SOCAP Recap

After weeks of hardcore preparation, I was very proud to be part of Agora to showcase Impact Investing in Action at SOCAP14. I suffered from a week-long back ache and other symptoms from extreme fatigue, but it was all worth the effort. Every time I interact with our entrepreneurs in person, I feel more invigorated that what I am doing is really helping to create impact. I would love to continue working with Agora further serving such purpose.


At SOCAP14Agora turned the conference’s attention to Latin America by convening entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders to drive capital into businesses solving social and environmental problems in the region. In case you missed it, here’s a recap by the numbers:

My Grandpa and Feminism

I remember having a happy and very special childhood. Remember playing with my friends and my vacations in the countryside. But I also remember going to my grandparents’ city on weekends and doing a routine program with my Grandpa: taking old bread to feed the fishes at his ranch.

Every now and then some other cousins would join and we would have a blast! But I remember how my grandpa treated the boys differently, he wasn’t mean with the girls but the boys were the ones that got more attention and the huge privilege to seat in the passenger seat next to him (back then there were no laws forbidding children to seat in the front of the car). See when you are 7/8/9 years old sitting in the back of the car while your younger male cousin is mocking you it’s not a very pleasant thing.

Ebola: effective measures needed

Written by Lara Palmisano

UNHCR Convoy  at the Ivorian and Liberian border © L.Palmisano

UNHCR Convoy at the Ivorian and Liberian border © L.Palmisano

Still no effective measures seem to be undertaken to counteract the proliferation of Ebola in West Africa. Closing borders with Ebola-hit countries is one of the measures that has stirred controversy.

Among others, a consequence of this decision affects the refugee situation in the sub region and their right to come back home.

In Cote d’Ivoire, for example, where some 300,000 refugees fled fighting the post-election crisis over to the neighboring countries, the borders were officially closed from the Liberian side on 28th July, then on 22nd August from the Ivorian side for both Liberia and Guinea.

Pre-Fellowship Advice to Self

I have finally completed my year-long fellowship! This time last year I wasn’t even sure if I would be able to make it through the fellowship.

On our graduation day my entire class was given letters that we wrote to ourselves a year ago. I had completely forgotten about the letter and when I opened it on the last day of the fellowship, it was a check-list of things that I wanted to achieve. Below are some of them with short explanations:

  1. Work extremely hard: I think that I did this during my year as a fellow at Meridian International Center. I worked hard to program exchanges and develop curricula and trainings

Fear of Failure is Overrated

Delving into the unknown can be scary but it doesn’t have to stop you from taking a risk. The best way to deal with fear is to face it head on.

Nine months ago, I took a leap of faith and left the comforts of the life that I was accustomed to. I kissed that corner office goodbye, said ciao to my family and friends and moved to the land of opportunities.

The clock has started tickling..

The clock has started counting time. A month has gone!!! I can remember the day, I landed at the airport, with full of angst…not only of the struggle I would have to deal with new people but also coping up with my working place. Precociousness is good until it crosses the border. But mine one was top of anything. I came here with sets of questions about meeting other Fellows, my house mates and even of Atlas people. But it takes just two weeks to fade away all my creepiness! What happened in this two weeks?? I wonder Atlas has that power to wane away all these from me, and I believe from some other fellows. It has designed its program in such a way, that it is obvious for a Fellow to forget all weirdness and jump in to the ocean. The ocean is full of knowledge, skills and appropriateness. One has to pick up how much he can.
I will never forget working for Miriam’s Kitchen, jumping over the food of Nando’s, meeting local ambassadors, moving around of White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, participating at the USAID‘s emergency response training, the weeklong training from Deloitte, even I will not forget knowing American history from Scott, the great company of little Eliot, learning small words in Urdu and Spanish, taking selfy with groups, making class 16 waves (hit it!!). I know many wonders are waiting for me ahead.
I have worked with number of organizations. I have seen different types of culture, orientation programs. But it will be my life long memory with Atlas. Working with the Host organization is another chapter for me. I have got the perfect organization to work with. I have started missing a month from the 12 months journey with Atlas.

The clock has strated…

The clock has started counting time. A month has gone!!! I can remember the day, I landed at the airport, with full of angst…not only of the struggle I would have to deal with new people but also coping up with my working place. Precociousness is good until it crosses the border. But mine one was top of anything. I came here with sets of questions about meeting other Fellows, my house mates and even of Atlas people. But it takes just two weeks to fade away all my creepiness! What happened in this two weeks?? I wonder Atlas has that power to wane away all these from me, and I believe from some other fellows. It has designed its program in such a way, that it is obvious for a Fellow to forget all weirdness and jump in to the ocean. The ocean is full of knowledge, skills and appropriateness. One has to pick up how much he can.
I will never forget working for Miriam’s Kitchen, jumping over the food of Nando’s, meeting local ambassadors, moving around of White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, participating at the USAID‘s emergency response training, the weeklong training from Deloitte, even I will not forget knowing American history from Scott, the great company of little Eliot, learning small words in Urdu and Spanish, taking selfy with groups, making class 16 waves (hit it!!). I know many wonders are waiting for me ahead.
I have worked with number of organizations. I have seen different types of culture, orientation programs. But it will be my life long memory with Atlas. Working with the Host organization is another chapter for me. I have got the perfect organization to work with. I have started missing a month from the 12 months journey with Atlas.

Globalizing solidarity

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Globalizing solidarity

 

 I’m the first proud Atlas Corps fellow from Chile. And I’m also the first fellow participating of the America Solidaria – Atlas Corps partnership. America Solidaria is a foundation with presence in the American countries, with offices in Chile, Uruguay, Colombia, Peru, Haiti and the United States.

Why America Solidaria? The American continent (North, Central and South America and the Caribbean) is the most unequal continent in the world. Despite its incredible natural resources and human capital, there around 64 million people living under the line of poverty in our continent and those who are in situations of vulnerability are much more (people who in the face of an unexpected event such as unemployment or disease passes immediately into poverty). And our continent is not just unequal but also disaggregated: the relationship between the north and the south is vertical rather than horizontal, integral and fraternal.

Change your Perspective, Change the World.

‘When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’. Wayne Dyer.

There are many things in my life that I have come to believe, either because they were simply passed on to me and I’ve never challenged them for myself, or because I’ve come to realize them and have chosen to embrace them for myself. Either way, I have a set of my own beliefs and they are a part of what affects my perspective about my life, about others, about the world, etc. As an adult, I have the right to change them, question them, abandon them, adopt them, etc. depending on my experiences and learning. This means that this set of beliefs is subject to change, thereby subjecting my perspective about life to change as well.