Project Blue: The Search for Another Earth
Project Blue is a privately-funded space mission to search for Earth-like planets around our nearest stellar neighbors — Alpha Centauri A and B — with the goal of revealing the closest potentially habitable planet beyond our Solar System.
We joined the Project Blue founding team when the initiative was still a scientific concept and helped them turned it into the internationally-recognized public-private partnership that it is today. We worked on a variety of organizational aspects and ran all kinds of sub-projects for two of the Project Blue co-founding institutions. To mention a few, we designed, developed, and executed two crowdfunding campaigns, balloon launch outreach activities and a fellowship program for chilean graduate students. Since our involvement in 2015, we supported the Consortium with HNWI fundraising, marketing and communications activities, outreach, strategy, and relationship management (science teams, consortium partners, HNWI and crowdfunding donors, international counterpart, US government).
Key words: crowdfunding campaigns; fundraising; grant writing; outreach programs; management of partners, science team and contractors; organizational identity; liaising with Chilean counterparts.
Moorea IDEA - Island Digital Ecosystem Avatars
Moorea IDEA, also known as Moorea Avatar, is a digital representation of the Pacific island of Moorea's ecological and social systems that draws on the best available scientific knowledge to show what the island looked like in the past and to predict how it might look in the future.
We've been collaborating with UC Berkeley Gump Station and members of the IDEA consortium since 2015 in the capacity of liaison and project coordinator to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing between the IDEA scientists and island stakeholders. We've also provided some recommendations to enable the larger expansion of the IDEA model and the sharing of data beyond French Polynesia. Other contributions we've made include: the preparation of bilingual presentations, press releases, papers, strategic documentation for potential investors, and three grant proposals to support the station’s $5.6M campaign and fundraising for flagship projects.
Key words: liaising; capacity building; strategic recommendations for network operations; grant writing; fundraising support; concepts development; press writing.
Moorea Ethnocode: Coding Polynesian Knowledge of Biodiversity
Moorea Ethnocode is about creating a place for Polynesian traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) in big data science. The objective is to design a tool that is able to code and express the cultural DNA of the island and present it in a format that is easily accessible, usable and meaningful to the local community.
We worked with the community-run nonprofit Te Pu Atitia and the UC Berkeley Gump Station on Ethnocode in 2015. We primarily provided support with grant writing, project definition, outreach concept design, and community meeting coordination to take Ethnocode off the ground. Lastly, we generated written communication material and storytelling strategies for speaking opportunities and website content.
Key words: grant writing; liaising; project definition (scope & planning); French to English/English to French translation.
The Chile-California Council: A strategic association for the 21st century
Initiated by Chile's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the CCC is a innovative foreign policy endeavor turned into a nonprofit dedicated to building strategic partnerships that facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technologies between Chile and California in education, science, sustainability, and entrepreneurship.
We've provided both operations and project management services to the CCC. We've supported the Executive Director and Board's efforts in structuring the organization, defining its identity and decision-making processes and complying with the Chilean government's regulations. In terms of projects, we've designed from scratch and implemented projects in a variety of fields including astronomy, education, and sustainability. Ultimately, we sought to raise the organization’s reputation and credibility among Californian entities through project success and quality communications, which were instrumental in formalizing future agreements.
Key words: board management; organizational identity development; governance development; communication strategy; relationships building; liaising; budgeting and bookkeeping; inter-territory partnerships formation.
Land Above Water - Energy + Biodiversity Moorea
Land Above Water is one of our founder's personal projects. It was co-founded with an external member to provide sustainable development solutions for islands. Land Above Water's mission was to promote energy and resource independence, long-term biodiversity preservation and management, equitable and modern economic models, and developmental and cultural reinvigoration and empowerment.
Land Above Water's first project, Energy + Biodiversity Moorea focused on the Pacific island of Moorea, French Polynesia. It consisted of creating a pilot project for a new model of vibrant island economies and communities which advanced renewable energy development and biodiversity protection in the context of the sociological problems facing islands. The successful pilot is intended to be replicated widely across ocean territories.
The project received promising local and international interest, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. However, due to internal conflicts, the organization was dissolved and the project remained at the concept paper stage.
Key words: nonprofit governance; founder; 30 page project proposal; partnership development.
Eneraysén - Renewable Energies of Aysén
Eneraysén is a Chilean company proposing five run-of-river hydropower projects in Chile's Region of Aysén as a low-impact alternative to existing large-scale projects with the objective to meet local energy demand, reduce the cost of electricity, as well as the city of Coyhaique's air contamination levels.
We worked directly with Eneraysén's CEO for a year to develop his startup's corporate identity and fundraising strategy for three of Eneraysén's run-off river projects. We prepared multiple versions of the project proposal to present it to a variety of audiences-from the regional water regulatory agency to the local residents and regional businesses.
Key words: branding; authority and investors pitch material;
APEMEC is a Chilean nonprofit created to represent and protect the activities of small and medium hydropower plants. APEMEC provides technical and market information to project developers, raises awareness of the obstacles the sector faces and designs solutions for them, builds a network of key players, and encourages the creation of incentives and subsidies from the government.
APEMEC tasked our founder to organize the first international small hydropower fair in Chile. The EXPO APEMEC brought together 800 participants, the Chilean Energy Minister and the National media. Today the EXPO APEMEC is a yearly conference. Our founder continued to work with APEMEC's team on a survey of the national small hydropower potential in order to empower APEMEC to better negotiate for the government’s support in removing legal barriers from project development. Lastly, she recruited foreign industry suppliers to join APEMEC’s network by attending international conferences and networking events, enabling APEMEC to meet local projects’ need for a larger range of suppliers and technologies unavailable locally.
Key words: project management; international conference organization; liaising and relationship building; research; press writing; communication and marketing strategy.