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Episode 34 | Finding Plenty in a World of Scarcity, Pt. II

Line Ramstad discusses the origin of Gyaw Gyaw and introduces their methods.

Episode 34 | Finding Plenty in a World of Scarcity, Pt. II

About Gyaw Gyaw
Gyaw Gyaw is a community development nonprofit that works with the vulnerable Karen people at the border between Myanmar and Thailand. Gyaw Gyaw, which means slowly, step-by-step in the Karen language, seeks to empower the Karen people by constructing resilient schools and houses using low-cost, sustainable building techniques and with community input to ensure designs are appropriate to the customs and culture of each village. Gwaw Gwaw was co-founded by Norwegian landscape architect Line Ramstad and villagers from the remote Karen village of Noh Bo in 2008. Ramstad visited Noh Bo as part of short-term architectural project, then when the project was finished she decided to stay and work in partnership with local villagers – a collective that would eventually become Gyaw Gyaw.

Gyaw Gyaw is a Curry Stone Foundation Social Design Circle Honoree. Read more about it here.


Social Design Insights would like to thank all those who make our weekly show possible: Baruch Zeichner, our Producer and Sound Engineer, Donna Read, for producing our video content, and Leah Freidenrich, Director of the Curry Stone Foundation. Our theme music for 2017 is "Sorry" by Comfort Fit. The break music is "Taw Nei Taung Swe" by Wai Yan Maung Maung, San Sient Maung Maung from the album "Myanmar Patalar (Xylophone) Music."