Tough Love Workshop: Prose for Beginners
- Upshur Street Books, Washington D.C.
The Intentional Quarterly and BYBS are joining forces to bring you an evening of thought-provoking speeches at the Dunes in DC. Kate Jenkins and Alison Lea Sher, the ladies behind The Intentional and BYBS, have selected 10 young, local up-and-comers who are working to leave their footprints on the District. These speakers will ignite your ears with TED-style, Pecha Kutcha-eque lightning talks that share their passions, their experiences, and their perspectives. Each six minute talk will be accompanied with slides that help convey stories designed to inspire and teach. Think of Next Up DC as the introduction of these bright voices to our community of friends (...that's you!) in DC.
The audience gets to vote for the most entertaining speaker. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize. All other proceeds from Next Up DC will benefit The Intentional and BYBS in their upcoming media ventures, which are centered on twenty-somethings and their unique challenges and opportunities.
MC Aaron Anderson will introduce each speaker with jokes and his very pretty face. DJ Adrian Loving will spin for us following the presentations at 9 pm, and of course, copies of The Intentional will be available for sale.
Come support this showcase of D.C.'s young finest!
Next Up DC
Thursday, July 11
1402 Meridian Place NW
$10 online and at the door
List of speakers:
Camden Place is a Washington, DC based artist whose work addresses the influence of popular media on personal identity. He received his MFA from American University and is the co-founder and director of Delicious Spectacle, a gallery in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of DC.
Matt Laslo is a radio journalist who provides congressional coverage to about a dozen NPR member stations. Matt says he survives D.C. politics by embracing D.C. bands.
Michael Youngblood is the co-founder of Unsettle, a real estate startup that intends to develop residential communities that attract and support the most creative, entrepreneurial leaders of this generation. He's the managing editor of Innovations journal and consults some of the world's most recognized universities, foundations, and organizations on entrepreneurship and innovation.
Audrey Mathias of iStrategy Labs is an exemplar of the new breed of internet professional--part marketing guru, part social media aficionado, part digital culture personality. Her work demands an ongoing reinvention of self-expression in response to the ever changing environment of contemporary communications technologies.
Maggie Lemere is passionate about storytelling: she compiled and edited a book of oral histories about Burma, composed refugees' stories in West Africa, and wrote a “people’s history” of successful U.S.-Cuban educational and artistic exchanges. Her book, Nowhere To Be Home: Narratives from Survivors of Burma’s Military Regime (McSweeney’s & Voice of Witness) gives an intimate look into the lives of 22 human rights abuse survivors from Burma, including migrant workers, journalists and youth activists.
Alana Ramo brainstorms creative ways to lift up the nonprofit sector for greater impact using the principles of entrepreneurship, philanthropy and technology. Alana works on the Social Innovation team at the Case Foundation and is a GOOD Local chapter leader for Washington, D.C.
Regina Anderson works at LIFT, a national antipoverty organization as the Senior Manager of Talent and Culture and is dedicated to helping her community through collaboration for action. She is also an advisory board member with Scrap DC, a creative reuse organization helping people rethink how they see everyday materials.
Kate Jenkins is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Intentional, a quarterly print magazine that uses topical articles, essays, fiction, and featured art to capture the twenty-something experience and examine innovations that might augment quality of life for millennials. Prior to her transformation into a writer, editor, cultural entrepreneur, and ideas woman, she worked in international development and microfinance.
Alison Sher is a writer, performance artist, food lover, and one of the three professionally-driven vagabonds behind BYBS (which stands for Be You Be Sure). Shortly after Next Up DC, she will travel the U.S. with her partners Alexa Rosenthal and Gina Gibbons to create a mixed-media positive documentary on the DIY ethos of the Millennial generation.
About your host:
Aaron Anderson, entrepreneur, is the owner/operator of Heights and Beyond, an athletic training service for special needs children. He has been a professional MC for three years, hosting hundreds of parties around DC, is training for the Olympics, and is in the process of starting his second business.
The Intentional is a print literary and culture magazine that supports emerging writers and prizes approachability.