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NextDayBetter highlights trailblazers from diaspora communities
New York, NY – April 23, 2015 – Genius is everywhere. What began as an experiment in New York City two years ago has turned into an international speaker and food series with events emerging in Los Angeles, Toronto, London, San Francisco, Washington DC, Orlando, Vancouver and Manila.
NextDayBetter is at the heart of a worldwide movement to celebrate and highlight stories emerging from the most unexpected of places: global diasporas and their collective imaginations.
Beginning with the Philippines as the feature diaspora, NextDayBetter believes that diasporas like the Philippines have the capacity to not only imagine and create solutions for the most pressing problems in the country, but also for the world.
“Today is our tipping point, the time for us to control our own narrative” says Ryan Letada, CEO and Chief Builder of NextDayBetter, who himself is a first-generation Filipino-American based in New York. “Through storytelling, NextDayBetter allows [Filipino] trailblazers to be recognized, to reimagine the capacity of our community to solve the world’s most pressing issues, while also celebrating the cultural aspects of our homeland through food.”
Past NextDayBetter speakers include Filipino trailblazers such as Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and advocate for undocumented people in the United States, and Geena Rocero, transgender advocate and founder of GenderProud. Both Vargas and Rocero have paved the way for others to follow, showcasing that the Philippines diaspora is capable of inventing solutions and leading movements that address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The story of the Philippines diaspora is only the tip of the iceberg. According to the Harvard Business Review, the number of first-generation immigrants worldwide has risen sharply since 2000, from 150 million to 214 million—a 42% increase. This has created a multitude of diaspora communities in the process from all corners of the world. To put this in perspective, a country with the same amount of people would be the 5th largest country in the world.
“There is a common thread that connects different diaspora groups to one another,” adds Renjie Butalid, Head of Expansion for NextDayBetter and a Filipino-Canadian based in Toronto. “This includes tensions surrounding identity and culture, shared values and common experiences, and aspirations for the future. By addressing these tensions through storytelling, we’re creating the space for other diasporas to join the conversation and tell their own stories.”
NextDayBetter is showing the world that people can and should be looking towards global diasporas for solutions and the next breakthrough idea. NextDayBetter will be in 9 cities by the end of 2015, including NextDayBetter + Manila. To bring NextDayBetter to your city, apply to be a City Curator at www.nextdaybetter.com. – Renjie Butalid, NextDayBetter
A Creative Speaker and Food Series For Diaspora Communities. Our events celebrate the stories of changemakers from untapped global communities and call them to action. We believe that diasporas like the Philippines global community are hubs and inspirations for world-changing ideas. Learn more: www.nextdaybetter.com
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Featured list of speakers in the NextDayBetter Video
- Jose Antonio Vargas | Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist, Founder of Define American (San Francisco, United States)
- AJ Rafael | Musician & YouTube Star (Los Angeles, United States)
- Tara Abrahams | Deputy Director, Girl Rising (New York City, United States)
- Johneric Concordia | Founder of Park’s Finest BBQ (Los Angeles, United States)
- Geena Rocero | Model & Founder of GenderProud (New York City, United States)
- Estelle Reyes | Executive Director of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (Los Angeles, United States)
- Maria Ressa | Journalist & Founder of Rappler (Manila, Philippines)
- Francis Manapul | Award-winning Illustrator at DC Comics (Toronto, Canada)
- Nicole Ponseca | Founder of Maharlika & Jeepney (New York City, United States)
- Reese Fernandez | Social Entrepreneur and President of Rags2Riches (Manila, Philippines)
Introducing the Creative Startup that’s Putting Untapped Communities on the Map was originally published on NextDayBetter