, Forefront

Spring 2009. "Home Safe Home" by Rachel Shafer

Build Change's founder and UC Berkeley graduate, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, is featured in the Spring Issue. Read it here.

 

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BBC Website

May 11, 2009. "Rebuilding China's quake-hit zone" by Michael Bristow

The BBC quotes Build Change's founder, Elizabeth Hausler Strand: "It gives me a lot of hope because the central government is really trying to enforce building codes". Read more.


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Christian Science Monitor

May 10, 2009. "China quake: From rubble, civil society builds" by Peter Ford

"Volunteerism stands strong one year later - and has even won support from local authorities normally wary of grass-roots movements." Read here.


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National Public Radio

May 5, 2009. "NPR's All Things Considered: Building Safer Homes Before the Next China Quake" by Melissa Block

Build Change's post-earthquake housing reconstruction program is featured on All Things Considered's coverage of the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Sichuan, China. Read the text here and listen here.


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Stanford Social Innovation Conversations Podcast

January 2009. Features Build Change Founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, after receiving the Equality Category Cash Prize at the 2008 Tech Awards. Listen here.

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Build Change Wins 2008 Tech Award Equality Category Cash Prize

November 12, 2008. At the 2008 Tech Awards for Technology Benefiting Humanity, Build Change won the Katherine M. Swanson Equality Category Cash Prize.
Press Coverage:

  • Build Change Laureate Video
  • NBC Bay Area TV, "Applied Materials Presents: The Tech Awards" Segment 1
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  • CNET Video "Tech Awards honor techy solutions for developing world" by Kara Tsuboi
  • CNET News - Daily Podcast "Tech innovations that won big" by Leslie Katz
  • CNET News - Cutting Edge "Awards go to groups bringing power, homes, health to poor"
  • Global X Video on SocialEdge

    January 28, 2008. "It's not the earthquake that kills people, it's the building collapsing"

    San Francisco Chronicle Article on Global Social Benefit Incubator

    August 28, 2007. "Santa Clara course helps socially conscious entrepreneurs succeed"

    Grace Matters Radio Interview

    March 11, 2007. The Foundations of Home

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    Person of the Week on abcNEWS World News Tonight

    March 10, 2006. Build Change's Founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, is honored as Person of the Week on abcNEWS World News Tonight. Watch the video here.

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    Newsletters

  • December 2013 Thank You for a Great Year!

  • December 2013 Happy Holidays from Build Change

  • December 2013 You Can Make Schools Safe in Indonesia

  • December 2013 Retrofitting Homes in the Philippines

  • December 2013 Whose life will you change today?

  • December 2013 Looking for a chance to give back after Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

  • November 2013 Thanksgiving Message from the CEO

  • November 2013 Build Change created over 5,100 Jobs in Haiti!

  • September 2013 Stop the Cycle: Help Families in Aceh Rebuild Safely, Permanently.

  • August 2013 Build Change: Semi-Finalist for 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

  • April 2013 Earthquakes are inevitable. Disasters don’t have to be.

  • March 2013 International Women’s Day: Celebrate Women in Construction

  • March 2013 Celebrate Women in Construction! International Women's Day is March 8, 2013. Learn about how Build Change is focusing on the vital role women play in the construction industry to celebrate this day. Click here to read the flyer in Bahasa.

  • January 2013 Build Change Completes Permanent Housing for 97 Families in Haiti With Partner J/P HRO

  • January 2013 Build Change Indonesia Newsletter. Learn about Build Change's recent projects and activities in Indonesia, including the Grand Opening of our new office in Bandung.

  • December 2012 6,300 People in Haiti Living in Safe, Permanent Homes

  • December 2012 Give a gift that makes a big difference!

  • December 2012 Build Change Primer on Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction Approved by USAID

  • November 2012 Give the Gift of Home

  • November 2012 Help Earthquake Survivors in Myanmar Rebuild Safely

  • October 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction

  • June 2012 Build Change Announced as 2012 Finalist for World Habitat Awards

  • December 2011 Give Fruitcake a Chance

  • December 2011 Annual Appeal 2011

  • December 2011 Haiti Job Postings

  • November 2011 Hilti Donation Press Release

  • October 2011 Degenkolb Partnership in Haiti

  • September 2011 2011 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Haiti Press Release

  • September 2011 2011 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Indonesia Press Release

  • September 2011 2011 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur

  • May 2011 2011 Lemelson-MIT Sustainability Award Winner

  • March 2011 Earthquake in Japan

  • March 2011 Job Opportunities with Build Change

  • December 2010 2010 Holiday Newsletter

  • May 2009 1st Anniversary of May 12, 2008 Earthquake in Sichuan, China

  • December 2008 2008 Holiday Newsletter

  • November 2008 Build Change Wins 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity

  • April 2008 West Sumatra Program Update

  • December 2007 2007 Holiday Newsletter
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    Press Releases

  • August 21, 2013 Build Change Selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

  • April 23, 2013 Build Change offers a sustainable solution to reduce disaster.

  • January 14, 2013 Build Change Completes Permanent Housing for 97 Families in Haiti With Partner J/P HRO.

  • December 6, 2012 Build Change Primer on Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction Approved by USAID.

  • November 13, 2012 Build Change Seeks Support as It Prepares to Help Earthquake Survivors Rebuild in Myanmar.

  • June 6, 2012 Build Change announced as finalist for prestigious World Habitat Awards.

  • August 30, 2011 Dr. Hausler is awarded the 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Schwab Foundation.

  • May 10, 2011 Dr. Hausler is awarded the 2011 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Sustainability Award in recognition of the Build Change model.

  • July 2009 Square and Circle Club Awards Grant to Build Change for Sichuan Earthquake Rebuilding. The Square and Circle Club, one of the oldest Chinese-American women's philanthropic organizations in the US, is supporting earthquake-resistant housing reconstruction through Build Change.

  • April 22, 2009 Build Change Expands Homeowner Training and Construction Supervision in Sichuan, China. At the request of the Tumen party secretary, Build Change is scaling up to train homeowners and supervise construction throughout Tumen Township in earthquake-hit Mianzhu.

  • September 2008 Build Change Named 2008 Tech Awards Laureate by the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. Read the press release.

  • March 2006 Draper Richards Foundation Awards a 3-Year Grant to Build Change. Read the press release. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute highlights the award on the front page of its July 2006 Newsletter.

  • May 2004 Echoing Green announces 2004 Fellowship. See the press release. Earthquake Engineering Research Institute highlights the award on the front page of its October 2004 Newsletter.
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    Events and Seminars

    April 5-11, 2014 – World Urban Forum 7, Medellín, Colombia
    Build Change participated in the World Urban Forum 7. We hosted a booth throughout the Forum and hosted a special networking session: Using Cost-effective Technology to Foster Resiliency: the Case for Retrofitting.

    April 1-3, 2014 – World Economic Forum on Latin America, Panama City, Panama
    Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended this event, which focused on the region’s efforts in maintaining its economic growth, boosting the diversification of its economies, increase its productivity, fuel competitiveness, enhance trade and invest in human capital. Learn more.

    February 5, 2014 - Ashoka Global Innovator Series, Quezon City, Philippines
    Dr. Hausler Strand shared insights from her team's experiences in major post-disaster initiatives which may contribute to safer and more effective rebuilding in Yolanda-affected areas. Learn more.

    December 8, 2013 – CGI Latin America, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
    Dr. Hausler Strand will attend CGI Latin America in December. CGI Latin America engages key leaders from the private sector, government, civil society and NGOs to generate lasting solutions to the region’s, and the world’s, most pressing challenges. Learn more.

    November 13, 2013 – The Tech Awards Summit, San Jose, CA, USA
    Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to make the keynote presentation at The Tech Awards Summit, entitled "Build Change: Saving Lives through Better Buildings." Each year, The Tech Awards honor laureates from around the world for their efforts to use technology to benefit humanity. Learn more. See photos of the event here.

    October 22, 2013 – The Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Washington, DC, USA
    Dr. Hausler Strand spoke about "Build Change: Incentives and Technical Assistance for Earthquake-Resistant Housing and Improving Construction Practices in At-Risk Cities," at IDB's Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative meeting. To learn more, click here.

    September 26, 2013 – Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Annual Meeting, New York City, NY, USA
    Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented as part of the Clinton Global Initiative's "Scalable Ideas: Pitching for Partnerships" session on September 26, 2013, in New York City. See photos. Read about our 2013 Commitment to Action here.
    For more information about the Clinton Global Initiative, click here.

    July 18, 2013 – Biennial of the Americas, Denver, CO, USA
    Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to participate in the clínica, "Doing Well by Doing Good" on July 18, 2013. Learn more.

    June 12, 2013 – Haiti Event in Liechtenstein, Triesen, Liechtenstein
    Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to speak about Build Change's experience working in post-disaster housing reconstruction in Haiti and the organization's success in improving materials quality and the livelihoods of local blockmakers.

    May 9, 2013 – RMS Exceedance Conference, Boston, MA, USA
    Build Change Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand was invited to present at the RMS Exceedance Conference in Boston. Learn more.

    April 25, 2013 – Shelter & Settlement Meeting, Geneva, Switzerland
    Director of Engineering Gordon Goodell was invited to speak about "Retrofitting on Day 1" at the UN-Habitat and Habitat for Humanity International's Shelter & Settlement Meeting in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about the meeting, click here.

    April 23, 2013 – The World Economic Forum on Latin America, Lima, Peru
    Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended the 2013 World Economic Forum on Latin America and facilitated the “Building Resilience to Natural Disasters” session on April 25, 2013, in Lima, Peru. For more information about the Forum, click here.

    February 20, 2013 – Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Winter Meeting, New York City, NY, USA
    Founder and CEO Elizabeth Hausler Strand attended the Clinton Global Initiative 2013 Winter Meeting and facilitated the “Resilient Cities” session on February 20, 2013, in New York City. For more information about the Clinton Global Initiative, click here.

    November 12-14, 2012 - 2012 *abc Continuity Forum, Miami, FL, USA
    Elizabeth Hausler Strand was invited to present at the 2012 *abc Continuity Forum in Miami Florida. Click here to read more.

    September 23-25, 2012 - Clinton Global Initiative 2012, New York City, NY, USA
    Build Change is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative for the third year in a row. Build Change serves on the Haiti Action Network throughout the year. For more information on the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, click here.

    July 10, 2012 - Wirth Chair Sustainability Series, Denver, CO, USA
    Elizabeth Hausler Strand was the featured speaker at UC Denver's Wirth Chair Sustainability Series event. Dr. Hausler Strand discussed Build Change's model for sustainable earthquake-resistant construction in Haiti, Indonesia and China. View the event flyer.

    May 3, 2012 - CRS Emergency Preparedness and Response Symposium, Washington, D.C., USA
    Elizabeth Hausler Strand participated in the Catholic Relief Services symposium focusing on key issues, challenges, and trends facing relief organizations seeking to provide holistic responses to emergencies.

    May 2, 2012 - Interaction Forum / CHF Panel, Washington, D.C., USA
    Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented on a panel discussion at the 2012 InterAction Forum, an assembly of international development and humanitarian professionals who gather annually to learn about new trends, and hear from U.S. administration officials and policymakers on key issues related to development and humanitarian work.

    March 27, 2012 - Affordable World Security Conference, Washington, D.C., USA
    Build Change was a Hall of Hope Conference Partner at the Affordable World Security Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 27th and 28th, aimed at discussing human security priorities and critical choices. For more information, click here.

    February 24, 2012 - American College of Construction Lawyers (ACCL), Laguna Beach, CA, USA
    Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to speak on a panel “Assistance to Developing Countries” on February 24th at the Annual Meeting of the American College of Construction Lawyers in Laguna Beach, CA.

    January 26, 2012 - The World Economic Forum, Davos, Switzerland
    Dr. Hausler Strand spoke on a panel “Maximizing Infrastructure Returns” on January 26th at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

    January 23, 2012 - The Hub Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
    Dr. Hausler Strand was invited to speak at the pre-World Economic Forum meet-up co-sponsored by the Schwab Foundation, SoSense, HUBZurich and CreditSuisse. Dr. Hausler Strand joined other leading social entrepreneurs to discuss the challenges and personal stories behind the scenes of her work. To see the video, click here.

    October 16, 2011 - Opportunity Collaboration, Ixtapa, Mexico
    Dr. Hausler Strand was a delegate for Build Change at the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration which took place in Ixtapa, Mexico. For more information on the Opportunity Collaboration, click here.

    September 20, 2011 - Clinton Global Initiative 2011, New York City, NY, USA
    Build Change is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative for the second year in a row. Build Change serves on the Haiti Action Network throughout the year. For more information on the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative, click here.

    July 10, 2011 - Natural Hazards Workshop, Broomfield, CO, USA
    Dr. Hausler Strand was a keynote speaker at the 36th Annual Natural Hazard Workshop, hosted by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado. For more information click here.

    June 16, 2011 - Lemelson-MIT Eureka Fest 2011, Boston, MA, USA
    At the 2011 Eureka Fest, Dr. Hausler Strand was named the winner of the $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability, gave a keynote address and taught a master class at the event. Watch Dr. Hausler Strand's presentation at the award ceremony, click here.

    April 7, 2011 - Build Change Lecture at Hilti Foundation, Liechtenstein
    Dr. Hausler Strand was invited by the HILTI Foundation to give a lecture on Build Change Programs at their headquarters in Liechtenstein.

    February 9, 2011 - 2011 EERI Annual Meeting, La Jolla, CA, USA
    Dr. Hausler Strand spoke at the 3-day EERI Annual Meeting, themed "Earthquakes Without Borders." For more information on the Earthquake Engineering Institute, click here.

    January 31, 2011 - Build Back Better Communities, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Dr. Hausler Strand was an invited lecturer at the BBBC Convention and Exhibition, discussing design in the post-disaster context in Haiti.

    November 30, 2010 - Global Summit of Housing Entrepreneurs, Barcelona, Spain
    Build Change was invited on behalf of Ashoka Full Economic Citizenship program and the Hilti Foundation to the event "A Global Summit of Housing Entrepreneurs".

    November 19, 2010 - Social Enterprise Summit 2012, Hong Kong
    Dr. Hausler Strand represented Build Change as a keynote speaker, focusing on "Social Innovation in the 21st Century".

    November 5, 2010 - Swissnex, San Francisco, CA, USA
    Build Change was invited to speak at the Swissnex event "Rebuilding After Disaster".

    November 5, 2010 - Citris Seminar, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA
    Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand presented "Rebuilding Safe, Satisfactory, and Sustainable Houses after Earthquakes." View the lecture here.

    September 22, 2010 - Clinton Global Initiative 2010, New York City, NY, USA
    Build Change is a member of the 2010 Clinton Global Initiative. At the annual meeting, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand spoke on the panel "Advancing Development by Design." View the webcast here.

    July 7, 2010 – Biennial of the Americas, The Nature of Things Speaker Series, Denver, CO, USA
    Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand was a featured speaker for the session "Catalysts for Social Good: Redefining Global Impact through Social Entrepreneurship." The session was held on July 7, 2010, during the two-week Biennial of the Americas Speaker Series.

    September 17, 2009 - Confined Masonry and Build Change, San Francisco, CA, USA
    Build Change's Founder and CEO, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, and Tim Hart, senior associate and structural engineer at Forell/Elsesser, teamed up to discuss confined masonry and Build Change at a SEAONC/EERI mini-seminar.

    October 18, 2007 - Structural Engineers Association of Northern California (SEAONC) Young Members Forum, San Francisco, CA, USA
    Build Change's founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, and one of our pro-bono structural engineers, Tim Hart, presented Build Change's award winning house design process at the monthly meeting of the Younger Members Forum of the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.

    August 19-31, 2007 - Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBI), Santa Clara University, San Jose, CA, USA
    Build Change's founder, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand, was selected to participate in the Global Social Benefit Incubator, an intensive two-week residential program at Santa Clara University that enables successful technology innovators to scale and achieve sustainability. The GSBI is presented by the University's Center for Science, Technology and Society and the Leavey School of Business Administration.

    July 26-28, 2007 - Disaster Symposium, Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia
    "Performance of Confined Masonry Houses During Earthquakes in Indonesia: Successes, Problems and Solutions" presentation at the International Symposium on Disaster in Indonesia: Problems and Solutions held in Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia.

    August 10, 2006 and January 18, 2007 - BRR Housing Workshops, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
    Build Change delivered lectures on "Improving Construction Quality in Post-Tsunami Housing Reconstruction" and "Seismic Hazard in Aceh".

    May 18, 2006 UN-HABITAT Special Seminar, Banda Aceh, Indonesia
    UN-HABITAT hosted an evening session on Build Change's Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction Guideline for Confined Masonry Houses in Aceh.

    April 20, 2006 - 8th NCEE, San Francisco, CA, USA
    "Sustainable Earthquake-Resistant Housing Reconstruction in Tsunami-Devastated Aceh, Indonesia", Invited Lecture in Special Session on Low-Cost Housing for Developing Countries.

    January 18-20, 2005 - 1st ICUDR, Kobe, JAPAN
    Build Change Theory of Change was included as one of the recommendations from the 1st International Conference on Urban Disaster Reduction, Kobe, Japan, January 18-20, 2005.

    October 2, 2004 - ESW, Stanford University, CA, USA
    "Sustainable Disaster-Resistant Housing Construction in Developing Countries"

    October 1, 2004 - Sustainable Resources 2004, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
    "Sustainable Disaster-Resistant Housing Construction in Developing Countries"

    August 5, 2004 - 13th WCEE, Vancouver, Canada
    "Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting After the 2001 Kachchh, India Earthquake"

    June 6, 2004 - IIEES, Tehran, Iran
    "Housing Reconstruction and Retrofitting Following the 2001 Bhuj, India and 2003 Bam, Iran Earthquakes: Design, Implementation and Long-Term Impacts", Invited Lecture.


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