Highlights from social innovation summit
At the 2016 Social Innovation Summit (SIS16) Daniel Lubetzky, the CEO and Founder of KIND, led a session about social entrepreneurship and the power of business and markets to address social ills. He had just returned from the Jordanian desert where he visited a sustainable desert farm that employs cutting-edge Israeli technology to make the desert bloom. Former orthodox jewish settlers are cooperating with Jordanian Bedouins and providing over 100 jobs, including employing 40 Syrian refugees. The initiative has been so successful that the farm now generates revenue through the export of kosher vegetables.
Echo named “Official Webby Honoree” for Greenpeace USA
We’re excited to share that the 20th Annual Webby Awards has recognized our work with Greenpeace USA as an Official Webby Honoree. The Greenpeace USA website was recognized as among the best work from nearly 13,000 entries submitted to the awards this year.
Meeting and collaborating with the Greenpeace USA team was our favorite part of this work. Congratulations and thank you Nicole, Ben, and everyone on the Greenpeace team — it has been a joy to work with such a remarkably smart and driven group of colleagues looking to change our world for the better. We’re humbled to share this honor with you.
Natural Resources Defense Council
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) works to safeguard the earth - its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends.
The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.
Graziella joins the board of Washington Improv Theater
Design thinking and improv are similar — requiring constant reflection, adaptation, and a continual openness to possibility. It's no surprise then that our CEO, Graziella Jackson, who also is a Washington, D.C.-based playwright, would join the board of D.C.'s premier destination for long-form improv, Washington Improv Theater (WIT).
Anyone who has worked with Echo&Co knows that we're really big on bringing a spirit of play into all our work. Creative play can improve our listening and communication skills, help us work better and enjoy our work more, gain more empathy for our audiences, and learn how to channel that into better experience-making.
If you're new to the connection between design thinking and improv, a quick Google search will give you lots to explore.
And if you're interested in bringing improv into your team or workplace, WIT offers a great program called WIT@Work in D.C., with workshops that bring the spirit of play into your organization. You'll be in good company trying WIT@Work. Clients include: Goodwill Industries International, AOL, George Washington University, George Mason University, Wounded Warrior Project, and The American Red Cross.