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5 Typography Tips for Every Presenter

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Scott Schwertly’s article 5 Typography Tips for Every Presenter is a brief, yet important reminder on the essentials of any well-written business communication. His article also serves as a wake-up call to the power of typography, saying, “the sad reality is that even though today’s presenter has control over type, most don’t quite understand –much less utilize – it is an art form.” 

The Power of Networking

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The power of networking is the one common ingredient to success. Networking is something we all innately do, but any successful professional must network with a purpose within the confines of the work environment. It must become an integral part of daily life. In our modern day world of social media, we like to do everything via the Internet, but at the end of the day, it is good old-fashioned networking that ultimately helps the most. 

4 Keys to Creating the Ultimate Presentation Deck

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Marisa Wong’s 4 Keys to Creating the Ultimate Presentation Deck provides a simple yet eloquent review of the necessities of any good presentation. Although they seem quite obvious when one casually reads the four simple components of a good powerpoint, too many presentations are still, in Wong’s words, “boring, long-winded and just plain painful to look at.” Since nobody enjoys being the speaker boring audiences, it is not surprising that articles and tip guides such as Marisa Wong’s are still commonly used resources by inexperienced presenters. 

"How to Identify and Learn from Your Mistakes"

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There’s a psychological study that tells us that people who are perfect are not as well liked as people who are flawed. As humans, while we may all strive and yearn for perfection, we are inevitably doomed to fail and make mistakes, even stupid mistakes that we wish to, but cannot, avoid. But making mistakes isn’t as terrifying as it sounds and is the source of human growth.

Mini-Grants Recap: Discussing the Strategic and Political Challenges to Arms Control in the Middle East

Ala Alrababah (second from left) along with other panelists

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here. 

Presenting at a panel and a scholarly conference on my research was a particularly valuable experience. My research, which I did while interning at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, focused on the strategic and political challenges to arms control in the Middle East. I discussed the traditional challenges that existed before the Arab uprisings. 

One main challenge is the trust deficit among countries in the Middle East, which prevents them from cooperating on arms control. Another challenge relates to timing. Should arms control be implemented before or after a lasting peace agreement in the Middle East? Moreover, specific countries have their own concerns with arms control. 

Mini-Grants Recap: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference

Leehi Yona (second from right) at a press conference
during the COP19 United Nations climate conference in
Warsaw.

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here.

My experience at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference (UNFCCC COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, was indescribable. I'm deeply interested in the intersectionality of climate change from social, political, scientific, and health-related perspectives, and being given the opportunity to attend a series of international negotiations helped ground my understanding of the policies surrounding these issues.

Mini-Grants Recap: Student Reactions after Attending the UN Social Good Summit

Digital Media Lounge

This opportunity was funded by the Rockefeller Mini-Grants Program. For more information, please click here.

I learned a lot about activism and how to get people involved and excited about issues in a new world of technology. Personally, one of the most influential insights for me was the theme of empowerment over awareness. I had always imagined the world of activism revolving around of the issue of getting people to care. Progress seemed dependent on the age-old question of whether people were inherently good or bad; either people would plow ahead with the classic “build it and they will come” mentality, or they would sign off altogether, convinced that others could not be brought to raise their attention off their own lives. 

Mini-Grants Recap: Student Reactions after attending Powershift

Dartmouth Undergraduates that attended Powershift 2013

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"Powershift 2013 will be one of my enduring memories as an environmentalist during college. It was utterly inspiring and humbling to be present and part of a movement that is ever growing and powerful. From multi-faith services to the logistics of setting up worker-owned cooperatives, the break out sessions were practical and motivational in equal measure. I particularly appreciated the sessions aimed at fossil fuel divestment student organizers, of which I am one. It's a small but growing movement at Dartmouth, and it was so powerful to be in a room with hundreds of other students working on the same thing. I have already worked again with some of the students I met there, and anticipate further collaboration in the future."

--Morgan Curtis '14

Mini-Grants Recap: Powershift - Putting a Face to the Environmental Movement

Powershifters asking for peace

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Held on from October 18th to the 21st, Powershift put a face to the environmental movement. It's not about saving the polar bears for me anymore, it's about stopping our obsession with consuming fracked fuels that are polluting the lands of Candi and her tribe in North Dakota, making the air unbreathable and the land toxic. It's about the women in Tanzania who spend 50% of their income on fuel for cooking because deforestation has hiked up the prices and they have no alternatives to turn to. 

Mini-Grants Recap: Becoming a Part of a National Political Advocacy Movement

Asher speaks at the student session of the
J Street National Conference.

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This past September, I had the privilege of attending the J Street National Conference. There, I had the opportunity to engage in deep and substantive discussions about US foreign policy in the Middle East. But for me, what was even more exciting was the opportunity to lobby Members of Congress to support Secretary Kerry’s efforts to help the Israelis and Palestinians reach a two-state solution. That provided me a forum to put my values into action in the political realm.

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