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  • Arts

    Miami – Havana: a group of artists shortens the distance

    May 22, 2015, 12:51 p.m., Posted by Anne Tschida

    Rodriguez-Casanova: “A Corner Structure Assemblage,” 2014

    When events collide, the stars align, we call that happy coincidence, “serendipity.” That’s what happened with a newly-formed Miami-Havana exchange program called Dialogues in Cuban Art, says the organizer and curator Elizabeth Cerejido. The project won a $60,000 Knight Arts Challenge grant in 2014, which was quickly matched by developer and art collector Jorge Pérez, whose name is now incorporated into the Pérez Art Museum Miami, and garnered institutional support from the Cuban Research Institute of Florida International University (FIU). In a global sense, it was pretty good timing.

    The first leg of this cultural journey starts on May 27, when seven Cuban-American artists who have never visited the island spend 10 days interacting with their artistic counterparts in Havana, in a land that they have been physically separated from but which nonetheless has impacted so much of their lives.

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  • Engaged Communities

    Whom do you admire? Whom do you want to be?

    May 22, 2015, 9 a.m., Posted by Marilyn Johnson

    Marilyn Johnson is the CEO of the International Women’s Forum and formerly a 35-year marketing executive at IBM. She is a sought-after speaker and has been featured in Working Mother magazine, ESSENCE magazine, Minority Business News, The Financial Times, The Atlanta Tribune, The Network Journal Magazine, Enterprising Women magazine, Uptown Professional and BizWomen.

    One of the most common questions asked of any child is the proverbial, “so, what do you want to be when you grow up?”  For most of us, the answer at six is not the same answer at 26 or even 56. As we mature, it changes many times and our professional journeys evolve. I’ve been a school teacher, a news broadcaster and a marketing executive at IBM. Now I’m the CEO of the largest global membership organization for women leaders – the International Women's Forum.  I could not have told you at 26 that this is where I would be spending my time and energy. However, the one thing that has remained constant across my life is that I’m determined to make a difference.

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    ‘Knight Cities’ podcast: 5 things you need to know about our economic future

    May 20, 2015, 5:15 p.m., Posted by Carol Coletta

    Is it possible to forecast the future? Institute for the Future has been doing that for almost 50 years. Kathi Vian leads Institute for the Futures’ Ten-Year Forecast, which was just released for the institute’s clients. It explores seven economies working at once to produce a future with a lot of surprises.

    Knight Cities podcast

    We talked to Kathi last week from her offices in Palo Alto, Calif., and here are the five things you need to know from our conversation on the Ten-Year Forecast.

    1.     Seven economies are operating all at once over the next 10 years. Each is in a different stage of evolution. Those economies are: corporate, consumer, collaborative, creative, civil, criminal and crypto.

    2.     The corporate economy is vulnerable like never before, automating for profits but also for volatility, while the increasingly volatile consumer economy is automating for instant gratification.

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