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

Colombia Colombia, you were a delight

This is an oldie but I think a goodie.

During my fellowship I went on my first ever trip to South America and visited Colombia. It was a work related trip but I decided to go a few days early to explore the country and visit as many places as I could. Was I nervous? Yes! I’m usually very comfortable travelling somewhere new, I haven’t been, however I realised most countries i’ve travelled to speak a version or tongue of Arabic.

What’s Leadership About?

Boston mayor Kevin White,1929-2012

While conceptions of leadership, especially in the developing world context, tend to conjure images of brutal, corrupt and compulsive leaders preoccupied with their own power-amassing ambitions and addressing the lowly masses from on high, true and effective leadership actually has very little to do with oppression, control and domination and a lot with empowering and motivating.To be an effective leader, one must turn all of his or her so called followers into leaders. Paradoxical much? Yet at the heart of this paradox lies a simple yet compelling concept that defines true leadership.

How was welcomed the presentation of Albanian culture among the international fellows in the Atlas Corps ?


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Atlas Corps, an international network of nonprofit leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st century challenges.

Last week Atlas Corps gived to each fellow of the Class28 the opportunity to present their country amoung the 8 nationalities, but how was welcomed Albania ?

Albania officially the Republic of Albania is a country in Southeastern Europe. It has a total population of 3 million people as of 2016. Albania is a unitary parliamentary constitutional republic with the capital in Tirana.

My first approach with Atlas Corps in Washington DC


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Washington D.C. the city so much advertised in social media, in the international media, in movies, televisions and by people around the world, but how did I feel like a nearly arrived from a developing country such as Albania?

But where is Albania for everyone who does not know:

Albania is a land to be loved. In this small mediterranean country, virgin nature and cultural mysteries combine to create a unique sense of place. In Albania, visitors are welcomed as guests as part of the country’s rich cultural traditioins and heritage. The warm hospitality of the Albanian will make every one feel at home in this small wonderful land.

Project Management tools

Project management is everywhere!

I didn’t choose the PM life, the PM life chose me!

Like seriously I don’t know anyone who grows up thinking, “I’d like to be a project manager when I grow up” but project management for me has happened organically in the planning, organizing and managing of efforts to accomplish goals in a defined timespan. Alot of us are constantly project managing even when we are not and so I decided to embark on this journey to learn about different tools and techniques that make successful project managers. There are some tools out there that I love using and I am constantly evolving, learning in this space. its not a static learning curve but a  process of discovering what works best for your organisation and your project. Here are some of my go-to’s:



A graphic story of America Solidaria.

Hello Atlas Corps community!

(fact #1) I am Luigi Barraza (fact #2) I am Atlas Corps/America Solidaria Fellow from Mexico, (fact #3) I am serving at Mission Preparatory in San Francisco.

This Graphic Blog is a response to people’s reaction when I ad the ‘America Solidaria‘ to my (fact #2). Some people nod in acknowledgement, some people nod (pretending acknowledgement) and some people have no idea what I am talking about. All three responses are popular, hence as an America Solidaria ambassador it is my responsibility to create awareness about this Latin American nonprofit organization and their great work in our continent.

My Fate of Two Atlases


Photo Credit: Abdulrahman Galal

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.

2 months as an Atlas Corps Fellow!

This week marks my two months Fellow-anniversary. I can’t believe how fast the past weeks have gone.

When I first landed in DC in May to start my journey in the US, I was excited and anxious at the same time. I knew this year was going to be different in so many ways. I had doubts because leaving home, family and friends is never easy but I was definitely ready to embrace change, constantly keeping in mind the famous quote of Lily Leung “When in doubt, choose change.”