Welcome to Unit 3!!

Hey Unit 3 Families!

As you know by now, I’m Jeremy Burgess, the Unit 3 Supervisor. I will be returning for my 13th summer at Camp Yomi, and my 2nd summer as the Unit 3 Supervisor. During the school year, I am a 3rd grade teacher.

I love working at Camp Yomi and enjoy coming back each and every summer. Something I’m super excited for this summer is the overnight. I’ve been a part of many overnights in the past and they are always tons of fun. It’s like one huge sleepover with all of your friends! In the beginning of every summer, I watch the campers and counselors meet at camp not knowing each other quite well, and then, they leave the summer having made a best friend or a memory that lasts forever.

This summer Unit 3’s theme will be the greatest city in the world, New York. We have fun activities planned, so get ready!!

Upcoming Important Dates:
Sunday, June 10- New Family Picnic
Monday, June 25- Parent Night at 92Y
Tuesday, July 10- Parent Night at the campgrounds
Thursday, July 19- First Overnight
Thursday, August 9- Second Overnight

You contact me by phone at 212-415-5643 ext. 2 or email at yomi3@92y.org.

I’m looking forward to an incredible summer together!

Swim Welcome Message

Dear Parents of Yomi, Yomi Seniors, Ilanot Campers, and Tova and Bari Tov campers,

Welcome to Summer 2018! After being a Unit 2 Head Counselor, I am thrilled to be returning to the 92Y Camps as your Swim Director. During the school year I teach 3rd grade special education in an inclusion classroom. I am really looking forward to making the swim program safe and fun for your campers!

Nearly one third of the camp day takes place at the pool. Campers have both a free and instructional swim period each day. On the first day of camp, certified instructors test all campers based on American Red Cross (ARC) standards. Lifeguards are trained to ensure that campers feel comfortable during their swim tests. Please note that campers will be placed into swim groups based on this initial test; 92Y Camps will not accept ARC cards because we need to assess campers’ swim abilities first hand. Similarly, returning campers’ instructional placements will be based on the results of their 2018 swim test alone. Swim instruction begins once all testing is complete, usually by the second or third day of camp. Campers starting camp later in the summer will be tested and placed into a swim group on their first day.

Safety is extremely important at Camp Yomi. Accordingly, we use color-coded bracelets to identify campers’ swim abilities. Wader, Splasher, and Guppy groups (ARC Level 1) wear blue bracelets; Tadpole, Minnow, and Goldfish (ARC Level 2) wear orange bracelets; and Catfish and above (ARC Level 3) wear red bracelets. The Board of Health mandates that campers wear the correct swim bracelet, and all campers will wear blue bracelets until swim testing is completed. Only Level 3 swimmers (red bracelets) are allowed to use the waterslide or swim in deep water. Below, you will find detailed descriptions of each swim level, along with their associated skills.

High swim standards are set by the ARC not only to ensure safety but also to promote consistency and accuracy. All campers are evaluated throughout the summer—the lifeguards will advance campers in their instructional swim groups as soon as they have achieved the learning targets. While campers may not experience “re-tests” that resemble their initial swim test, the instructors formally assess campers’ swim skills throughout each lesson. Because the swim instructors determine who is ready to move up every Thursday, there should be no need to request individual re-evaluations. Please remind campers that safety is our number one priority; all improvements in swim ability represent success, and campers will change groups based on their individual progress, as assessed by their instructors.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about our swim program at (212) 415-5643 ext. 3 or via email at campswim@92y.org. I am very excited to meet you and get to know your campers as they learn and have a wonderful summer in the pool!

Nina Furfaro
92Y Camps Swim Director 2018



Blue Bracelets


Follows all pool rules
Safely enters and exits pool without hesitation
Floats on stomach and holds air correctly (can hold a big breathe to float)
Beginning flutter kick on front


Enters water without help
Exits water without help
Successfully does a slide-in entry
Walks in water comfortably up to their chest
Flutter kick on front and back with support


Fully submerges their body (including head) for 5 seconds
With face in water, blows bubbles with mouth
With face in water, blow bubbles through nose
Cups hands to hold water
Uses cupped hands to push water
Floats on back while supported by an instructor
Floats on stomach while supported by an instructor
Successfully flutter kicks for 15 seconds
Holds breath underwater for 7 seconds
Successfully floats with arms in a front crawl position
Successfully pulls through while in a front crawl motion

Orange Bracelets


Successfully floats unsupported by an instructor
Successfully floats while using a flutter kick
Demonstrates rhythmic breathing (without lifting head, can breathe to side)
Successfully floats on back, unsupported
Successfully floats on back with rhythmic, correct backstroke arm motion
Demonstrates basics of rescue breathing


Successfully retrieves objects underwater
Successfully prone glides with flutter kick
Demonstrates basic combined front crawl (combines arm pull and kick in a rhythmic motion; is able to maintain correct body position)
Successfully turns over from their back to front
Correct body position on back with flutter kick (flat on top of the water)


Successfully back floats without support from instructor
Demonstrates rhythmic breathing while on front
Demonstrates combined front crawl with stamina
Demonstrates combined back crawl with stamina
Completes orientation to deep water (can safely tread water for 1 minute, demonstrates comfort, floating, and crawl in deep water)

Red Bracelets (eligible for water slide)


Continuously treads water for 2 minutes in deep water
Demonstrates rhythmic breathing with stamina
Able to swim at least 20 yards crawl/freestyle with rhythmic breathing and c
Demonstrates correct body position and no disruption of the stroke when a breath is taken; swimmers’ bodies roll side to side as arms stroke for both freestyle/crawl and backstroke.


Demonstrates crawl stroke with finger tip entry (hand slices into water directly in line with shoulder)
Completely bobs head 15 times in water
Completes the front crawl with stamina, able to maintain correct arm pull directly under body
Completes the back crawl with stamina, able to rotate body while swimming, maintain correct (still) head position
Can successfully reverse direction while on their front
Can successfully reverse direction while on their back
Follows all diving rules


Demonstrate streamline position (interlocked fingers, aligned with head, legs parallel to bottom) for distance
Demonstrates breath control
Push off wall at angle, able to demonstrate reversing direction while swimming
Able to experiment with buoyancy
Refine front crawl and kick


Demonstrates 15 deep water bobs
Experiments with floating positions
Demonstrates front crawl w/ rotary breathing (swimmer breathes by rolling body from side to side, rather than lifting his or her head)
Able to scull on back for 15 sec
Successfully completes a back crawl for 25 yards
Completes the basics of breaststroke for 25 yards


Demonstrates the elementary backstroke for 25 yards
Successfully completes the breaststroke kick for 10 yards
Intro to a wall front flip turn (rather than an open wall turn)
Treads water for 2 minutes straight
Completes a ‘standing dive’
Able to successfully review rescue breathing

Killer Whale

Completes a front crawl for 25 yards
Completes a back crawl for 25 yards
Displays breaststroke arms for 10 yards
Able to wall turn (front flip)
Intro to wall turn (back flip turn)
Familiar with rescue breathing
Familiar with CPR
Displays the basics of sidestroke

Welcome to Unit K!

Dear Unit K Families,

My name is Anna Ziemski and I will be the Unit K Supervisor this Summer 2018!

I’d like to be one of the first to welcome you to the Camp Yomi family. For many of our campers, the Unit K experience is a summer of firsts: first back float, first soccer goal, or first life-long friend. We take pride in fostering an environment in which each camper feels safe, confident, and enthusiastic during his or her new adventure!

Additionally, I am excited to announce the Unit K Theme for this summer: Up in the Air! Think helicopters, fireworks, clouds, birds, insects, and anything else that flies high! This theme will be reflected in our arts and crafts, games, costumes, and action-packed late-night activities, all throughout the summer! Our Late-Nights will be held up at the campgrounds on Thursday, July 5th and Thursday, August 2nd.

If you have any questions about Unit K or Camp Yomi in general, please do not hesitate to contact me at unitk@92Y.org or call the Camp Office at 212.415.5643 ext. 5. I am also working in the Camp Office during the months leading up to the camp season and will be available to speak on the phone or correspond via email with you if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s summer experience.

Finally, I’d like to mention two important upcoming Camp Yomi events. Sunday, June 10th from 10am to 3pm is our New Family Picnic at the Henry Kaufman Campgrounds in Rockland County. Buses will leave from the 92Y at 10am and return at around 3pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your campers to see the grounds and sample some of the exciting activities we offer. No RSVP necessary! June 26th from 5:30 to 7pm is Unit K’s Parent Night at the 92Y. At this event you’ll be able to meet your child’s counselors, Head Counselor, our Camp Director Ivy Manheim, other children in your camper’s group, and me. No RSVP necessary.

Looking forward to meeting your camper; we can’t wait for Summer 2018!

Warm Regards,

Anna Ziemski

Unit K Supervisor

Welcome to Unit 1!

Hi Unit 1 Families!

Camp Yomi is just around the corner and I couldn’t be more excited.

I am Julie Kline and will be the Unit 1 Supervisor for Summer 2018. I wholeheartedly believe in camp. Camp is a place where children can be themselves, make new friends, try a variety of activities, take risks, and grow physically, emotionally, and mentally. (Fun is obviously and always included!) We cannot wait for your camper to be surrounded by the positive energy of Unit 1’s committed and caring staff.

Unit 1’s theme for the summer is…(drumroll please)…UNDER THE SEA!!! Get your snorkels and fish faces ready because it’s going to be a SPLASH.

Important Dates:

  • May 15 – Medical Forms are due
  • June 10 – New Family Picnic (For more details, check out the flyer in the documents section, or contact the camps office at 212.415.5573 or campmail@92y.org.)
  • June 21 – Parent Night at 92Y (Bring your camper to the Y to meet his/her counselors and other campers in the group!)
  • July 5 – Late Night!
  • July 17 – Parent Night at Camp
  • August 2 – Late Night!

A little bit about me…I am entering my third (and final!) year at Bank Street College of Education, where I am pursuing my Master’s degrees in both General Childhood Education and Teaching Literacy. I received my Bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and English, with a minor in Education from Binghamton University.

My camp career started in Scottsdale, Arizona, where I was a kindergarten and first grade sports camp counselor for three years. Since working at the 92nd Street Y over the past four summers, I have been a Unit 4 Supervisor, Counselor, and Unit 1 Head Counselor. Outside of camp, I’ve had many experiences in a variety of schools, including teaching second grade at Bank Street School for Children, fifth grade at P.S. 234, and kindergarten at The Heschel School. I also worked alongside a third and fourth grade learning specialist at The Little Red School House.

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or just want to say hi, please always feel free to email me at yomi1@92y.org.

Looking forward to an amazing summer ~Under the Sea~ with you and your camper!

Respectfully yours,

Julie Kline

Unit 1 Supervisor

Unit 2 Welcome Message 2018

Welcome Unit Two Friends & Families!

My name is Sarah Caro and I am thrilled to return as the Unit 2 supervisor for Summer 2018!  I have been a part of the Camp Yomi family since 2010 and my FAVORITE camp activities are Zipline & Ceramics!

I cannot wait to meet all of you and spend our summer together!  When I’m not at camp, I teach 8th grade English and Special Education in the Bronx throughout the year.  This is my fourth year teaching! In my personal time, I love to watch movies, play with my 3 AMAZING dogs, and indulge in creative projects.  I am also an avid traveller and have been to 12 different countries, hoping to go to many more. (Hint!) I most recently went to volunteer teach in India.

This year Unit 2’s theme is… (drumroll please)

Passport to Unit 2…. World Travelers!!!

But I’m sure you already guessed that! This summer will be filled with passport stamps, cultural explorations, and we will definitely travel the world from the comfort of camp this summer!  We’ve got a ton of adventures planned and I cannot wait for you to join our Unit 2 family!

Dates to remember:
New Family Picnic
– June 10th
Unit 2 Parent Night – 
@92Y – June 21st; @Camp – July 17th
Late Night 1 – July 24th
Late Night 2 – August 9th


Bon Voyage & See You Soon,

Sarah Caro

Unit 2 Supervisor

Yomi Unit 4 letter

Hello Unit 4 Families!

Welcome to Summer 2018! My name is Maddy Weinfeld and I am so excited to be Unit 4’s Supervisor for this upcoming summer! Last year, I was a Unit 3 Head Counselor at Camp Yomi and love everything about camp. I am so excited to get to know all of the Unit 4 campers and know that we will have an amazing summer together! My favorite camp activities are cooking, swimming and tennis. More than the activities, I love the cheering, spirit and most importantly, the friendships made at camp. I am counting down the days until the summer fun begins!

Outside of camp, I am graduating from NYU’s Silver School of Social Work in May with my Master’s in Social Work and I will be joining a group practice as an associate therapist in the fall. I plan to incorporate what I have learned in graduate school to my work with your children this summer in order to be the best Supervisor I can be!

I am excited to share that Unit 4’s theme this summer is going to be “The Greatest Unit Four,” inspired by the movie, “The Greatest Showman.” We have many exciting upcoming events that I want to make sure everyone has marked on their calendars.

New Family Picnic: June 10

Parent Night at the 92nd Street Y: June 25

Parent Night at Camp Yomi: July 10

Overnight #1: July 12

Overnight #2: August 2

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns leading up to the summer. My email address is yomi4@92y.org and phone number is 212-415-5643 ex. 2.


Maddy 🙂

Thank you to all of our amazing 7 Days of Genius organizers!

In 2018, 7 Days of Genius took place in 17 countries and 7 cities in the US!

Our 7 Days of Genius thought partners created events that tackled everything from inclusive design to the cities and homes of the future, the secret of genius collaboration and the future of life in space. There were events around collaborative drawing, poetry, local activism and even a Hackathon. Check out some of the great pictures below.

Thank you again to all the organizations who participated including:


6TH & I

Shared Studios

Think Olio

The Awesome Foundation

Oshman Family JCC



Spiny Babbler 

Royal Society of the Arts 

Impact Hub Budapest 

The Good Group

Gidi Traffic & the Giving Garage

Guatemala NetSquared Meetup 

Girls Empowered By Travel

Impact Hub Mexico City 

Hope Raisers & YMCA Kenya

Hill Center


Global Minimum 

7 Days of Genius NYC: Solving Community Problems through Tech

To celebrate #7DaysofGenius, NYCFIRST STEM Center hosted a Hackathon.  Students received an introduction to Python and Raspberry Pi and used their skills to solve a local problem. 

What was the topic of your event? 

We explored how to improve the relationship with the New York City community of Roosevelt island.

What new or innovative ideas were discussed or presented? 

The students used what they learned to ask how to implement technological solutions to improve communication — from a buzzer, to a light prompt to a screen.

How does your event contribute to a larger conversation or thinking about a global challenge in a new way? 

Students were encouraged to understand that problems can be solved within a community; that ideas can be rapidly prototyped for relatively cheap as a proof of concept; and that students have the capability to make change.

Did your Genius event lead to new action or opportunities for your community?

One of the students who participated has taken the topic of communication with Roosevelt Island as her personal project for the semester. She wishes to create a working prototype for the space, and will be working with the rest of the participants to get support to do so.

Blog prepared by Tayla Stein from NYCFIRST STEM Center. 

7 Days of Genius Guatemala City: Genius Talent & Thinking

For #7DaysofGenius, Guatemala’s NetSquared Meetup and Grafiatec organized a series of events through out the week, including a visit of 80 talented students from Universidad del Valle to Campus Tec, a main event on Campus Tec with over 20 visitors and several satellite events around Guatemala City.

What was the topic of your event?

Our events highlighted local tech talent in Guatemala.

What new or innovative ideas were discussed or presented? 

We explored how to use technology for visually impaired individuals, how to use design thinking to new technlogy, innovation, entrepreneurship, science and explored new technology being developed in Guatemala.

How does your event contribute to a larger conversation or thinking about a global challenge in a new way?

We are trying to incoporate our national agenda with the worldwide agenda. We are focused on the use of technology and innovation locally in our country and how it intersects with the rest of the world.

Did your Genius event lead to new action or opportunities for your community?

We established an agenda for developing technology for visually impaired, implementing a national girls and technology chapter and new paths for our entrepreneurs and innovators to implement their initiatives.

Blog post prepared by Maria Zaghi. 


Eyebeam Video: Making Connections Through Tech & Art

“My goal in all of this process is to connect with other people,” says artist, educator and Eyebeam alum Taeyoon Choi.  While the digital age has connected people in unprecedented ways, Choi has also seen the ways in which some members of society are left out. He was inspired to use sign language to teach computer programming to the hearing impaired and use art to erase the perceived differences between people. Watch our Eyebeam #7DaysofGenius feature:




7 Days of Genius Brooklyn to Herat: Technology to Bring People Together

On March 6, Shared_Studios hosted a #7DaysofGenius conversation that connected entrepreneurs in Brooklyn with those in Herat through Portals — gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology. 

What was the topic of your event? 

This event asked participants to reflect on how we can use technology to bring people together; to solve a local challenge and/or address the spread of disinformation and polarization.

Where was it? Who participated?

Our event was in the Brooklyn_Portal by Shared_Studios at the New Lab in NYC and the Herat_Portal by Shared_Studios in Herat, Afghanistan. Representatives from several start-ups participated including:  Yu Nong Khew from Khew Cornelius, Adel Frankel from Nanotronics, Berk Kapicioglu from OccamzRazo, Jacob Hall Gordon from Artiphon.

What ideas were discussed or presented? 

Participants shared their first or most memorable experience with technology as a way to break the ice. Many found uncanny similarities as they encountered the same technology and software around the same time but in different countries:  the introduction of the internet and chat/messaging software like ICQ, MSN and now Facebook Messenger; the concept of Cat-fishing and fake profiles; online Dating and how online dating is in different cultures like Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan. Participants spoke about how technology allows individuals to explore and expand their global views and vocabulary. Through social media and the internet, the participants have been able to connect with strangers and friends from all around the world, they have been able to break down cultural boundaries and stereotypes that exist by experiencing the benefits of new technology like the Portal as a means to holding meaningful conversations.

Did your Genius event lead to new action or opportunities for your community?

Participants exchanged contact information with one another with the intention of engaging and participating in more Portal Conversations and in the hopes of connecting with more locations like Herat, Afghanistan again.

7 Days of Genius Tel Aviv: Inclusive Design

For #7DaysofGenius, the Good Group in Tel Aviv organized an event around the theme of inclusive design. 

What was the topic of your event? 

Our event was framed through the following statement, ‘design plays an important role in everything around us, every product we use, the furniture we sit on, and the space we live in. For people with disabilities, design is even more important, and accessible inclusive design can open up new worlds.  

We then focused on the difference between accessibility and inclusiveness. Is something inclusive just by means of being accessible? The answer is usually, no. We had three main speakers who each spoke about accessibility and inclusiveness in their work. 

Vital Zinger, a world champion Paralympic dancer spoke of her daily experience as an active person in a wheelchair and how sometimes, its the small things that make a huge difference in her day. 

Shachaf Galili, the head of the accessibility department of Midburn (Israel’s Burning Man) spoke about making experiences and events more inclusive, and how they work to make the 11,000 person annual Midburn event more accessible and inclusive to all and how they use education to help spread the message and change the burner culture in Israel. 

Dana Yiche-Schwekmann, an industrial designer with an expertise on products for people with disabilities spoke about what makes a product inclusive (when it appeals to all users, not just people with disabilities) and the market value of making inclusive products. 

Where was it? How many people attended? 

Our event took place at Rega Caffe, a recently reopened historical Tel Aviv Cafe and Salon. The original cafe was one of the pioneers of Tel Aviv’s legendary cafe culture and the renewed location aims to continue in that storied tradition.  After much debate on what kind of event we wanted we decided to limit numbers in order to enable conversation and discussion. We had ~50 people (max capacity) in a diverse audience.

What new or innovative ideas were discussed or presented? 

The biggest new idea that was discussed that while something may be accessible, that does not make it automatically inclusive. We discussed how often times, businesses or public spaces are able to meet accessibility standards and laws but that does not mean that people with disabilities have a positive user experience. Inclusiveness needs to be the goal and not just accessibility. We discussed how this can often be easily achieved by just asking/consulting with a user (person with a disability). We also discussed how most people often don’t realize the accessibility v. inclusiveness issue until they have personal experience with it (an injury that leaves them temporarily disabled, having a child and needing to navigate spaces with a stroller, an elderly family member etc.)

How does your event contribute to a larger conversation or thinking about a global challenge in a new way? 

The WHO estimates that ~a billion people around the world live with a disability, this makes them the world’s largest minority and yet they do not have a proportional voice. We need to start thinking about accessibility and inclusiveness differently. We need to start listening to the users and hearing what they need and what (seemingly) small changes can be made to help them live more full and active lives.

Did your Genius event lead to new action or opportunities for your community?

The Genius event helped us to grow and expand our community and launched a lively discussion (that continued for 2 hours after the event officially finished!)  People expressed interest in growing the community and getting involved. As an initiative that works to promote and create inclusive products for people with disabilities, we see great potential in growing this community and increasing our activity and local engagement. There are first conversations to work with local corporations on inclusiveness initiatives and events. More to come!!

Blog post prepared by Michal Kabatznik, Co-Founder of The Good Group. 

7 Days of Genius Lagos: Empowering Women & Girls

What was the topic of your event?

As part of 7 Days of Genius 2018, Gidi Traffic & Giving Garage held an event that explored climate change; gender equality and how to empower more girls in Nigeria through menstrual health education.

Where was it? How many people attended?

The event was held at the Dustin Estate,  AJEGUNLE IN LAGOS, NIGERIA. There were 85 women and girls, and 8 facilitators who attended.

What new or innovative ideas were discussed or presented?

We discussed and presented on new models of sanitary pads and discussed new “genius” solutions to expanding access for women and girls in rural areas. We got great Ha’s & Wow’s among our audience.

 How does your event contribute to a larger conversation or thinking about a global challenge in a new way?

Gidi Traffic with over 1.4 Million Followers joined forces with Giving Garage’s Pad Man Initiative, World Merit, Hope Inspired Foundation, Africa Clean Up Initiative, Dreams from the Slum and Lots Charity Foundation to draw attention to about 52% Nigeria female population that are of reproductive age & menstruating. Menstruation is a taboo subject in Nigeria. There are over 10 million rural & internally displaced girls & women negatively affected by the lack of access to affordable and available hygienic menstrual materials.

Did your Genius event lead to new activities or opportunities for your community?

It is planned that the project would seek more partnerships  to provide over 500 reusable sanitary pads for internally displaced and rural school girls and women monthly and increase use of healthy materials for menstrual hygiene management. Hopefully, the menstrual hygiene kit would also contain a handbook translated into the major languages to promote awareness and adequate information for mostly Rural Women and Men.

Blog post prepared by Chaste Inegbedion |Chief Responsibility Officer, Giving Garage | Padman Initiative 

7 Days of Genius Slovakia: Collaborative Drawing

The theme of this year’s 7 Days of Genius, established by organization 92Y in New York, was “Creativity for the Common Good.ˮ The RSA invited its RSA Connectors to follow up on this topic with their local events.

I got an offer from Ms. Renáta Filková, Director of József Szinnyei Library in Komárno, Slovakia, to lead a children’s creative workshop. I created a concept of collaborating with children through drawing. Drawing is a part of visual communication, and its language is generally comprehensible for various groups of people. For children, expression through drawing is very natural, it is a way of exploring the world and testing their own abilities. It develops creativity, sensitivity, emotional world and fine motoring, but also seeing through images, imagination, and the ability to simplify complex intent into clear symbolism. It does not matter if the child later grows up to be a mathematician, a physicist, a programmer, or professional artist. They are able to remember this creative experience of collaborating through drawing at a very early age, and subconsciously return to the methods of cognition, recording, and interpretation that they discover experimentally in this way.

The 7 Days of Genuis workshop on March 6, 2018 started by introducing my work as an illustrator of children’s books published in Slovakia in 2016 and 2017. Then I did a simple drawing demonstration in my own style, actually in one of my many styles that I like to use as an illustrator and adapt to the occasion and the projects’ needs.

About 25 children aged 6 to 14 years were divided into small groups. Each group received one paper, a couple of black markers, and pencil crayons. The children learned to lead a line across the paper to simultaneously create patterns that continuously link to smaller or larger scenes and objects at certain points according to their own childhood imagination. The essence is that the line is not interrupted and thus always provides a new opportunity for another element. By drawing, the children learned logic and common interest in drawing a uniform image of a larger format using the simplest tool, a simple black marker. The drawn line was to be connected across all parts of the chosen composition, whether it included people, animals, houses, entire cities, or other objects. And metaphorically, the drawing was also to illustrate the context of life and the need for interconnection of society, relationship making, and interaction. Finding common themes and contact points was the main inspiration. Finally, to not leave the picture black and white, the children got coloured crayons to give the work a colourful accent.

Parents were also involved in the creative process and made positive comments regarding the result of the collaboration. They emphasized that Slovakia has long been lacking a similar authorial approach to the teaching of visual arts in today’s technology-driven times.

My brief illustrator input into the children’s thinking was enriching not only for me as the author of the workshop, as documented by photos from the Collaborative Drawingˮ workshop, which took place on March 6, 2018.

Written by Petra Štefanková

The Bartlett School of Architecture Discusses Ways to Innovate Social Housing in London

On March 9, the Bartlett School of Architecture and ECOWEEK hosted approximately 30 architectural students in a active discussion about housing and the urban fabric of London, with a special focus on the housing crisis currently affecting parts of London.


During the event, award-winning architect, Peter Barber presented a wide portfolio of his projects, all with an emphasis in social housing. In the beginning of his discussion, he talked about what society, politicians, and the architectural community should do in order to eliminate the current housing crisis. One of his beliefs includes cancelling the ‘right to buy’; a piece of legislation that Margaret Thatcher introduced on social housing flats. His belief is that housing flats should not be privatized. 

London at the moment suffers from a lack of social housing. By stopping the privatization of flats, Barber notes you can also alleviate the increase of prices. After explaining the issue in the context of London, architect Peter Barber presented examples of his work and highlighted a concept he developed called, ‘100-mile city’. His opinion mostly favors low height buildings with density instead of high rise buildings because he believes in the dynamic that street level housing offers. Although ‘100-mile city’ is still a conceptual project,  Barber is trying to advocate and implement the project to the London authority to take into consideration.

Peter also shared his innovative approach to architecture. This includes when he designs, he gives the user some space to become integrated in the project. He uses this technique to provoke their creative reactions. For example, Barber may place a window in an unlikely place, expecting people to interact with the window. Or he may leave the space near the front door free, encouraging residents to fill it up in their own personal style. Peter’s approach generated discussion and opened possibilities for thinking in unusual directions, and in often challenging ways, positioning social housing as an attractive field for young architects.

Additionally, Peter’s ideas help promote improving cities and communities by having a positive impact on the quality of housing and the personal identity of the residents. Improvement of tenants’ perception often offers them equal outside and inside spaces which improves their psychological health and also helps them develop communication skills. The way the houses are being designed offer more spatial qualities rather than focusing on minimizing square mile for profit.  

Social housing in a way, is  currently a ‘hot’ issue, not only in London but throughout Europe – especially now with the increased influx and movement of immigrants. As the number of immigrants grow, the need for social housing also grows. The need is getting higher not only due to local Londoners not being able to afford housing, but also because of the influx of immigrant and refugee populations landing in new countries after leaving their homes. There is no doubt that we need better social housing: not only in budgeted solutions, but personal, carefully designed projects, that give people an opportunity to feel at home in a new country, encouraging easy assimilation.

The ECOWEEK GENIUS event in London generated discussion on social housing, and triggered interest among architectural students. Even after the lecture, a very creative and lively dialogue emerged between the speaker and the audience. The event in London also helped forged a relationship between ECOWEEK and the Bartlett School of Architecture towards future activity on similar themes of social housing, that will not only raise issues and generated discourse, but will also give the students the opportunity to propose new ideas through design thinking workshops.

Shared Studios Connects Amman, Jordon and Mexico City

On March 15, Shared Studios engaged with participants in Mexico City, with the idea of creating empathy with people from different backgrounds and culture. Through their innovative and intimate Portal technology, users were able to connect with others in Amman, Jordan from Mexico City, Mexico.

Portals are an immersive space equipped with a camera and a human-scale screen that enables anyone who walks in to have what feels like a face-to-face conversation with anyone, anywhere in the world. Read more in Fast Company

Through this unique experience, participants were able to cross boundaries and openly explore what Arabic and Mexican culture have common (a lot!); not only in language, but also in tradition. They also learned how to respond tolerantly to others by acknowledging that there’s nothing better than to learn from someone from a different culture.

Mexico City Portal curator, Thomas Ramírez states, “People were really curious about learning about Jordanian culture. I think we opened a window that will lead them to research more about Arabic and Muslim culture.”

Architect Students Discuss ‘Health for the Future’ in Bucharest

On March 9, Seneka Anticafe in association with ECOWEEK, hosted a 7 Days of Genius workshop with the focus of promoting health and improving life overall in cities. 


Roughly 60 architects and architecture students explored design interventions in the gardens of two major public hospitals in Bucharest. In addition, leading Romanian architect Dorin Stefan introduced his current projects with the students at the University of Bucharest titled “The Housing for 2060”.  Following Stefan’s presentation, the participants and speaker formed a ‘round-table’ to discuss housing and living patterns, habitat and traditions, and how fundamental views often differ between the architectural community and society.  

The students then organized in teams to oversee design interventions in the gardens of two major public hospitals in Bucharest. The group plans to meet again on April 10-16, to continue brainstorming and develop a design strategy. Longterm, they hope to apply for a grant from the Chamber of Architects in Romania to implement their idea. 

This 7 Days of Genius event enabled a space where students can turn conversation into action. It facilitated the opportunity for students to not only to raise and discuss issues, but to also act and do something about them.

To learn more about ECOWEEK Genius, click here.


Yomi Directors Message

Welcome Families!

I am so thrilled to be returning to Camp Yomi for a fabulous summer 2018. We have been working hard all year to plan a wonderful summer experience for your camper – including Wacky Wednesdays & special events, new activities and hiring outstanding counselors.

As we continue to strive to be innovative and increase experiences for all children, I am excited to share that this summer we will be expanding our inclusion program to help build the gap between Camp Tova and Camp Yomi. This summer, one period three days a week some Camp Tova campers will join a Camp Yomi group. Our goal is aligned with 92Y as a place of community, growth, and a positive learning environment.

During the school year, I work in an elementary school in Queens as a school counselor.If you have any questions or information to share with me, you can contact me at imanheim@92y.org. I check my email regularly and will get back to you at my earliest opportunity. If it is an urgent matter, please contact the camp office at 212-415-5573 where one of my full time colleagues will be able to assist you.

Please be sure you log onto the health form by May 15th.

Please check back on the parent portal to get more updates for Camp Yomi Summer 2018.

I’m excited for a fun, cheerful and spirited summer with you and your camper!

Bring your camp spirit,

Ivy Manheim
Director, Camp Yomi

Ilanot bogrim welcome from director

Dear 92Y Camp Ilanot Families:

Hello and welcome to the 92Y Camps Parent Portal for Camp Ilanot!
My Name is Moshe Chidersky and I am so excited to return to Camp Ilanot. Last summer, I was a Unit Supervisor and the Rosh Mishlachat (Head of the Israeli delegation of shlichim) and this summer I am thrilled to be the new Program Director, building amazing new activities and wacky days filled with camp spirit while connecting with our Israeliness!

During the year, I live in Jerusalem, studying special needs education and working with the Jewish Agency for Israel as a group leader in their screening workshops and the training seminars that sends over 1,200 shlichim to North America alone! We are so pleased that 92Y Camps will have nearly 25 of these amazing shlichim – as counselors, ropes and robotics specialists and more!
I can’t wait for summer 2017 to kick off! In the meantime, if you need any help or additional information leading up to camp, please feel free to contact the 92Y Camps office at campmail@92y.org or 212.415.5573. Please make sure you log on to the health form by May 15 and contact the office should you have any questions. You can contact me directly with any program or Hebrew-related questions at Ilanot1@92Y.org (feel free to write in Hebrew or English).
As summer approaches, please check back on the parent portal for more information about Ilanot 2017!

Looking forward to another amazing summer,

משפחת 92Y של מחנה אילנות היקרים,
שלום וברוכים הבאים לפורטל הורים ולמחנה אילנות!

שמי משה חידרסקי ואני סופר מתרגש לחזור למחנה אילנות. קיץ שעבר הייתי רכש שכבה וראש משלחת השליחים הישראלית ובקיץ הקרוב אני מנהל התוכניות החדש במחנה: אחראי על בניית פעילויות מגניבות וימי שיא שונים ברוח המחנה תוך חיבור לישראלינס.

במהלך השנה, אני גר בירושלים וסטודנט לחינוך מיוחד. עובד בסוכנות היהודית לא”י כמנחה קבוצות בסדנות המיון ובסמינרי ההכשרה. סמינרים המכשירים מעל 1,200 שליחים לצפון אמריקה!
אנחנו מאושרים שלמחנה 92Y יהיו השנה קרוב ל-25 שליחים, החל ממדריכי קבוצות, מדריכי חבלים, רובוטיקהה ועוד!

אני לא יכול לחכות עד שקיץ 2017 יתחיל! לבנתיים, לכל עזרה או שאלות נוספות בנוגע למחנה, תרגישו חופשי ליצור קשר עם משרדי 92y בכתובת: campmail@92y.org או במספר טלפון 212.415.5573.
בבקשה לוודא כי נרשמתם לטפסים הרפואיים הרלוונטים עד ה-15/5. ניתן לפנות ישירות אליי לכל שאלה בנוגעע לתכניות או לעברית במחנה בכתובת ilanot1@92y.org. (תרגישו חופשי לכתוב בעברית או אנגלית).

ככל שהקיץ מתקרב, בבקשה חזרו ובדקו שוב בפורטל ההורים בנוגע למידע נוסף על מחנה אילנות 2017!

מאחל לכולנו קיץ מדהים,
משה חידרסקי.

Impact Hub Roma Celebrates Work, Travel & Food For Good

On March 10, Imapct Hub Roma joined 7 Days of Genius with an event called “Rome Genius Night. Create. For Good,” a storytelling panel featuring people who are trying, with their jobs, to make the world a better place.
An audience of fifty people attended the panel that explored the topics of Work, Travel and Food for Good and featured speakers who are all piloting new and innovative solutions that advance the common good by promoting social inclusion and providing new job opportunities. Each also represents an example of the 7 Days of Genius challenges to create empathy, advance public health, create the cities of the future and address the refugee crisis.  Here’s a rundown of the speakers and projects:

Matteo Mennini, head of Bambini+Diritti, is helping refugee unaccompanied kids having a home, going to school and then find a job while participating to agricultural projects.
Mauro Cipparone, an ex-manager left his corporate job to found Romaltruista, a web service that helps Roman citizens in finding volunteering opportunities.

Beatrice Busi Deriu, is founder of Ethicatering, a catering company that uses only products and services from jail prisoners and from farms that have been built on sites that once were owned by mafia.
Elena Tioli, wrote a book and blog teaching people how to do conscious choices regarding food and well-being.
Roberto Dati, owner of Retour and member of the Italian Association for Responsible Travels, discussed spreading the need to travel worldwide with a positive impact on local communities.
Ivan Fadini, is the founder of International Napoli Network, a service that brings to the poor neighborhood of the town international volunteers willing to help kids and teach English.
Impact Hub Roma’s Monica Lasaponara explained, “I believe this event contributes into engaging more people of our community in wanting to make a positive impact. We had a very productive Q&A session at the end of the panel and we firmly believe we accomplished the spirit of the 7DaysOfGenius by giving the chance to attendees to understand that “Create. For Good” is possible.”
Photos courtesy of Sara Giuliani

Tova and Bari-Tov Welcome from director

Hello Camp Families,

I am extremely excited to return as the director of special needs camp programs. This is not just another job for me, it is how I spend my summers. For over fifteen years, I have been privileged to be part of the administrative team of camp programs at the 92nd Street Y. During the academic year, you will find me happily teaching at the Montclare Children’s School.

At camp Tova/Bari Tov we aim to encourage and support campers to make friends, learn valuable life skills and discover new interests in a safe and nurturing environment.

Some new things to note for this summer!  We will be having two 92Y days where campers will get to explore all that 92Y has to offer, including time in our Olympic-sized swimming pool, private instruction from our May Center activity coaches, and more! We are excited to be adding new sensory stations at both camps and improving our daily picky-eater-option as part of our lunch program – campers have the option of yogurt, hard-boiled eggs or whole grain bread with jam, soy-nut butter, cream cheese, or butter.

Please remember to update and complete the medical forms for your camper by May 15th to ensure campers are ready for the summer. I will be periodically posting on the Parent Portal throughout the spring, so please check back for updates and additional information. Should you have a specific question or wish to contact me, I can be reached at tova@92Y.org and baritov@92Y.org.

We will be having a parent night at 92Y which will give you an opportunity to meet your camper’s counselor(s). If your camper is in Camp Tova it will be on Tuesday, June 19th at 5:00 PM at 92Y. If your camper is in Camp Bari Tov it will be on Friday, June 22nd at 5:00PM at 92Y.

I look forward to making the summer of 2018 the very best experience for our campers and families as we continue in the 92nd Street Y Camp programs tradition of summer fun!


Kesher Welcome from Director

We are excited to be partnering with New Jersey Y Camps again this summer for our short term sleepaway camp programs. Kesher, a two week option and Kesher Junior, a one week option. We are currently considering several candidates for the Director position. Kesher Junior and Kesher give campers the opportunity to try out sleepaway camp with their friends from Camp Yomi and Yomi Seniors. While at the New Jersey Y Camps campers get the full sleepaway camp experience of sleeping in bunks, having night activities and swimming in the lake. Please mark your calendars with these important dates:

Monday, April 23rd: Kesher and Kesher Junior information night at the 92nd Street Y at 6:30 pm. For currently registered families and prospective families.

July 24th- July 30th: The dates of Kesher Junior

July 24th- August 6th: The dates of Kesher

We are looking forward to a great camp season! Don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions. I can be reached at OLevin@92y.org or 212-415-5613.


Orlee Levin

Associate Director, Camps

Camp Ilanot 2018 welcome

Dear 92Y Camp Ilanot Families:

Hello and welcome to the 92Y Camps Parent Portal for Camp Ilanot!

My Name is Moshe Chidersky and I am thrilled to return to Camp Ilanot for my THIRD summer! As the returning Program Director, I am excited to build amazing and fun new activities and wacky days filled with camp spirit while connecting with our Israeliness! Some new things to look forward to is our new Talent show for campers and counselors, Our Shabbat festival where we’ll produce some great Israeli stories, and of course some crazy new games and dancing for Flag-Pole

During the year, I live in Jerusalem, studying special needs education and working with the Jewish Agency for Israel as a group leader in their screening workshops and the training seminars that send over 1,200 shlichim to North America alone!  We are so pleased that 92Y Camps will have over 25 of these amazing shlichim – as counselors, ropes and specialists!

I can’t wait for summer 2018 to kick off!

In the meantime, if you need any help or additional information leading up to camp, please feel free to contact the 92Y Camps office at campmail@92y.org or 212.415.5573. Please make sure you log on to the health form by May 15 and contact the office should you have any questions. You can contact me directly with any program or Hebrew-related questions at Ilanot1@92Y.org (feel free to write in Hebrew or English).

Don’t forget to save the date for our annual New Families Picnic on Sunday, June 10 and our Ilanot Parent Night on Tuesday, June 19.

As summer approaches, please check back on the parent portal for more information about Ilanot 2018!

Looking forward to another amazing summer,

Moshe Chidersky


משפחת 92Y של מחנה אילנות היקרים,

שלום וברוכים הבאים לפורטל הורים ולמחנה אילנות!

שמי משה חידרסקי ואני סופר מתרגש לחזור למחנה אילנות בפעם השלישית. הקיץ אחזור למחנה כמנהל התכנית ואבנה פעילויות וימי שיא מגניבים ומהנים לחניכים שלנו תוך חיבור לישראלינס.

כמה דברים חדשים ששווה לצפות להם הקיץ הם מופע כישרונות חדש לחניכים וצוות, פסטיבל שבת בו נפיק ונציג סיפורים ישראלים מפעם עד היום וכמובן עוד המון משחקים, שירים וריקודים חדשים!

במהלך השנה, אני גר בירושלים וסטודנט לחינוך מיוחד. עובד בסוכנות היהודית לא”י כמנחה קבוצות בסדנות המיון ובסמינרי ההכשרה. סמינרים המכשירים מעל 1,200 שליחים לצפון אמריקה!

אנחנו מאושרים שלמחנה 92Y יהיו השנה קרוב ל-25 שליחים, החל ממדריכי קבוצות, מדריכי חבלים, רובוטיקה ועוד!

אני לא יכול לחכות עד שקיץ 2018 יתחיל! לבנתיים, לכל עזרה או שאלות נוספות בנוגע למחנה, תרגישו חופשי ליצור קשר עם משרדי 92y בכתובת: campmail@92y.org או במספר טלפון 212.415.5573.

בבקשה לוודא כי נרשמתם לטפסים הרפואיים הרלוונטים עד ה-15/5. ניתן לפנות ישירות אליי לכל שאלה בנוגע לתכניות או לעברית במחנה בכתובת ilanot1@92y.org. (תרגישו חופשי לכתוב בעברית או אנגלית).

לא לשכוח להרשם לפיקניק משפחות השנתי שלנו ביום ראשון, 10/6 ולערב הורים ביום חמישי, 19/6.
ככל שהקיץ מתקרב, בבקשה חזרו ובדקו שוב בפורטל ההורים בנוגע למידע נוסף על מחנה אילנות 2018!

מאחל לכולנו קיץ מדהים,
משה חידרסקי

Yomi Seniors Welcome from Director

Dear Yomi Seniors Families,

For those families who I have not had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Emily Bencosme and I am super excited to be the Director of Yomi Seniors this summer. I am thrilled to be working with many families from past summers and to meet all the new families joining our camp. The exciting part of Yomi Seniors is the sense of adventure with the trips we take; varying from white water rafting to the high flying ropes courses in Adventure Park to our week long sleep away in Nah-Jee-Wah.

During the year, I am a Pre-K teacher at the St. Lucy’s School, where I have worked for the past 4 1/2 years.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Hunter College. As for my camp career, I began my journey as a counselor in Unit 3, then as Programming Head Counselor in Unit 4, then as Yomi Seniors Unit Supervisor, and now have the privilege of returning as a Yomi Seniors Director for summer 2018.

Please remember to update and complete the medical forms for your camper by May 15th to ensure campers are ready for the summer. I will be periodically posting on the Parent Portal throughout the spring, so please check back for updates and additional information. Should you have a specific question or wish to contact me, I can be reached at yomiseniors@92Y.org.

Have a wonderful rest of the school year and I look forwarding to meeting each of you soon.

I look forward to meeting all new families at our new family picnic on Sunday, June 10th. For more details about this event, check out the flyer in the documents section. For more information please call the camps office at 212.415.5573 or email campmail@92y.org.

I look forward to meeting all of you at our parent night on Wednesday, June 20th at 7 pm. Parent Night is an opportunity to meet your camper’s counselors, other campers and learn more about the program.

As your children prepare to embark on the journey into middle school, I feel honored to join them in my 8th summer at camp. I cannot wait to travel to new places, make amazing memories, and have endless laughs with many new and familiar faces!

Emily Bencosme
Yomi Seniors Director

Trailblazers intro

Dear Trailblazers families,

My name is Matt Bloom and I’m so thrilled to be the Trailblazers director this summer! We are very excited for a fun filled summer. As our staff collaborates and prepares for the summer, we are eagerly awaiting the time when we get to meet all of you. Camp Trailblazers brings a sense of adventure and travel to camp, from white-water rafting to week-long trips to Club Getaway and in Boston!

This will be my ninth summer working at 92Y camps. In those nine years, I have worn many different hats. In the past I have worked as a Head Counselor at Camp Yomi. Some of our returning Trailblazer families might remember me from last year as the Assistant Director of Camp Trailblazers, and I’m so happy for the chance to spend my summer with you again. For those of you who are newcomers, I can’t wait to personally induct all of you into our Trailblazer family as camps gets underway! During the year once the summer has ended, I work as a Language Art teacher at a middle school in the Manhattan.

We encourage everyone to take a look at the parent portal, however, we would like you to keep these important dates in mind!

July 17th – 20th: Club Getaway
August 13th- 17th: Boston

Typically, on Wednesdays trips we will arrive back later than the normal camp day!

If you have any questions or concerns prior to camp, we can be best reached by email at Trailblazers@92y.org. For any immediate questions feel free to contact the camp office as well at 212-415-5573.

We look forward to making this a memorable summer for our campers!

Matt Bloom – Director
Dana Nassau – Assistant Director

Meeting Point Cinema hosts 7 Days of Genius in Saravejo

On Thursday March 9th, Meeting Point Cinema hosted a 7 Days of Genius event called The Human Scale of Saravejo. It was organized by ECOWEEK.


Meeting Point Cinema facilitated a workshop where participants were asked to share innovative ideas that would specifically impact communities in Saravejo.  The ideas generated during this session centered around the need for common/public spaces and the rehabilitation of the forgotten project of a Concert Hall in Sarajevo. Throughout the workshop, more than 50 ideas were collected.

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The concepts debated during the event challenged and empowered young participants (mostly university architectural students) to be more active in community development.


This Genius event provided the opportunity to envision an alternative and more sustainable redevelopment plan of one of the main locations in the city of Sarajevo. It gave the attendees the opportunity to express their ideas and concerns by making their own sketches and to be a part of an open discussion on the topic.


Participants opened a window of opportunity to organize similar workshops, and address more locations in Sarajevo that are going through similar processes of renewal. 




This Genius event is a good example of how a community of architects – especially young architects and students – can organize and create a platform for discussion to raise concerns, and share proposals for more humane and sustainable redevelopments of their cities. 

Shared Studios Portals Create Empathy During 7 Days of Genius

On  Tuesday, March 7, Brooklyn-based startup Shared Studios used their Portals technology to connect people in Rwanda and Brooklyn, Mexico and Jordan to have 7 Days of Genius conversations on the challenge of empathy. Portals are gold spaces equipped with immersive audiovisual technology that allow people in different cities and countries to converse as if they were in the same room.  By connecting people around the world in intimate conversations, Portals demonstrate how technology can create empathy by bringing people in district communities together — face-to-face.

Fast Company reporter Eillie Anzilotti visited the Brooklyn Portal for 7 Days of Genius. She recaps the experience:

“The Portal spanned the coworking spaces in Kigali and Brooklyn to show what empathy could look like now. Portals—originally developed by the collective Shared_Studios as an art installation two years ago—are, in many ways, empathy infrastructure: The shipping containers have been set up in over 20 locations across the world, where they’ve facilitated conversations between an American drone pilot and an Afghan man, and a Washington, D.C. woman who left Cuba as a child and someone who lived on her old street in Havana. Between Brooklyn and Kigali, the Portal broke down preconceptions: When the Americans thought of Rwanda, their minds immediately went to the 1994 genocide that resulted in the deaths of nearly one million Tutsis. Nancy, one of the Rwandan entrepreneurs, wants to talk about what the country is like now. “It’s a very organized country, it’s very clean, and the people are very welcoming,” she says. “People aren’t stressed out here.” The people in Brooklyn, she adds, were welcome to visit at any time.”

Read more in Fast Company and check out the Shared Studios Timelapse below:




Sayfty Discusses Genius Ways to Ensure Public Safety

On March 12, in Nairobi, Kenya, Sayfty, an international nonprofit that combats gender violence, hosted a 7 Days of Genius event on the topic of public safety for women and girls.

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Together, participants proposed that a tracking device would be the best the way to alleviate the dangers in public spaces. The device would notify family members or friends whenever the user felt unsafe. It would also ensure that someone can keep track of where others are at all times.

Participants also discussed methods that harassers used in public spaces, and the best way to respond to or evade harassment.

The young women who attended the event committed to take self-defense lessons. The group also committed to train more girls from the community on how to be safe in public spaces.

Thank you to Sayfty for using the 7 Days of Genius challenge on ensuring human rights and equality to create practical and genius solutions to protect women around the world.

Learn more about Sayfty here.



BallotReady On How to Create Trust in the Media

On Tuesday, March 7, BallotReady hosted a Genius event that discussed innovative ways to foster trust in the media.

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Four experts in the topic, Kyla Williams, Sarah Brune, Summer Fields, Maira Khwaja, explored new ideas in the world of information and media. Most of the ideas presented revolved around how to get information into the hands of news consumers, and how to better involve them in the media-creation process.

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The ideas discussed helped empower people to be actively informed about the world around them, and garner greater trust in media sources. Instead of lamenting on the idea of “fake news”, organizers thought the discussion helped think about new ways the news media can conduct its business and establish a closer relationship with those who consume media.

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Audience participants walked way knowing more about great resources in the media landscape, both regionally in Chicago, and beyond.


JEST Hub and ECOWEEK Highlight Genius Solutions Created by Arab Women

To celebrate International Women’s Day, on March 8th, JEST Hub, a startup hub in East Jerusalem, hosted a 7 Days of Genius event in partnership with ECOWEEK. The event — attended by more than 50 people — featured all women speakers and entrepreneurs. Members of JEST Hub presented projects to enhance job opportunities and provide vital services to  women in Jerusalem and the West Bank. Participants were able to give feedback on new ideas and together, consider ways Arab women may benefit from these tools.

Some of the ideas presented include a web platform for Palestinian women to gain skills and education, an all female – run computer support provider, and a support network for elderly people to gain digital literacy.



The goal of the event was to create a space of equal opportunity for young female entrepreneurs to share their ideas, receive feedback, and be empowered to realize the successful execution of their ideas. It also allowed the presenters the opportunity to network and form new partnerships and collaborations among their peers and others who attended the event.  Learn more about ECOWEEK’s 7 Days of Genius event here

AKTO Art & Design College on Innovative Design for Public Good


Saturday, March 11, in Athens, Greece, AKTO Art & Design College and ECOWEEK, hosted a 7 Days of Genius event for young architects. The event focused on how design can be used for public good.  The conversation was led by Dr. Elias Messinas, founder of EcoWeek, landscape architect Natalia Pantelidou, and architect Antonis Gavalas. 

The speakers presented examples of their own work that have had a positive social impact.  The students then formed a working group called a “Greenhouse” team. Under the guidance of the veteran architects, they will collaborate on a plan to improve the facilities at two struggling local institutions. The two institutions are a shelter for children and a clinic for incurable diseases, both of which are now in a state of deterioration because of the current financial crisis in Greece. The “Greenhouse” team launched during 7 Days of Genius will continue to meet and together, will work on re-designing the shelter and clinic’s living quarters, bathrooms and gardens.  The students will also fundraise for the institutions and gather other necessary resources like furniture.

In Greece, a country still affected by the financial crisis where most young professionals looking for opportunities abroad, the event had the double benefit of inspiring young professionals to see how they can have an immediate impact in their own communities and offering them professional experience and skill development.

As the organizers explained, “the GENIUS event was the opportunity to bring together two concepts: the concept of GENIUS for public good on a theoretical level through examples and good practices, and to give young professionals the power to be actively taking part in making a difference in their community through their work.”

To learn more about ECOWEEK Genius, visit their site.

Saturday, March 11 – 7 Days of Genius Recap

Here’s a roundup of all the amazing things that happened on Saturday March 11:

  • The 92nd Street Y explored genius solutions to bringing meditation into the workplace. Check out the video below!


      • Innovate South Africa had a 7 Days of Genius event in Capetown, South Africa where youth leaders came together to brainstorm and create solutions to advance their communities.


      • In Athens, Greece, AKTO Art & Design College and ECOWEEK held an events for students to inform and inspire them to the  possibilities of design for public benefit.


  • Global Minimum in Nairobi, Kenya hosted a workshop where students created models for homes of the future that will help advance sustainability.Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 1.00.07 PM


Thessaloniki, Greece Explores Genius Designs for their Community

On March 10, in Thessaloniki, Greece, AKTO College of Art & Design and ECOWEEK hosted a 7 Days of Genius event where local designers, students and architects presented their ideas to improve life in Thessaloniki for all. These ideas covered the areas of  health, environmental awareness, and explored new ways locals and tourists can integrate meaningful experiences in Thessaloniki. 


The event offered a fertile platform for debate and discussion among the more than 60 young professionals and students who attended the event, all of whom are concerned with, and affected by, the current economic difficulties in Greece. The event also gave them the opportunity to share new ideas, to network, and hopefully, to form new partnerships. 

Here’s a rundown of projects presented to the group:

– ‘K&K Architects’ (Katerina Kotzia and Korina Filoxenidou) and the students of AKTO College of Art & Design (Mariza Tsakona and Maria-Kristina Katsouli) presented their project, ‘Speculative Spaces’ in cooperation with the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. The project looks at how the natural landscape of Thessaloniki can inspire design for public spaces in London. 

– ‘Breath Inn’ (Ioanna Mikrou) presented their innovative approach to rehabilitating historic buildings using sustainable and recycled materials. 

– ‘Rhoeco’ (Harrys Kazas, Katerina Chatziangellaki, and Vaya Mitsiou) presented a newly-established start-up of fine organic teas inspired by and designed with ecology in mind. The Rhoeco products are caffeine free, without artificial flavors, sweeteners or any other forms of additives, and the company uses biodegradable packaging.

– ‘Blind + Studio & Ncube’ (Charalabos Karatzas, Nikos Taousanidis, Panagiotis Chatzis, and Dimitrios Nanos) presented their proposals to improve tourist products, services, shelters and hotels in Greece, aiming to make a positive contribution to the local economy and local community, while still raising their profit.

– ‘The Caravan Bed & Breakfast’ (Giorgos Kourtidis) presented the innovative business model behind their hotel. Their design approach to decorating the hotel includes using recycled furniture and materials. 


The Genius event at AKTO College of Art & Design in Thessaloniki successfully involved young professionals in a compelling discussion on ways to engage architects and designers in sustainability and social change.

To learn more about ECOWEEK Genius, click here!

Genius Exhibit Showcases the Work of Nepalese Students

As part of 7 Days of Genius, the 17th Century Patan Museum in Kathmandu featured a Genius exhibit of artwork created by students around Nepal. In the 2 weeks leading up to the event, at workshops and discussion groups hosted by arts organization Spiny Babbler, students from more than 30 participating schools in Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Lalitpur, and Sindhupalchowk, created art on the 7 Days of Genius themes: ‘Cities & Communities of the Future,’ ‘Health, Wellness and Mindfulness,’ ‘Displacement and Migration,’ ‘Equality and Human Rights,’ and ‘News and information.’  Their work was then displayed at the Patan Museum in an exhibit visited by more than 500 people, including students and teachers, media and international visitors.
Sapna Magar, a sixth grade student from Bimal Memorial Vidhyapeet Secondary School who chose the theme of ‘Cities & Communities of the Future,’ explained the concept of her school’s artwork that featured overhead bridges in a future modern city saying that the reimagined smooth roads would “not cause delays”.

Chanda Sijapati, an elder citizen and grandmother of one of the participants observed, “By having their art exhibited here, students become sure that their creative work is appreciated and that there are people who are looking at and analyzing their work… this is a huge need in the education system that we have built for today.”

“It is amazing how children have executed their ideas. Paintings under topics such as ‘Violence against Women’ and ‘Bridging the Divide’ are exceptional in that they depict mature sentiment with realistic expressions,” remarked Judith Purdue, a British guest at the event.

Founder of Spiny Babbler, Pallav Ranjan, an artist himself, was pleased to see the understanding and creative excellence of young people. He commented, “Writers, artists, creative people can be change-makers in society and have the ability contribute to human lives in a variety of ways. Our young people have inherent talent than needs recognition, showcasing, and networks. Spiny Babbler is pleased to work with this global event to create this forum full of you Nepalese students.”
To see additional photos of Spiny Babbler’s participation in  7 Days of Genius, click here.

Friday March 10 – 7 Days of Genius Recap

Check out what happened on Friday (March 10, 2017) of 7 Days of Genius:

  • Impact Hub Roma in Rome, Italy hosted a panel discussion on how to use work, food, and travel for social good.


  • 92Y produced a video on how creative design thinking can ensure more equality in education and criminal justice. Click here to watch!

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  • An EcoWeek organized a 7 Days of Genius event in Thessaloniki, Greece where architecture and design students presented their ideas that will have an impact in the city and local community, by promoting health, new business and design models, environmental awareness, new experiences to locals and tourists visiting the city of Thessaloniki.


  • The Luz Maria Foundation engaged the online community in a Twitter chat focused on the issue of amplifying and strengthening  women in positions of power.

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Thursday, March 9 – 7 Days of Genius Recap

Want to see what happened on Thursday of 7 Days of Genius?

  • PRI (Public Radio International) hosted a Facebook live on the idea of “fake ideas” and the structual, technical , and cultural innovations being made to combat it. Watch the whole conversation here!

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  • GOOD also tackled our 7 Days of Genius challenge on ensuring trust in media. They hosted a Twitter chat with several of their journalists on the topic.

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  • In London, at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), new thinker and journalist, Rutger Bregman, author of Utopia for Realists, discussed how imagination and creative thinking can be used to address some of the world’s biggest challenges.

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  • Gobal Minimum in Freetown, Sierra Leone, gathered local students and young innovators to present their new genius ideas and innovations for social impact.

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  • At Meeting Point Cinema in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, ECOWEEK provided a platform for university students to discuss genius ideas around the use of public spaces.


Encouraging Empathy during 7 Days of Genius

This morning, 92Y hosted a Facebook live with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein, Director of Jewish Community and the Bronfman Center for Jewish Life at 92Y and Imam Al-Hajj Talib ‘Abdur-Rashid, the religious and spiritual leader of The Mosque of Islamic Brotherhood Inc., in Harlem. Together they discussed the question, How can we encourage more empathy and connection between individuals and distinct communities? This is one of the questions we are addressing for #7DaysofGenius this week.
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Here are their final thoughts:
Imam Al-Hajj Talib: “Neither the Jewish nor Muslim communities are monolithic communities. And if we start looking at each other through a prism of being neighbors, and being fellow Americans, and talking with each other, instead of to each other, we’ll all be better off.”
Rabbi Peter Rubinstein: “I think that what we can do, is begin conversations with somebody that we’ve most certainly not have had a meal with, but also have probably never asked their story. And if we can do that, we’ll work together toward a year of light.”

Join the conversation and connect by following the #7DaysofGenius hashtag.

Women’s Empowerment – Using Art as a Form of Genius

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On March 8, Hamqadam Youth Participation for Empowerment (HYPE) along with eighteen young activists came together to discuss the 7 Days of Genius challenge of ensuring human rights and an equitable world. The group identified current issues that hindered women’s empowerment in their community in Pakistan and together, discussed ways to resolve these hurdles by creating solutions using art.
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Some of the ideas that transpired were: using social media to amplify leaders in women’s empowerment, putting women in positions of power in universities and schools specifically for youth education, generating a theater group to explore themes and stories about women’s empowerment, producing a film documentary to represent women with disabilities, and capacity building for boys to teach them about protecting women and girls.
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Thank you to HYPE organizer Muhammad Sarim Imran.

Follow #7DaysofGenius for more updates from Genius events around the world.

Impact Hub Budapest Explores Genius Ways to Welcome Refugees

Impact Hub Budapest welcomed 40 participants this past Tuesday to explore and discuss this year’s Genius theme, displacement and migration. Together they engaged in innovative ways to balance security while committing to opening regions to displaced persons.
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One idea presented to the group was a community-driven platform called, MIRA. This concept creates a matching system with refugees and volunteers interested in welcoming and assimilating refugees into their new homes. Another idea discussed was called Techfugees, which is a social enterprise co­ordinating the international tech industry’s response to needs of refugees. Volunteers that enlist in Techfugees, participate in hackathons, workshops, and other projects in the effort to generate technological solutions that fit the needs of refugees around the world.
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The ideas presented were all ways to amplify the narratives of migrants and seek new ways to help them integrate more easily into society. The event also found ways to foster more dialogue in a meaningful way with people who may have had different perspectives about the issue.
Melinda Varfi from Impact Hub Budapest explains that, “Extreme views and polarization are globally tending to happen. Hungary is no exception. Our workshop was aiming to bring different perspectives closer, help locals to engage in the topic and contribute to the larger conversation this way.”

GOOD Gives Us a Glimpse of the Future of Cities


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Throughout this year’s 7 Days of Genius, our partners at GOOD are sharing stories that address some of the 7 Days of Genius challenges. Writer Jordan E. Rosenfeld gives us a glimpse of what the future of cities may look like, explaining how researchers from Gartner Inc., say that by the year 2020, smart “things” or rather smart machines will be talking to each other. Rosenfeld writes:

Every day, over 3.2 billion people connect to the internet to check social media, read the headlines, shop online, and share more than 1.5 million gigabytes of data every minute. However, there’s another internet of sorts, one that exchanges almost as much data, without the celebrity gossip or commenting trolls. Using sophisticated sensors, location software, and even artificial intelligence, “smart” machines and devices are wired and talking to one another without any need to interface with humans, in an environment known as the Internet of Things (IoT). These things can range from your refrigerator to your car, from sprinkler systems to healthcare systems. Tech experts predict that by 2020, more than 25 billion smart “things” will be talking to one another.

Read more at GOOD.

Wednesday, March 8 – 7 Days of Genius

Check out all of the 7 Days of Genius activations from all of the world:

  • In honor of International Women’s Day, Sayfty engaged online activists in a Twitter chat focusing on creating safer spaces for women around the world.

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  • 92Y hosted a Facebook live with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein and Imam Al-Hajj Talib on the question, How can we encourage more empathy and connection between individuals and distinct communities? To view the entire livestream, click here.

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  • Dr Gail Saltz and a panel of fellow experts discussed the connection between ability, creativity and minds that are wired differently as well as what adults, parents and children can do to find and enhance their strengths while treating their weaknesses in a talk at 92Y.

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  • KRVIA in collaboration with ECOWEEK explored the 7 Days of Genius challenge on cities and communities of the future. The discussed conventional landscapes and how best to utilize them.


  • In celebration of International Women’s Day, JEST Hub in partnership with ECOWEEK featured female entrepreneurs sharing their ideas to enhance job opportunities and vital services to Arab women located in Jerusalem and the West Bank.


  • Impact Hub Floripa launched an event in Florianópolis, Brazil to resolve and remedy gender inequalities in their communities.

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Highlighting Female Geniuses Around The World

Superwoman Next Door is a campaign to empower and encourage every girl to look inside herself and unleash her real ‘Superpowers.’ Every girl has them but they don’t always have the spaces or opportunities to unleash them.
For 7 Days of Genius, Superwoman Next Door creator Upasana Chauhan wanted to showcase real life superwomen, some of those “hidden figures” doing incredible, if overlooked, work. Inspired by the 7 Days of Genius challenge around equality and human rights, Chauhan produced ‘7 Days 7 Superwomen from 7 Continents.’
The videos highlight women from around the world – one from each continent – doing genius work in their fields. In the video below, Nigerian artist Olutosin Oladosu talks about her initiative to use trash to create art. A domestic violence survivor herself, Oladosu has inspired other violence victims to launch their own creative projects. Her genius idea is both advancing human rights and using art for social good.
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Chauhan has met many of women she is featuring and interviewed them via Skype or over the phone. She writes, “All the women that I have featured via Superwoman Next Door, I am personally inspired by them and their work. I have physically seen their challenges, and it has been exhilarating and heartening to share their work. These women are the real ‘super-sheroes’ without a doubt. They are changing the faces of women’s empowerment.”
My husband also helped edit these videos. He has been a consistent ally for women’s empowerment and helps fundraise for computers for girls education.
Follow #7DaysofGenius to see more Superwoman videos!

Red Dot Foundation: Safecity Discuss Genius Solutions to End Sexual Harassment

On International Women’s Day, March 8, Delhi, India’s Red Dot Foundation: Safecity marked 7 Days of Genius by creating a safe space to discuss areas of gender inequalities in their communities. The event was called, ‘Break the Silence’ which symbolizes the need to stand up against stereotypes about women.

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Throughout the workshop, organizers were able to encourage participants to express their opinions and contribute their narratives in meaningful ways. Often times, women fear intervening or reporting instances of harassment of women in public. By facilitating this space, 15 girls residing in the Undergraduate Hostel for Girls, University of Delhi were able to talk about the importance of these issues.

This session also encouraged the attendees to think of their own solutions to how we can end practices like body shaming and sexual harassment, while encouraging more self-esteem among young girls.


Organizer Aarushee Shukla notes, “Although the session did not begin with too much involvement from the audience, before we knew it, each and every 15 of the girls had something to share with us.” 

To watch the Facebook live of the event, click here.

GOOD Challenges Us to Engage in Empathy via #7DaysofGenius

For this year’s 7 Days of Genius, our friends at Good are sharing stories that address some of the 7 Days of Genius challenges. This article by Sarah Kavoc looks at the challenge of empathy and how we can we encourage more empathy and connection between individuals and distinct communities. The simple, but genius solution? Read! According to several studies, reading encourages people to relate to others and introduces them to new and diverse experiences. As Kavoc explains:


Imagine if we started, as infants, hearing stories about very different human beings from our parents. Positive stories. Sad stories. Stories woven from real-life psychology. Imagine how much kinder we could be if we kept pursuing these kinds of stories throughout elementary school, high school, college, and beyond. Just as our brains develop throughout childhood and adolescence, our empathy muscle memory would develop, too.
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Read more here!

Using 7 Days of Genius to Advance Entrepreneurship for Social Good

This year, the Holon Institute of Technology in partnership with ECOWEEK hosted a 7 Days of Genius discussion on using entrepreneurship for social good in Holon, Israel. It was attended by 50 young designers, including graduate and undergraduate students of Design at the Holon Institute of Technology.

The workshop centered around social entrepreneurship, and the aim was to expose students to innovative entrepreneurial approaches with a wide spectrum of examples presented by veteran designers: from nanotechnology in materials and how they can benefit society, initiatives involving foreign workers, immigrants, and people with special needs, to the revival of public space, and the activation of the local community. The innovations presented illustrated, in different ways, the 7 Days of Genius challenge around designing the Cities and Communities of the Future.

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The goal was to inspire students of design, on their way to building their own careers as designers, and show them how they can combine their talent with an entrepreneurial approach and create new services and products which will benefit society.

Nanotechnology in materials can benefit society in a variety of ways; this can be from medical applications to new materials that can serve society without putting more pressure on natural resources; initiatives by young designer groups in foreign worker, immigrant and low-income neighborhoods, provide social services and community life by reviving and reclaiming public space in areas that authorities have often given up on; in institutions for people with special needs, instead of segregation, they become an integral part of the local community, providing alternative services and a point of reference and engagement for local businesses and people.
It is also no accident that the event was hosted in an academic institution. Within the context of star-architects and designers, flashy magazines and global practices, we took this opportunity to combine concepts that students are not always exposed to. Putting the focus in context, local community, innovation, entrepreneurship, place-making and design, we aimed to turn students’ attention to their cities and communities, and how their real needs are opportunities for designers to discover and develop their talent and skills by being creative, entrepreneurial and engage in work that benefits their city and their community.

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The 7 Days of Genius events are opportunities for networking and forging new collaborations. The event has provided a fertile platform for this to happen. Students were exposed to new ideas and inspired to new possibilities. This will hopefully engage students to discuss more after the event and captivate them to do some research on their own. It also helps facilitate a way to learn more about how they can use these new ideas in their own work.

7 Days of Genius partner and event organizer Elias Messinas of ECOWEEK concluded, “I am convinced that it is only a matter of time before the seeds we planted in the event, will grow to become tangible initiatives for the well-being of cities and local communities.”

Learn more and watch the full livestream below.

Tuesday, March 7 Recap – 7 Days of Genius

Check out highlights below from Tuesday of 7 Days of Genius:

  • 92Y hosted a Facebook live discovering “Genius and the Grateful Dead” and the power of music and social change. Guests were Steve Silberman (author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity and Skeleton Key: A Dictionary for Deadheads) and musician Conrad Doucette (co-curator and performer, Day of The Dead (2016), a Red Hot compilation spearheaded by The National benefitting global AIDS/HIV charities). To watch the full livestream, click here.

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  • In Budapest, Hungary, Impact Hub Budapest facilitated a discussion on innovations responding to the needs of migrants.

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  • In Holon, Israel, the Holon Institute of Technology explored innovative ways to engage in entrepreneurship for social good. 

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  • BallotReady in Chicago, Illinois hosted a panel on genius ways to restore trust in the media. The participant’s explored creative ways to regain the public’s trust.

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  • Brooklynites headed to Shared Studios to step into Portals where they were virtually connected to people at an Impact Hub in Rwanda. Participants discussed how we can bridge global divides to encourage more connection and enhance the understanding between individuals and distinct communities.

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  • HYPE (Hamqadam Youth Participation for Empowerment) hosted an event in Multan/Punjab, Pakistan called, “Dear Dolls”. This workshop included sessions where participants created artwork on the topics of women’s empowerment.

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Check Out These 3 Innovative Designs on Displacement and Migration

As part of the #7DaysofGenius themes, we’re asking the question, How can we better balance security while also helping refugees and displaced people facing humanitarian crises?
Learn more about these 3 innovative designs discussing this theme via Cooper Hewitt.

Cities and Communities: How the First City Got Started 12,000 Years Ago

This year, as part of #7DaysofGenius, we’re asking people to think about their city or community of the future — one that’s sustainable and equitable.
To kick of the festival, we look back at the very first city on record.
Check out the 92nd Street Y’s animated video for #7DaysofGenius where Jonathan F. P. Rose explains how the first city was started in Turkey, 12,000 years ago.
To learn more, check out the entire talk via 92Y On Demand.

Monday, March 6 Recap – 7 Days of Genius

Here’s a snapshot of the 7 Days of Genius activations that happened around the world on Monday, March 6:

  • 92Y produced a video in collaboration with the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum on how design can address challenges around migration and displacement. Take a look!

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  • In addition, Impact Hub Mexico hosted a 7 Days of Genius conversation in Mexico City on displacement and migration. To watch the full livestream click here!

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Contribute to our #7DaysofGenius Video – Create for Good

Contribute to our #7DaysofGenius Video – Create for Good
Call to Action: Help Make a Crowd-Curated #7DaysofGenius Video

Description: There are over 50 #7DaysofGenius events happening around the world! We want to capture and share some of the voices and ideas that make #7DaysofGenius so great.
We’d like to create a video collage featuring #7DaysofGenius participants in cities/countries around the globe.
Here’s how you can contribute:
1. Record 1 to 2 people at your event answering the following question: What is an idea or innovation that you want to see in the future that will better the world? Why?

2. Email your video to Jason Rosenberg at jrosenberg@92Y.org.
(If your file is too large to email, you can use the free service WeTransfer to send to Jason)
Some tips to remember:

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· Shoot your Genius video horizontally, not vertically
· You can use a smartphone to record
· Send your Genius video when on WiFi or download it directly from your phone to a computer and then send via computer
· Please do not delete your Genius video from your phone until we confirm receipt
If you have any questions, please contact Jason Rosenberg at jrosenberg@92Y.org.

Spiny Babbler and PIN Nepal Come Together to ‘Create for Good’ during #7DaysofGenius

On February 27, Nepalese arts organization, Spiny Babbler in collaboration with 92Y helped kick off the #7DaysofGenius festival with an event at PIN Nepal – a home for girls in need. They hosted a workshop for students around the 7 Days of Genius challenges: Bridging the Divide, Health, Wellness and Mindfulness, News and Information, Cities & Communities of the Future, Displacement and Migration, The Arts, and Equality & Human Rights.

Since this year’s #7DaysofGenius theme is Create for Good, thirty girls at PIN Nepal produced artwork around the 7 challenges.

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And the students brainstormed ways to improve their communities by:

1. Picking up trash and recycling items more often.
2. Finding ways to expand health services.
3. Spreading kindness in areas in need.
4. Creating accessible transportation for those who need to attend schooling.

A young woman named Susmita explained her artwork saying “I drew someone sweeping and my friend, Anita drew someone picking up the trash and throwing them in the dust bin. Our message is that all of us are working together. No matter if we are rich or poor, we want our communities to be working together for the betterment of our people!”


See more photos from the event and check back next week for more #7DaysofGenius updates from Nepal and other countries around the world!

Welcome to 7 Days of Genius 2017 – Create for Good

Welcome to 7 Days of Genius 2017! Once again, we are thrilled to invite people from around the world to collaborate on a digital festival of new ideas. 7 Days of Genius is an opportunity for anyone anywhere to reflect on — and create! — genius solutions to challenges we face in our immediate communities and on a global scale. This year, we will be joined by designers and students, budding artists and entrepreneurs – all engaged in exploring, debating and cultivating new ideas that will advance social good.

Check out our 7 challenges and download our toolkit for specifics on how you can get involved.

And, stayed tuned to this blog for updates! We will feature stories, pictures and video from 92Y and contributors from Nepal to Guatemala, India to South Africa, Los Angeles to NYC…and more.

In the meantime, read more about the amazing organizations, communities and individuals that made 7 Days of Genius 2016 an amazing success!

7 Days of Genius in Delhi, India

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92Y partnered with UN Women & UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development focusing on defining and developing youth-led genius solutions for gender equality. From New York to New Delhi, and Anchorage to Guatemala City — in dozens of events around the world and through online content — 92Y’s “7 Days of Genius” ignited a global conversation to explore the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world.

On 8th March, 2016 (International Women’s Day) an event was organized by the Youth Representative to UN & Global Youth Advocate, Saket Mani (under the guidance of Senior Advisor to UN Assistant Secretary General & Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women) in Delhi Technology University from 4pm to 7 pm. The purpose was to allow students and young people to present their Genius Idea with a focus on providing solutions for achieving Planet 50-50. Each of the participants was to answer the following questions:

  • What is a genius idea, according to you?
  • What is your genius idea to achieving gender equality – planet 50 – 50 by 2030?
  • Why should we be talking about Gender Equality?

It is rightly said that one can find the best solutions and most unique of perspectives from amongst the young people themselves. Even though most of the students were attending a discussion on gender equality for the first time, they came up with some amazing solutions. A student from the rural area of Haryana surprised everyone by talking about CEDAW and the correlation of Gender inequality with violence in India. I was quite happy to engage with him and soon everyone joined in.

“Because a big part of the inequality is that women aren’t taken as seriously as men, we can and should push to make their voices heard. We need to remind ourselves that stereotypes aren’t always true. Make the same assumption about her ability that you’d make for a man:  Competent until proven otherwise, rather than insisting she prove she knows what she’s doing” said Sadiq Hasan, one of the male students.

“Gender equality is not just improving the 933:1000 sex ratios. It is the creation of a society where everyone has fair and equal chances of survival and proving their potential” said Deepanshu Rajoria, another male participant.

“I don’t expect that till 2030, gender equality can be achieved specially in India. A fact said that it took 20 years for the world to realize that this issue needs to be resolved, so in the upcoming 14 years how can this be settled fairly! But I really hope that our country altogether moves up and reduces the inequality if not completely” , said another female participant.

The discussion evolved from addressing the gender gap to more awareness of their right. It involved heavy discussion around feminism and why some women make it all about male bashing. It also involved what can be done to prevent female foeticide, child marriage and holding the government or local legislation accountable. Some of them were using more digital approaches as a part of their solutions such as HeForShe, opening virtual discussion forums, having more weeks such as ‘7 days of Genius’ every month dedicated to gender equality.

The participants not only contributed to the pool of ideas but also learnt many more themselves along the way. They weren’t just informed, rather their perspective and understanding evolved as the discussion progressed. Changing attitude of even one individual is the starting of our journey.

Some of the Genius Solutions included:

  • Parents are our first teachers. So training parents is extremely crucial to shape up the environment of the house. It will also prevent the children from getting exposed to domestic violence.
  • Today media is one of the biggest sources that shape our knowledge and also the biggest channel of communication. Bollywood has a huge influence on both educated & uneducated masses. Doing female centric movies more often or showcasing strong female characters that breaks stereotypes or orthodox mindset has a huge impact. Making more movies like He Named Me Malala, Neerja etc would surely change the attitudes of people. Children generally grow up watching cartoons. These cartoons have a major impact in their lives and that’s how they shape their attitudes.
  • Having more female role models and making people aware about them can be one effective tool.
  • It’s also important not to “go along to get along” when people (especially people in authority) joke about their “stupid” wives, how women love to shop, and so forth. And in some ways, remind yourself that stereotypes aren’t always true.  Stifle your surprise when you meet a woman who tells you that she’s software engineer, civil engineer, welder, athlete, doctor, or anything else, rather than treating her like some kind of novelty.
  • Gender equality can be promoted by doing social media campaign, street plays etc.
  • Women must realize their potential to fight back and for this they need to have the knowledge of self-defense, which can be successfully achieved at school levels by introducing ‘Self Defense Classes’ as a mandatory subject for girls.

The discussion was so intense that we had a boy from Nepal who passionately compared gender gap in Nepal and India. None of these were very technical but more on their everyday observances. The enthusiasm was palpable, despite being informed that they were 1hr 45 mins ahead of closure, the students were so engrossed that they weren’t willing to stop the discussion. The engagement ensured that all of participants took much more with them than what they had come to offer.

Additionally a day before Saket Mani had helped UN Women organize a rally to celebrate Planet 50 50. Attended by over 100 participants, with amazing energy even at 7am despite the rain! The participants also went around asking random people on the street about genius solution for gender equality.

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Pitch Night on Genius ideas for Mobility in Guatemala City

In Guatemala, Grafiaetc and Movillidad hosted a pitch night around the topic of genius ideas in mobility. Groups delivered their business models and the mentors selected the most interesting project. The winners won a prize to implement their project in an incubator.

The event was available to watch on live stream, and groups in El Salvador and Honduras came together in order to watch what was happening in Guatemala City.

They put together a storify to tell the story of their event. Check it out here!



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On March 11th, GMin together with 92nd St Y partnered to host an an Event on Genius: Connection & Mastery. Youths that we have worked with in the past along with other aspiring youth leaders were selected to be part of the event which took part in the Hall in All Saints.

We had around 20 youth show up for the event and we had an early ice breaker game for youth’s to learn each other’s name using an adjective that matches that has the same first letter as their name i.e M​a​rvelous M​​ichelle!

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After the Ice Breaker session, Richy and Michelle talked about GMin’s work in empowering youth to become more effective problem solvers in their communities. Richy then went to talk about the partnership with 92nd St Y and why it is good to acknowledge and celebrate and reflect back on the little and big invention breakthroughs that have happened.

The theme for the event was Connection & Mastery and we discussed how past and present geniuses show a deep connection and bond to what they do and in turn become masters in their field and push the boundaries to become geniuses.

We looked at examples from people like Charles Darwin, Mozart, and discussed their affiliation to their fields and also we looked at what is considered Genius in our present time and the youth noted that a lot of breakthroughs were happening in the hardware and software tech and that’s where they saw most geniuses coming from.

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We also watched the interview Are Geniuses Born or Made? with Dr. Joy Hirsch and had a discussion based on the question. A majority of the youth shared how their thoughts on the subject and majority came with the insight that it does take a lot of perseverance and hard work to create the much needed impact to be recognized as a genius

We also had a pleasure of having some of the alumni youths from our Innovation Challenge program join us and present ways in which they have tapped into their creativity to solve some of the pressing issues they see in their respective communities. The youths shared about challenges they see in energy and transport and offered some of the solutions they are  prototyping to help solve the challenges. We had a chance to hear from Leroy who is working on a Human Waste Bio­Digester project at his school to tackle the waste problem and provide clean energy for his school.

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Joe presenting his wireless speed tracker to help road users be more alert on the road.

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The Unknown Genius Nancy Cunard with Think Olio

March 8, 2016 — Think Olio — the New York City start-up that brings the best teachers to local venues to hold classes for the price of a movie ticket — celebrated 7 Days of Genius by looking at the theme of “Unknown Genius” through the life of Jazz Age genius Nancy Cunard.

From Think Olio’s blog:

“Charles Riley, acclaimed author and beloved professor was able to speak in public for the first time about Nancy Cunard, a women who’s work he has been admiring for the past few years. While doing research for his new book, Riley  discovered that Nancy Cunard was much, much more than the heiress to the Cunard Yacht company and girlfriend to famous writers like Samuel Beckett, T.S Elliot, and Langston Hughes. Learning about Nancy Cunard and her great work of poetry, “Parallax”, made us realize how genius can often go unnoticed.”

The event was held at Chinatown Soup in Manhattan.



Central Synagogue Explores Einstein’s Jewish Science as part of 7 Days of Genius

Is relativity Jewish? For 7 Days of Genius, Central Synagogue joined 92Y in presenting an exciting exploration of the intersection of science and religion through the lens of one of the world’s greatest minds: Albert Einstein. On March 10, 2016, Professor Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein’s Jewish Science, joined Rabbi Geoff Mitelman, founder of Sinai and Synapses, to discuss how Judaism influenced Einstein’s unique brand of genius and where science and religion can meet. Professor Gimbel traced the history of Einstein’s relationship to his Jewish faith, weaving in explanations of how Einstein’s personal experiences influenced his greatest scientific breakthroughs.

This event was co-presented by Central Synagogue, 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius Festival, and Sinai and Synapses’ new program Scientists in Synagogues.


Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman (pictured left) is the Founding Director of Sinai and Synapses, an organization that bridges the scientific and religious worlds, and is being incubated at Clal – The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership.

Professor Steven Gimbel (pictured right) holds the Edwin T. Johnson and Cynthia Shearer Johnson Distinguished Teaching Chair in the Humanities at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania, where he also serves as Chair of the Philosophy Department. He has published many scholarly articles and four books, including Einstein’s Jewish Science: Physics at the Intersection of Politics and Religion; and Einstein: His Space and Times.

Irvine Welsh & Chicago Humanities Festival celebrate 7 Days of Genius

The Chicago Humanities Festival welcomed Irvine Welsh to Chicago’s Bottom Lounge on Tuesday March 8th to talk about genius and his new book A Decent Ride.

Welsh was interviewed by Jessa Crispin, editor-in-chief of Bookslut in a conversation that covered creativity, writing, music, the working class, the election and more. Read Chicago Humanities Festival Storify here.

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A Special Open House of House of Genius

As part of 7 Days of Genius, Impact Hub NYC partnered with House of Genius, an internationally recognized event series in over 30 cities. Each House of Genius works with local businesses and organizations to solve problems or make the most of opportunities. How?

Through a moderated format based on anonymous collaboration, House of Genius guests come up with creative solutions and strategies while building relationships with others.

During this session at Impact Hub NYC on Saturday, March 5, 2016, audience members witnessed the process and were invited to participate through written submissions.

Learn more about House of Genius & Impact Hub NYC here.

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Creating a Company Culture That Allows Genius to Emerge at Startup Hall in Seattle, Washington

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Startup Hall‘s Start Something Series partnered with 92Y 7 Days of Genius to invite Koru CEO and co-founder Kristen Hamilton to discuss her own unique startup journey under the theme “Creating a company culture that allows genius to emerge.”

Vikram Jandhyala, the University of Washington’s Vice Provost of Innovation, moderated the event and guided Kristen’s answers with an engaging and relevant line of questioning. Appetizers and drinks were provided.

Couldn’t make it to the event? You can watch it here!

The Genius of Literary Life in Palo Alto, California

The Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto partnered with 92Y’s “7 Days of Genius” series by presenting literary legend Joyce Carol Oates. The author of national bestsellers We Were the Mulvaneys and Blonde, Joyce’s repertoire includes more than 70 books: novels, short story collections, poetry volumes, plays and more.

Check out the full event video here!

Ingenious Incubation at Ponyride in Detroit


In Detroit, MI, Ponyride‘s residents and founding leaders offered examples and advice for growing genius ideas into a business at a workshop called “Ingenius Incubation”. Business planning and growth of your genius ideas takes time and LOTS of planning. Ponyride set out to help Detroit locals with good ideas to workshop that. A panel of Ponyride’s residents and founding leaders offered examples and advice to business incubators that are now driving genius in Detroit.

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce encourages Genius!

During 7 Days of Genius, the RSA in London hosted two satellite events bringing people to together to explore the idea and impact of Genius.

On March 7, 2016, Business professor & writer Adam Grant delivered a sold-out lecture on the themes of his new book, Originals: How Non-Conformists Change the World.

And, later in the week, the RSA London Region hosted an RSA Meet-up at a nearby pub for about 30 Fellows. During the event they talked about the history of genius in the RSA and the many genius innovations that have emerged from the historic institution. Check out the wall of genius they created which featured everything and everyone from Alan Turing to the concept of beauty!

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Genius & the Artist-Mind at American Jewish University’s Whizin Center

John Paul ThorntonThe Genius of the Artist-Mind with painter and art historian John Paul Thornton was part of the 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius.

On March 9, 2016, in Los Angeles, California, more than 300 people attended American Jewish University’s Whizin Center where popular lecturer John Paul Thornton discussed several of the greatest master-artists in history, including Rembrandt, Leonardo, Botticelli, Vermeer, O’Keefe and Picasso. These artistic geniuses embedded into their work a language of hidden imagery and sacred meaning. Thornton identified and exposed these secret lessons which enabled these masterpieces to more greatly impact our emotions, reach into our subconscious and provoke us to think as geniuses ourselves. As one of the participants commented after the lecture concluded: “I’ll never look at a painting the same way. Even though I had seen these works many times, I now appreciate the artistry of these geniuses more deeply. John Paul is a master teacher.”

Thank you to the Whizin Center for joining 92Y once again for 7 Days of Genius.

Preparing the Children at Spiny Babbler for a 7 Days of Genius Event in Lalitpur, Nepal

by Anuttama Sharma.


On Tuesday, 8 March, 2016, I was called “Teacher” for the first time ever when the students of Spiny Babbler asking me my name, addressed me so. I had gone to Spiny Babbler in order to assist and guide the students prepare presentations for the Genius Event. Only a little way into each of their presentations, I could see that they were all very talented. Content of most of their presentations exceeded the level of knowledge and ability a student their age would normally be expected to have, by quite a margin. Abiksha at 8 years, knew of all the chemical elements in the periodic table, and each of their symbols and atomic numbers. In addition, she could play 11 different tunes in the flute continuously for about 30 minutes.

Also, the students were very attentive to the feedback I gave and sincere in working them into their presentations. Nitya and Pukar, who were both very good in answering mental mathematics questions, usually took time in forming questions on the spot (which was rather strange as it was not the answers that they had difficulty with). After providing them a few suggestions, they took on to themselves to create an underlying structure to their questions in a manner that the they were fresh but easier to ask. If they went blank at any point, they would still have another basis of forming the required questions in time.

Another thing that was very impressive and pleasantly surprising was that when the students who finished preparing as per the feedback, or had nothing else to do, didn’t just run along and play unlike a few other children I have seen. In fact one of the students, Sanjeev, who did not have any task at hand and was actually ill at the time, innocently came up to me and asked, “Teacher, what should I do?”, when he saw me assign other students some additional tasks.

In the few hours that I spent at Spiny Babbler, I could see that each of the children had their own distinct personality: Kusuma was a bit shy, Shaswat more confident, they were all in all intelligent, helpful, sincere, hardworking, and an extremely friendly bunch. And the time I spent with them, therefore, was a refreshing, new and a positively unexpected experience.


Click here to learn more about Spiny Babbler.

Speaking of Numbers – A 7 Days of Genius Event in Lalitpur, Nepal

by Nitya Poudel


Feeling nervous and excited I wake up at 6 o’clock. It’s beautiful sunny morning, 9 March 2016. I chose to wear a blue coat, blue pants and, again, a blue tie set against a blue shirt. Oh! I think I look pretty handsome in formal clothes, I should do this more often. I am dressed for school and eat breakfast. Now it’s time to rush to school.

Thank God I am on time. 8 o’clock. “Goodbye Baba, see you at the program”.

I enter the gate. “Good morning, Pallav sir”. Pallav sir’s first words to me, “You look handsome.” I feel so happy. But I would look better if I take off the tie, I think.

I climb upstairs to look for my friend and mathematics presentation partner Pukar. We discuss our presentation. I see students from other schools arriving. It’s 10:30 and the program is about to start in a half hour. I am getting nervous. I go downstairs and see that everyone has settled down on chairs. As if on air, I am going upstage, and many people are watching me.

I shiver as I see my parents in the audience. I start blowing my flute along with my friends, Utkrishta, Abiksha and Shaswat. I think I and my friends blew the flute beautifully and I hear audience clapping. They encourage us. Soon everyone is standing as Abiksha plays the National Anthem and I am back in the audience.

I hear my name called up again, I try to calm myself down as I climb up to the stage. I am scared. Will I be able to perform in front of so many people? I gather courage and start my presentation on mathematics. I am telling the listeners about the history of mathematics. I am surprised that I am not feeling nervous any more and now feel that I can finish my presentation calmly. I am glad the audience is having a good time, I feel happy my presentation is going well and no one will throw vegetables or shoes at me. Time for addition. I and Pukar are asking each other random questions on addition. Then come subtraction, multiplication, algebraic expressions.

The presentation goes well. I feel a little sad when I have to step down. I feel that I could have kept the audience entertained with mathematics quite a while longer! Thanks Pukar, my father and mother, and my teachers for making this happen. Now it is time for me to listen to others.


Click here to learn more about Spiny Babbler.

ECOWEEK & 7 Days of Genius in Sarajevo, Bosnia, & Herzegovina

by Elias Messinas.

ECOWEEK’s Sarajevo, Bosnia, & Herzegovina event took place at NETWORKS hub in downtown Sarajevo on Friday March 11th and was co-organized with NGO LIFT. The event was moderated by the LIFT team headed by Nedim Mutevelic. Click here to learn more about the event.

Following a short introduction on ECOWEEK by ECOWEEK founding chairman Elias Messinas over Skype, 4 established projects were presented:

  • ‘Spatial Initiatives in Maria’s Yard-Maria’s Bench’ by Nedim Mutevelic
  • ‘Channeling Ideas through Javorwood Festival’ by Mersel Bujak
  • ‘Sociocultural Awareness of Architecture Artistic Projects’ by Dr. Seneka Ibrisimbegovic
  • ‘Reimagining Coworking and Collaboration’ by Edin Mehic

The second part included the presentation of 4 younger projects:

  • ‘Setup Street Workout Visoko’ by Adina Sahinovic
  • ‘Dobre Kote – Urban Community Center’  by Ifran Salihagic
  • ‘M1-Mobile Museum’ by Tea Gastan
  • ‘ARCIS – Automatic Remote Irrigation System’ by Armin Roksa

You can learn more about the speakers here.

The project ARCIS – Automatic Remote Irrigation System by Armin Roksa was voted by the participants as the genius idea of the event. Check out the project:

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By Elias Messinas.

ECOWEEK’s Thessaloniki event took place at TECHNOPOLIS Hub in Pylea Thessaloniki, on Monday March 7th. The event was co- organized with Nanotypos, and in cooperation with AKTO School of Arts and Design and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE. The event was moderated by ECOWEEK Associate Despoina Kouinoglou and was livestreamed. Check out the event program here:

Following a short introduction on ECOWEEK, 5 experts shared their innovative projects:

  • EU funding opportunities’ by Giannis Tsitsopoulos
  • Innovative projects at the International University’ by Ioanna Simeonidou
  • Smart Eco- solutions for innovative applications’ by Electra Papadopoulo
  • Innovative uses of polymer materials’ by Prof. Dimitrios Bikiaris
  • Dangerous digital habits’ by Dr. Alexis Papadimitriou

Later in the day, 4 young projects were presented:

  • Sustainable Solution for Floods’ by Astrit Rraci, Kosovo
  • SenseLAB’ touching upon issues of handicap understanding of space by Ena Hadzic and Maja Ibrahimpasic, Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Homelessness: a design challenge’ by Christina Petsiou and ECOWEEK workshop team W7
  • Garden of Fairy Tales’ on open public space (Lina Kapeta).

Learn more about the speakers here.

The project of Astrit Rraci from Kosovo, offering a sustainable solution for floods using new materials and exploiting the water flow to recycle water and produce energy, was voted by the participants as the genius idea of the event. Check out the project here!

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ECOWEEK & 7 Days of Genius in Bucharest, Romania

ECOWEEK’s Seven Days of Genius event in Bucharest, co-organized with NGO University, took place at Seneca Anticafe downtown Bucharest on March 10th. The event was moderated by ECOWEEK Associate Radu Negulescu. You can learn more about the event program here.

Following a short introduction on ECOWEEK, the event included a series of presentations by young entrepreneurs. Here are some of the projects that were presented:

  •  ‘Parking People’ by Liviu Chelcea and Ioana Iancu
  • ‘Bucharest Green Lakes’ by Ioana Tudora
  • ‘Clay Houses’ by Catalin Berescu
  • ‘Case VII’ by Natalia Negru
  • ‘Regaining Green Spaces in your Neighborhood’ by Laura Negulescu
  • ‘Creative Campus’ by Alexandru Vasiliu and Andrei Mihail

Click here to learn more about the speakers and their work!

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ECOWEEK & 7 Days of Genius in Jerusalem, Israel

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ECOWEEK’s Jerusalem event took place at the American Center in Jerusalem on Tuesday, March 8th and was co-organized with the American Embassy, JEST Hub and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE. The event took place on International Womens Day and was dedicated to women designers and social entrepreneurs. The event was moderated by ECOWEEK Founding Chairman Elias Messinas.

You can learn more about the event here.

Following a short introduction on ECOWEEK, 5 experts shared innovative projects in design hubs in the periphery (Braha Kunda and Dana Schneorsan), public involvement in the re-design of the Wohl Rose garden in Jerusalem (Yael Hamermann Solar), corporate involvement in design for the community (Galia Hanoch Roe), and urban sustainability and the sharing economy (Valerie Brachya).

Next, 4 young projects were presented, including the ‘JEST entrepreneurship hub in East Jerusalem’ by Rana Qutteineh, ‘Edible gardens in Jerusalem’ by Eva Lerman Sela, ‘Pink Electronics’ an electronics company run by women by Abeer Al Natsheh, ‘the Design Terminal in Yeruham’ by Hadar Momarud, and the ‘Eastern Mediterranean Environmental Coalition’ by Sophie Schor.

You can learn more about the speakers here.

The project of JEST Hub in East Jerusalem, presented by Rana Qutteineh, was voted by the participants as the genius idea of the event. Check out the project:

ECOWEEK & 7 Days of Genius in ATHENS, GREECE

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by Elias Messinas

The ECOWEEK Greece event took place at AKTO College for Art and Design in Athens, Greece on Saturday 5 March from10:00-17:00 in cooperation with LoveGreece.gr, Mamidakis Foundation, Design Lobby, ArchiSearch and the ECOWEEK GREENHOUSE. The event was moderated by ECOWEEK Associate Dimitris Nanos.

Click here to learn more about the program!

Following a short introduction on ECOWEEK, 3 established projects were presented: ‘Design Initiatives in Public Space’ (Thomas Doxiadis), ‘One Planet Living by Bioregional’ (Benjamin Gill), and ‘Materialize it!’ on nanotechnology (Konstantinos Giannakopoulos).

During the second part of the event, 4 young projects were presented, introducing a diversity of ideas including ‘Refugee Hospitality Center’ (Spiros Koulias), ‘Instant Urbanity’ an urban intervention in the center of Athens to enhance the sense of community (Evi Saflagioura), ‘Sustainable Solution for Floods’ (Astrit Rraci, Kosovo), ‘Prototype design for kindergarten’ (Argyris Amerikanos), and ‘Designing a Better World’ by GloVo – global volunteer platform – initiative (Nikos Foros).

Click here to learn about the speakers.

The winner:

The project of Astrit Rraci from Kosovo, which offers a sustainable solution for floods using new materials and exploiting the water flow to recycle water and produce energy, was voted by the participants as the genius idea of the event. Learn more about the project:

Preparing the Children at Spiny Babbler

by Anuttama Sharma

On Tuesday, 8 March, 2016, I was called “Teacher” for the first time ever when the students of Spiny Babbler asking me my name, addressed me so. I had gone to Spiny Babbler in order to assist and guide the students prepare presentations for the Genius Event. Only a little way into each of their presentations, I could see that they were all very talented. Content of most of their presentations exceeded the level of knowledge and ability a student their age would normally be expected to have, by quite a margin. Abiksha at 8 years, knew of all the chemical elements in the periodic table, and each of their symbols and atomic numbers. In addition, she could play 11 different tunes in the flute continuously for about 30 minutes.

Also, the students were very attentive to the feedback I gave and sincere in working them into their presentations. Nitya and Pukar, who were both very good in answering mental mathematics questions, usually took time in forming questions on the spot (which was rather strange as it was not the answers that they had difficulty with). After providing them a few suggestions, they took on to themselves to create an underlying structure to their questions in a manner that the they were fresh but easier to ask. If they went blank at any point, they would still have another basis of forming the required questions in time.

Another thing that was very impressive and pleasantly surprising was that when the students who finished preparing as per the feedback, or had nothing else to do, didn’t just run along and play unlike a few other children I have seen. In fact one of the students, Sanjeev, who did not have any task at hand and was actually ill at the time, innocently came up to me and asked, “Teacher, what should I do?”, when he saw me assign other students some additional tasks.

In the few hours that I spent at Spiny Babbler, I could see that each of the children had their own distinct personality: Kusuma was a bit shy, Shaswat more confident, they were all in all intelligent, helpful, sincere, hardworking, and an extremely friendly bunch. And the time I spent with them, therefore, was a refreshing, new and a positively unexpected experience.



Click here to learn more about Spiny Babbler.

Pitch Night as part of the 92Y 7 Days Festival held in Berlin, Germany

The DO School was busy preparing its new campus and global headquarters for a wonderful evening last Monday, March 14, as part of 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius global events series.

The night celebrated three different occasions – each of which tied directly into the #thatsgenius ethos core to the 92Y 7 Days of Genius festival. One of the reasons to celebrate was the evening saw venture pitches by our current crop of Fellows. In three minutes, they tried to rally up audience (and impact investor!) support for their ventures tackling some of the most pressing global issues.

Brought together from 15 countries around the world for our Connection Challenge, given by Messe Berlin – each Fellow’s venture has moved through the DO School Method to now be ready for launch once they return home. When they do they will join a network of over 240 DO School Fellow ventures in 70+ countries.

Our second driver for celebration was our official public launch of our brand new campus in Berlin. Followers of the DO School may remember that our last full campus in Hamburg –served us incredibly well. We’re now happy to report that we are in similarly comfy and inspiring digs in Berlin.

And finally, we’re proud that our event served as one of the closing events to the global 7 Days of Genius festival. With events on every continent save for Antarctica it is fantastic to be able to bring our programs for innovation and skills-oriented education into such a diverse and impactful array of programs dedicated to cultivating genius.

Click here to see the original post about the Do School event.


The Genius of Communication

by Marissa Shorenstein

As Mark Twain once said, “Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered, either by themselves or by others.” Although this literary genius made this observation over a century ago, this remains true, particularly in the many underserved communities across the United States.

Too often in poor neighborhoods and isolated areas, potential geniuses miss out on opportunities to achieve success in the future. In other words, the cards are stacked against them.

In today’s ever-changing tech landscape, every young person should be able to safely and efficiently take advantage of what technology has to offer: to communicate and use the power of connection for good. AT&T’s Aspire initiative is reaching out to underserved communities to ensure that students can connect with opportunities to better their future.

Technology creates more unique learning opportunities for more people and better prepares our youth for a more innovative workforce. It is changing the way we communicate, how we work and how we play.

And with the estimated 2.5 billion additional people that will be connected to the “knowledge economy” by 2030, it is our job to ensure that everyone can connect and communicate in this modern world.

Being connected can leverage opportunities for geniuses to shine. That is why it is incumbent upon us to identify and develop new partnerships to better meet and fill these gaps. Companies and nonprofits have the ability to cross collaborate, and develop programs that can unlock and provide more resources for underserved communities, thereby creating more opportunities for future generations.

As a company, we are committed to finding new ways to enhance technology and people’s general ability to communicate with one another. Whether it is bringing mobile-high speed Internet into the classroom or developing more mentorship programs in key communities, we want to make it easier for people to keep up.

The 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius” is a celebration of big thinkers, achievers, and the people of the world who have an unwavering determination to change it. Let’s help more geniuses get discovered, either by themselves or with the help of others.

Geniuses exist everywhere. It is incumbent upon us to make sure they can be discovered, and that everyone regardless of background has the opportunity to succeed.

Marissa Shorenstein is the president of AT&T in New York. AT&T is proud sponsor of 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius” Livestream and On-Demand.

Speech Spark Salon-Genius Week Time of Discovery in Liberia

By Gwendolyn Myers

The Speech Spark Salon-Genius Week Time of Discovery in Liberia (March 5-11, 2016) was hosted by Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP) in close collaboration with the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. The week included radio talk shows, outreach in schools, communities and an inter-high school debate between St. Peters Lutheran High School and Len Millar High School on the active involvement of youth in the quest for gender equality to achieve planet 50-50 by 2030.

The occasion was graced by Swedish Ambassador Lena Nordström, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection’s Cllr. Deweh Gray (Vice-Chair of the Law Reform Commission), Lawrence Yealue from the West Africa Representative-Accountability Lab, and community development specialist Windor Dorkor Tarplah, as well as students from 15 high schools, press, etc.

The winning team from Len Millar High School emphasized the need to nurture young people in order to achieve the agenda 2030, planet 50-50.

The debate sparked a lot of genius ideas on how to empower and partner with young people in the quest for peace, security, and gender equality. A highlight of the debate was the need for more education on gender parity. Most of the participants had limited knowledge on issues of gender.

At Messengers of Peace-Liberia Inc (MOP), we have our work cut out for us, given the need to take gender, peace and security education to another level. This time around, primary school children! We need to start from the basics if planet 50-50 by 2030 is to be accomplished.

Here are some photos from the event:

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The winning team with guests at the event

Cross-section of studnets and youth at the program in Liberia

Gwendolyn Myers delivering official Genius Week Message in Liberia

7 Days of Genius Saturday Recap

A recap from yesterday! Check out some exciting events that happened around the world on March 12th:

  • In Anchorage, Alaska, the Anchorage Museum hosted a workshop on how to create your own hydroponic garden. Vertical Harvest Hydroponics joined Spark!Lab to talk about the genius of creative design through their innovative approach to making hydroponic gardening in Alaska more accessible.

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  • In Nairobi, Kenya, Global Minimum‘s Innovate Kenya held an innovation workshop for students at the Kivuli Center/Creatives Garage.

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  • In Nepal, the nonprofit Spiny Babbler continued to bring together governments, schools, pre-schools, and shelters to unearth young geniuses and showcase their ideas and their solutions for a nation that is suffering.
  • In Philadelphia, PA, the Free Library wrapped up its week of Genius programming with three events: a one-on-one writers’ coaching with Apiary Magazine, a workshop with the writers from Metropolarity about living under capitalism/militarism and using that as an inspiration for writing, and a reading and Q & A with metropolarity and friends.

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  • Continue to stay tuned to #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global partners. More Genius events will be happening around the world in the coming days.
  • Some photos from 7 Days of Genius in Liberia earlier this week:

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Sixth & I Synagogue in Washington DC Invited Three MacArthur Fellows to Speak About Their Pioneering Work as it Relates to Immigration

The historic synagogue Sixth & I, in partnership with 7 Days of Genius, and in collaboration with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in honor of the 35th anniversary of the MacArthur Fellows Program, invited three Fellows—Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Sarajevo-born author Aleksandar Hemon, and Assistant to the President and Director of the Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz, who is the daughter of immigrants from Bolivia—to talk about their pioneering work as it relates to immigration. The conversation was moderated by Cecilia Conrad, the Managing Director of the Fellows Program.

Click here to watch the event!

Adichie is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus; Half of a Yellow Sun; Americanah, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction; the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck; and We Should All Be Feminists, a TED talk which was later published as a book. In her other TED talk, which has 9.7 million views, she warns of the danger of a “single story.”

Hemon is the author of The Lazarus Project, a finalist for the National Book Award, and the short story collections The Question of Bruno, Nowhere Man, and Love and Obstacles. He visited Chicago in 1992, intending to stay for a few of months. While there, Sarajevo came under siege, and he was unable to return home. He wrote his first story in English in 1995.

Muñoz is a longtime leader in immigration and civil rights policy who now oversees the domestic policy-making process in the White House. Before joining the Administration, she served as Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights organization.

Conrad had a distinguished career as both an economics professor and an administrator at Pomona College before joining the MacArthur Foundation. A winner of California’s Carnegie Professor of the Year award, Conrad’s academic research focuses on the effects of race and gender on economic status.

This program was made possible by the generosity of the Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies.

Below are some photos from the event. Photos taken by Bruce Guthrie.

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In Bangalore, India, over 300 Young Women & Men Joined Together to Appreciate Women and Learn About Gender Equality

by Sailesh Singhal

On the occasion of International Women’s Day and 7 Days of Genius Week, Student Council of St. Joseph’s College, in collaboration with Step It Up for Gender Equality, World We Want and 92Y, celebrated, honored and appreciated the women of our community.

On 9th March 2016 early in the morning at 7.30 am, more than 300 young women and men joined us for an outreach program. The outreach program was based on the theme of our celebrations – appreciate the women around us. We chose to divide ourselves into various groups, took on the jackets and brooms, wore gloves, and went on an expedition to clean the city streets early in the morning as done by the BBMP women workers. As reported, the women BBMP workers get 50% less as compared to the male worker. We met as many as we could, thanked them for their endless services and shared the message of A Clean City through our mission. We also took immense pride in cleaning our college campus. We also strengthened the women maintenance staff team. I took an opportunity on IWD 2016 celebrations to share the message and vision of our SDG 2030 and Goal 5 widely among these 300+ young men and women.

In the afternoon, we invited 150 women and young girls from that section of the society who has been providing relentless services to the society yet as women they are never accepted. These women were orphans, BBMP women workers, sex workers, acid attack survivors, household workers and college maintenance staff. These women had been invited as the Chief Guest of the event. We screened an inspirational kannada (local language) movie  “Gulabi Talkies” for them, provided each one of them with Lunch and respected their work by listening to all of them and by giving a gift. These women have taken due pride on being invited to such an esteemed institution and on receiving such hospitality and love.

We had a small discussion with these women, as it’s equally important to involve the marginalized women of our society in the forefront of our vision of 2030. Listening to the grievances of each one of them, we realized the aged women get out-tracked from the support of government due to which, these women are exposed to death on the streets.

Here are some photos from the day:

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Thousands of Young Students, Boys & Girls, Joined DYDF in Bangladesh for Three Genius Week Events Focused on Gender Equality

Dhrubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF) organized three events in Bangladesh at Noakhali Science & Technology University, Sylhet Sahid Minar, Kazi Jalaluddin High School, Sylhet.

Thousands of young students, boys and girls, joined the events, as well as the Honorable Deputy Director of the Women’s Development Department, the Honorable Deputy Direct of the Youth Development Department, and the Vice Chancellor.  

The events included rallies, seminars, panel discussions, a Human Chain to build awareness of issues, and a debate competition to find out solutions to problems. The local administration promised that they will use the findings from the events. Print and electronic media covered the events. 

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Raising The Bar Hosted 4 Genius Events in NYC, and You Can Listen to Them All as Podcasts

Raising the Bar is a worldwide initiative aimed at making education a part of a city’s popular culture. They create one of a kind, knowledge-drive events in unusual locations. In New York City, they partnered with 92Y to put together four events as part of this year’s 7 Days of Genius Festival. All of the events were sold out! Good news is they are now all available as podcasts. Check it out:

  • Transforming Health with Small Data‘ by Deborah Estrin, Professor of Computer Science, Cornell Tech —-> Podcast
  • ‘Scents and Sensibility’ by Stuart Firestein, Professor of Biological Sciences, Columbia University —-> Podcast
  • ‘Decision Making & the Brain’ by Moran Cerf, professor of neuroscience and business, Kellogg School of Management —> Podcast
  • Disrupting the Status Quo’ by Leyla Acaroglu, Sustainability Provocateur, Designer and Sociologist —> Podcast

And here are some photos from the events:

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7 Days of Genius Friday Recap

A recap from yesterday. Check out some of the 7 Days of Genius events that happened around the world:

  • In Detroit, MI, Ponyride‘s residents and founding leaders offered examples and advice for growing genius ideas into a business at a workshop called “Ingenius Incubation”.

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  • At Impact Hub Rome, three individuals who have excelled in different field engaged an audience with their stories about times in their lives when they felt they had discovered their personal genius.

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  • We also received some beautiful photos from events that happened earlier this week!

In Bangladesh:

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And in New York City:

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Continue to follow #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global partners exploring genius solutions around the world!

A Brazilian Meal of Genius

By Daniel Lewis.

Brazil1Our meal of genius was three-course; an appetizer of an innovative political education platform called Politize; a main course of IDoCode hands-on programming training; and a desert of an all-in-one emergency services app called SOS Fácil. After each course was tasted, a panel of experts gave their feedback and questions to figure out what truly made these recipes, genius.

Politics for People who Don’t do Politics

Diego Calegari, the state secretary of education of Santa Catarina has brought politics to the masses through his political education platform; Politize. Politize works to ensure that the people effected by politics understand it. Politize takes complex topics and boils them down to accessible, bite-sized pieces that anyone can digest, it turns political theater into informed politics.


Learning…is fun?

Many see programming as the language of the future. Leonardo Zambaldi plans to make that future a reality with I Do Code; a code school based out of Florianopolis that teaches coding to kids and adults through everyone’s favorite medium: games. I Do Code is working to create the next generation of Brazilian coders; upgrading kids from just playing their games to actually making them!


Connected EMS

Nowadays, you can hail a taxi, a taco, and even a litter of kittens but medical services are stuck in the 911—operator age. Claudia Toledo’s solution for this is an app called SOS Fácil. SOS Facil gives the patient all the necessary information to battle any illness. It knows which hospitals are closer, busier and which have the necessary facilities to treat a given condition. It’s a doctor’s office in your pocket with all of your medical information, doctor ratings and even built in videochat so that the medical process is made both simple and transparent.


A delicious meal indeed!

To Expose the Truth of Mental Hospitals, Nellie Bly Feigned Insanity to Study One

Big Think is partnering with 92Y to bring you a video series on female genius as part of its 7 Days of Genius Festival.

Published on Mar 9, 2016

Nellie Bly’s achievements are truly outsized: she spoke out for women’s rights, feigned insanity to expose the truth of mental health treatment, and travelled around the world in less than 80 days.

7 Days of Genius Thursday Recap

A recap from yesterday. Check out some of the 7 Days of Genius events that happened around the world:

  • In Guatemala, Grafiaetc and Movillidad hosted a pitch night around the topic of genius ideas in mobility. Groups delivered their business models and the mentors selected the most interesting project. The winners won a prize to implement their project in an incubator.

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  • Meanwhile, in El Salvador and Honduras, groups got together to watch the live stream of the event in Guatemala!
  • At the Central Synagogue in New York City, Rabbi Geoff Mitelman & Stevel Gimbel, author of “Einstein’s Jewish Science” got together for a lecture on Genius, Einstein, & Judaism. They discussed how Judaism influenced Einstein’s unique brand of genius and where science and religion can meet.
  • At the same time, UN Women and Dhubotara Youth Development Foundation (DYDF) hosted a workshop in Bangladesh. The workshop focused on finding a youth led genius solution to gender equality.
  • In Florianopolis, Brazil, three Brazilian entrepreneurs used the Pecha Kucha, 20×20 format to share their ideas of how we can use technology for the greater good. Afterwards, they field on-the-spot questions and feedback from the audience.
  • And lastly, in the United Kingdom, UN Women and Global Allithia Limited, a diplomatic consultancy that engages governments to adopt the sustainable development goals and further the 2030 agenda, engaged global leaders to discuss disruptive solutions that bring out the true ‘genius’ in all.

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Continue to follow #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global partners exploring genius solutions around the world!

Be A Genius! Move Ahead, Make A Difference – Let Nothing Stand in Your Way: 7 Days of Genius in Lahore, Pakistan

Be A Genius! Move Ahead, Make A Difference – Let Nothing Stand in Your Way: Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality was held at UCP School of Media Studies in Lahore, Pakistan. The event was organized by Youth Revolution Clan in Collaborations with 92Y, UN Interagency network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender and Cultural Infusion as a celebration of 7 Days of Genius. The event reflected on how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, how to come forward and bring genius solutions to build the momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals. The Event equally focused on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.

 Member of the National Assembly Ms. Shaista Parvez and Youth of Pakistan took a pledge to solve the Gender Disparity Issues by providing Genius Solutions to Achieve the Gender Equality Goal of the United Nations.

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7 Days of Genius Wednesday Recap

A recap from yesterday. Check out some of the 7 Days of Genius events that happened around the world:

  • In Mexico City, Impact Hub and Movillidad hosted a pitch night around the topic of genius ideas in mobility.

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  • At the Whizin Center for Continuing Education in Los Angeles, CA, historian and author John Paul Thornton identified and exposed the profound secret lessons that existed within some of the masterpieces of the world’s greatest master-artists.
  • Meanwhile, in NYC Think Olio celebebrated an unknown genius. Nancy Cunard was a genius flapper, muse, and poet of the Jazz Age. Learn more about Nancy and the event here!
  • Mexico City wasn’t the only city where people were pitching their genius ideas last night. In Budapest, Impact Hub hosted a pro action cafe on genius ideas, an evening with creative and inspirational conversations where participants were invited to share ideas and get input to help move from questions to action.
  • In Liberia, UN Women & Messengers for Peace co-hosted an event with a series of activities such as debate, poem recitation, cultural dance & more.
  • And in Nepal, Spiny Babbler brought together individuals from the government, schools, pre-schools, and shelters to unearth young geniuses and showcase their ideas and their solutions for a nation that is suffering.
  • And continue to follow #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global UN Women partners exploring genius solutions to gender inequality. Here’s a couple of the amazing tweets you’ll find:

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An Update from 7 Days of Genius in Nepal

by Sanjog Thakuri


Greetings from Nepal

Yesterday to mark International Women’s Day coordinating with various Youth organizations, Yuwalaya organized a Men’s March against Violence against Women and Girls. More than 100 men on Tuesday held a march in Lalitpur expressing their commitment against violence against women and girls. More than 15 youth organisations had joined hands to hold the Men’s March: Men against Violence against Women and Girls, on the occasion of the 106th International Women’s Day.

One of the participants was prominent human rights activist and former member of the National Human Rights Commission Gauri Pradhan. Pradhan addressed a corner assembly concluding the rally and said gender equality in the nation was impossible unless men realise their role for rights of women in their households, communities and workplaces. The rally had begun from Lagankhel and passed through Kumaripati, Jawalakhel, Pulchok and Mangalbazaar before converging into the assembly at the Patan Durbar Square.

More than 50 women had supported the event by joining the concluding assembly. Speaking at the event, member duo of the National Women Commission Urmila Devi Bishwokarma and Dhaneshwory Chaudhary said the Commission was ready to support organisations and men in general who express solidarity in combating violence against girls and women.

Youth poets Nawaraj Parajuli, Rupesh Bhattarai and Saurav Basyal had recited poets on violence against women and girls.

President of Yuwalaya, the organisation coordinating the event, Sanjog Thakuri said the men’s solidarity for gender equality was imperative to establish an equitable world as envisaged by the Sustainable Development Goals (2015-30). 

Young Women welcomed all the men participants of the rally by giving them an orange colored balloon which symbolizes the commitment to ending gender-based violence. The team of volunteers also collected the Genius Ideas from the audiences and participants which we are documenting right now and will share with you soon.

Note: Men’s March is an initiative of Yuwalaya started in 2015 (first of it’s kind in Nepal) to generate an awareness on importance of Men’s role on ending gender based stereotype and violence.



An Update From 7 Days of Genius Satellite Event Hosts in Liberia


Our Genius week campaign in Liberia started today with radio talk shows ongoing in Liberia on gender equality. It was very interactive and youth as well as adults fully engaged us this morning. The momentum is high now! The stage has been set for us to actively engage the public on the quest for gender equality in Liberia with youth total involvement through the 7 Days of Genius solutions. We are using our speech and spark to beautify the fight for gender equality. 

And check out these photos from the morning radio show:



Overhauling Gifted Ed: Schools, Feds, Researchers Race to Better Identify Top Students of Color

by CAROLYN PHENICIE. Originally published on The Seventy Four. March 03, 2016.

Updated March 3This is one article in a series that examines gifted education, classroom creativity and geniuses in society. (See our full genius archive) The 74 is a proud media partner of the 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius,” a global series of events orchestrated to explore “the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world” running March 5-12. See events

The face of the American student is changing, and schools across the country are scrambling to keep up, providing additional services for the growing number of students in poverty and offering English language instruction to children who start school speaking dozens of languages.

After decades of working under the mandates of No Child Left Behind to raise all students’ achievement to a minimum level, schools and education leaders are increasingly turning their attention to the brightest children among the ever-diversifying student body.

It’s work that’s clearly needed: Black and Hispanic children represent 40 percent of students, but 26 percent of those enrolled in gifted and talented programs at schools that offer them, according to federal statistics from the 2011-12 school year.

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#AnonymousGenius: Helen B. Taussig

The Nightingale-Bamford School celebrates 7 Days of Genius by sharing work from their Anonymous Project. As part of the Open Doors Leadership Program, every girl from Kindergarten through Class XII has researched, studied, and created a project celebrating the life and work of a female leader whose achievements have been elided by history.  In the lead up to 92Y’s Genius Festival, we’ll highlight some of these overlooked and anonymous female geniuses.

Helen B. Taussig (1898-1986) was the American cardiologist who founded the field of pediatric cardiology.  She was also the first woman to ever be named President of the American Heart Association! Read more about her below.

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Genius Hour: A New Campaign to Bake Creativity Into the School Week

Original article published on The Seventy Four.

This is one article in a series that examines gifted education, classroom creativity and geniuses in society. (See our full genius archive) The 74 is a proud media partner of the 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius,” a global series of events orchestrated to explore “the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world” running March 5-12. See events

An open canvas plastered with bright blue poster paper lined the back door of Mr. Mark Maglione’s classroom at Lillian Drive Elementary School in Hazlet, New Jersey, as the multigrade teacher began the school’s first-ever “Genius Hour” last September. “In a perfect world, if you could study anything you wanted in school, what would it be?” he asked the gathered anxious third- and fourth-graders on that Friday afternoon.

Maglione recalls that the small hands started raising slowly, and then all at once, as the kids erupted with a diverse mix of responses, his students’ enthusiasm growing louder and more specific. Like all great geniuses, their ideas knew no bounds, ranging from how to build a model World War II fighter plane to using a swivel camera to record a presentation on their Chromebooks.

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7 Days of Genius Floripa as a Lifestyle


By Daniel Lewis

If Hawaii and Silicon Valley had a baby that baby would be Florianopolis. Florianopolis (Floripa to the locals) is a city of about 400,000 in southern Brazil. It’s famous for having Brazil’s highest reported quality of life and has hopes of becoming Brazil’s very own Silicon Valley.

But what really makes Florianopolis so special? To find out, I went to talk to a few people who decided to move to Florianopolis for the next chapter of their lives.

Thiago — Developer

Where are you from?

São Paolo.

What drew you to Florianopolis?

Well, Floripa has a higher quality of life and lots more start-ups and free time without all of the pressures and traffic of a big city.

What’s surprised you the most so far?

People are friendlier and usually better educated here. They like to work and have fun. In Sao Paolo, people leave work at 7-8PM, sit in traffic, eat dinner and go to sleep. Here, people really enjoy their lives.

Victor — College Student

How long have you lived in Floripa?

Four years.

In those four years, what have been your favorite things about Florianopolis?

Something I really like about Floripa is that it’s filled with lots of smaller companies where the goals can change and your voice is heard. I’m from a city outside of Sao Paolo, and all of the companies there are massive corporations—you just get lost in them.

Daniel — Me!

I’m an American who’s been living in Florianopolis for about 6 months. What’s stood out to me is Floripa’s natural beauty. A few hours of traffic here can easily become a wonderful wilderness tour—with the added bird calls of wailing horns and revving motorcycles. All of this is what makes Florianopolis so special.

Behind Our Favorite Children’s Books, a Woman Who Championed Imagination

Big Think is partnering with 92Y to bring you a video series on female genius as part of its 7 Days of Genius Festival.

Some of our most timeless children’s books — The Giving Tree, Charlotte’s Web, Where the Wild Things Are, Goodnight Moon — are the result of the little-known publisher Ursula Nordstrom. Check out this video to learn more about her!

7 Days of Genius: Tuesday Recap

More great genius happenings online and around the world today:

  • Raising the Bar hosted two events in NYC: one on decision-making & the brain with Moran Cerf and the other on disrupting the status quo with Leyla Acaroglu. Both events were sold out!
  • In honor of International Women’s Day, 92Y and Mental Floss co-hosted a Twitter chat on #anonymousgenius exploring some of the most important, but often overlooked geniuses that have improved our world as we know it. Check out Mental Floss’s shout-out to all the lady geniuses who invented things we can’t live without
  • The Chicago Humanities Festival hosted a 7 Days of Genius Event where Irvine Welsh, author of Trainspotting, discussed his distinctive literary style and influences with Jessa Crispin.
  • In Israel, ECOWEEK hosted a full day workshop to explore the idea of design and social good. The event included presentations by young and established architects, landscape architects, innovators, designers, and researchers from East and West Jerusalem.
  • In Denmark, an international youth movement, AYUDH, partnered with UN Women to put together an event called “Geniuses Across Borders: Stepping it Up for Gender Equality”.
  • And continue to follow #thatsgenius to see the great tweets from our global UN Women partners exploring genius solutions to gender inequality. Here’s a couple of the amazing tweets you’ll find:

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The DO School Participates in 7 Days of Genius with a Gathering Focused on Social Innovation and Changemaking

This Sunday, March 6 the DO School brought together NYC university students participating in our Innovate NYC program for Gathering #3. The agenda for the day emphasized the development of the students’ social innovation and changemaking skills – working their way through the DO School Method to ensure they are fully prepared for the Shared Resource Challenge being given by New York City Economic Development Corporation coming this June.

The emphasis of the day made the opportunities for engaging 92Y’s 7 Days of Genius festival unmistakable. The #thatsgenius ethos of the 7 Days festival enabled us to bring in special guests like Shana Dressler, Director at Google’s 30 Weeks, to share lessons and insights with the students, as they worked their way through a “NewWater” challenge – getting NYC community members to think differently about where their water is sourced.

As New York City’s first experiential education program bringing together students from across such a broad range of schools,[i] Innovate NYC will build upon the strength of the diverse backgrounds of its students to both deliver on the Shared Resource Challenge while also teaching them universally valuable skills in a truly tangible way.  Special thanks to Conscious Company Magazine for providing support by making a year’s worth of issues available to the students at our gathering.

After a great day at 30 Weeks and working towards our #thatsgenius result the DO School is excited to look to next Monday, when our Berlin campus opening & pitch night will be one of the final events for the 7 Days of Genius festival. Our Innovate NYC students meanwhile will enjoy their spring breaks before reconvening in April for our next chapter.

[i] [1] Students are participating from the following NYC universities: Borough of Manhattan Community College, Brooklyn Law School, John Jay College of Criminal JusticeColumbia University, The Cooper Union, Fordham University, Guttman Community College, Macaulay Honors College, The New School, & New York University.

2 Geniuses, 2 Americas: Why I Want My Students to Read Ta-Nehisi Coates But Believe Lin-Manuel Miranda

by Robert Pondiscio. Original article published on The Seventy Four. March 3, 2016.

This is one article in a series that examines gifted education, classroom creativity and geniuses in society. (See our full genius archive) The 74 is a proud media partner of the 92nd Street Y’s “7 Days of Genius,” a global series of events orchestrated to explore “the power of genius to make a positive impact on the world” running March 5-12. See events

I have no idea if Lin-Manuel Miranda has read Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me”; nor am I aware if Coates has seen Miranda’s “Hamilton” on Broadway. But it would be fascinating to listen to the two of them discuss each other’s work and their views on what it means to be young, black or brown, and American today.
All of us who work in classrooms with children of color would be richer if we could eavesdrop on such an exchange.
The parallels are striking. Both are young men of color who have created two of the most praised and dissected cultural works of the moment. Both were recent and richly deserving Macarthur Foundation “genius grant” recipients. Each turns his creative lens on our nation. But their respective visions of America signaled through their work, could scarcely be more different.
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