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Leslie Ruyle

Associate Research Scientist and Assistant Director, Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas

How can Entrepreneurship in a region of Conflict, limited Connectivity, and Conservation concern (EC3) help people and protect the environment? Leslie Ruyle is testing this idea in Beni, North Kivu close to the border of Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This location provides an excellent example of Entrepreneurship in the 3C context. Virunga is a World Heritage Site (Conservation), the electricity comes primarily from generators and there are no paved roads in the province (Connectivity), and the region has been in conflict for over 20 years (Conflict).

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I’d like to tell you a story

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

The magnificence in truth-telling and the healing power it offers the community. Speaking authentically can be one of the greatest gifts and challenges we face. Learn what happens when respectful listening meets acceptance in some of the toughest classrooms. Kate Fly believes that truth has the power to heal - it’s up to all of us whether we choose to make the courageous leap forward to make a change. 

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Posture/Gesture: Paintings of Laurie Lisonbee

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

Laurie Lisonbee shows artworks of the human figure in yoga postures as metaphors for states of being. Depictions of bodily contortions and mudras of the hand are crafted into relic-like objects.  From art historical sources, junk piles, and yoga practice, Lisonbee derives a painting process akin to devotional meditation.

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Positive Approach to Turning the Trend of Distracted Driving

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

After a student lost his life from a driver texting in College Station, TX, Marci Corry decided to make an impact on safe driving in communities throughout Texas. After researching behavior change and observing that her young children responded well with positive reinforcement, Corry decided to encourage people in a positive way to stay off their phones while driving. She founded SAFE 2 SAVE in October 2016.

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Changing the World, One Young Person at a Time

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 25, 2018

Adults are often quick to make decisions that affect young people or on their behalves. They take for granted that children, even very young ones, have strong ideas about the world and their place in it. In this presentation, Dawn Jourdan seeks to explore and advocate for a stronger role for youth in decision making.

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Building More than Houses

@ VOL 15 ON JUN 05, 2018

Madeline Zwicke and Carl Orozco talk about their experiences working with Habitat for Humanity in Bryan/College Station, Texas. 

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Volunteering Rules!

@ VOL 15 ON JUN 05, 2018

Margot Newcomb discusses her life as a rule follower. "I love a law, guideline, rule, commandment, and an instruction. In fact, the PechaKucha presentation appeals to me because it has specific instructions. I will discuss my love of a good edict and how it has led to over 20 years of volunteering." Margot talks about the organization she works with, Mobility Worldwide - Brazos Valley. 

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Ryan's Challenge

@ VOL 15 ON JUN 05, 2018

Kyle Dolliver talks about the organization he started with his wife to save their son Ryan’s life. Their mission is to raise awareness and fund research to cure vascular Ehler-Danlos Syndrome and their vision is to create a world where vascular Ehlers-Danolos Symdrome no longer has a negative impact on children and families.

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Aggieland Pets with a Purpose

@ VOL 15 ON JUN 05, 2018

Kit Darling talks about how her organization's trained pets share their unconditional love to enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of members of their community. Aggieland Pets With A Purpose is a non-profit volunteer organization.




About the City's Organizers

  • Carol LaFayette

    Carol LaFayette is Director of the Texas A&M Institute for Applied Creativity, a forum for collaborators across domains and disciplines intent on creating a radiant future. She's an artist who works with scientists to invent unique ways to experience interconnections of flora, fauna, and phenomena in rural areas. She leads the NSF-supported Network for Sciences, Engineering, Arts, and Design (SEAD), that has also been supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. Her artwork is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She has exhibited her work worldwide, including LAB '11, Sweden; SIGGRAPH '02, '08 and '09; Zebra Poetry on Film, Berlin; Filmstock, UK; and Solomon Projects, Atlanta. Reviews of her artwork have been published in "BBC Technology News," "Chronicle of Higher Education" and "Wired."

  • Jennifer Robertson

    Coordinator at Institute for Applied Creativity, Texas A&M University; Writer, director, actor, classic film blogger, jewelry designer, nail art addict, mother.

  • Marie Marchand

    Marie works for Advent GX, a Community and Economic Development company in Downtown Bryan. She supports entrepreneurship and innovation. She is from Belgium; she loves traveling, meeting new friends, going for walks and listening to great stories.