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For the past 7 years, she has co-produced various events, the largest being the Aca World Sound Festival (2000), which brought 75 artists and 60,000 people together in Acapulco. Funds from the event benefited an AIDS orphanage.
Lauren then embarked on her first journey to South Africa, where she led a delegation from Southern California to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg (2002). During this visit, she took a day-trip to a remote township, Dennilton, where she met Cynthia Nkosi and Youth With a Vision. They decided to partner in the building of a sustainable village to be used as a youth resource center, children’s home, education and business facility.
Lauren has since worked to establish the link between environmental, social, and economic sustainable development, therefore curbing the devastation affects of HIV/AIDS on children, while creating an outlet for a niche demographic of global youth to make a positive and tangible difference on the ground in Africa. Lauren will be pursuing a MPA degree with a special focus on non-profit management in 2008.
Contact Lauren at laurensegal[at]nextaid[dot]org
Punctuating these efforts are the publication of his articles by such diverse organizations as Earth Island Institute, Columbia Environmental Law Journal, Ecology Law Quarterly, UCLA Journal of Critical Planning, and the Academy of Management. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Columbia University, UC Hastings College of Law, and a PhD Dean's Fellow of Public Policy at UCLA; Craig had thoroughly studied the economic and legal aspects of the entertainment and community development industries before spending the past five years working on urban music and urban development projects.
He is dedicated to principles of social justice, and to increasing access to the arts as a mode of community advocacy. Mr. Keys is also an accomplished musician with experience informing and operating two independent record labels.