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November's Think-Tank

There are 65.6 million people around the world who have been forced from their homes; 22.5 million of them being refugees. Of these refugees, more than half are children.

 

“you have to understand, that no one puts their children in a boat

unless the water is safer than the land

no one burns their palms, under trains, beneath carriages

no one spends days and nights in the stomach of a truck

feeding on newspaper unless the miles travelled

means something more than journey.

no one crawls under fences, no one wants to be beaten, pitied

no one chooses refugee camps”

-excerpt from “Home” by Warshan Shire

 

For our next think-tank, we want to explore how refugee-serving organizations can alter their spaces to: honor the dignity, affirm the identity, and communicate a sense of belonging to refugees who travel to and through them. These spaces include: refugee camps, migration welcome centers, informal settlements, and the actual migration routes themselves.

Join Us

Consider joining us for our two-part special event: an intimate dinner and an incredible think-tank.

November 3rd

Community Dinner

In partnership with The People’s Supper, we are excited to host a community dinner. Through guided conversation, we will explore the concept of “home”, what it means to us, and the impact journeys have on all of our lives.

We want to create a space where  those in our local community (1.) who have experienced displacement can share their experience and (2.) those that haven’t can listen and connect. (Our hope is that half of our dinner guests, at minimum, are immigrants and refugees.)

We are going to need a community of helpers to make this dinner a reality, so if you’re interested in volunteering your time or your services, let us know!

Location: As We Dwell (DTLA Arts District)

Time: Nov. 3rd 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Think-Tank

On November 4th, we will host the actual think-tank. We’ll be driving our ideas and solutions to organizations on the front-line of refugee crises.

Location: As We Dwell (DTLA Arts District)

Time: Nov. 4th 10 AM – 2 PM

Note: Space for this will be very limited.

We are still refining our think-tank design and are currently experimenting with hosting a smaller think-tank group than before.

If you are not selected to participate in the in-person think-tank, you will have the option to participate in a virtual capacity.

November 4th

We're Looking For:

For this think-tank, we are assembling a strategic group of creative thinkers and strategists. We are especially looking for  individuals who have a personal experience with forced displacement, immigration, refugee migration or homelessness.

Do any of one of these descriptions sound like you?

Refugees

One in 22.5 Million

No matter if you arrived 20 years ago or 2 days ago, your voice is critical to this conversation.

Immigrants

Journey to a New Home

You're familiar with a deep longing for home, a sense of starting over, and rebuilding a sense of belonging.

Interior Designers

The Philippe Starcks

Through colors, textures, and structures, you have a special gift for creating emotional attachment to any place. You know how to make a space feel safe and look beautiful, while also being functional.

Experiential Designers

Where Story Meets Environment

A new wave of designer, you understand how a space can be turned into an experience. Creativity, storytelling, and imagination are your strongest gifts.

Community Builders

Creating a Sense of Belonging

Your gift is in gathering. You know how to draw people to a common vision or mission. You understand what can tie people together and how to bring people together.

Urban Planners

Bring Structure to Chaos

There is collection of structures or settlements you can't organize to achieve better efficiency. You understand how the arrangement of buildings, and the location of services, impacts human life.

Architects

The Zaha Hadids

A CAD genius, you understand how structures work at their core and the many ways they can be transformed and altered.

Social Workers

A Passion for People

Everyday, you're on the frontline of protecting vulnerable children and supporting families experiencing trauma and stress.

Spiritual Leaders

The Faithful

Often the center of community of community, you understand the spiritual nature of beings must also be cared for in long and arduous journeys

Travel Agents

Destination Divas

You understand the emotions and thoughts of someone traveling to new spaces and the comforts people seek on the road.

Do you have a gift or skillset not listed above? Throw your hat in the ring! Fill out the form in the next section and share what you’d like to bring to the table.

Almost There!

If you’re interested in taking part, request an invitation by completing the survey form below.

UPDATE (10/20/17): Our dinner and think-tank are currently at capacity. We only have a few spaces available for refugees only. If you are a refugee, please let us know and we’ll get your squared away. Otherwise, we will add you to our waiting list.

If selected, you will be emailed a link to secure your ticket for the dinner and also the think-tank.

Note: The cost for the dinner is $35/person, unless you volunteer your help in making it happen. (In that case, it’s free!) Also, if you are a refugee or immigrant, your plate is on us, too. There is no charge to participate in the think-tank.

Now get to it and fill out the survey below!

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