Below are a number of projects and campaigns that I’ve been involved in. My interests lie in International Development, Environment, Social Change, Corporate Social Responsibility, and Social Impact.
If you are interested in learning more about these campaigns, please contact me.
Scaling Marketplace, Social Impact Exchange
The Scaling Marketplace website launched in early 2014. The Scaling Marketpace is a major, new philanthropic initiative where funders are joining forces to support nonprofits that are bringing promising interventions and strategies to scale. Spearheaded by leading foundations, the marketplace enables funders across the country to efficiently connect to evidence-based, game-changing nonprofits with the potential to have a major impact. www.scalingmarketplace.org
Social Impact Exchange’s Conference on Scaling Impact (2011 – 2014, 2016), Social Impact Exchange
The Annual Conference on Scaling Impact brings together foundations, philanthropists, philanthropy advisors, and sector leaders to discuss innovative methods to support scaling and replication of high-impact nonprofit initiatives From 2011-2014 and in 2016 I was responsible for promoting the Scaling Impact Conference online. This included building and maintaining the conference website (www.scalingconference.org), compiling timely eblasts to focused lists, keeping social media channels updates (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn), creating a conference smartphone app for iOS and Android (2013-14), ensuring that conference material was captured for post-conference digital promotion (audio and video), and sending follow up emails to participants as well as blasting conference successes to a wider audience. The conference sold out every year and was widely talked about online. Analytic reports that I ran around the time of the conference supported that our e-marketing efforts led to greater online engagement, more visits to our website, and more activity on social media.
International Development Drinks, BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)
In mid-2009, I helped launch BCCIC’s first International Development Drinks night at the Railway Club in Vancouver. The International Development Drinks is an informal networking session hosted by BCCIC which aims to bring together professionals, students, and other individuals interested in connecting and learning about international development projects and opportunities in the region.
International Development Week 2010 – Be Yourself, Be Bold, Be the Change, BC Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)
International Development Week (IDW) takes place every year in February. In 2010, IDW took place from February 6 to 13, 2010. As part of IDW 2010, BCCIC profiled eight youth, ages 15-26, from around British Columbia who are acting as global citizens in their communities. The youth were profiled on BCCIC’s webpage and each youth had an article, podcast and YouTube video produced which outlined their achievements. In order to spread the campaign, BCCIC utilized a variety of social media tools including Twitter (#IDW2010) and Facebook. Visitors to the webpage increased three-fold, the YouTube videos and podcasts were downloaded widely and BCCIC’s followers and fans on the social media websites increased dramatically. Learn more about the successes of IDW 2010 here.
Archimedes Project, Net Impact NYC Professional Service Corps
The Net Impact NYC Service Corps Program matches teams of passionate and skilled NINYC members with nonprofits and social enterprises to complete actionable 12-week pro bono consulting projects that fulfill specific business and/or organizational needs. In the fall of 2015 I worked with a team of other pro bono consultants to develop a comprehensive funder-focused marketing strategy for the Archimedes Project. This included marketing materials that provide background on the clean water and sanitation space, the organizations role within it, and effectively communicated expected future impact. Click here to download the prospectus that I designed for the project.
GROW, Oxfam Action Corps NYC
On June 1, 2011 Oxfam America launched the GROW campaign. Oxfam’s GROW campaign aims to build a better food system: one that sustainably feeds a growing population (estimated to reach nine billion by 2050) and empowers poor people to earn a living, feed their families, and thrive. Oxfam Action Corps NYC has been holding events around the city to advocate for food justice and educate others on the need for the GROW campaign. Up-to-date information on Oxfam Action Corps latest activities surrounding the GROW campaign can be found at http://www.oxfamactioncorpsnyc.org.
No Impact Week, No Impact Project
The No Impact Experiment is a one-week carbon cleanse which aims to address our current, unsustainable levels of waste and consumption (http://noimpactproject.org). The Sierra Club No Impact Experience took place during the same week as Earth Day. During the week participants explored our current consumption habits while discussing ways that we will give back to the community. You can follow the activities of the week at http://niwnewyork.wordpress.com. If you are interested holding a No Impact Experience in your own community, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/10/10 NYC White Roofs Global Work Party, 350.org
The 10/10/10 New York City White Roofs Global Work Party took place as part of 350.org‘s call for global action against climate change. On the global day of action, volunteers from around the world took part in activities that reduce the impact of climate change.Volunteers across New York City joined forces with family members and neighbors of the Democracy Prep Charter School in Harlem to paint its 6500 square foot roof with a special white paint that reflects nearly 80% of sunlight. This white coating will keep the roof much cooler, while reducing energy use, air conditioning bills, and carbon emissions.
IStop Harming, Start Helping, Oxfam Canada
‘Stop Harming, Start Helping’is Oxfam’s global campaign surrounding climate change. The campaign focuses on women, climate change and food security.Oxfam International has released a documentary outlining the issues surrounding climate change –“Sisters on the Planet”. As obvious as it sounds, climate change is impacting everybody. However, climate change is already having a disproportionate impact on people in developing countries – especially women. Changes in weather including extreme weather events are being felt most in developing countries. This is because it is the people in developing countries who rely more on natural resources, are more vulnerable to disaster and have fewer ways to protect themselves. Since women tend to do the jobs that are most impacted by changes in weather, they are feeling the greatest pressure.As part of the campaign, the Advocacy and Outreach Committee at Oxfam in Vancouver organized the Walk for Climate Justice on Earth Day 2009. Oxfam volunteers and members of the community took part in an approximately 6 kilometer walk from the Vancouver Art Gallery to Jericho Beach Park. The average distance that people in developing countries walk each day for clean water is 6 kms – a distance that is growing due to climate change.
Public Services for All, Oxfam Canada
The “Public Services for All” campaign by Oxfam aims to ensure that basic public services – health, education, water and sanitation – are available to everyone. in order to accomplish this, Oxfam Canada focuses on four main areas:
- Strengthen public sector capacity in local governments.
- Strengthen Civil Society Organisations’ capacity to achieve the right to public services.
- Pressure developed countries & international institutions to provide further increases in funding and better policies for public services.
- Promote attitudes and beliefs that public services are a right
For a presentation on Oxfam Canada’s Public Service Campaign, please click here.
Kill the Cardboard Cup, knicolekindred.com
Killthecardboardcup.com was created in response to the widespread use and abuse of disposable, non-recyclable coffee cups seen today.Killthecardboardcup.com hopes to provide facts and information concerning the cardboard cups distributed by most major coffee shops and hopes to offer solutions to concerned patrons and coffee shop owners.
Iralalaro Region Timor-Leste, Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)
Timor-Leste suffers from a run-down and inadequate electricity generation and distribution system based on the use of expensive imported diesel fuel. The current limited distribution system has serious problems and there is no countrywide distribution and transmission system.Studies done over recent decades have indicated hydroelectric power is probably the most feasible indigenous energy source for short-term development and around 15 potential sites have been identified. Of these, the Iralalaro project has been selected as the top priority, because “of its obvious capacity of generating electricity at low cost”. However, this location has also been recommended as the first conservation area in Timor Leste.The area holds the last remaining Tropical Dry forested area within Timor Leste and is home to a number of critically endangered and threatened species. The proposed project will cause activities that impact existing land use and customary rights for people in the area. Furthermore alternative, micro-hydro, wind and solar projects have not been researched in full and could prove a viable alternative to the potentially damaging hydropower plant.ACF is working with the local NGO, the Haburas Foundation, to overcome some of these hurdles and to support local initiatives in exploring sustainable development options for the future.
Community Development Wiki, Monash University
The Monash University Community Development wikispace was developed as a project for the Community Development in a Globalised World class. The idea behind the site is to introduce viewers to the ideas and concepts surrounding Community Development as well as provide a place to exchange ideas and discuss innovations and approaches to Community Development.