Monthly Archives: April 2012

Brainstorming in Buenos Aires

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During our stay in Buenos Aires, we met with our dear friend Pedro Tarak, a pioneer member of Avina and co-founder of Emprendia, and his colleague Guillermo Schulmeier, CEO of Emprendia.

Together, we discussed ways and means to reconcile economic profit and environmental protection. Legal regulation and categories are definitely a big part of the solution.

We agreed that, beyond protection and sustainable management, we should aim at life regeneration of areas that were depleted or polluted by human activities.

We also sat with our friends and NGC counterparts in Argentina to assess challenges and opportunities for NGC in the Middle East and South America.

We discussed new projects that would both represent our vision and maximize our added value in terms of knowledge, network and socio-economic impact.

Together, we came up with a new idea designed to tap into the human and economic potential of the Arab diaspora in South America in the context of the Arab revolutions.

We are very excited; the research phase has already started. We will keep you updated!

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See you soon in Argentina, Brazil and Paris!


New Information Technologies and social media are wonderful communication tools but nothing replaces a real trip and face-to-face encounters and discussions in different languages and cultural contexts.

NGC is thus embarking on a long journey to Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Paris to meet with its strategic partners and members, craft new alliances, advance innovative initiatives and participate in two important international events.

We are looking forward to sit and talk with our partners from Emprendia in Buenos Aires, check the New Cities Foundation e-health project we coordinate in close cooperation with the Municipality of Rio and explore potential cooperation with Conectas in Sao Paulo, a Brazilian NGO playing a leading role in the field of Human Rights and the Rule of Law. We will then fly to Paris to brainstorm with the Arab Network for the Study of Democracy (ANSD) and Arabsthink on the situation in the Middle East.

We will be participating in the Living Labs Global Award 2012 in Rio the 2nd and 3rd of May and presenting the NFC e health Pilot Project, and then attend the amazing Summit the New Cities Foundation is organizing in Paris the 14-16 of May. Hope to see you there!

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