We are a diverse team of researchers, activists and journalists who believe in the power of storytelling. Together we publish a wide range of water related content, make an annual documentary, and offer storytelling masterclasses.
Our approach is unique, because we bring local journalists and activists on the ground in touch with water professionals afar. We offer people a platform to share their knowledge and questions, and we train them to present and highlight their stories effectively.
The content ranges from interviews with researchers, to stories and videos from activists on the ground. This is read by a broad audience through our social media channels and our website. Once a year, we organise Nextblue Live events where we get to know each other and discuss a theme of our latest documentary.
Nextblue believes in the importance of telling stories from local perspectives. That is why our heart lies in the stories from those on the ground in delta areas. Whether it be through a documentary, an article, a video or podcast, we take pride in knowing that independent voices from the ground are being heard through our journalism.
Our diverse, open-minded, and engaged audience is our foundation. With this we believe that we can build bridges across disciplines and borders, through engaging a global readership with varying perspectives on climate and water issues.
Nextblue features nuanced and insightful content. By working with local communities in river delta areas worldwide, we are specialized in analysing and interpreting the complexity of the water world. This informed and constructive approach makes our content powerful.
Nextblue aims to bridge the gap between water research and experiences on the ground. We envision a world where researchers are sensitive to local contexts, and the voices of local communities are at the centre of discussions, especially in times of severe climate change.
We believe storytelling has the power to do this, as it paints a picture of the real-life experiences of those directly affected by water challenges. Through our work, we strive to create a global community which values the stories behind the water.
Access to clean water is the basic need for survival. However, for some it is a privilege. According to WHO, one in three people do not have access to clean water. We at Nextblue believe in a world where everyone has access to clean water and sanitation.
While we bring you the stories of hardships on account of water, solution is an integral part of our stories. Solution-driven journalism is the cornerstone of Nextblue.
We believe in the power of community and their initiatives to adapt and solve the problems related to water. Today, we find a marked disconnect between ground realities and the proposed solutions towards water issues. We at Nextblue aim to bridge this gap.
Founder and editor-in-chief
Long Hoang Phi
Coordination and Science Officer
Nextblue is a platform for talented storytellers. We publish their stories to inspire the next blue generation, ranging from Africa to Europe, and from Asia to the Americas. For a full overview, see our Storytellers page.
Do you want to reach us?
Nextblue has an editorial office in Rotterdam. Since we are not occupied full-time, it is best to visit us by appointment.