An EPIC Night Out

The past six weeks have been pretty intense here at EPIC, and this blog post is long overdue (sorry Jamie!).  I don’t want to bore you with the details of how I’ve been spending every minute of every day, but there have been a few developments that are as exciting as they are pivotal for EPIC.

There’s this thing called photovoice-   Thomas wrote a blog post about it a while back.  Photovoice is 50% photo-essay and 50% sociology project, and I’m 100% obsessed with it.  It started like this: the EPIC team was having coffee with Nate Rosenblat (one of our awesome advisors) and talking about our academic “sweet spots.”  It was basically an hour and a half of nerding out, and it set off a chain of lightning-strike inspiration that led to Photovoice Iraq: Picturing Change.  There were some real Mad Men moments (Don Draper would have swirled his brandy in approval)!

But getting back to business, I can’t tell you too much about it right now, but it involves Iraqi youth, cameras and some big picture questions! 

The International Relations (IR) nerd in me is doing cartwheels, while my story-loving side cheers her on.  This project is the perfect combination between information gathering and art, and I’m spending my summer working on it from all angles!  We’ve come up with a fundraising campaign that is just as exciting as the project itself.  I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say it’s going to be worthy of our name.  (Which is EPIC, remember?)

And our Boards of Directors and Advisors think so too.  Jamie, Brent, Thomas, and I had the opportunity to attend a board meeting and present our project.  At first I was really intimidated- I’ve only been here a few weeks and now I’m going present a newly developed project to our board?! #internproblems.  

In all seriousness though, it turned out to be one of the coolest things I’ve done so far.  In the words of Erik, we had a room full of brains, and got to pick them all for feedback.  If you want to learn more about the impressive people working behind the scenes to make EPIC a success, check out our Board of Directors page and our Board of Advisors page. Overall everyone loved the idea.  Of course there has since been some tweaking, but that’s the creative process for you.

Since that meeting, I’ve only gotten MORE excited about Picturing Change.  Stay in contact with us to learn more every week as we gear up for our grand reveal!  We’ll be sure to make announcements on this blog, but if you want up to the minute, breaking news updates, you should “Like” us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter!  And please give us some feedback while you’re at it, we love to hear from you!

That’s the latest from here at EPIC!
Annie out.

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