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Demo Day 2019: Never Doubt What A Collective Can Do

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Never doubt what a collective can do.


Emerson Collective’s annual Demo Day brought together some of our most inspiring thinkers, innovators, and change-makers for a day of dialogue and celebration.

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MARC BAMUTHI JOSEPH: A moving and urgent performance of “You Have the Rite,” which debuted in September 2018 at Pop-Up Magazine, a touring live-magazine show.

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MARÍA TERESA KUMAR (Voto Latino): Voto Latino engages, educates, and empowers young Latinos to create change and build a stronger, more inclusive democracy.

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EVAN SMITH (The Texas Tribune): If democracy relies on the free press, we must find new models for vibrant local news. The Texas Tribune shows us one path forward.

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MARIELENA HINCAPIÉ (National Immigration Law Center): It’s more important than ever to defend and advance the rights of low-income immigrants, and help them thrive. Hincapié asks us to join the fight.

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CHRIS TERRILL (Crosstown High School): What happens when you teach students that they have power and agency? A story from Terrill, the executive director of Crosstown High, an innovative public charter high school serving a diverse population in Memphis, Tennessee.

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CHARLES BEST (DonorsChoose): An update on the work of DonorsChoose, a nonprofit crowdfunding platform that makes it easy for anyone to help a classroom in need by donating field trips, books, supplies, and more.

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ARIEL EKBLAW (MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative): The Space Exploration Initiative brings together artists, scientists, engineers, and designers to prototype the tools and technologies that will let people thrive in an interplanetary future.

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EDUARDO PADRÓN (Miami Dade College): In conversation with The Atlantic's Alexis Madrigal. Miami Dade College is the largest institution of higher education in the nation, enrolling more minority students than any other college or university.

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ROB ROGERS (Editorial Cartoonist): In 2018, after 25 years on staff at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Rob Rogers was fired for doing his job: drawing cartoons critical of the president.

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BRANDAN “BMIKE” ODUMS (Studio BE): In conversation with Jennifer Arceneaux, Emerson Collective's Director of Strategy Integration. BMike is a public artist who sees his work as a collaboration with the community and a dialogue with his audience.

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JASMINE CROWE (Goodr): Since its founding in 2017, Goodr has helped businesses donate over one million pounds of surplus food to nonprofits that serve the people who need it.

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HAL HARVEY (Energy Innovation): The world needs policy solutions that effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions—on a giant scale. As CEO of Energy Innovation, Harvey seeks strategies that can have the most impact.

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MAX KRUMMEL (ImmunoX): Professor Krummel is a champion of collaborative science; his ImmunoX Initiative promotes data sharing and joint research across fields, disciplines, demographics, and geographies.

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BILLY MOORE (Inner-City Muslim Action Network): Billy Moore is a case manager and life coach with the Inner-City Muslim Action Network, where he supports the physical, mental, spiritual, and social needs of formerly incarcerated people reintegrating into communities.

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JULIENNE OYLER (African Entrepreneur Collective): African Entrepreneur Collective helps accelerate innovation and drive growth across Africa, offering entrepreneurs the support and resources they need to grow their businesses and create jobs in their communities.

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ANDREW YOUN (One Acre Fund): One Acre Fund fights poverty and hunger in Sub-Saharan Africa by offering financing and agricultural training to rural farmers; today, the Fund serves almost one million families and is on track to double in size over the next five years.

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SARAH HEMMINGER (Thread): Thread harnesses the power of human connection, building durable networks of support between at-risk students and community-based volunteers, with the aim of improving educational, economic, and emotional outcomes for everyone involved.

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JON BOOGZ & LIL BUCK (Movement Art Is): A performance of "Am I A Man" with music by Coup Coo Nation featuring narration by Bryan Stevenson.