Outside the Margins

The Blue Book on The Global Refugee Crisis

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The book was created by a team of 30 IBSG students from diverse fields of study and backgrounds.



It took over two years to research, assemble, design, and publish Outside The Margins.

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Over 100 individuals contributed perspectives, research, and time to create this collaborative book of art.



OTM includes perspectives from dozens of top-level academics, leaders and policy-sharpers in addition to years of student research.



Outside The Margins was designed not to be a collection of research, but a work of art intended to help people understand abstract truths.



An easy to read book that distills over two years of research into a single work, sparking deeper and more informed discussions.

"Displacement doesn't happen to people... it happens to a system."

About The Blue Book on the Global Displacement Crisis

We became curators, creating a story from artifacts found on the path of modernity. Outside the margins of conventional wisdom, you will find the poetic brushstrokes of art, poems, broad perspectives from those who have been displaced, and dedicated, dynamic thinkers with a vision into the future of our shared humanity and the implications of displacement as a global crisis.

This book is about displacement, what it means for all of us, and what it leads to. This book is a mosaic, kaleidoscopic, intended to be nonlinear and ultimately, an expression of the many ways we are mutually displaced in the world. We want you, the reader, to make connections that we didn’t explicitly intend. This book is intended to contribute to the story and drive it forward. The book is built not to paternally help people we can’t presume to know, rather to accompany the displaced in a spirit of interconnectedness and shared humanity. So, this text is as much yours as it is ours, it belongs to us all.

The purpose of this book is to encourages you to see the value of art as a dynamic educational tool. It is an ensemble of interconnected questions that as humans we need to answer or at the least share in our thoughts. The book attempts to make you dive into your deepest self and search for those answers whether in your solitary state or in a crowd of people.

The Outside The Margins book project rose out of a growing sense of urgency surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis. First an art auction, the project has since transformed from an endeavor to raise awareness about displacement into one creating a broader understanding of the fundamental factors that cause it. The project emphasizes poetics and art as a new paradigm for refugee aid and accompanying programs.


History: The Kraye Challenge

Outside The Margins is the second iteration of a two-part legacy project under the programmatic framework of the Kraye Challenge, dedicated to the late Professor S. Howard Kraye, a social entrepreneurship program designed to empower students to use business as a means of social change. The first iteration challenged artists to describe the experience of marginality —what it means to be outside the margins. The project culminated in an art auction where students raised thousands of dollars for an international NGO, Art for Refugees in Transition (ART).


The success of the first iteration inspired students to create a book utilizing art, both in theme and content, as a way to address the issue of forced human displacement. This gave rise to the Outside The Margins book.


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A Special Thanks to Our Adviser:

From the OTM team and IBSG as a whole, we want to say a special thanks to our Faculty Adviser, friend, and mentor Dr. Manuel Montoya who has gone above and beyond for our organization since the day it was founded 8 years ago. Dr. Montoya is an invaluable member of our team and we are immeasurably grateful to work with him in IBSG. In particular, his participation in helping write and edit OTM was integral and his encouragement over the course of 2 years helped us maintain the energy to push through when the project became difficult. Because of his generosity with his own time and energy, as well as his fierce advocacy for our project within and beyond the University, OTM did not fade as just another good idea. It has manifested as a tangible contribution to an important global issue.

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