Lest you think that the end of my job at Planned Parenthood meant the end of my globetrotting… I have got my own personal world tour coming up in March. I will be out of town on 3 different trips for a total of 15 days.
- I will be doing a presentation for work on network-centric advocacy for IFIWatchNet, which “connects organisations worldwide which are monitoring international financial institutions (IFIs) such as the World Bank, the IMF, and regional development banks.” This is a great organization that is doing great work, and it’s a great place to apply network-centric thinking.
Oh, and by the way this meeting will be in Montevideo, URUGUAY! It will be a short but amazing trip for me. I have been across the U.S. and I have been to Europe, but this will be my first time in South America, the developing world, or the southern hemisphere of this large planet. I can’t wait to practice my Spanglish, and that’s just the beginning of this short (3 days there, 1.5 days in transit) adventure.
You can learn more about my trip from looking at my ‘montevideo’ bookmarks.
- The same day I get back from Montevideo, I will depart for a 6-day trip to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive. This is one of the most fabulous and creative conferences you can attend, so I’m pretty excited about that.
Plus I get to visit the Texan branch of my family!
- Finally, after 6 days back at home I will fly to Seattle for the National Technology Conference. This is the standard industry conference for nonprofit techies (my peeps). I am looking forward to seeing Seattle for the first time, and to seeing many of my friends who will be there, but after Montevideo and Austin, these 4 days will be a like a restful break for me.
Meanwhile there is a small matter of basketball going on! UNC women are now #1 in the nation, and Ivory Latta can taste the NCAA championship. The men are #2 in the ACC and we’re getting better with every game recently, so I think we could be a contender for that title and should make a strong showing in the NCAA as well. Wish me luck in getting to see any of it. 😉