Potluck and Pabst for new consumer crusaders -
Employees had taped paper snowflakes to the windows and hung a strand of white Christmas lights from the ceiling. Soft music played from an iPod, and a plastic penguin greeted guests arriving from their cubicles two floors below. The potluck offerings stretched across several tables - homemade…
No big deal, shouted one staffer as the laughter subsided, “We’re a start-up.” - Merici Vinton
A 6th grader’s advice to next year’s 6th graders.
To all the mothers and mothers to be, we say “thank you” for showing us what the freedom to love really means.
Love, Freedom to Marry
Last week I started my new role and project: I am joining the A World At School initiative as Senior Advisor and Director of Digital. A World at School is a new organization that solely exists to work towards achieving the UN’s second Millennium Goal - getting the 61 million kids who are out of school…into school. And working to get quality education to those who don’t yet have it. We were founded by the children’s charity, PiggyBankKids, led by Sarah Brown, who previously worked on the amazing and successful global health campaign around maternal mortality. Additionally, we are supported by the UN Education Envoy, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Our approach is targeted and combines ongoing education efforts at the highest levels of governments and NGOs alike with the grassroots efforts of individuals and impactful projects happening globally. We are going to start with the 10 countries that have the highest number of children out of school and work with them on projects that will help us get closer to achieving the Milllenium Development Goal.
In addition to digital, I will also be building partnerships with ed tech organizations and awesome projects that work to get girls in to STEM education. If this is you or someone you know or someone you think you know, please ping me (merici at aworldatschool dot org).
For me, it’s a really cool/terrifying challenge - I am thrilled to work on a global, macro campaign (#meta). It’s great because Gordon and Sarah (and our partners) are incredibly committed with a strong emphasis on impact that I know we will be able to move this campaign forward. [We will also be working in country with partners - so while our mission is global, we are trying to make it as local as possible] [probably. it’s only my 5th day.] Also, can I just say how cool it is to work with a kickass lady? This is my first time having a direct supervisor who is a woman (!!??!) and there needs to be more of us in management.
I’m totally down to talk about our work and we are always looking for more people to get involved - as partners, fans, noisy campaigners - so ping me.
Let’s do this.
"I did that" -
“You should bring something into the world that wasn’t in the world before. It doesn’t matter what that is. It doesn’t matter if it’s a table or a film or gardening — everyone should create. You should do something, then sit back and say, “I did that.’”
- Ricky Gervais
Letter to JFK from Kurt Vonnegut
“On occasion, I write pretty well.”
An amazing 94 years old. #amazeballs