Author Archive for: OCT Admin

Meena Jagannath and the Community Justice Project

MEENA JAGANNATH joined the Community Justice Project (CJP) in 2012.  She is a human rights lawyer and lover of all things creative. Before coming to Miami she worked on women’s rights in Port-au-Prince, Haiti with a Haitian human rights law office there. She brings her human rights experience and passion for supporting community organizing efforts to the poor and immigrant communities in

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Hugh Macleod – Cartoons Crafting Next-Gen Entrepreneurs 

University of Miami’s Toppel Career Center looks a little brighter these days. Maybe it’s because of the new building. Or perhaps it’s the smiles of recent graduates glad to be rid of homework. But one new development stands out among the rest: the opening of a permanent exhibition featuring 80—that’s right, 80—artworks by the cartoonist Hugh Macleod. These playful, colorful

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Micro Theater Taking Root in Miami

In the heart of Downtown Miami lie seven shipping containers. They typically carry things like canned goods and washing machines. But inside these graffiti decorated containers is something very different: theater. Two and half years ago, Jorge Monje brought an innovative theater concept from Spain to Miami. He envisioned short plays being performed within shipping containers for small audiences. Today,

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Alyce Robertson, Miami Downtown Development Authority

Alyce M. Robertson, executive director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority directs the activities of the public organization while driving its mission to make Downtown Miami a world class city and international center for commerce, culture, and tourism. Our City Thoughts: Why did you decide to build a life in Miami? Alyce Robertson: I moved here in 1979 straight out

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Camila Souza, From PFunk to Tech Cocktails

Camila Souza or Cami as her friends call her was born in Brazil and raised in Peru, a globe trotter whose communications work has spanned from organizations like Greenpeace International, The Organization of Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) where she worked to empower the indigenous community of Mapuches in Chile. Now in Miami, she

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Austin Allan, Tio Gazpacho – Startup Founder

Austin Allan is the founder of Tio Gazpacho, an innovative Spanish inspired cold soup start-up. He was born in NJ.  School at Washington University in St. Louis.  Studied Spanish Lit and Marketing.  Studied in Madrid.  Moved to Barcelona after college. Then DC and NYC for four years each. Our City Thoughts:  Why have you decided to build your startup in

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Decharging a Buzzword at eMerge Americas 2014

By Adam Goldberg There’s something going around Emerge this inaugural year. No, not advertisements disguised as panel questions (that happens at every conference). It’s this word, the same way 2013’s word was “Social Media”. When we were kids, anything from a too-clever question to a chair-slamming tantrum was considered “disruptive”. Kids would trudge (or get pulled) to the principal’s office

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Brian Brackeen Founder & CEO – Kairos

Q&A with Brian Brackeen Founder & CEO – Kairos is creating a world without fraud via facial recognition. Our City Thoughts: Why did you come to Miami? Brian Brackeen: I actually came here around 5 years ago, I was consultant and traveling a bunch. I could live anywhere in the world and I thought… “This is my chance!, I can

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