November 2014 Director’s Fellows Updates

By phewing, 3 years ago

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2014 is quickly flying by and our Fellows are continuing their unique and innovative work! Here are some highlights from our cohort for November:

  • Pashon Murray was named the 2014 Food Winner for Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards. Pashon’s start-up company, Detroit Dirt, transforms waste that would typically be sent to landfills into revitalized urban farmland. When asked what makes her company stand out, Pashon points to it’s positive effect on the community, turning local compost into soil for local farmers and consumers, with the goal of transforming Detroit into a greener, self-sustaining city. Read more about the American Made Award and Detroit Dirt here.
  • Juliana Rotich was featured in a TED blog post in which she talks about BRCK, a mobile device developed by Ushahidi that can bring wifi to schools and other places in developing countries. In case you missed it, here’s a link to her TEDTalk.
  • Gillian Caldwell continues her social justice advocacy. She recently attended the Sundance Institute for Global Witness as a Media Advisor and, additionally, developed an outreach campaign for GoodWeave’s end to child labor movement called Stand with Sanju. Gillian is also preparing to wrap up a few consulting engagements, including strategic planning for EarthRights International and our very own Director’s Fellows Program.
  • Marco Tempest gave two big magic performances in Europe — one at the Creativity World Forum in Belgium and one at Pioneers in Vienna, Austria. Watch Marco’s TEDxBeaconStreet video, Inventing the Impossible, to learn more about his creative use of illusion.

Follow the Director’s Fellows on social media to keep up with their activities daily! Sultan Al Qassemi tweets about controversial issues in the Middle East and Baratunde Thurston keeps his followers up-to-date on American political and social current events on his own twitter feed. You can follow all the Director’s Fellows on Twitter through this list (https://twitter.com/tokyomango/lists/mit-ml-director-s-fellows)