Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nuru Project and Acumen Fund

Let me tell you about Nuru Project.

Nuru Project leverages photography as an agent for social change in the developing world through the sale of donated photographs at gallery exhibitions. Revenue from the sale of each print at a Nuru Project gallery event goes back to a worthy organization operating in the country where the photograph was taken, thus connecting photographer, gallery go-er, and subject in a unique cycle.

Last night, Chris, Daniel, Omri, and I (all Nuru Project Founders) attended the kickoff event for Young Professionals for Acumen Fund at Saks Fifth Avenue.

For those unfamiliar, Acumen Fund is amazing. They describe themselves as "a non-profit global venture fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solves the problems of poverty. Acumen Fund's investments focus on delivering affordable, critical goods and services - like health, water, housing and evergy - through innovative, market-oriented approaches."

The Young Professionals for Acumen Fund is "a growing community of over 200 young professionals who seek to support Aumen Fund's mission of transformative business to solve the probelms of poverty in the developing world."

It's all very interesting stuff and we were honored to be invited by Acumen's Molly Alexander. Wine tasting following brief addresses by John Coatsworth, Dean at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, and by Acumen Fund Fellow Catherine Casey. Catherine related her experiences working in Nairobi, Kenya with Sustainable Healthcare Foundation, a micro-franchise healthcare and drug distribution chain, a story that resonated with us at Nuru Project as our first show back in February was in response to the post-election violence in Kenya.

We at Nuru hope to tap the level of excitement that we witnessed last night among such a dynamic group of young people focused around working for change for the world's poor. And we look forward to working directly with Acumen in future.

So come out on Nov 20th at 6pm at DCTV in TriBeCa and join us!


First Blog Posting

There it is. I am officially a blogger.

Stay tuned...