Keeping in mind the recent successes achieved by the marriage equality movement in the US, I wanted to share a video that explains how some of these achievements came to be. In this video recorded during the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s Strategic Planning Process you can watch an amazing presentation by Ted Trimpa where he discusses how the marriage equality movement created a successful infrastructure to launch and maintain an effective national campaign. I wonder if some of the lessons he shared could be picked up by climate campaigners in the US and beyond, especially the linkage between philanthropy, policy and political spending to create social change.
Lately I have become more interested on the importance of effective use of infographics and data visualization to communicate a message, especially how it could help to share data related to my work with Momentum for Change. I am planning to attend a few conferences this year like see conference and may try to go to re:publica again this year to keep in touch with agencies working in this space.
I think it is straight forward and a good way to get a taste of a 106 page report. We are currently working on a report on the Momentum for Change activities from last year, and would include some infographics. I’ll share here when ready as well.
Based on my friend Tim Salas’ request, here are all the tracks for Pause, the single record my old band Retrospective put out back in the late 90’s back when I lived in Curacao. You can also play the whole thing here:
So my mother has always asked me about what I do at work, and it has always been hard to explain. Below some of the one-line descriptions that I have given:
– I work to promote youth participation in international decision-making process;
– I help Fortune 500 companies empower young immigrants in New York through volunteerism;
– I help to facilitate a network of foundations supporting environmental work around the world;
– I support international climate change negotiations on helping to build the capacity of developing countries;
– I support international climate change negotiations on how to financially support developing countries in their efforts to address climate change.
Note how the one line has been getting longer throughout the years… But now that I work on Momentum for Change at the United Nations Climate Change secretariat, I can just say that I work on fighting climate change. I even get to share these amazing little videos that tell more about my work! Enjoy!
Short description of the UNFCCC 2012 Momentum for Change Lighthouse Actvities
Short trailer for the launch of Momentum for Change: Women for Results
Short trailer for the launch of Momentum for Change: Innovative Financing for Climate-friendly Investment Trailer
Check out this nice little video on the history of the climate change communications by the Norwegian organization Cicero. It is short, funny and to the point! Good example of how to communicate on what the negotiations are at a very macro level but in a way that it is not difficult to understand. Enjoy!
So today I was forwarded this video on what it takes to be an entrepreneur:
Working on Momentum for Change at the United Nations Climate Change secretariat it is clear that entrepreneurial skills, or perhaps “intrapreneurial” skills, are essential to excel at my work. I think the video provides good inspiration not only to those launching new ventures in the private sector, but anyone launching and/or supporting new initiatives. This especially make sense in institutions with deeply entrenched corporate cultures… 🙂
In any case, it is good to be reminded that we should not be afraid to make mistakes, as long as we remain committed to learning from them. Enjoy the video!
Sometimes is good to watch some political satire and remind ourselves not to take things so seriously… Yes, Minister always helps! Enjoy!
I always loved the West Wing (I tend to re-watch it every so often). So when Newsnight came out, I was really excited. The show is a good reminder why Aaron Sorkin is a great writer. Below is a trailer for Newsnight:
However, someone sent me an online ad for Bridget Mary McCormack, a candidate for Michigan’s Supreme Court. It happens to be a 4-minute West Wing reunion with lots of the series’ main characters. Needless to say it is great! See below and enjoy!
So these past few weeks I’ve been going to a few concerts around Bonn. A few months ago I caught up with Estelle in Cologne, then saw Stacey Kent in Bonn before the May negotiation sessions and last Saturday I saw The Roots at Le Zenith in Paris. I must say all the shows have been quite different but all really good!
In any case below there is a nice video of Alabama Shakes, enjoy!