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his isn’t the most flattering photo of me. It’s not the most recent either. I chose it because it was taken during my first return to the canyonlands of Utah, a place that changed my life. During the winter of 2008, I spent 35 days camping in the deserts of Utah, trying to figure out who I really was and where I was going. By the time I left, I was a different person– motivated, sure of myself and confident that I could do something meaningful with my life. That’s why I chose this photo. Visiting new places, experiencing new things and meeting new people made me a different, better person. The work that fills this book reflects those changes as well as who I really am both as a person and as a professional.



Facing: Red rock towers in Arches National Park in Moab, Utah. Below: Ducks come in for a landing in a pond in Branchville, SC.


A Town Looks Up...

Way Up Bioalianza, a Colombian biotechnology firm, hopes to change the lives of hundreds of farmers in the town of Girardota.


armers from Medellín’s rural outskirts are gearing up for a chance to help put planes in the sky and space shuttles into orbit, and all they need are a few beans. This September, farmers from villages surrounding the town of Girardota in the Colombian department of Antioquia met with Colombian alternative energy startup Bioalianza to consider joining a program offering a monthly salary for growing castor, a plant involved in production of over 700 industrial products from lipstick to aircraft lubricants. “Bioalianza makes its priority the development of the Colombian countryside; how we can ensure greater equality for its habitants,” claims Bioalianza president David Marchesini while presenting his project, which emphasizes environmental and community sustainability, to the crowd of curious campesinos. It’s a lofty goal to be sure, especially given the nation’s long history of exploiting its poorest citizens and squandering its abundant natural resources. Nonetheless, most local families remain optimistic. “We hope that it brings change,” says María Caños Zapata, a local resident. “There is so much land to work here.” According to Bioalianza’s estimate, up to 70% of the community’s arable land lies dormant. It’s a shocking amount given the area’s reliance on


Left: A landowner waits patiently for the start of Bioalianza’s presentation in Girardota, Colombia.

agriculture. Most locals are subsistence farmers. “How can we be poor in the middle of such richness?” asks Fernando Córdoba, candidate for the mayor of Girardota, while drumming up electoral support from the crowd. “That’s where Bioalianza comes in.” Job security would undoubtedly be a boon to the community. Despite proximity to Medellín, Colombia’s second largest city, rural areas near Girardota received electricity and telephone service only within the last 20 years.

“How can we be poor in the middle of such richness?” “People are very interested,” remarks Manuel Rincón Valencia, who signed up to participate in the program. “This will improve quality of life and provide a steady income; it could be the push that we need to bring development.” Some are skeptical that enough of the money will

go to the families that earn it. Corruption in both the public and private sectors is rampant throughout Colombia. “We’re not that close to the city, so money destined for our communities always end up somewhere else,” argues Fernando Castillón Hoyos, noting that the dirt roads that connect farming communities with Girardota are paved according to public funding records. Nonetheless, Bioalianza’s offer tempts compared to the alternative. Current staple crops like potatoes, onions and beans barely provide enough food and income for some families to survive. “They pay us very little for what we grow now,” said Jorge Luís Carmona, who plans to sell most of his land for castor production. “People have to grow enough to sell and enough to feed their families.” Therein lies the historical risk of bio-fuel production. When farmers dedicate too much of their land to inedible crops, the local food supply suffers. Marchesini brushes off the suggestion that residents might go hungry, noting that Bioalianza discourages participants from growing only castor. “Besides,” he says, “the first thing that we will

Below: Carolina Henao, Chief of Research for Bioalianza, explains the details of the program to interested landowners.

Above: Residents listen intently as employees of Bioalianza explain their project for producing biofuels from castor oil.

Right: Hundreds of curious farmers arrive from surrounding villages. Many came with the hopes of renting their land for castor production, while others simply wanted to visit friends and family.


provide is help with basic necessities. Then, true sustainability becomes a possibility.” Bioalianza guarantees technical assistance for participating families to ensure sustainable castor production and avoid the havoc wreaked on the Colombian countryside by haphazard subsistence farming. However, the feasibility of castor as a cash crop seems somewhat questionable considering that a byproduct of refined castor oil, ricin, is extremely toxic. Ricin also has a history of use in terrorist attacks, a potential concern for a country embroiled in seemingly perpetual civil war. Carlos Palacios, Bioalianza’s technical and agronomical advisor, tries to allay any fears, noting that toxic leftovers from the oil extraction process can be converted into potent herbicides or cooked to denature poisonous proteins. Besides, most concerns pale in comparison to castor’s value as both an economic driver and an


alternative energy source. Castor oil shows incredible potential as a clean and efficient combustible- even as a potential substitute for jet and rocket fuel. “We have so much land and we want to grow something that’s truly worth growing,” notes Rincón Valencia. “All we’re missing is an opportunity.” Sunlight fades on farming families signing up to join Bioalianza’s ambitious project as Girardota, a proxy for rapidly modernizing Colombia, finds itself at the crossroads between an agrarian lifestyle as old as civilization and a bold entry into the space age.

Right: Women listen intently as Bioalianza explains the social and environmental impacts expected from the increased cultivation of castor plants in the region. Below: Kids line up in the afternoon to enjoy a typical meal of rice, plantains and pork roast.

This Page: One of the “campesinos” interested in participating in Bioalianza’s program passes a pensive moment while agents answer questions from visitors.


Colombia is


Right: A boy and his llama stand in Bogotá’s Plaza Bolivar hoping to earn a few pesos by posing with tourists for photos.

Above: Students march in protest of the proposed Law 30, which would privatize the national university system.

Above: A couple dances during the New Year’s Eve celebration in the central plaza of Villa de Leyva.


Left: A young man participates in the annual “March of the Whores of Bogotá,” an irreverant protest supporting women’s rights, particularly protections against domestic and sexual violence.

Left: Visitors peruse the Paloquemao market in Bogotá.The market offers an astonishing array of produce, meats and dairy products for bargain prices– if you’re willing to negotiate.

Left: A traditional Good Friday procession fills the streets of Salento, a small mountain town in the coffee-growing region. Below: Friends lift a gigantic rainbow flag as the annual gay pride parade, held in June, begins in Bogotá.


Fruit of


One of a series of articles produced for Proexport, an agency promoting Colombian commerce abroad.


nited States importers of uchuvas, tangy, cherry-sized fruits dubbed goldenberries for their upcoming North American debut, hope the versatile berries live up to their optimistic English name. Already a popular fruit in Europe, where they go by their scientific name physalis, uchuvas are one of Colombia’s most promising new agricultural products abroad, benefiting from a huge push by Proexport, the national organization overseeing exports. Tart, juicy uchuvas are commonly eaten fresh or dried into a raisin-like treat. They also make unique cocktails, deserts, marmalades, wines and even homemade liquor known locally as “chicha.”


Above: Reynaldo Acevedo inspects an uchuva vine at his farm in the town of Ventaquemada in Colombia’s Boyacá department.

Lower Left: Uchuva plants grow with the support of a network of strings. Hanging the vines helps provide a clean and natural defense against pests and diseases.

The tiny, yellow-orange fruit grows best in cool high-mountain climates, with the bulk of Colombian production occurring in the mostly rural Boyacá department, thousands of meters above sea level. Reynaldo Acevedo started his uchuva farm in Ventaquemada, Boyacá eight years ago with the help of Proexport, and has been so successful he can barely keep up with demand. Luckily, he has a reliable buyer in Andes Export, an exotic fruit exporter that works closely with uchuva producers to ensure a quality product while also providing growers with economic stability via guaranteed weekly crop purchases. “Proexport and Andes Export helped us with everything from choosing land to training,” explained Acevedo. “They also tell us what products and chemicals can be used and how they have to be used.” Indeed, the uchuva stands out as an environmentally friendly crop as the hearty plants resist pests and disease fairly well on their own with proper care and maintenance. Organic farming is also on the rise. “I haven’t applied pesticides in a month,” noted Acevedo, who only uses pesticides when necessary. “It’s not organic, but it is a clean crop.” Soon, farmers like Acevedo might not use

pesticides at all. Andes Export plans to become the first Colombian company to sell fresh organic uchuvas starting next year. “We are training more and more farmers in organic farming,” said Andes Export agronomist Fernando Becerra. “The farmers are very enthusiastic.” Proexport even sent Acevedo to Germany and Switzerland last year to participate in conventions on organic farming. In addition to the push to go organic, a growing proportion of Colombian uchuva production is fair trade certified. The certification, which guarantees

“I haven’t applied pesticides in a month. It’s not organic, but it is a clean crop.” a living wage for farm workers among other things, allows exporters to charge a premium for the berries while boosting pay for growers and workers as well. Fifty of Andes Export’s 120 clients grow fair trade uchuvas. “The most important thing is that we deliver a cleaner fruit,” said Rafael Moreno, a fair trade uchuva grower. “We have excellent training for our employees and very high standards for our production.” Touring Andes Export’s packing and storage facilities stacked high with hundreds of cases of uchuvas ready for shipping highlights a healthy international

demand for the berry. The company moves 7,500 kilograms of uchuvas per week and consistently needs more supply. Steady demand means steady employment, and the uchuva industry is responsible for formally employing thousands of workers with full benefits while the vast majority of Colombia’s agricultural labor is informal. Also, most of the workers involved in uchuva production are women, a key to ensuring economic independence for female heads of household. All but a few of Andes Export’s employees are women. “Uchuvas generate employment for women, most of which have families. There is much unemployment, but uchuvas help a lot,” noted Moreno. The delicate fruits demand careful handling, which

means more employees are needed at every step from harvest to shipping. Uchuvas are usually harvested by hand using scissors, a labor-intensive measure to avoid damaging the berries. Quality control, similarly reliant on trained employees, involves individually opening the leafy shells that surround each fruit to check for ripeness. A continual year-round harvesting schedule also ensures constant employment and weekly income for growers and their workers. Plants can produce uchuvas for up to 18 months and most farms plant in rotation to maintain maximum output. Acevedo is optimistic that the recently approved free trade agreement between Colombia and the United States will boost the already high demand for

uchuvas. “The uchuva has a lot of good qualities and I hope the United States orders more now. I hope they like it,” he said. Andes Export also hopes that the uchuva will show off Colombia’s increasingly modern agricultural sector in front of an international audience. Explained Becerra, “We want the world to know that Colombia produces high quality product starting at the farm.” Given the industry’s meticulous standards, it should only be a matter of time.

Below: One of the women employed by Andesexport pulls back the leafy shell of an uchuva berry to check for diseases, molds or insects before approving it for export.


Portraits Right: Matt McCormick shows off his idea of

business casual on the steps of St. Philip’s church in downtown Charleston, SC, where he is the associate rector.

Below: Pipe Bueno, a Colombian pop singer, poses for a photoshoot in the Bogotá neighborhood of Usaquén after chatting about life, love and friendship for online magazine Kien y Ke.

Above: A baker at Sugar Bakery in


Charleston, SC shows of the reason behind the shop’s name. The store formed part of a wave of new businesses reviving the old Cannonborough neighborhood.

Above and Left: Colombian Rally Race Champion Nikolas Bedoya shows of his skills and poses in front of the stark beauty of the Tatacoa desert for a series of photos comissioned by JetSet magazine.


The stuff of

Dreams Colombian artist Nadín Ospina opens a dreamy new exhibition of heady pop art in Bogotá.


adín Ospina dreams about toys. And visitors to the Bogotá artist’s ethereal new exhibition, Oniria, on display in the gallery of the Universidad Jorge Lozano Tadeo, might feel the same way, as a stroll through the otherworldly collection of painted bronze figures indeed evokes a dreamlike sensation. Each boldly colored statuette populating the exhibit draws inspiration from classic toy figurines. The nostalgic characters bask under dramatic lighting, interspersed with replicas of world landmarks meant to represent souvenirs from vacations– the “toys” of adults. Cool and relaxing, the atmosphere suggests a museum display, a melancholy shrine to something from another era or another state of consciousness. “I’ve been interested in dreams as part of my creative process for a while,” explains Nadín of the inspiration for Oniria, a title referencing the Greek word for dreaming. “There is a technique of yoga that helps you to dream more consciously, even artistically, and things like these– toy-like objects– always show up in my dreams.” Nadín Ospina gained renown as an artist with visually jarring sculptures combining universally recognizable pop icons like Mickey Mouse and Bart Simspon with pre-Columbian artwork in a critique of the cultural homogenization that continues to dramatically reshape Colombian life. His newest work takes a decidedly more personal tone, focusing on dreams and memories, while not totally dispensing with the themes that define his career and his own past. Born and raised in the neighborhood now known as Galerias, one of Bogotá’s largest and oldest commercial centers, Ospina grew up on the frontlines of a cultural invasion. As North American and 15 influences gradually popped up around his European home, Ospina became fascinated with the appliances,

A Town Looks Up...

Way Up Bioalianza, a Colombian biotechnology firm, hopes to change the lives of hundreds of farmers in the town of Girardota.

Left: A landowner waits patiently for the start of Bioalianza’s presentation in Girardota, Colombia.

restaurants, department stores and, perhaps most importantly, toys that arrived from abroad. Tastes began to change, along with home décor, and Ospina remembers the mass-produced ceramics and miniature figurines that filled houses like his grandmother’s, an influence clearly felt in the Oniria exhibition. Despite the turbulent change surrounding him, Nadín remembers his childhood as happy and carefree, a sensation he recreates in his latest work, immersing viewers in a playful and innocent space. The innocence of youth wore of quickly as Ospina began college under pressure to pursue what his parents deemed a respectable career. They argued that studying art was tantamount to throwing his life away. Even his new professors discouraged him from continuing his studies, suggesting that his future in the art world was dim at best. “The head of the art program told me I should study something else so I wouldn’t waste any more of my parents’ money,” Ospina remembers. “This was the director of the program. They should have encouraged me.” Encouragement came soon enough, however, and Nadín’s critics were silenced when a curator from the Medellin Museum of Modern Art selected one of his pieces for an exhibition, where it received an honorable mention. With a foot in the door, Ospina began working harder than ever, and he cites the period between 1982 and 1985 as his most productive, though the solitude of working outside the university “bubble” took him

somewhat by surprise. Nadín credits his methodical, almost obsessive nature as an artist to the rigorous demands of his Jesuit schooling. Though less marked now than in the beginning of his career, his steadfastness occasionally earns him criticism for refusing to let go of ideas and inspirations. On the contrary, Ospina wonders if other Colombian artists might in fact be stuck, suggesting

“I kept hearing the word ‘arte’ and I thought, ‘why not?’” that, “they seem kidnapped by the situation of the country.” Indeed, Oniria avoids an explicit political message, though Nadín acknowledges that refusal to address Colombia’s socio-political climate becomes a statement in and of itself. Nonetheless, his latest work marks a break with the more overtly critical pieces of his past, representing a more mature artist at peace with the inevitability of multiculturalism. That peace seems reflected in his personality as well, as Nadín appears calm and even effervescent putting the final touches on his exhibition barely 24 hours before opening night. He casually jokes with janitors and offers gentle suggestions to college students setting up a video display. Admitting he was perhaps not always so relaxed, Nadín attributes much of his grounded attitude to his wife’s recent and ongoing battle with cancer, a painful experience that caused him to rethink his priorities. “I used to be even more obsessive, but I’m a little more relaxed

now. It’s liberating to realize what’s important,” he notes with genuine optimism. The quest to strengthen his nation’s cultural identity became tangible when efforts to accurately recreate the masterpieces of pre-Columbian civilization took Ospina to San Agustín, a small town known for producing accurate replicas of indigenous art. The town’s residents sold the pieces as souvenirs for tourists and occasionally as originals to unsuspecting buyers, but the civil conflict almost completely destroyed their business. “When I arrived at San Agustín, the town was in terrible shape. There was no tourism due to problems with the guerrillas, but they started working again for me and we started bringing back their considerable talents,” says Ospina. Like the stone artworks produced in San Agustín, many of the toys referenced in Oniria were produced as copies in Colombia. Each figurine was replicated over and over again from molds based on versions of the toys brought from Europe and North America, losing detail and quality but gaining a unique character. His newest exhibition then quietly returns to the same metaphors that define his career, reflecting the ever-changing culture of Colombia, degraded in some regards and strengthened in others. “There is some loss of our identity for sure, but our culture is strong and I think it’s a two way street. The third world is also infiltrating the first,” reminds Ospina. “The reality is that the future is a fusion of cultures and I think that, overall, that’s good.” Not quite surrender but hardly a call to revolution, it’s a fitting insight for an artist in a place of peace and profound personal awareness, accepting of realities while remaining keenly observant and gently critical. Oniria strikes a similarly delicate balance between ideas and aesthetics, grounded with a mature intentionality that compliments the ephemeral subject. Like the artist himself, the exhibition seems at once universal and undeniably Colombian, an ode to the past of a nation changed forever by modernization, and a guarantee that Nadín Ospina will help define the art of its future.

Facing: Nadín Opsina poses seems confident the day before his new exhibition, Oniria, opens in Bogotá. Left: Brightly colored figurines dot the art gallery at the Tadeo University connecting past and present, conscious and subconsious. (Photos by Richard Emblin)



Above: Friends try out some synchronized swinging at the SC State Fair in Columbia, SC.This photo won “Best in Show” in the USC National Press Photographers Association’s Fair Photo Contest.


Below: Theresa, of Newberry, SC, enjoys an enormous stuffed sheep after her victory in a water gun race.



very fall, the SC State Fair attracts thousands of people from around South Carolina to the Columbia fairgrounds to enjoy games, rides and delicious food. The vibrant event offers a perfect opportunity to capture some great photos of brilliant lights, smiling faces and neon colors.

Left: Sharon Heard, of Columbia SC, celebrates her bowling skills while her daughter (right) and granddaughter (left) look on. Below: A Columbia man lines up his shot carefully, hoping to take home a prize.The fair games are notoriously difficult to win, however.

Above: Testing one of the many unique foods available at the fair, a donut burger. Other heart attack-inducing treats include fried butter and fried oreos.


Victims no A Spanish-language article published in the column of the non-profit Nuevo Arco Iris on the website of prestigious Colombian news magazine ‘Revista Semana.’


ay pocas leyes que ofrezcan tantos beneficios y tantas complicaciones como la recién aprobada Ley de Víctimas, la cual intentó aclarar un poco Iván Palomino de la Corporación Arco Iris este Jueves en la Universidad de San Buenaventura en Bogotá. El abogado especialista en derechos de víctimas del conflicto armado explicó frente a un auditorio lleno de estudiantes y profesores que la ley representa una etapa importante para una gran parte de la población Colombiana que ha sido afectada por la violencia. “Estamos recién empezando a reconocer que hay víctimas,” dijo Palomino refiriéndose a la polémica Ley de Justicia y Paz. “Pasamos cinco años pensando solo en victimarios.” Por lo tanto la ley abre un camino para que personas desplazadas forzadamente en el conflicto Colombiano pueda recuperar sus tierras y pedir compensación monetaria para los daños recibidos a las manos de grupos armados. Aunque la ley sea bastante densa, contando con más de 200 artículos, queda muy claro que “lo que importa es la dignidad de la persona,” según Palomino.


“Las víctimas tienen derecho de participar en todos los aspectos de la implementación de la ley.” No obstante, la ley solo se puede aplicar a hechos violentos que sucedieron después del 1 de Enero del 1985 y perdidas de tierras ocurridas después del 1991. Las fechas relativamente recientes pueden volverse problemáticas tomando en cuenta que el conflicto armado comenzó hace mas de 40 años. De hecho, la consecuencia principal de la ley no necesariamente previene de la restitución y reparación físicas sino del simbolismo de reconocer finalmente a las personas amenazadas y desplazadas que han sido ignoradas por el gobierno durante décadas. “Hay un propósito y significado simbólico inocultable de la ley,” menciona Palomino comentando en la grave importancia de reconocimiento a las víctimas por parte del gobierno. El Gobierno Colombiano calcula que unos cuatro millones de personas son víctimas del conflicto armado, una cifra que muestra el profundo desafío de la realización de esta ley tanto como su importancia como paso primero en curar las heridas causadas por años de violencia.

Far Left: Antanas Mockus signs a pact agreeing to uphold the Victim’s Law, allowing land restitution for citizens displaced by Colombia’s civil war, during his campaign for mayor of Bogotá. He lost the election to Gustavo Petro.

Left: Bogotá’s mayor, Gustavo Petro, speaks during a mayoral debate organized by Nuevo Arco Iris. The mayor of Bogotá is considered Colombia’s second highest political office. 19



A tradition dating back generations and the man determined to make sure it stays alive.


or Durham Reeves, 62, of Reevesville, SC, Thanksgiving week just isn’t the same if he doesn’t reunite with friends, family, and a few new faces to cook enough cane syrup to last until next year. Every morning for the week, Reeves and his motley crew of cane growers grind, boil and bottle hundreds of gallons of syrup in a unique and timehonored tradition. Making syrup runs in the Reeves family for generations, but as Durham ages and looks for someone younger to take the reins, the fate of his annual gathering seems unclear.

Right: Special copper paddles help remove any impurities in the cane syrup to guarantee a smooth and light consistency. .

Above: The final step in preparing a batch of syrup, filtering through cloth removes any remaining unwanted material. What began as more than 100 gallons of cane juice ends as about 12 gallons of finished syrup. Left: Durham Reeves spends a moment pondering the future of his syrup-making tradition. After more than 35 years of getting together with family and friends, he hopes someone younger will soon take over the job.



Facing: A great blue heron looks for dinner in the marshes of Hobcaw Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Below: Sun pokes through the clouds above the Perito Moreno glacier in El Calafate, Argentina.


¿Qué es GDT?

El programa Gestión Democrática Territorial (GDT) de la Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris, impulsa el fortalecimiento de la cultura democrática en Colombia desde los espacios local, regional y nacional, promoviendo a su vez el desarrollo territorial. Contamos con ocho años de experiencia trabajando en comunidades e instituciones en territorios de Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Antioquia y otras regiones del país, construyendo organizaciones y redes sociales, ayudando a la formación ciudadana y fortaleciendo la interlocución sociedad Civil - Estado.

Business Communication Right: A special report explaining the recent efforts of the Territorial Democratic Development Program of Bogotá-based NGO Nuevo Arco Iris. The report was used both in print and as an e-blast.

Below: Flyers promote a special forum held by Nuevo Arco Iris to discuss land rights and rural development issues in light of new laws in Colombia.

Alrededor de 200 organizaciones y redes recibieron nuestra asesoría y acompañamiento durante estos años, y más de 8.000 personas han pasado por nuestros talleres formativos. Organizaciones comunitarias de mujeres, jóvenes y adultos mayores se fortalecieron con nuestro acompañamiento. Hemos creado redes empresariales y clústeres de empresas en diversos sectores productivos, como el de turismo.

Fortalecimiento del Tejido Social La formación de nuevos liderazgos y el fortalecimiento de las organizaciones se fundamentan en diagnósticos situacionales, que llevan a identificar en sus trayectorias de vida los hallazgos y potencialidades obtenidas. El programa GDT impulsa sus capacidades, afirmándolos en ellas, permitiéndoles descubrir nuevas formas de ubicarse en su entorno para apropiar herramientas conceptuales y metodológicas adecuadas.

Planeación Integral y Participativa del Desarrollo Territorial La comunicación permanente entre las administraciones municipales y departamentales con la población en un proceso participativo, facilita la construcción de consensos amplios en torno a las metas del desarrollo y a la pertinencia de las inversiones públicas y privadas que lo impulsen. GDT propone iniciativas encaminadas a lograr un desarrollo integral, logrando un mayor impacto en las condiciones de calidad de vida de los ciudadanos, desde el protagonismo de la sociedad civil y las comunidades involucradas en los procesos. Nuestras dimensiones de intervención pretenden ayudar a mejorar las realidades económica, política, ambiental y cultural de los territorios.

Nuestras Apuestas Más Exitosas En la Planeación Integral y Participativa Construcción participativa de agendas de desarrollo territorial en cuatro localidades de Bogotá: Usme, Ciudad Bolívar, Bosa y Kennedy. A través de esta experiencia se logró la concertación de metas de desarrollo en los siguientes ejes: • Apropiación del territorio por las organizaciones y los ciudadanos participantes con una información más densa y contextualizada sobre el mismo.

¿Qué Trabajo Hacemos?

Intervención en Crisis Tenemos la capacidad para gestionar una oferta integral de servicios para la atención inmediata a las poblaciones y comunidades en situación de crisis, bien sean causadas por actuaciones humanas (como en el caso del desplazamiento forzado a causa de la violencia), o por desastres naturales (como los originados por el invierno). En estos casos trabajamos de manera simultánea en la atención psicosocial de las personas y las familias, en la canalización de dotaciones de emergencia y en el diagnóstico de las condiciones para la fase de estabilización y/o recuperación definitiva.

• Constitución de sujetos sociales colectivos alrededor de metas de desarrollo compartidas. • Formación de ciudadanía como resultado del despertar de la conciencia de responsabilidad social y de la apropiación del territorio.

Animación de Procesos Asociativos para la Innovación Empresarial

• Capacidades para la interlocución de las comunidades con el Estado y para la canalización de las demandas comunitarias.

El programa GDT ha elaborado y probado estrategias creativas para animar procesos de innovación y construcción de redes y asociaciones empresariales, que posibilitan en un territorio generar y socializar aprendizajes recíprocos entre las grandes y pequeñas empresas, ofreciendo alos emprendimientos nuevos una mejor oportunidad para sobrevivir y desarrollarse.

En la Innovación Empresarial


El fortalecimiento del clústeres en varios sectores económicos como el turismo, y las asociaciones sectoriales de empresas en las localidades de La Candelaria y Barrios Unidos en Bogotá, generó procesos de gestión asociada entre las empresas para el mayor éxito en el mercadeo de sus productos y servicios, así como una nueva conciencia integral sobre los beneficios y los riesgos económicos, sociales y ambientales que la actividad turística puede producir.

En la Formación de Tejido Social La investigación sobre un modelo de tratamiento diferencial a la reintegración comunitaria dio herramientas de información y conocimiento actualizadas a la Alta

Los procesos de innovación bien conducidos, pueden generar cultura empresarial, al mismo tiempo que ofrecen nuevas oportunidades de negocios y de crecimiento para las empresas asociadas.

¿Con quiénes construimos sueños y país?


Left and Below: Posters for New York non-profit, City Harvest, highlight the reality of hunger in the city.The designs were submitted to the One Show College Competition in the Spring of 2011.


Branding & Identity

Haitian Island Ministries

Below and Right:

Simple, clean design provides a consistent image for Mt. Pleasant, SC NGO, Haitian Island Ministries, in a stationary package and website design.

Suzanne McCord Secretary Haitian Island Ministries 

843-224-1630 742 Lakenheath Dr. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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Left and Above: A visualization of the design process for the new logo utilized in all of the corporate communications of Nuevo Arco Iris, a non-profit organization that researches Colombia’s civil conflict.


Arco Iris Nuevo

Arco Iris


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Arco Iris




Above and Right: An interactive multimedia web presentation

helps illustrate the book “Mercados de Criminalidad en Bogotá” (Markets of Criminality in Bogotá) by Ariel Ávila and Bernardo Pérez of Nuevo Arco Iris.


Infographics Left: A redesigned visitor’s map for the First Presbyterian of Columbia, SC and the interior of their Thornwell Building. Below: A visual analysis of how, where and when young people learn to play musical instruments.

Journalism 529 / Ed Buckley

Journalism 529 / Ed Buckley



Facing: Clouds and crowds make for a dramatic afternoon in the Plaza Bolívar in downtown Bogotá. Below: Cebus wait patiently to be herded into a corral in the town of Pichilín, Colombia.



Before the


Right: Children swarm Suzanne McCord in Plaine Mapou, Haiti hoping to grab a sticker or two.


uzanne and Gerry McCord have brought hundreds of visitors to Haiti over the past 20 years, helping to ensure that the residents of La Gonave have access to food, education and medical services. I traveled with them three times, experiencing the warmth, passion and generosity that overshadow even the extreme poverty of the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere. The last time I personally had the chance to visit Haiti was in 2008, but the McCords continue bringing groups to the Caribbean nation ever year, determined to show Haitians continued support, particularly after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

Above: Loaded up with live chickens after a lengthy ferry ride from La Gonave, a woman arrives at the mainland of Haiti to sell her birds.

Left: Passengers fill every available inch of space on a ferry headed to the main island, a journey of about an hour.


Left: Women from Plaine Mapou sing during a church service that lasts more than three hours.The Feast Day of St. John the Baptist is celebrated with food, baptisms, choir competitions and dances.

Above: After a lengthy church service, Don Wilbur, of Charleston, SC, supervises a heated soccer match between teams from the towns of Anse-A-Galets and Plaine Mapou.

Right: Graduating kindergarten students dressed to the nines check themselves out on camera before the ceremony begins.


Memories of

Pichilín The story of a town of survivors and the experience that changed its residents forever.


he violent story of Pichilín, a village of about 200 farmers and ranchers in the Montes de Maria near Colombia’s Carribean coast, is all too common, but the resilience of its residents is far from ordinary. Working on a documentary, I visited the town last December, a poignant time for locals as they remember warm celebrations ended by the bloodshed. “The parties were beautiful and many people participated,” reminisces Yarlis Salgado, describing Pichilín’s famous fiestas patronales. “We had horse racing, brought a priest to perform first communions and had a big gathering at night. Because of everything that happened, this disappeared.” Indeed, Pichilín is emptier these days, having lost more than half of its population. Those who remain

Above: “For me, the past is the past and we’re going to keep living like we live now. That’s what happiness is.”

33 Right: A mural painted on the wall of an abandoned medical clinic reminds of the importance of the past and the hope of the future.

live scattered between overgrown cinderblock homes, crumbling after a decade of neglect. The houses crumble, uninhabited, because of the memories that they evoke. It’s too early as I pile into a dented Land Rover in chaotic Sincelejo, the largest city near Pichilín. Even extra-strength coffee can’t keep me awake as the sun turns the sky neon purple. One imagines a similarly sublime morning on Pichilin’s Saint’s Day in 1996, until trucks carrying 50 masked and armed men interrupted the pre-dawn cacophony of roosters and cebus. Before leaving, the intruders killed 11 people– nine men and two women. The choice of victims, all community leaders and organizers, emphasized the apparent goal of the violence: to dissolve the community. They failed. For that reason, I clench the seat of a dirt bike for dear life, weighed down by camera bags and supplies, trusting my fate to a teenaged moto-taxista as we travel to a tiny village where power lines seem anachronistic next to thatch huts and mud floors. Pichilín did not disappear- at least not completely. Expecting signs of civilization, I’m caught off guard when our motorcycle caravan stops instead near a few mud huts spread among scraggly bushes and wildflowers. Residents soon trickle out of their homes,

Above: Villagers from Pichilín and nearby towns march in 2010 to commemorate the massacre for the first time in public.

curious at the prospect of visitors. Tourism is not an economic driver in Pichilín. Enjoying a coffee with our host, Pedro Salgado, whose relatives comprise a significant chunk of the town’s population, the generous hospitality of Pichilín’s residents impresses me immediately. I can’t help but wonder who would want to harm such decent people. “Probably the paramilitaries,” suggests Pedro. “The army and the police must have helped them too.” Conservative to the point of fascism, paramilitary organizations wreaked havoc in the Montes de Maria during the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. As the sun begins to set, I fend off an onslaught of mosquitoes and continue pondering what might

Left: “We came here for the first time in 1971, as a group of 25 companions, and we formed a committee of farmers and worked the land.” Below: A woman grinds corn, one of the principal crops grown in Pichilín, to make arepas.

motivate such violence. “It’s a strategic corridor,” explains Yarlis over a dinner of mote de queso, a cheese soup typical of the region. “The Montes de Maria are a good way to bring drugs from the interior of the country to the coast without being detected.” It’s a logical explanation considering disputes over

“The Montes de María are a strategic corredor. ” land still spawn violence in rural Colombia, especially as the new “Victim’s Law” encourages displaced citizens to return to their homes. After a restless night in a hammock, I spend the next day digging deeper into Pichilín’s pre-massacre history with one of its founding residents. “We came here for the first time in 1971, as a group of 25 compañeros,” explains Ismael Rivera from the shade of his house’s dense palm roof. The relatively recent date takes me by surprise. “We formed a committee of farmers and worked the land. We kept creating to the point that we had sports fields and communal projects. The children

could study and we had professors. Like that, we grew and strengthened.” At its peak, Ismael remembers, Pichilín was home to almost two hundred families. The massacre reduced that number considerably. Hundreds fled to nearby urban centers like Sincelejo, Cartagena, and Barranquilla. Local artist Miguel Feria left too, but quickly returned. Though saddened by the absence of old friends and neighbors, he remains optimistic for the future of the community. “The most precious thing is that, if you go to bed happy and calm and, not at midnight, before dawn, or at any hour, somebody comes to do you harm, that’s beautiful,” notes Feria of the town’s current peacefulness. Indeed, the town continues to grow as residents speak out against the past and present violence of their region. Ultimately, that seems to be the attraction for residents of Pichilín, who crave little more than the peace of natural rhythms and a simple life. When the moto-taxis arrive to take us back into civilization, I feel relief at the anticipation of a shower.

Yet, what strikes me more powerfully is a sense of shared humanity. Though we have little in common, the people of Pichilín welcomed me without question, opening their community to me. Pondering this, I know that the massacre failed. Even after being shaken to the core, the bonds of friendship and family that brought a group of farmers together almost 40 years ago remain profoundly strong.

Below: “We had horse racing, brought a priest to perform first communions and had a big gathering at night. Because of everything that happened, this disappeared.”


Before you

Work History


Pro-Imagen Video & Mayas Turismo Videographer and Translator


Education Wando High School Mount Pleasant, SC Graduated May 2005

University of Southern California Cinematic Arts

Los Angeles, California Fall 2005-Fall 2007

Universidad de Congreso Mendoza, Argentina Fall 2008

University of South Carolina

BA in Journalism and Mass Communications Visual Communications Film Studies Minor Columbia, SC Summer 2009-May 2011

Honors and Activities Cum Laude

University of South Carolina Graduated with Honors May 2011

Dean’s List & President’s Honor Roll University of South Carolina Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011

Tribal Tribune Student Paper Wando High School Page Designer and Cartoonist Newspaper won “Best in Show” in the National Scholastic Press Association 2005

National Merit Scholar Finalist 2005


Mendoza, Argentina January-March 2009

Teapot Chinese Restaurant Deliveries and Customer Service Columbia, SC June 2010-May 2011

Volunteer Multimedia Work Haitian Island Ministries Mount Pleasant, SC

Sembrando Paz

Sincelejo, Sucre, Colombia

Acercamiento Hispano Columbia, SC

Charleston Area MPowerment Project Charleston, SC Fall 2009-Present

University of South Carolina Student Assistant for Seminar on Convergent Media Columbia, SC June 2011

The City Paper Bogotá Editorial Coordinator Bogotá, Colombia July 2011-Present

Corporación Nuevo Arco Iris Communications and Design Intern Bogotá, Colombia September 2011-December 2012

Below: Pigeons take off over a sunny sidewalk in Bogotá’s Teusaquillo neighborhood.




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