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Grasp Learning Co-Founders, Gary & Valerie Berman

Gary and Valerie Berman are the co-founders of Grasp Learning, a pioneering after school program that provides academic support and enrichment to children with hands on tutoring and tech. Our City Thoughts: Why did you create in Miami? Gary We’ve been in the Miami community for almost 40 years, and we’re seeing that Miami is just at the precipice of something

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Miami Creative Mornings with Malik Benjamin

Our City Thoughts met up with the awesome Malik Benjamin, a curator of culture, innovation and commerce. He is also the founder of CreativeMornings Miami. Among the many positive projects he is part of, CreativeMornings is a breakfast lecture series for the creative community. And we basically have loved all the ideas, breakfast treats, and people we have met at CMM. Read

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Ebonie Mukasa Miami Social Entrepreneur

Ebonie Mukasa – The Challenges and Triumphs of Being a Miami Social Entrepreneur Words & Images: Ilana Berman Social entrepreneurs are the new philanthropists. They are individuals who, through innovative business practices, find solutions to the problems that vex our communities, states, and countries. Founder of CLOAK INC, Ebonie Mukasa, is a social entrepreneur committed to putting the mission before the

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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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FEAST MIAMI – dinners that micro-fund arts ventures

Raising capital for your budding business just became delicious.  FEAST Miami, a grassroots organization is cooking up an arts revolution, holding vegan dinners that micro-fund arts ventures—And chef Loren Pulitzer is the one behind the scenes, cooking up the revolution. Here’s how it works: you and your friends pay what you can to sit down for a vegan dinner at

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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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