Innovation, Impact and Inquiry – My great experience at InterAction Forum 2018

For the first time, thanks to Atlas Corps I had the opportunity to attend the InterAction Forum 2018.

I volunteered in InterAction Forum 2018 for 3 days, from 12th to 14th June 2018 at Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC.

But what did the volunteering consist you might be asking? 

Volunteers serve in different capacities including:

  • Helping InterAction staff with pre-conference or conference set-up and activities
  • Greeting conference attendees and directing traffic between workshops
  • Assisting participants in locating conference rooms and other sites
  • Registration at the conference site
  • Other miscellaneous support as needed

Converge. Exchange. Inspire. DEVEX WORLD 2018

June 05th, 2018, I received an email that made me happy.  The email says:

Devex World Conference, which will take place next Tuesday, June 12th in Washington, DC is offering complimentary tickets for Atlas Corps Fellows.
I immediately filed the application to attend this amazing conference.

June 12,  7:05 am getting ready for the amazing experience of the day.

07:50 am, time was flying fast and I decided to take a Lyft to get as faster as I could to the Devex World Conference place on the Mead Center for American Theater, located by the waterfront on 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024.

GDPR Steps to Becoming Compliant

Achieving compliance with the GDPR takes all three.

PEOPLE: Not just IT

Assign Responsibility

  • Who is accountable for compliance?
  • Who is responsible for compliance activities?Awareness and Training• Train privacy personnel & employees
    • Make them aware of their obligations Employ a Data Protection Office (DPO) – If Required Designate
    • EU Representative – If Required Define your data governance
    • Overarching strategy for managing and protecting data

    What to watch out for On your website:

  •  Cookies
  •  Donation Forms
  •  Email Sign Up Forms
  •  Contact Us Forms
  •  Other Website Forms

GDPR Compliance with Non-Profit in US

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that took effect May 25, 2018.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) imposes new rules on organizations in the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA) as well as those that offer goods and services to people in the EU/EEA, or that collect and analyze data tied to people in the EU/EEA, no matter where the organizations are located.

About GDPR

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation expands individuals’ rights over their data, extends the role and enforcement powers of data protection authorities, and creates a framework for data controllers to be transparent and accountable. GDPR aims to give more control of personal data to individuals, as well as simplify the regulations around data collection and privacy.

Promote Equality, Peace, Justice. Disclose the Inequality Index!

March 15, 2018, I received an email that made me happy.  The email says:

Dear Marilo Meta,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been registered to attend the 2018 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (WBG) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and to participate in the Civil Society Policy Forum (CSPF)  that will take place in Washington, DC from April 17-20, 2018.

April 16,  4:45 pm almost finished work at Open Government Partnership, I printed the acceptance letter.

April 17, 09:10 am,  I took the badge at the Registration Desk, located in the World Bank Group I Building, 1850 I Street NW.

LDA Albania organized Leadership Speaks Feminine

‘Leadership Speaks Feminine’ is the forum that was held on March 15, 17: 00-19: 00, at the University College BEDER, as a result of the cooperation between the two youth NGOs AIESEC Albania and the Leadership Development Association Albania & Kosovo.
Participation in this forum was FREE and at the end of it, participants were provided with a certificate of participation.
This forum purpose was to promote leadership through successful women, to encourage gender equality as part of the UN Sustainable Development Platform, as well as to inform young people about youth exchange opportunities or engagement in the voluntary activity of each non-governmental organization organizer.

And they asked me what was WFYS, simply a festival? No! It was a dream. It will be the future of global peace and solidarity!


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SLOGAN – For peace, solidarity and social justice, we struggle against imperialism. Honoring our past, we build the future!

The festival movement reflected the consolidation of the international democratic youth movement in the post-war period. The issue of holding a mass meeting of representatives of the world’s youth, which, if successful, could become a tradition, was first discussed at the World Youth Conference in London in 1945, where the establishment of the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY) was announced. Some 30 million young people with different ideologies and religions from 63 countries came together to prevent a repeat of wars and the revival of fascism. Thus, the decision was made in London to hold world festivals of youth and students who would promote the strengthening of friendship between peoples as well as solidarity and peace on the planet. The first festival took place 70 years ago in 1947 in Prague under the slogan “Youth for Peace!” It marked the beginning of the long history and rich traditions of the festival movement.

LDA Albania delegation represented Republic of Albania in the world largest event WFYS2017 in Sochi, Russia!


My statement after the successful participation on the WFYS in Russia 2017:

An unprecedented honor to represent the Albanian nation for the first time in this worldwide festival.

The organization which I led, “LDA Albania & Kosovo” was the only organization in the Republic of Albania who gave the opportunity to the Albanian state to be represented with a delegation of 20 young people in Sochi, Russia, among 30,000 young people from 180 countries.

I can trustworthy say that was not just a milestone but a dream and an ideal realized by young people by promoting solidarity, peace and social justice, a story to write, a start for a mission, an international vision that we will reach…

My first Model UN experience in New York


The NGO Leadership Development Association Albania has, for the first time, been represented at the Model United Nations in New York City. Earlier several months ago, the President of LDA Albania & Kosovo, Marilo Meta, a 25 year old, traveled to the United States to take part in the prestigious academic competition.

Speaking about his experience, Marilo stated, “Travelling to New York has always been one of my dreams. When I heard about the upcoming Model United Nations, I was determined to take part. I informed my organization LDA Albania to represent them in United Nations, New York, USA.


Mobile Apps needed to commute in U.S.


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Atlas fellows are serving in different states of U.S. large cities, they need to find the cheapest way to commute home-work and reverse.

All major metropolitan areas have buses, and many locations also have subways, trains and also feature bike paths for cycling commuters. Your commuting choice will probably come down to a combination of time, equipment/fare cost, and distance.

Depending by the distance you can choose to commute by subway, in DC is suggested to register to WMATA SmarTrip with the card.

Some of the fellows will choose to commute by bus, which is more cheaper than the subway but not faster.