Showcasing global ingenuity, a new quarterly looks at making the most of limited resources

MAKESHIFT, a new magazine highlighting creativity, invention and ingenuity in global spots with limited resources, will launch on September 30.

The quarterly will explore grassroots efforts by under-the-radar entrepreneurs, often in developing countries, to reuse and repurpose materials in production.  Makeshift refers to this as the “global informal economy,” and is seeking stories of “street level ingenuity” from contributors in over 20 countries.  The inaugural issue includes features on industrial fabric recycling in India, improvised tools in Myanmar, recycled art in Colombia, everyday product hacks in Kenya and adaptive reuse of industrial sites in the US.

A core production team is based in New York, Mexico City, Singapore and Madrid, with a global network of editors, researchers, journalists, photographers and videographers.  Steve Daniels,, is the editor-in-chief.  Find the companion multimedia website at


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