Purpose SXSW 2012 Proposals

Here are the SXSW 2012 presentation proposals from, and our sister organization, All Out:

James Slezak: Creative Energy: Renewing the fight for renewables
Jeremy Heimans & Alnoor Ladha: Doing Good Globally: Cosmopolitan Activism
Stephanie Gerson: Social Design Fractals
Lee-Sean Huang & Alessandra Orofino: DIY Design for Social Innovation
Wesley Adams: Foundations for Change: Structuring Social Good

We look forward to your comments and thanks in advance for your votes.


Purpose hiring senior positions

Purpose is actively hunting for a senior Movement Strategy Director and a CTO among our top priority hires. We’re also on the lookout for great talent for a Finance Manager, Creative Director, Developers, and Project Mangers – full list.

For Movement strategy Director, we want someone who can architect major projects for clients, and create and run new partnerships and incubated ventures. As you know, our 3 core disciplines are marketing/communications, strategy consulting and political organizing — so the ideal candidate will be very strong in at least one of these areas (e.g. a super talented political organizer who has helped to start or build a movement organization). Full job description

For CTO, we’re looking for a world-class team leader to oversee all aspects of technology, from the overall vision, to the buy/build/integrate decision-making process, to development and deployment of the organization’s applications and web presence, and management and growth of the technology team. Demonstrated interest in technology for social change and mass digital participation is a must. Full job description

Please let me know if anyone springs to mind – whether currently employed or not. For the right person, these roles are an opportunity to shape and direct major areas of a rapidly growing (approaching 50 people) organization.

We’re also offering a finder’s fee of $5k to the person who makes the referral (cheaper than hiring a recruiting firm) as a token of thanks.


Capoeira Journal 10 Aug 2011

I went to morning class for the first time today. The class was taught by Faisão, and it was a great way to start the day. Before class I had a breakfast of pain au chocolat from a bakery in Essex Market. It was pretty good, but still not as good as Ceci Cela, or the now defunct Bouley Bakery.

Anyway, look forward to going to more morning classes when my schedule permits, especially since I’ve been working so much this week I haven’t been able to make it in the evenings. I like how the morning classes have an extended warm up session on mats. If I can ever manage to get myself up early enough, it would be something I could do at home too.

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Capoeira Journal – 4 Aug 2011

I’m finally taking Ari’s advice to heart and writing a capoeira journal. I have tons of notebooks all over the place, but I lose them or get them mixed up with my other notes. I think blogging about it will make it easier for me.

Three firsts this week:

First time getting elbowed in the face. It was kind of my fault for not blocking, but I learned a valuable lesson that I will remember. Thanks LC! Tip from Ari: use your elbows to block your partner’s elbow and knee, it’s more subtle and less aggressive than using your hands. My cheek is still a little sore,

First time doing a pull up. I was inspired by a blogpost I stumbled upon on Art of Manliness and decided to go for it. I was I was at the academy taking a break by a horizontal bar and just pulled myself up. This is certainly not something I could have done a year ago. Next step is trying to do 2 in a row. Looking to build upper body strength in general so I can do queda de rins into a tesoura, like we were doing on Tuesday night in class.

First time doing a handstand away from a wall. After Ari giving me a valuable tip of folding my body more and getting my feet closer to my hands before I go up, I was able to go up into a handstand. It seems that the trick is thinking more about up, rather than forward. Forward is fine for doing a handstand on a wall, where the wall is there to catch you, but up is where it’s all about.

Another lesson learned this week, Grilo taught us how to do a tesoura while guarding the family jewels. Valuable tip indeed.

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