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I joined Ashoka in 2008 to lead Communications for Ashoka's Global Venture & Fellowship team. I pioneered the co-design of AshokaHub to foster collaboration among Ashoka's network of entrepreneurs. While pursuing degrees in Marketing & Communications, I crafted a partnership between colleges, radio stations and businesses to support the Genocide Intervention Network. Through NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, I created Citizen Gain, a short documentary about social entrepreneurs tackling economic development in Southern Africa. As a board member of the SLIGHTLYaskew art collective, I developed interdisciplinary workshops to promote artistic, cultural and generational exchange in underserved communities throughout the US. I also helped to establish Ankay, which aims at getting Peru’s poorest youth into its top schools. I now bring my experience in communications, marketing and technology to social entrepreneurs inside Ashoka and beyond through a communications collective I started called soot+chalk.
Cheers Meena - this should be fun. In the spirit of collaborative solution seeking, I asked a few Peruvian friends how the mandatory voting works in Peru for people with disabilities. I was as interested in their perceptions and whether or not they knew about the procedures as I was in the ultimate answer. Although they did not seem to be able to describe it clearly, it sounds like each person who might need assistance is able to be accompanied by someone else that can vote on their behalf. I like it for its simplicity but have a feeling we can do more to create as fully and truly a democratic process as possible.
Thanks Vincent. Re: your 2nd finding - it's true. Everyone Counts stresses a hardware agnostic approach but found that the iPad was the favorite with users (perhaps no surprise there). Again, as we head toward a solution that hopefully levels the playing field for all voters, I think that some economies of scale could be achieved that ultimately make the hardware more affordable.
Also, good to know about the remote effort too. Thanks for digging!