February 2016 Director’s Fellows Updates

By phewing, 2 years ago

Sultan Al Qassemi is featured in Arabian Business.com: “Middle Eastern governments don’t care about entrepreneurs.”

Maurice Ashley goes viral (and incognito) in NYC in this TIME Magazine video, which gave the social media channels something to talk about. Mashable and Chessbase News helped spread the word as well.

Gabriella Gomez-Mont’s El Laboratorio para la Ciudad, is partnering with 12 organizations that include NGOs and other government offices to develop Mapatón CDMX: a crowdsourcing and gamification experiment to map Mexico City’s bus routes through civic collaboration and technology.

Van Jones was interviewed by David Kupfer in The Progressive: Building Things to Solve Problems: An Interview with Van Jones.

Sam Kass has launched a new consulting firm called Trove, which will work with corporations both big and small who are serious about transforming our health, climate and planet through food and can serve companies in a variety of roles, including as investors, advisers or communication strategists. Congratulations Sam, and best of lucks! Read more about it in this article from Politico.com.

Recently, Sam was interviewed by NewHope260.com about his speech at Natural Products Expo West: “Why Expo West keynote Sam Kass is optimistic about the future of food”.

Christine Sun Kim is interviewed by Kathy Noble in ArtForum.

Sandra Song, from Papermag.com, also talks to Christine “about sound etiquette, being Asian-American, and navigating her own identity.”

Toby Shapshak, from Forbes Tech, write’s about Joyce Kim’s Stellar.org service that is launching in Nigeria’s rural areas: Instant Money Transfer Service Stellar Launches For Nigeria’s Rural Women.

David Kobia is featured on BizNizAfrica.

Juliana Rotich shares on her blog the exciting news of her new partnership with Africa Technology Ventures, which will invest in and support the growth of tech enabled start-ups in East Africa and Nigeria; that have the potential to scale and create value in key sectors including Agriculture, Consumer, Education, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare.

President Obama has pledged to ban solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system and to reform the rules for other prisoners. What effect will his executive actions have? On this PBSNewshour clip and interview, Hari Sreenivasan discusses the proposed changes with Maurice Chammah of The Marshall Project and Shaka Senghor of #Cut50, who spent seven years in solitary confinement.

Marco Tempest released a short video for his new project 24 Drone Flight. Read more about the project here.

Shaka Senghor is getting a lot of attention these days surrounding the upcoming release tour of his book Writing my Wrongs (Penguin, Random House Publishing). Shaka’s tour includes a book signing event at the Media Lab on March 16th at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Tenzin Priyadarshi and Joi Ito. Director’s Fellows unite! If you can’t attend here in Cambridge catch Shaka in:

Chicago on March 8 at 6:00 p.m. at the Seminary Co-op Bookstore, 5751 S. Woodlawn Avenue;

Washington, DC on March 9 at 6:30 p.m. at Bus Boys & Poets, 2021 14th Street NW;

Washington, DC on March 10 at 7:00 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church, 755 8th Street NW;

Atlanta, GA on March 11 at 7:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Decatur, 308 Clairemont Ave, Decatur;

Livonia, MI on March 13 at 5:00 p.m. at Snooker’s Pool and Pub, 27630 Schoolcraft Avenue;

Detroit, MI on March 14 at 6:30 p.m. at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Avenue;

New York, NY on March 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the National Black Theatre, 2031 Fifth Avenue;

Los Angeles on April 10 at the L.A. Times Festival of Books, University of Southern California.

Here is what the press is saying about the book and Shaka’s work:

Atlanta Daily World: Shaka Senghor: The Ascent from Prison to Prominence

Amsterdam News: Shaka Senghor’s Story of Redemption