Wednesday, March 12, 2008

NOLA YURP and The Next American City Magazine

On March 6-8, NOLA YURP and The Next American City Magazine partnered for a weekend full of events starting on Thursday, March 6th with an educational forum called "Sparking Creativity: Investing in Entrepreneurship and the Future Human Capital of New Orleans." Our panelist included Andrea Floyd, co-founder of Consciously Rebuilding, Blake Haney, creative director of Whence: the studio/Dirty Coast Press/Humid Beings/Willdo, Timolynn Sams, executive director of Neighborhood Partnership Network, and Janet Speyrer, associate dean for research and professor of economics at the University of New Orleans. The forum was held at the Historic New Orleans Collection in the French Quarter located on 533 Royal St., and moderated by Brentin Mock and NOLA YURP's Executive Director Nathan Rothstein. The event was even more special because we were joined by a group of Alternative Spring Break volunteers from Georgetown University. The students where allowed to interact with some of the young people in New Orleans that are involved in the rebuilding and participate in the forum discussion. Much thanks to the Historic New Orleans Collection, NOLA YURP intern Christopher Powe, The Next American City Magazine, and all those who help to make this event a success.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

New Orleans Leadership Retreat: The Prophetic City

Thank you to the Blue Moon Foundation for their wonderful generosity and for hosting a New Orleans Leadership Retreat that brought together some of the brightest minds in the non-profit field. It was a great weekend to connect with people who are doing innovative/excellent work here in New Orleans. It was a tremendous opportunity for NOLA YURP staff and one of our Board members to get to know more personally some of the people who are working towards meaningful change here in New Orleans. Getting to talk with the leadership of the Urban Conservancy, the Neighborhood Partnership Network, Louisiana Spirit, Puentes New Orleans, Inc., and many many more was a great experience/opportunity for our organization. NOLA YURP looks forward to partnering and collaborating with as many of these great organizations as we possibly can.