Erasing The Rules

Hello Atlas Corps Community,

Reporting from the highest terraces of San Francisco’s art scene in my Graphic Blog #11 – A photovisual account of the Robert Rauschenberg temporary exhibition curated by SFMOMA. Museum Memberships DO pay off. Up next week, René Magritte.

This is SFMOMA´s statement of the exhibition.

Disclaimer: I am (again sadly) not Mr. Rauschenberg nor do I have ownership or rights to any of his artworks displayed above. The previous statement applies to all logos. All photographs were taken by me and were authorized by staff from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

‘I don’t decide to represent anything except myself. But that self is full of collective memory’ – Darwish

Mahmoud Darwish is the greatest poets of the modern era and the national poet of Palestine. Born in 1941 in the village of al-Birwa in Western Galilee and fled to Lebanon in 1948 when Israeli forces attacked his village. His works reflect the endless conflict between Palestine and the Apartheid and touch profoundly the loss of his homeland, exile, dispossession and the fallen humanity.

‘Exile is more than a geographical concept. You can be in exile in your homeland, in your own house, in a room’ – Darwish

‘What’s the worth of a man
Without a homeland,
Without a flag,
Without an address?
What is the worth of such a man?’

Tunisia: The new face of local elections in the age of democracy

May 6th, 2018, was a remarkable date to remember by all Tunisians, and the world. in Tunisia, 7,212 municipal councilors were elected in the 350 municipalities in the country. The “big winner” of the vote is abstention, which stands at 64%. On the side of political parties, the two parties that dominate Tunisian life arrive unsurprisingly in the lead, Ennahdha, moderate islamist party, with 29% of the vote and the ruling party Nidaa Tounes 21% (respectively 30% and 22% of seats). But the surprise comes from the score of independent lists, which confused all political parties. Independents won 33% of the seats.

Applying for a DC ID

If you have more than two* months in DC, then this post might be of your interest! Forget about carrying your passport everywhere and request a DC ID (Limited Purpose Non-Driver Identification Card) at one of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) in the city. With this ID you can have the same benefits as a regular DC resident: use of the community center and all the facilities they provide (swimming pools, free classes like yoga or kickboxing, etc.)

*I did it after four months of being here, but checking the website it says now that you need to show a proof of 6-months DC residency

Are you making the most of your LinkedIn profile? – A Checklist

As professionals one of the most important tools we have on social media is LinkedIn. Even though LinkedIn might not the coolest kid on the social media block,in some ways it might be one of the most important –  it’s a powerful medium for networking and making those oh so important professional connections (Also I come across some really cool articles about all sorts of things on LinkedIn). Anyway, if you want to get your LinkedIn profile on point and just not sure how to go about it, I think this is a great checklist to use.

#TooLatergram

Amo viajar, y como parte de ese fuerte deseo e irresistible impulso por conocer nuevos lugares y vivir nuevas experiencias – y como toda millennial – sigo a varios bloggers de viajes en Instagram [Instagrammers], les doy “like” a sus fotos, comento y casi siempre, siento mucha envidia por no estar ahí. Así como yo, calculo que deben haber miles y millones de personas que hacen lo mismo. Pues bien, para algunos, esto podrá ser solo un pasatiempo, y hasta una pérdida de tiempo; para otros, los que trabajamos en Marketing, lo consideramos una excelente oportunidad, un nicho, una minita de oro.

Mature Nonprofits Face Changing Priorities

Successful not-for-profits typically proceed along a standard life cycle. Their early stage precedes a growth period that runs several years, followed by maturity. At this stage, the nonprofit has built its core programs and achieved a reputation in the community. But no organization can afford to rest on its laurels.

Where you are

Mature organizations generally are adept at maintaining adequate operating reserves and sufficient cash on hand to support daily operations. Your nonprofit also may already have initiated a planned giving program and endowment.

Palestinian IDEAS ?!

After 7 months of fellowship, you may think that things would settle down at work, and tasks would get more operational, but that is not the case at IBM where every day brings a brand-new experience. My supervisors at IBM Corporate Service Corps team do not only build a solid fellowship experience for me, but they also enrich it with diverse, focused and specialized projects based on my expertise, interests and potential. Last week, Gina Tesla, IBM VP for Corporate Citizenship engaged me in one of the events she is part of at MIT, she was a judge of the MIT IDEAS Global Challenge. IDEAS is an annual innovation and social entrepreneurship competition for MIT students and their collaborators, run by the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center, in which they enable students to apply their MIT education in real-world situations to tackle quality of life issues for people around the world, winning teams receive up to $15,000 to launch their projects during a 15-month grant period. Over its 17 years, IDEAS, organized annually by the Priscilla King Gray (PKG) Public Service Center, has awarded more than $1 million to 160 teams that now impact more than 2.5 million people in 44 countries. Winners have gone on to secure more than $42 million in additional funding.