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Shilpa Alva

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Surge in Chicago

Providing Safe Water

PRESENTED ON JUN 03, 2014
IN CHICAGO @ VOL 30

1 in 9 of us do not have access to safe water. 9,800 of us die each day as a result of water-borne diseases; most of these victims are children less than 5 years old. Shilpa Alva talks about educational and awareness programs that reach thousands of people in our community their global impact.

 

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Field Notes

BY NORA AMES
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Nora Ames talks about connectivity, left and right brains and how a conversation on this led to a pioneering program for young architects and students called FieldNotes.

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Brown M&Ms

BY MARE SWALLOW
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Mare Swallow gives some vital advice on successful job applications. Watch out for those brown M&Ms next time you are looking for work.  

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Primitive Hut

BY JOHN JUNG
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

John Jung has discovered a primitive hut on Chicago's Northerly Island.  Where did it come from, who lives there and what do they do there? John answers these questions.  Kind of.  Sort of.

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Gadget Obsessions

BY SANJIB SAHOO
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Sanjib Sahoo tells the story of how a self proclaimed "guy from a small town in India" gets to do something pretty amazing and changes the way Wall Street does business.

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Making His Parents Proud

BY SAM MECHLING
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Sam Mechling's parents had such high hopes for him on his second birthday. Here's how it turns out for them.  The rest of us might want to figure out how to get on Sam's Christmas card list.

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Designing for FLOTUS

BY MARIA PINTO
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Maria Pinto talks about crowd funding to invogorate her business model (which includes designing for the First Lady, Michelle Obama).

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What is a MOOC?

BY MICHAL CLEMENTS
@ VOL 29 ON MAR 04, 2014

Michal Clements jumps off bridges and does deep dives into Emily Dickinson. It's all in the name of leaping into the world of MOOCs.

This presentation was part of an evening partnership with the Penn Club of Chicago. Michal served as the 2014 President of the Club.

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Arts and Crafts of the State Fair

BY PHILIP BERGER
IN CHICAGO

From butter sculpting of local beauty princesses, impressionist quilting, to the home made cakes from scratch. 

Philip Berger discusses of the arts and crafts that he discovered at the Minnesota State fair. Learning that there is no clear definition of art and craft, along with the celebration of locally grown agriculture. 

 

CHICAGO Blog

Providing Safe Water

“There are 800 million people who lack access to water, and 2.5 billion without a toilet.”
Shilpa Alva co-founded and directs Surge: an organisation focused on bringing safe water and sanitation to those in need. In “Providing Safe Water” from PKN Chicago Vol. 30 Shilpa speaks on the creation of Surge, the plight of those without clean water or plumbing, and how she and her colleagues are enacting positive change.

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About the City's Organizers

  • Peter Exley

    Advocate for architecture for children, Peter Exley FAIA has created an internationally recognized architecture and design practice, which elevates the standards of design for public space and learning environments through the construction of new paradigms in pedagogy, play and participatory experience. Hailing from Yorkshire, he arrived in Chicago for a year in 1985. He has been there ever since, and founded ArchitectureIsFun on April Fools' Day 1994. He is an adjunct Professor in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture & Designed Objects and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the co-host of PechaKucha Night Chicago and was the 2013 President of AIA Chicago.

  • Thorsten Bösch

    President and Co-Founder of visualizedconcepts inc. in 2003, he arrived in Chicago 1996 via Hamburg, Passau + Konstanz.

  • Sharon Exley

    Procurer of Art, Beauty & Curiosity Sharon and her team at Fun Finders, a women-owned practice bring art, beauty, curiosity and experience to homes, businesses, museums, libraries, and public entities. With Architecture Is Fun, Sharon elevates environments to sophisticated interiors and educative design™ across the US and internationally.

  • Steven Haulenbeek

    I am a Chicago based designer and artist working in the fields of furniture, lighting, accessories, experimental/process-based objects and events.

  • Michael Genge

    I'm a bike obsessed designer and master of all things wheeled.

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