• The Happy Post Project

    Saturday, January 15, 2011

    For some time now I have been searching for ways to make a real difference in the world. In my search I came across my friend Mario Chamorro who was already doing some interesting things and who was equally as enthusiastic as me to make a difference. To start the year off, my friend Mario and I decided to start an initiative of our own called the Happy Post Project.

    In a world where the main topics of conversation are the natural disasters, the gasoline prices and the political conflicts, we decided to create a global movement that invites people to take a moment to think about what makes them happy. The Happy Post Project is a social experiment to spread happiness and find out what makes people happy. Our ultimate goal is to develop a viral on-line platform where people can share what makes them happy. We realized that this would require large economic resources so we started old school. On the initial phase we decided the platform would be a 10,000 post-it installation featuring words or drawings that people in different parts of the world used to share what makes them happy. We wanted this project to be global so we assigned post-it colors to each region and hit the streets in different parts of the world equipped with post-its and a marker and started asking people to write or draw what makes them happy.

    Below are some pics I took as I started the initiative in Colombia. We are recruiting more volunteers in different parts of the world every day. Our Facebook page shows pictures of the movement around the world and a website is currently under development.

    Look us up in Facebook: The Happy Post Project.

    Happy Posters in Colombia

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  • Meeting my Role Models

    Thursday, November 11, 2010

    In preparation for the ABC* business awards, I had the privilege to assist Felipe Ibarguen in the production of some intro videos for the awards ceremony. During the process I got to meet some of my role models such as Bill Drayton, CEO and founder of Ashoka and Linda Rotenberg, CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor.

    Below is one of the videos that was produced.

    Felipe Vergara from Americas Business Council on Vimeo.

     

    I also had the privilege to meet one of the awardees, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, creator and co-writer of the 99, a popular Islamic-themed comic series. Below is his profile video for the awards ceremony. His story and mission are both very inspiring.

    Naif Al-Mutawa from Americas Business Council on Vimeo.

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  • Gregorio Uribe Big Band Live

    Wednesday, September 29, 2010

    I have been working with Gregorio Uribe on his bands new brand identity. Last night was the Launch of their Caribe Contigo single. The place was packed and the night was great fun. Check out their website to learn more about the band and their music at www.gregoriouribe.com.

    Gregorio Uribe Big Band

    Photo courtesy of Jairo Criollo.

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  • SPENGLISH is up and running

    Wednesday, July 14, 2010

    After two years of work, the shirts are here, the photoshoot went great and the Spenglish website is up and running. Go check it out!

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  • Nuela Restaurant

    Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    Following great anticipation, Nuela Restaurant is opening its doors. The Latin American cuisine restaurant is located in Chelsea and features dishes from all over South America. I had the pleasure of working with Chef Adam Schop in the design of the menus; graphic design that is. Go check out the restaurant, the food is amazing!

    Nuela Restaurant 

    Photos courtesy of Nuela, Jairo Criollo and The New York Times.

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  • SPENGLISH is on its way!

    Thursday, May 20, 2010

    We have been working in the development of the SPENGLISH brand for some time now. It is a wonderful t-shirt brand that represents the merging of the Latin American and North American cultures. Their shirts are graphic and humorous. Production is taking place in Lima, Peru where the shirts are made of 100% Pima Cotton. Below are some pictures of the progress being made.

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  • Celebrating 20 Years of Photos by Adriano Fagundes

    Saturday, May 15, 2010

    May 6th was the gallery opening of the exhibition, 20 years of Photographs by Adriano Fagundes, featuring the new brand identity and exhibition design we had been developing for him.

    The show features 20 years of his photos taken around the world, all for sale at great prices. All proceeds from the show will support the finalization of the Amazon project, a book initiative Adriano has been working on for some time.

    The book project features the people of the Amazon region; from the source of the Amazon river in Peru, all the way to the Atlantic Ocean, over 5000 km. down the river. The main focus is on the amazon people, how they live and work, and how they interact with their environment.

    The show is now up until June 1st @ Four11 Gallery, 411 3rd av, Brooklyn, NY. Go check it out!

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  • The Courage Forum

    Thursday, May 06, 2010

    Like I mentioned in my previous post, I have made some big changes in my life recently. One of those changes was to leave my position as partner in a business I had spend the last two years building. This I have to say was a very scary decision...a leap of faith...a gut instinct.

    Following this decision I had the opportunity to assist a good friend of mine in the production of some videos for The Courage Forum in NYC. It couldn't have come at a better time....a time where I was in need of a lot of Courage.

    My role in this was very small, however I got the opportunity to interact one on one with many of the speakers and I am very thankful for the experience, as it was the fuel I needed at the time to gather up the courage and continue following my dream.

    Below is a video that sums up what the Forum was about...I hope it gives you the Courage to follow your dreams.

    2010 Courage Forum video from Americas Business Council on Vimeo.

     

    Captain Paul Watson- Marine Conservationist and Activist

    Captain Paul Watson, The Courage Forum

     

    Philippe Petit - French high wire artist

    Philippe Petite, The Courage Forum

     

    Jon Lee Anderson - International investigative reporter and writer for The New Yorker

    Jon Lee Anderson, The Courage Forum

     

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  • In the pursuit of living well by doing good

    Friday, April 16, 2010

    I started this year by making some big changes in my life in order to pursue the dream of making a difference. I am fully committed to doing my part in making this world a better place. 

    I am aware that this is not an easy goal to take on. To be honest it was a bit daunting at first. How do you balance out doing good with living well? I don't have the answer quite yet, but I have had the privilege to talk to some people who have achieved this and who have inspired me to continue on this journey.

    I believe this year will prove to be a wild adventure filled with very rewarding experiences that I hope to communicate to you throughout this website and blog. Do be warned, this is my first blog ever so bear with me.

    I hope you will be inspired ;)

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