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Monthly Archives: June 2015

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Museo Jumex To Present First Solo Exhibition In Mexico Of The Art Of Gustav Metzger


(MEXICO CITY, MEXICO, June 29, 2015 – From July 18 to October 25, 2015, Museo Jumex will present the first solo exhibition in Mexico of the work of the influential artist and activist Gustav Metzger. The exhibition, titled We Must Become Idealists or Die. Gustav Metzger, features work spanning six decades and explores how the use of texts, symposia, and calls for public participation have been essential to Metzger’s artistic practice. One seminal example of each will be used as the starting point for the exhibition: Metzger’s manifesto Auto-Destructive Art (1959), the Destruction in Art Symposium held in London in 1966, and Three Years Without Art 1977–1980.

Guest curated by Daniela Pérez, Curator and Deputy Director of Artistic Programming at Museo Tamayo and Co-Founder of de sitio, We Must Become Idealists or Die. Gustav Metzger features works from 1959 to the present including writings, works on paper, ephemera, photographs, videos, models and projects for sculptures and three-dimensional and projected installation works. The exhibition highlights the interdependency between the artist’s core concepts of “auto-destructive” and “auto-creative” art. In the early 1960s, Metzger was one of a significant number of artists in Europe and the Americas who used everyday or industrial materials to create art objects that would decay or break apart over time, and he called these works “auto-destructive.” In contrast, “auto-creative” works focus on growth instead of destruction and use technology to orchestrate processes of positive change.

Since the 1950s, Gustav Metzger has used art to encourage discussion of public issues. Through the artworks in We Must Become Idealists or Die. Gustav Metzger, the artist creates opportunities to reflect on issues such as inequality, nuclear weapons, genetic engineering and environmental extinction. Local audiences will have the opportunity to contribute directly to the exhibition by donating newspapers for use in Mass Media: Today and Yesterday (2011/2015), an ongoing participatory work in which visitors are asked to cut out articles related to extinction and pin them on a bulletin board, or may discard old batteries in a container placed at the museum’s entrance as part of Spent Batteries (1999/2015).

Additional exhibition highlights include Supportive (1965/2013) Metzger’s monumental “auto-creative” work, which uses heat-sensitive liquid crystals to create changing colorful patterns that are projected onto seven 4 X 4 m screens. Another major work, which comes from the artist’s Historic Photographs series of the 1990s, is To Walk Into. Massacre on the Mount, Jerusalem, a greatly enlarged newspaper photograph of the October 1990 “Massacre on the Mount” in Jerusalem, which is placed behind a linen curtain, so that viewers may engage with the photograph as they choose. Mobbile (1970/2015) is a mobile sculpture comprising a plant that is placed inside a clear Plexiglas box, which is affixed to the top of a car that is then driven through Mexico City or left idling in front of the museum. The vehicle’s exhaust pipe is connected to the box, so that viewers may see the effects of the exhaust fumes that are fed to the plant.

We Must Become Idealists or Die. Gustav Metzger includes works recreated following the artists’ instructions, as well as works on loan from the Sohm Archive, Stuttgart, Germany; The Tate, London, UK; Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France; and the artist’s private collection.

On October 3, 2015, the museum will present a symposium related to the exhibition. Details will follow.


Artist and political activist Gustav Metzger was born in 1926 in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1939, he was sent to England in a rescue operation for Jewish children. This experience strongly marked his personal and professional life, and for decades his work has focused on generating discussion and debate in order to impact social consciousness.

As a young man, Metzger studied at various art schools in England and Belgium, beginning his career as a painter. In 1959, he abandoned painting and began to create artworks with everyday objects (such as cardboard, newspapers and plastic bags) and industrial materials that were meant to decay and eventually fall apart. This marked the beginning of his Auto-Destructive work.

Metzger’s works can be found in the permanent collections of major institutions including Tate Modern in London and the Musée d’Art Contemporain in Lyon. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at The New Museum in New York (2011), the Serpentine Gallery in London (2009), Zacheta National Gallery in Warsaw (2007), Westfälischer Kunstverein in Munster (2007), Lunds Konsthall in Sweden (2006) and the Generali Foundation in Vienna (2005). His work has also been included in major group exhibitions including the 2011 São Paulo Biennale, the 2009 Tate Triennial, the 2008 Yokohama Triennial and the 2007 Skulptur Projekte Münster.

Metzger lives and works in London but considers himself to be stateless.


Daniela Pérez is the Curator and Deputy Director of Artistic Programming at the Tamayo Museum. She is cofounder of de_sitio, a platform that conceptualizes, develops and promotes contemporary art projects. In 2013, Pérez received a grant from the Foundation for the Arts Initiative and was a member of the curatorial team for the Mercosul Biennial, Porto Alegre, Brazil. Between 2007 and 2011, she was Associate Curator at the Museo Tamayo. She has also held positions at the Museum of Modern Art in São Paulo; the New Museum in New York; and the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil in Mexico. Pérez writes regularly for various publications and has taught at the National School of Painting, Sculpture and Printmaking “La Esmeralda,” and Soma. She earned her Master of Arts degree in Curating Contemporary Art from the Royal College of Art, London.



Also on view at the museum from July 11 through October 4 is In Girum Imus Nocte et Consumimur Igni, an interpretive installation of the permanent collection guest curated by Fernando Mesta and Eva Svennung, with the invited participation of the artists Bernadette Van-Huy, Nicolas Ceccaldi and Peter Wächtler, and researcher Susana Vargas. Titled after a 2006 light sculpture by Cerith Wyn Evans that is in the Jumex collection, the exhibition proposes not one but several approaches to curating an installation and to understanding the choices implicit in forming and activating an art collection.


Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo was created to promote the production, discussion and knowledge of contemporary art and to generate innovative ways to foster art and culture. The Foundation carries out this work through Colección Jumex, the Foundation’s art collection; Museo Jumex, a new venue for the exhibition and activation of contemporary art; Galería Jumex Ecatepec, an experimental exhibition space; and Editorial Jumex, a platform for the publication and dissemination of contemporary art discourse. Additionally, Fundación Jumex promotes its mission through three complementary program areas: Fomento, dedicated to supporting the production of contemporary art and independent projects, education and research; Investigación, dedicated to research and analysis of contemporary culture; and Educación, committed to enhancing the visitor’s ability to understand and appreciate contemporary art.

Nathan’s Famous Continues Charitable Tradition Donates 100,000 Hot Dogs To Food Bank For NYC

Official Presentation to Take Place at Company’s Annual Hot Dog-Eating Contest in Coney Island

Jericho, NY, June 30, 2015 – On July 4th, Nathan’s Famous will donate 100,000 of its signature world famous beef hot dogs to Food Bank For New York City. The official presentation will take place during the company’s annual Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, NY. With this gift, Nathan’s Famous will have donated a total of 800,000 hot dogs to Food Bank For New York City since 2008.

Nathan’s Famous President Wayne Norbitz will present the donation to a representative of Food Bank For New York City, which is part of the Feeding America network.

“This is always a highlight of my holiday and it has long been an important part of our July Fourth celebration,” said Wayne Norbitz, president and COO of Nathan’s Famous, Inc. “We know we are fortunate to be able to host our Independence Day party each year, and the Nathan’s Famous family values its relationship with Food Bank For New York City and applauds all that the organization does to fight hunger.”

The donation ceremony will occur at the original Nathan’s Famous on Surf and Stillwell Avenues in Coney Island, NY, where the annual hot dog eating contest takes place. Each year tens of thousands gather to watch the biggest competitive eating event in the world, while millions watch the event on ESPN.

“Food Bank is thrilled to join Nathan’s Famous for this wonderful tradition. We are thankful for Nathan’s generous donation which will help us provide more than 83,000 meals to families in need during the summer.” said Alyssa Herman, Chief Development Officer, External Relations, Food Bank For New York City.

About Food Bank For New York City

Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs for more than 30 years. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provides food for more than 63 million free meals for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put more than $150 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. In addition, Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 275,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet on a low budget. To learn more about how you can help, please visit

About Nathan’s Famous

Nathan’s is a Russell 2000 Company that currently distributes its products in 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Cayman Islands and ten foreign countries through its restaurant system, foodservice sales programs and product licensing activities. Last year, over 500 million Nathan’s Famous hot dogs were sold. Nathan’s was ranked #22 on the Forbes 2014 list of the Best Small Companies in America and was listed as the Best Small Company in New York State in October 2013. For additional information about Nathan’s please visit our website at

“Voices For The Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids” Raises More Than $500,000 For Foster Kids

Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and more support youth in foster care at the inaugural concert event; Proceeds benefitted You Gotta Believe and the Council on Adoptable Children

New York, NY (June 30, 2015) – More than $500,000 was raised in support of older foster kids needing permanent families with the help of Broadway and Hollywood heavy-hitters last night at the St. James Theatre, including Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski, Darren Criss, Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty, Caroline Rhea and many more. The inaugural event, hosted by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley with, supported youth in foster care through You Gotta Believe, New York’s only nonprofit specifically focused on finding permanent families for youth in foster care aged 10 year and older, and the Council on Adoptable Children (COAC).

This one of a kind event raised necessary funds for and awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those ages 10 to 21 years whom many consider unadoptable because of their age. A new video of the difference that family can make is being launched today as a thank you to the supporters (view on

(L-R) Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and Seth Rudetsky attend Voices For The Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids at St James Theater on June 29, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Voices for the Voiceless)

(L-R) Tina Fey, Jane Krakowski and Seth Rudetsky attend Voices For The Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids at St James Theater on June 29, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Voices for the Voiceless)

The star-studded evening included special performances of “A Song for You” by Tituss Burgess, “Defying Gravity” from Wicked by Eden Espinosa, “Stronger” by Rachel Crow, and “Do Re Mi” from The Sound of Music by Megan Hilty. Composer Marc Shaiman joined Hilty on-stage for a special performance of “Second Hand White Baby Grand” from Bombshell.

The audience erupted in laughter as “30 Rock” and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” duo Tina Fey and Jane Krakowski took to the stage for a Seth Rudetsky-signature deconstruction of “Don’t Cry Out Loud.” Krakowski sang each lyric as Fey followed up with her interpretation of the meaning.

Another highlight of the evening was a live auction – hosted by Caroline Rhea – to have a personal performance from Darren Criss on stage at the event. After a bidding war between two spirited women that brought the tally up to $11,000, Criss joined Rhea on stage and offered to sing a second song if both of the competing bidders could win. The bidding landed at $15,000 each – for a total of $30,000. One of the winners sent her 7-year-old daughter on-stage to claim the prize, who blushed and giggled as Criss serenaded her with The Carpenters classic “Close to You” and “Teenage Dream” by Katy Perry in front of the packed theater.

Additional performers and supporters for the evening included Lisa Lampanelli, Lilla Crawford, Debra Monk, Andrea Martin, Santino Fontana, Tony Yazbeck, Rachel York, Ruthie Ann Miles, Jennifer Simard, Jose Llana, Christine Pedi, Barrett Foa, Kate Shindle, Howard McGillin, Janice Huff, Rachel Crow, Antwone Fisher, Charlene Tilton, Tony Shellman and Alec Mapa.

In New York City, there are about 1,300 kids waiting to be adopted right now. There are an additional 700+ kids on the verge of aging out alone—many of whom were deemed ‘unadoptable’ by the system long ago. As each day goes by, they are one day closer to being pushed out onto their own without a family safety net unless an adoption takes place.

Every year nationwide, nearly 25,000 kids age out of foster care in the U.S., left on their own to make it into adulthood without the safety net of a forever family to provide the security and comfort most of us take for granted. As many as 50 percent of kids who age out of foster may experience homelessness and other dire outcomes.

Sponsors for the evening included Jujamcyn Theaters, Something Rotten!, Playbill, Inc., The Knickerbocker, Blue Fin, A+E Networks, Barbara Baekgaard & family, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Cablevision Systems Corporation, Cyndx, LionTree, Rosie O’Donnell, The Shubert Organization, Time Warner Cable, Jonathan and Lizzie Tisch, Daryl Roth and Burba Hayes.

For more information, visit and follow at @AdoptOlderKids.

CES Fights Against Drug Abuse Through Education and Prevention

Knowing no socioeconomic backgrounds, drug abuse has become a pervasive problem. With illicit drug use on the rise, Consumer Energy Solutions has sought to take matters into their own hands and curb the problem through participation in the Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s educational programs.

(Clearwater, FL) June 30, 2015 – According to, illicit drug use in America has been increasing. In 2013, an estimated 24.6 million Americans over the age of 12 (or 9.4% of the U.S. population) had used an illicit drug in the past month – an increase from 8.3% in 2002. Marijuana use accounts for a majority of the increase, and is the most commonly used illicit drug. (1) Noting a problem with illicit drug use in the community, Consumer Energy Solutions ( (CES) decided to take matters into their own hands and decided to integrate participation in the Foundation for a Drug Free World’s anti-drug programs into their corporate structure—creating “CES for a Drug Free World” activities and events.

CES found that within the community, there was a great deal of agreement that the illegal use of drugs crossed all socioeconomic lines and barriers of every level of society. CES believes that the scourge of drug use is a universal issue, meaning it knows no social barriers and unites people from every strata of life.

“People from all levels of society are intimately connected to the ‘drug problem’ one way or the other,” said CES Community Relations Director Lynn Posyton. “They know someone whose son is on drugs, their child is doing drugs, their cousin or nephew is in trouble, the kid across the street, their employee, or their employee’s child.”

CES decided to seek out a solution to the pervasive problem through the curb of the growth of drug use via education as a means of prevention, leading to the company’s support of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World in order to combat the problem. Other anti-drug programs can depend on propaganda and scare tactics, but CES has found that Foundation for a Drug-Free World’s campaign is both purely informative and effective.

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World seeks to empower youth and adults with factual information about drugs so they can make informed decisions and live drug-free. Through a worldwide network of volunteers, 50 million drug prevention booklets have been distributed, tens of thousands of drug awareness events have been held in some 180 countries and Truth About Drugs public service announcements have been aired on more than 500 television stations. (2)

CES takes their support of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World one step further by participating in events that generate goodwill in the community. As the representative of Consumer Energy Solutions, Posyton reaches out to like-minded groups in order to spread the anti-drug message. Groups Posyton has reached out to and delivered the anti-drug message to include the Boys Club of America, Admiral Farragut Academy, many church groups, the Florida Sheriffs Association and National Sheriffs Association, to name just a few. Posyton has signed up hundreds of School Resource Officers from NASRO (National Association of School Resource Officers) and FASRO (Florida Association of School Resource Officers) for the complementary Truth About Drugs Education Package. Our local PASCO County Sheriff’s office welcomes CES for a Drug Free World at their community events. Posyton also represents CES for a Drug Free World each year during the Great American Teach-In where she delivers drug education presentations at local area middle schools.

Posyton, a mother of four and former PTA President herself, notes that the problem of drug use in the community was highlighted when she spoke to the CES sponsored AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) basketball team. The team, comprised of 17 and 18-year-old inner city youth, viewed the Foundation for a Drug-Free World presentation and then were asked what drugs they could buy at school. “The boys responded with drugs including ecstasy and painkillers to the surprise of their coach who had been unaware that this level of drug use was going on in his community,” says Posyton. “He couldn’t believe this was going on right under his nose.”

Pat Clouden, CEO of CES, notes that a key in the success of CES as a company has been integrating the promotion of social betterment activities into the company’s business model. “When the community thrives, we thrive,” says Clouden.

About Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc.:

Headquartered in Clearwater, FL, Consumer Energy Solutions, Inc. (CES) is one of the nation’s foremost full-service energy consulting companies, with over two million residential and 300,000 commercial customers across the United States and Canada, including many Fortune 500 companies. Founded in 1999 by Patrick J. Clouden, CES transitioned in 2004 from selling primarily to residential customers to selling primarily to businesses. The company’s long-standing relationships with the largest independent energy suppliers in the U.S., coupled with its unparalleled knowledge of the industry, give CES customers access to the most competitive electricity and natural gas rates available in their area. CES is dedicated to educating its customers about the choices available to them as energy consumers, and to helping them, in a volatile energy market, to balance short-term savings against long-term risk. The company’s mission is to assist its commercial clients in better managing their energy costs so as to add to their bottom line. CES is an industry leader in providing its clients with effective strategies and solutions to reduce energy costs. References are available upon request. For more information, visit

  1. “Drug Facts: Nationwide Trends”; National Institute on Drug Abuse; June 2015.
  2. “Who We Are”; Foundation for a Drug-Free World.

Willis Allen Real Estate and GRID Alternatives San Diego Launch “Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops”

– Green Real Estate Agents Help “Power” Veterans through Solar in Habitat for Humanity Homes –

SAN DIEGO (June 23, 2015) ­ Willis Allen Real Estate, San Diego’s premier real estate firm, is partnering with GRID Alternatives San Diego to launch “Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops” in order to transition veterans to clean and renewable energy. Willis Allen Real Estate will donate time and monetary resources to help GRID Alternatives provide energy cost-savings and a source of clean local energy to local veterans’ homes, and hands-on experience for veteran volunteers. Four of the projects will be in partnership with the veterans’ program of Habitat for Humanity.

It will be all hands on deck, as local veterans and the homeowners themselves pull together to install solar power empowering them with a sense of pride of living sustainably for themselves and the environment. The four-month long project kicks off Thursday, July 9 and will provide solar panels for up to 10 veteran homes. A finale event will be held in conjunction with the Veteran’s Day holiday.

“We at Willis Allen feel very fortunate to be helping GRID Alternatives with Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops and are passionate about this project. As a veteran myself, I’m honored to be a part of something that gives back to those who’ve served,” said Andy Nelson, CEO and president of Willis Allen. “We’ve just designated 30 agents as green and this is our way of walking the walk, not just talking the talk. We’re committed to making our community more environmentally-friendly and look forward to maintaining a relationship with GRID Alternatives for future builds.”

The economic issues faced by veterans are more significant than the general population. The large grant from Willis Allen Real Estate, as well as fundraising and volunteer efforts from Willis Allen Real Estate agents, GRID Alternative’s ? “Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops” aims to reduce the cost of housing through solar power. This offers an economic benefit to our local veterans, and will help lead San Diego toward a brighter environmental future through solar energy.

“Aside from the obvious money and climate benefits we’ll receive, the outcome our veterans will receive is truly immeasurable,” said Tom McSorley, regional development officer at GRID Alternatives San Diego. “Willis Allen is helping us provide these men and women that have served our country the ability to have a sense of pride in their homes and give them the opportunity to help make San Diego a greener place by taking part in the actual installation of the solar panels on their homes. It’s really our way‹and our time‹to serve those who served us.”

To learn more about GRID Alternatives San Diego or to get involved in Operation: Solar for San Diego Troops, please visit For more information on Willis Allen’s company, culture or services, please visit

E2 Report: Nearly 10,000 Clean Energy Jobs Announced Across U.S. in First Quarter

Top 10 States: GA, CA, TX, NM, MI, CO, VA, UT, MD and IN; Solar the Top Sector; Clean Power Plan Expected to Drive Future Job Growth

WASHINGTON (June 30, 2015) – A new report from the national nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) shows that more than 9,800 clean energy and clean transportation jobs were announced across the country the first three months of 2015. This is almost double the number E2 tracked the corresponding quarter a year ago.

The top three states for the quarter were: Georgia (2,870 jobs), California (1,885) and Texas (1,612). New Mexico, Michigan, Colorado, Virginia, Utah, Maryland and Indiana rounded out the top 10.

The complete report is available here. For a searchable database of clean energy job announcements in all 50 states – plus interactive maps and stories highlighting how clean energy is expanding the economy in your region – see

“Nearly 10,000 new job announcements in one quarter shows just how fast clean energy is growing in America,” said Bob Keefe, executive director of E2. “But building an economy increasingly fueled by clean, renewable energy like wind and solar doesn’t happen in just one quarter. Smart policies like the federal Clean Power Plan – which will reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants and increase clean energy – will help keep the job growth going.”

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Final Clean Power Plan standards will be announced later this summer. States will have one year to develop plans that take into account their own unique energy mix. The Clean Power Plan will create more jobs nationwide by sending a strong, clear signal to the private sector, resulting in more investments in projects in renewable energy and energy efficiency, the report concluded.

Nationally, solar was the top sector in Q1, with more than 6,600 jobs announced from nearly 20 projects in solar generation and solar manufacturing. The report attributed declining materials costs as a primary reason for the solar industry’s strong showing. In the wind energy sector, more than 1,400 jobs stemming from 11 projects were announced, while the biomass, energy storage, advanced vehicle and lighting efficiency sectors announced hundreds of jobs each.

Georgia’s No. 1 ranking was its first since E2 began its clean energy job-tracking analysis in 2011. The vast majority of its jobs came in the solar sector.

“I have always stated that expanding solar creates jobs,” said Debbie Dooley, co-founder of the Atlanta Tea Party and founder of the Green Tea Coalition, which advocates for more solar energy and increased competition in several states. “I am very proud to see that Georgia is leading the way on solar job creation thanks to the leadership of our conservative elected officials. The sun is shining brightly in Georgia, and it is creating jobs.”

The report includes three case studies: a solar company that’s using the “community solar” model to create jobs in Maryland; an energy efficiency company in Michigan that’s saving businesses like convenience stores and supermarkets money on electric bills; and a Virginia distillery that relies on a rooftop solar array to generate about 85 percent of its electricity.

Independent Sector Thanks Diana Aviv, Wishes Her Well

Organization Praises Aviv’s 12 Years Leading the Organization and Significant Contributions to its Success and Strength, Reaffirms Commitment to Advancing the Common Good

(WASHINGTON, JUNE 30, 2015) — Independent Sector thanked Diana Aviv today for 12 years of hard and invaluable work following her decision to step down as the organization’s CEO effective October 1, 2015. The organization’s leadership thanked Aviv for her many contributions and for helping Independent Sector achieve a position of strength and for making a lasting difference to the communities and causes it serves. As part of today’s announcement, Independent Sector also reaffirmed its commitment to the implementation of the comprehensive “re-founding” effort that began under Aviv’s leadership and is designed to enable the organization to meet the challenges of the future.

“While we are sorry to see Diana move on, we thank her for her years of service here and for all of her contributions to Independent Sector,” said Neil Nicoll, chair of the board of directors of Independent Sector. “Thanks in large part to Diana’s leadership, the charitable sector in this country is stronger and more influential – and Independent Sector is well-positioned for the future. Today, we express our appreciation to Diana for bringing us to this point and wish her great success at Feeding America.”

Under Diana’s leadership, Independent Sector has become the ‘go-to’ organization for public officials, media and others seeking to understand the policies and positions of the charitable community. She stabilized and strengthened the organization’s finances, membership, and brought together the leaders of our philanthropic and charitable sector to tackle some of the most difficult challenges facing our community.

Independent Sector announced the formation of a search committee for its new President and CEO. The committee will be led by Steve McCormick, former President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, former CEO of The Nature Conservancy, and current CEO of the Earth Genome.

In December 2013, Diana initiated a comprehensive strategic effort at Independent Sector to better enable the organization and the charitable sector as a whole to effectively address social issues in a rapidly changing, increasingly complex future. The process has engaged widespread participation through a series of workshops held throughout the country. As part of this effort, Independent Sector is committed to:

  • Continuing as the “vital meeting ground” for the sector, finding new ways to connect an increasingly diverse set of players while building new bridges that connect its efforts to advance the common good with those of government, business, and individuals;
  • Building deeper insight and foresight within the sector, creating and curating knowledge that enables and empowers the sector to solve the toughest challenges it faces; and
  • Advocating for public policies that ensure the vitality of the sector and deliver the tools and programming organizations need to increase their operational effectiveness and integrity.

“We’re calling this our ‘re-founding’ and we couldn’t be prouder of the progress we’ve made on this effort to date,” Nicoll continued. “We have a lot of work to do to meet these goals but our committed board of directors and talented, hard-working staff are continuing to lead the efforts to achieve them.”

Rare Genomics Institute (RG) President Jimmy Lin Appointed to Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement

— Jimmy Lin will help leveraging RG global expertise to guide PCORI’s patient-centered research efforts —

Washington D.C., June 30, 2015 – Rare Genomics Institute (RG) today announced that Jimmy Lin, RG President, has been appointed by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as a member of its Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement.

Jimmy Lin will join other members of the panel in applying his experience and expertise to help PCORI refine and prioritize research funding priorities and ensure that the work PCORI supports centers on the outcomes that matter to patients and other healthcare decision makers.

“Rare Genomics Institute fully supports the enormous work PCORI is doing to close the gaps in evidence to improve key health outcomes,” said Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, President of the Rare Genomics Institute. “Appointment to the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement is a great honor and an excellent opportunity for RG to offer our global expertise, technology and patient engagement experience to promote personalized approach to rare ailments through sophisticated genetic sequencing.”

PCORI is an independent, non-profit organization authorized by Congress to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.

Dr. Lin was selected on the basis of his formidable track record, expertise, and ability to contribute to the panel’s tasks and responsibilities. Panel members represent a broad range of healthcare stakeholder groups and perspectives, including patients, family caregivers, clinicians, drug and device makers, and researchers, among others.

Jimmy Lin, MD, PhD, MHS, is a 2012 TED Fellow and Founder & President of Rare Genomics Institute, the world’s first platform to enable communities to leverage cutting-edge biotechnology to advance understanding of rare diseases. Previously, Dr. Lin was a medical school faculty member at the Washington University in St. Louis and. While at Johns Hopkins, he led the computational analysis of the first ever exome sequencing studies for any human disease. Dr. Lin has numerous publications in Science, Nature Genetics, Nature Biotechnology, and Cell and has been featured in Forbes, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, BBC, TIME, CNN, and the Huffington Post.

More information about the Advisory Panel on Patient Engagement, including its scope of work and a list of all members, is available on the PCORI website:

Partnership Formed to Foster Entrepreneurship in the Greater Hartford Region

Hartford, Conn., June 29, 2015 – reSET, The Social Enterprise Trust ( and the MetroHartford Alliance have entered into a strategic partnership to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the Greater Hartford region.

“Connecticut has long been a center for innovation, and it is vital that we offer adequate start-up resources as we compete for jobs, capital and talent for our City and Region. This partnership will not only champion entrepreneurship but also facilitate collaboration among resource providers and entrepreneurs throughout Hartford and the entire Region, leading to even greater support for those seeking to start their own business,” said Oz Griebel, president and CEO, MetroHartford Alliance.

The partnership and initial funding of $100,000 will enhance reSET’s programs and resources at its new 1429 Park Street location in the Parkville section of Hartford. Therecently opened reSETBusiness Factory is housed in a repurposed factory at the corner of Park Street and Bartholomew Avenue.

reSET offers entrepreneurs space to co-work and incubate their businesses; supportive programs, including a 16-week business accelerator; mentoring via an Entrepreneur-in-Residence; regular office hours with government, accounting and business development, finance, and legal professionals; and funding for businesses from early-stage to scaling. reSET serves all entrepreneurs but specializes in social enterprise.

“With twice the square footage than we had at our previous location, we’re now able to offer entrepreneurs more cost-effective co-working and private office space, ample free parking and across-the-street access to Parkville’s CT fastrak station, and there’s room for us to grow,” said Ojala Naeem, director of operations for reSET. “Thanks to support from the Alliance, and hopefully others, we’ll also be bringing a café and media lab to our members.”

“This partnership will allow us to expand our programming, and to offer entrepreneurs services that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible,” said Kate Emery, founder and CEO of reSET. “We’re so very grateful to the Alliance for their support and funding, and perhaps even more so for the power of this partnership to help us reach more entrepreneurs and to make Hartford the ‘go-to’ place for entrepreneurs of all stripes!”

About reSET

reSET is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to advance the social enterprise sector. Its strategic goals are threefold: to be the “go-to” place for impact entrepreneurs, to make Hartford known as Impact City, and Connecticut the Social Enterprise state.

reSET serves all entrepreneurs, but specializes in social enterprise ― impact driven business with a double or triple bottom line. In addition to providing coworking space, accelerator and mentoring programs, reSET aims to inspire innovation and community collaboration, and to support entrepreneurs in creating market-based solutions to community challenges. reSET’s goal is to meet entrepreneurs wherever they are in their trajectory and to help them take their businesses to the next level.

Acceptance of Working Moms at All-Time High

Research out of San Diego State University shows millennials are significantly more accepting of working mothers than previous generations were at the same age.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 29, 2015) — Research conducted at San Diego State University shows that societal acceptance of working mothers is at an all-time high.

Researchers analyzed data from nearly 600,000 respondents from two nationally representative surveys — one of U.S. 12th graders and the other of adults — taken between 1976 and 2013. The goal was to understand how attitudes towards women’s work and family roles have changed in the U.S. since the 1970s.

They found that millennials are significantly more accepting of working mothers than previous generations were at the same age. Only 22 percent of 12th graders in the 2010s believed that a pre-school aged child would suffer if their mother worked, down from 34 percent in the 1990’s and 59 percent in the 1970s.

“This goes against the popular belief that millennials want to ‘turn back the clock’, or that they are less supportive of working moms because their own mothers worked. Instead they are more supportive,” said Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at SDSU and author of “Generation Me” who is one of the lead authors of the study.

It’s not just young people who are more accepting of mothers returning to work. A similar trend appeared among adults. In 1977, 68 percent of U.S. adults surveyed believed “a preschool child is likely to suffer if his or her mother works,” compared to 42 percent in 1998 and 35 percent in 2012.

“In recent years, Americans have become much more supportive of men and women holding the same roles and responsibilities in the workplace as well as in child-rearing,” said lead researcher Kristin Donnelly, who was a graduate student at SDSU when the research was conducted and is now pursuing her Ph.D at the University of California, San Diego.

“These results suggest a convergence onto a common gender role for both genders as equal parts provider and caretaker, flexibly switching between the two without regard for traditionally gendered conceptions of duty,” Donnelly continued.

Twenge added, “This suggests a growing gender equality and more acceptance of others’ choices. Both are consistent with a culture placing more emphasis on individualism, or more focus on the self and less on social rules.”

Researchers were surprised to also find a growing minority of millennials who hold more patriarchal views of marriage. Twenty-seven percent of 12th graders in 1995-1996 agreed that it is best for the man to work and the woman to take care of the family, compared to 32 percent in 2010-2013. Fourteen percent agreed that the husband should make the important family decisions in 1995-96, which increased to 17 percent in 2010-2013.

“Millennials might see marriage as only for certain types of people,” said Twenge. “With the marriage rate at an all-time low, today’s young people may believe that marriage is a traditional choice involving more rigid gender roles.”

The results were published today in Psychology of Women Quarterly.

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit

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