20/20 is intended to further engage, inspire and encourage creatives to make a difference in their communities. 20/20 showcases what's possible when creative professionals use
their talents for good.
Rick Valicenti from Moving Design and Thirst
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel from Academy for Global Citizenship
Janet Northen and Jenny Nicholson from SPENT
2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL
Thursday, September 22, 2011
6:00-9:00pm, speakers begin at 7:00pm-8:15pm
RICK VALICENTI | Moving Design
Moving Design inspires and elevates the culture of communication around our most pressing social and environmental issues. We are a coalition of designers and artists, working with community partners, leading initiatives that inspire change through the power of design. We use creativity as a catalyst for change, moving our community to action.
Rick Valicenti is the founder and design director of Thirst/Chicago, a communication design firm devoted to art, function and real human presence. Rick was recently awarded the American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA) Medal in 2006 for his sustained contribution to design excellence and development of the profession. This medal is the highest honor in the graphic design profession.
SARAH ELIZABETH IPPEL | Academy for Global Citizenship
Sarah Elizabeth Ippel is the Founder and Executive Director of the Academy for Global Citizenship, a Chicago Public Elementary School that opened in 2008, on the city's underserved Southwest side. AGC's mission is to empower children to become active global citizens by positively impacting their community and the world beyond.
The Academy for Global Citizenship was founded with an ardent commitment to environmental sustainability and is internationally recognized for its model green school initiatives which include daily organic breakfast and lunch, a 5 kW solar learning laboratory, schoolyard habitat and vegetable garden, rain barrels, composting, yoga, nutrition education, a faculty wellness program, walking school bus and comprehensive sustainability curriculum. The most recent addition to the Academy for Global Citizenship was a green roof chicken coop, housing three rescued hens, located next to the school's wind turbine.
JANET NORTHEN & JENNY NICHOLSON | Spent
Even in the current economy, assumptions about poverty and homelessness abound such as "I'll never be in that situation" or "If I were struggling, I'd figure out something." McKinney and Urban Ministries of Durham challenge those beliefs with the launch of SPENT, an online game that uses social media to educate people about poverty, homelessness and UMD.
SPENT has been played more than one million times. It's been played in 194 countries, from the United States to Uruguay to Ukraine. Educators across the country have played SPENT with the students in their classes. A prominent credit card company used SPENT to help their employees build empathy for the people they call about overdue payments.
The game has raised more than $20,000 for Urban Ministries of Durham, all from donors they never would have reached before. After playing SPENT, a client at Urban Ministries of Durham looked up and said, "That's my life. You captured my life." SPENT has helped more than a million people out there understand exactly what she means.
Janet Northen and Jenny Nicholson are part of the team at McKinney who created SPENT.
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2210 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60622
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