Culture Club

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  • Sunday, February 27, 2011
  • DIY and the Non Profit World
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
  • Upstairs Stage

In this discussion, we meet with a diverse group of non-profit professionals all working to make positive change locally and internationally. Each one will talk about their organization and about the collaborations and connections they make to bring attention to their mission. They'll talk about the creativity needed and scrappy DIY attitude it takes to work in non-profit worlds. Come join the conversation learn more about using what you already love and do for positive, social change.

Andie Grace
Andie Grace manages Burning Man's Communications Department and its year-round Regional Network. This dual role engages her in many of the ways Burning Man speaks to the world - to its participant community, to the media, online, through photography and filmmaking, in print, and through the multitude of activities that define Burning Man Regional groups and other year-round community efforts.

About Burning Man:

Burning Man LogoBurning Man is an annual event held in the Black Rock Desert, during which 50,000 people assemble to build a temporary city dedicated to art and self-expression. The impact of the Burning Man experience has been so profound that a culture has formed around it, and what began as a week in the Nevada desert has grown beyond the boundaries of the event, emerging as a year-round global community and a cultural movement. It has been the incubator for several spinoff organizations, including the Black Rock Arts Foundation, devoted to interactive art; Black Rock Solar, which focuses on expanding the use of renewable energy through installation, art, education, and job training, and Burners Without Borders, facilitating Burner activism and civic engagement around the world.

Invisible Children, Inc.
Alexander Collins, Artist Liaison/Tour Coordinator

Invisible Children is a social, political and global movement using the transformative power of story to change lives. By inspiring youth culture to value creativity, idealism and sacrifice, the movement fuels the most effective, adaptable and innovative programs in the world. Programs on the ground focus on long-term development through education and economic opportunities, while awareness and advocacy efforts focus on educating and inspiring the Western world to use their unique voice for change. The organization was created after the release of the 2004 film Invisible Children: Rough Cut, a revealing documentary about the plight of child soldiers in northern Uganda. For more information, visit

Krochet Kids
Nic Lauten, Community Involvement

Krochet Kids International is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower people to rise above poverty. In order to do this, we employ impoverished women in Uganda, teach them how to crochet, and sell the products that they make back here in the United States. The women receive a fair wage that allows them to save, as well as training and mentoring to help the decide what they will do after their time at Krochet Kids so they no longer have to be reliant on aid organizations.

Bay Area Girls Rock Camp
Carey Fay-Horowitz, Founding and Executive Director

The Bay Area Girls Rock Camp (BAGRC) is an Oakland-based nonprofit dedicated to empowering girls through music, promoting an environment that fosters self-confidence, creativity and teamwork. The BAGRC strives to challenge gender stereotypes, encourage collaboration and tolerance among peers, and provide a comfortable space for people of all backgrounds to express themselves

BAGRC offers programming throughout the year in which girls between 8 and 18 years-old learn to play instruments, form bands, collaboratively write original songs, and perform their songs at a live venue in front of hundreds of adoring fans.

826 Valencia
Justin Carder, Pirate Store Manager and Publishing Director

About 826: Founded in 2002 by author Dave Eggers and educator Nínive Calegari, 826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers get their students excited about the writing. Our work is based on the understanding that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success and that great leaps in learning can be made when skilled tutors work one-on-one with students.

Justin Carder, Pirate Store Manager and Publishing Director, started interning at 826 Valencia in the Summer of 2007 and hasn’t left since. After studying theater at College of Marin (with, among others, the “Log Lady” from Twin Peaks) and earning a BA in Political Science from UC Santa Cruz, Justin heard and could not help but heed the call of the high seas. In addition to his role as the go-to-guy for the San Franciscan Working Buccaneer, Justin enjoys painting and playing drums.