I’ve been working on the opportunity to build a game around a formal/informal interface for years as a way to explore how collaboration would fill gaps for these different actors. This project is called “Emergent Needs, Collaborative Assessment, & Plan Enactment,” or ENCAPE. The idea is this: both sides to that equation lack understanding of, and trust in, the other. A game could externalize some of the machinations and assumptions of each side, meaning a demystification; and creating things together often leads to trust building (that’s a reason why I’ve invested so much in makerspaces and hackathons over the years).
– Willow Brugh, Interfaces between formal and informal crisis response
Unless you’re familiar with American news and geography, you may have recently heard about the state of Virginia in the news following the unfortunate Charlottesville incident. I personally have a different story and experience with State of Lovers. Although I live in Washington D.C., I have been spending every single Sunday since my arrival to the United States in Arlington, Virginia. Every Sunday morning, my friend Denise comes to pick me up and we go have coffee and doughnuts with friends from The Redeemer church of Arlington.
Is working out really about working out? I think I knew the answer a long time ago, but this summer I discovered once and for all – it is not. It is about living a healthy and happy life, challenging yourself, being the most productive version of yourself, making new friends and spreading good vibes (yes, it’s a thing).
Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi’s call for full equality between men and women has been received mostly with applause in Tunisia, but with more mixed feelings from Muslims elsewhere in the region. During his speech on August 13 for Tunisian National Women’s Day, which commemorates the abolition of polygamy in 1956, Essebsi called for legalizing Muslim women’s marriage to non-Muslims and ensuring equality in inheritance. While the overwhelming atrocities in the region from anti-revolutionary fronts may shape views towards the Arab Spring, let us not forget that there’s a small North African country that is making different strides in the region.
“Games are an extraordinary way
to tap into your most heroic qualities”
Jane McGonigal, researcher and game designer.
I was born and raised in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, the place that I proudly call home and that nurtured me into a candidate for the prestigious Atlas Corps Fellowship – a U.S. Sponsored program which selects young social change leaders from all around the globe for the opportunity to serve in the United States for a period of 12-18 months. It has been quite a tremendous journey from one Atlas to another. Just as I used to take long outings into the Atlas Mountains, my future stands at the beginning of new path with Atlas Corps and its dozens of outstanding non-profit leaders whom I now call family.
In a semi-casual group conversation a few weeks back, it became evident how my friends and I (and by extension our individual networks) strongly desired to get involved in helping to achieve one or more of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). I was happy to realize how much my friends wanted to do when it came to making our world more fair, and how much of their time, efforts, and resources they are willing to invest. But how? What activities constitute or count towards achieving a target of one of the SDGs for example? Does volunteering count? We thought so. Collectively, we thought how crucial and universal all 17 of the Goals are, ranging from food security and health and well-being to gender equality and decent work and economic growth. But we wanted to know how exactly each one of us could contribute within our small communities to create a more sustainable and just world. Below is what I think could be done towards the achievement of the SDGs, both at a professional level as well as a personal one.
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New York is an expensive city, the most expensive in the United States and ninth in the world, according to a recent report. It’s not the easiest place to be living on a budget, and when friends come to visit and you want to show them the sights, it can seem daunting to make sure they have a great time without spending a lot of money.
Daunting, but not impossible.
For every event that you do, being active on social networks before, during, and after the event is critical to your promotional strategy, successful attendee engagement for the event, and in most cases, to the overall objective/mission of your organisation. Events happen in real-time and social media provides a unique opportunity to interact directly with your audience and have them share your message. To make this happen with a better chance of success, a stellar Social Media Plan for Events is what you need. The plan helps you know your social strategy for before, during, and after an event.