Archive | August 2012

Four Faves: Around Ecuador

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Mujeres Cambia on Facebook!

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We finally have reliable enough internet (for the time being) to launch the Mujeres Cambia Facebook Page! We will be keeping the page updated with photos from events, more images of Mujeres Cambia necklaces, and updates on news about the group.

Click here to go to the Mujeres Cambia Facebook Page.

Enjoy, Mari

 

 

The ABCs of Design

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Flavorwire is a great resource for inspiration, focusing on design, culture, and entertainment. I have re-posted interesting items I receive in my inbox through Flavorpill before. Here’s another one featured in the latest Flavorpill email for the design enthusiasts out there: Emma Cook’s ABC flashcards. These cards feature such gems as, “M is for Moleskine” and “A is for Apple” (as in gorgeous aluminum Apple desktop computer).

I was curious to look at the letters that spell my name to see just how Hipster it would look and as you can see above, I don’t think you can get more Hipster than black rimmed glasses, insider design references, and a certain little black book. I once described myself as somewhere between Hippie and Hipster. Does the fact that not only do I have several Moleskines, an Apple computer and Warby Parker Specs but I also convert my images to RGB in Photoshop and use the Interwebs every day tip the scales more towards Hipster or does the fact that I am writing this as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador trump all the rest?

See what your name looks like by visiting Emma Cook’s website or her Behance page.

Enjoy, Mari

Gone But Not Forgotten: David Rakoff

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Writer, performer, and all-around generous guy David Rakoff died on August 9th. I never met him but I feel like I know him through his numerous performances on my favorite radio program, This American Life. Last week’s TAL episode is dedicated to David and his work so if you’ve never heard him you need to download the free podcast ASAP. Seriously, do it.

While David shared many things with the world through his books and essays, those of us who were never friends with him recently learned that he was also one of the world’s best gift givers. Through a Tumblr dedicated to him, his friends and family have uploaded images of the spectacular and creative gifts he made for loved ones to celebrate holidays and milestones.

His many obituaries list other facts about him (The New York Times one can be read here) but for me, viewing the collection of the gifts that David made communicates something even more touching and profound about who this man was. Even though I never knew him personally, I will miss David Rakoff.

Mari

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Watch him on The Daily Show here.

Watch David’s performance on This American Life:

Home Sweet Home

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We’re back after a week in Quito! As amazing as it was, we’re also glad to be home. Paul and I had the pleasure of hosting two of the women from Mujeres Cambia at the past week’s convening of Peace Corps volunteers from our training class. It was the first time either of them had really traveled outside of their area of the country and I couldn’t be more proud of them and what they accomplished this week.

The best part about the entire week for me was seeing our two Mujeres Cambia representatives grow and develop into confident, self-assured presenters as they led a bead-making workshop and answered questions about the business behind Mujeres Cambia in front of a large group of Peace Corps Volunteers and their counterparts. Further, we had an important  meeting in Quito with a potential buyer and the women were rock stars representing themselves and their products.

Some highlights from our week in Quito:

  • Seeing other PCVs and hearing about their amazing projects
  • Catching up with Peace Corps staff
  • Staying with our host family in Tumbaco
  • Eating comfort food at restaurants
  • Enjoying hot(ish) showers
  • Selling over $1,000 of Mujeres Cambia merchandise
  • The interview with El Universo (the country’s largest paper) about Mujeres Cambia
  • Going to the movies (twice)
  • Meeting up with **Belén** my host sister from when I was 16!

Stay tuned for photos and more news to come.

Mari

Palmar Prezi

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Above, see one of two Community Assessment Tool (CAT) presentations that we gave last week as part of the Peace Corps Reconnect conference for our training class.

Enjoy, Mari

I Heart Prezi and Typography

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I am totally in love with this new way to do presentations. Paul and I (in addition to still managing our projects) have been working on our presentations for an upcoming Peace Corps conference next week. Hence, the lack of posts lately.

While researching new ways to spice up presentations, we found Prezi, which allows you to pan and zoom your information, animating your run-of-the-mill boring Powerpoint into a work of art. See the excellent example above by Travis Hitchcock.

The viewer allows the presentation to be played automatically or you can click, zoom, and pan yourself.

I’m using it to present our data in a more exciting way and I’ll be sure to share once it’s done!

Enjoy, Mari

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