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Monica Curca

Activate Labs
Thor has 4 years experience facilitating Participatory Video projects in northern Mexico. He`s also facilitated participatory photography workshops. Thor has a background in Biology and is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker. He`s worked with local and international organizations developing projects that deal with nature conservation, culture and communities. Thor`s video and photography work ranges from socio-environmental issues to HIV prevention. He has been collaborating with InsightShare in north western Mexico since 2011.
Monica Curca is a recovering refugee, a peacebuilder and a strategist working at the intersection of social transformation and storytelling. Monica has designed and led strategy for immersive storytelling and social engagement campaigns with Palestinian Youth Movement at Standing Rock, Mothers of the Movement against police brutality and The Refugees Welcome Project. These campaigns have been featured on NPR, the Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Vice News, and Aljazeera. Monica is the founder and director of Activate Labs, a design strategy, storytelling and transformational peacebuilding organization that centers those directly impacted by violence, poverty and oppression to tell their own stories and lead their own transformation. Activate Labs has developed the "Frame Design Process", and facilitates experiential and participatory design processes and workshops around the world. Monica holds two Masters Degrees from the Heller School for Social Policy in Management at Brandeis University, in Sustainable International Development and Conflict and Coexistence and has lectured at USC School of Media Arts and Practice, Occidental College, and University of California Irvine.