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Adara's June 2020 Update
Summer 2020 Phineas & Ferb Style!

Growing up, one of my favourite shows to watch was Phineas and Ferb. 

Every day they did something brand new and out-of-the-box. 

They were always building things and figuring things out

I wanted to be like Phineas and Ferb. 

I aspire to be an #activator like them and just go for things when I want to do them.

Why am I telling you about one of my favourite childhood shows?

a. I think Phineas and Ferb are awesome + have a mindset I aspire to have.

b. I love using Disney analogies to explain concepts and ideas. This summer,  I am making a pact with myself to learn something new every day, do/build more, and be an #activator in my life. 

Throughout this newsletter, you will see updates on some of the projects I have been working on and how I'll be spending some of my time this summer. 

If you're new to my newsletter:๐Ÿ‘‹๐ŸผHey! I'm Adara, a 17 y/o who loves learning new things and thinking about how we can create a better future. I'm really excited about three areas for innovation: the environment, education, and exploration (marine, space, and terrestrial). ๐ŸŒŽ I'm really passionate about addressing the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). My main focus is on SDG #13 - Climate Action. I'm an aspiring astronaut. ๐Ÿš€One of my biggest moonshots for humanity is to have closed-loop cities on Earth and in space. 

Thank you for following along on my journey!

Let's dive in! โฌ‡๐Ÿ˜ƒ

Building my interviewing skills.

June marked my first month at SustainED Group. I have been interviewing various speakers on the SustainED webinars about their various environmental careers, life lessons, and more. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dianne Saxe, Amy Castator, and James Bartram. The Saxe webinar was my first experience being an interviewer and since then I've continued to improve my interviewing skills. At SustainED, I have also been working on a curriculum for sustainable food systems. I love the community I work with and the one we're building for environmental innovators. In July, I will continue to interview speakers on the webinar. If you'd like to register for the upcoming webinar I'll be moderating with Jaime Webbe, click the button below! In my future newsletters, I will be continuing to have a section like this on skills I'm building called: "building my toolkit." This month was interviewing skills and July's focus is web design. With these monthly challenges, I hope to superpower myself with tools I can use to help accomplish my goals and change the world.โšก

Working on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). ๐ŸŒŽ

This will be a new section of my newsletter moving forwards, as my current focus is to help address the UN's SDG goals.

SDG #4 - Quality Education + SDG #5 - Gender Equality
UN Women, MIT Solve, and apprentices.

Lots of exciting things happened at Futureshot Factory (the SDG action project I co-founded with Riya Mehta). We have continued working on projects with our partners and a large focus in June was UN Women. We applied to MIT Solve in the Learning For Girls & Women category (thank you to Rising Youth for a grant) and were excited to bring on our first two apprentices to our team! Shoutout to Neha and Jennifer. ๐Ÿ’œThis month, Riya spoke at Collision and we were featured in the Collision 2020 Press Release. If you'd like to receive the Futureshot newsletter, please sign up here for more in-depth monthly updates.

SDG #2 - Zero Hunger + SDG #13 - Climate Action
Meetings, research, and InspoScience.

This past month, Carbovore (Nyla Pirani and my alternative protein research project) was featured on the TKS website. We had meetings with Natasha Walji and Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou. We continued research into alternative proteins and applied for the InspoScience competition. For future updates on Carbovore, sign up for our newsletter. In July, we are applying to the Conrad Challenge in the Energy and Environment category. We will also be continuing our research and are planning on experimenting in the kitchen to create our first-ever bug burger recipe. ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿฆ—

Learning about systemic racism.

This month I joined a research team on Dismantling Systemic Racism (DSR). As a whole, the team has been diving into different areas where systemic racism is present and figuring out key factors. The purpose of the research is to educate others on what the key factors for systemic racism are in different areas (healthcare, government, education, etc.), so different organizations and individuals can start acting on them. I'm the lead for environmental justice. I was also a research helper for the education area. For the environmental justice area, we are going to develop action items on top of key factor research. If you'd like more updates on this research, please email me. 

๐Ÿ’ปResources to learn about and act on systemic racism and other events happening around the world:

Pending Petitions To Sign

Black Lives Matter Carrd

Yemen Crisis Carrd

Anti-Racism For Beginners

๐ŸŒŽEnvironmental Justice

Article From Yale On Environmental Racism

Article On The Environmental Movement In Canada By Aisha Poitevien

Organization: Climate Justice Alliance

    The end of my second year in TKS.

    June marked the end of another year at The Knowledge Society (TKS). TKS is a World Economic Forum (WEF) School of the Future and an Olympic-level training program for future leaders. For the past two years, I have discovered my passions within emerging technologies, learned how to combine social impact and tech, met some of my closest friends, had a ton of amazing experiences, and overall learned a lot about myself and the world. To wrap up the year, there is something called TKS Showcase that showcases some projects that TKS students have worked on. I am grateful to have been featured in the TKShowcase Master Guide several times and in the #moonshots video as part of the TKShowcase Reel.  To learn more about what I've been working on since joining TKS, click the button below to visit my portfolio. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    My Portfolio
    How I spent the rest of my time.

    Throughout my remaining time in June, I did a few things: 

    1. Online schoolwork. 
    2. Spending more time with nature. I've been enjoying bike rides, hikes, and visits to the beach. ๐ŸŒŠ I find this is great for my mental health as I'm an explorer-at-heart.
    3. Spending time with family. Also having many virtual meetings. 
    4. Painting + poetry. Making time for art when I feel inspired. ๐ŸŽจ I want to be intentional about making more time to be creative.
    My Summer Reading List ๐ŸŒž

    (Some) of what I'll be reading over the next two months. If you read any of these too, I would love to hear what you think - email or tweet takeaways to me :)

    13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

    By Amy Morin

    Hidden Figures

    By Margot Lee Shetterly

    Atomic Habits

    By James Clear

    Think Like A Rocket Scientist

    By Ozan Varol

    Content I ๐Ÿ’–'d In June

    These are my Top 3 Resources from the past month (they all happen to be learning platforms):

    1. SuperHi - Really great platform to learn creative design. I'm currently learning Web Design here. Would recommend.
    2. SDG Academy - Learning resources on SDGs.

    3. Masterclass - One of my favorite learning platforms of all time. Loved Bob Iger and Kelly Wearstler's masterclasses recently.

    Coming Soon
    Sneak Peek Into July:

    A little preview into how I'm planning to spend my time during the upcoming month! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ๐ŸŽค Speaking
    ๐Ÿš€ Learning/Personal Development

    The skill I'm focusing on building this upcoming month is โšกweb design โšก

    • Web design on SuperHi
    • Figma

    ๐Ÿง Mindset: Recently I've been reading 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do (see reading list above). Throughout July, I plan on beginning to instill the different principles that make sense to me from the book into my own life.  

    ๐ŸŒ Experiences
    • Becoming a She's On Top Ambassador 
    • Camping with my family ๐ŸŒž
    • Entering the Conrad Challenge
    • An environmental design sprint with SustainED.
    • Attending Watson Institute's Master Course with Jeff Hoffman.

    Whatever else this month brings!

    โšก Projects
    • Continuing projects within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) space. 
    • Working on online school courses. 
    • Continuing deep dives into environmental racism. 
    • Writing a piece on the ocean for Tales for Gaia.

    Thanks for following along on my journey! My call-to-action for you is to figure out how you want to spend your time this summer and your time as a whole

    Here's to spending my time Phineas + Ferb style! ๐ŸŽข

    ๐Ÿ’œ Until next month :)

    Futurist + Changemaker
    Adara Hagman
    Adara Hagman

    โญ if we haven't connected in a while, let's set up a brain date ๐Ÿง  or grab some virtual coffee โ˜• - shoot me an email, so we can make this happen!

    ๐Ÿ“ง: or set up a 30 min meeting with me here :)

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