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The SAND Project

Services

Public Policy and Research

Public Policy and Research

Researching and analyzing people’s needs and encouraging leaders, communities, organizations and individuals to take actionable steps towards tangible results.

Design, Technology and Communications

Design, Technology and Communications

Transforming social, political, economic and environmental systems for the betterment of vulnerable communities through new products, technology, and design as well as creating compelling marketing and social media communications to efficiently promote educational campaigns, digital strategies, and press releases, ensuring the message is delivered with total accuracy.

Urban Strategies

Urban Strategies

Developing strategies to build thriving urban settlements around the world by advocating for social transformation actions, strategic planning processes, economic development plans, and sustainable solutions for cities.

Social Empowerment

Social Empowerment

Ensuring that the concepts of social justice and empowerment are included in both thoughts and practice, by developing projects that will promote minorities inclusion and participation and provide a sustainable livelihood across the globe.

Competitions

2nd Place & Most Popular Idea Winners for the #MazarsforGood Innovation Challenge 2015 – with The SAND Bike.

#MazarsforGood

Semifinalists in the 2014 Global Challenge: Women Empowerment with The SAND Jacket. For full document and report, please click here.

Geneva Institute Global Challenge

Projects

bike

The SAND Bike

The SAND Bike is an initiative that provides an alternate mode of transportation that encourages low income communities to use bicycles as business opportunities. We will use bicycles and their pedal motion to provide electricity for small appliances in a mounted container, while collecting contextual sensor data in these low income communities. This data can be used later on by governments and other stakeholders to understand and improve existing conditions in these communities.

Please visit out Beta site and feel free to share your comments with us! We’re eager to get some feedback! The SAND Bike

About

We are a group of planners, artists, and policy makers that believe in innovative design as a means to change the world. We believe in the power of collective creativity as a fundamental tool to encourage social change. We are global citizens, consciously aware of the challenges our world poses, and eager to make our ideas come to life. The projects we develop range from products that help entire communities, to marketing campaigns that challenge the status quo. Even if it helps one person, or an entire country, we think it’s worth making. We welcome boldness, thrive on innovation and creativity, and get inspiration from music, experiences, and most of all, people.

Alejandra Chacra

Alejandra Chacra

Co-Founder // Chief Design Officer

Alejandra Chacra has a Masters Degree in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute in New York and a Bachelors degree in Architecture from Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree she collaborated for almost two years in a Mexican architecture firm in the areas of project development and design. This led her to open her own independent architecture studio where she became more passionate about the environment. She took a bio-construction workshop and developed several projects using these strategies and techniques, getting involved in the whole process from design to construction. She moved to NYC to get her Master’s degree and worked as a fellow for NYC Environmental Justice Alliance collaborating with a non-profit organization called “Nos Quedamos” focused on community development in the South Bronx. She also worked for almost a year in a NYC based architecture firm, expanding her knowledge on a variety of projects. Her focus in particular is in the intersection of environmental systems and their relationship to urban planning, architecture, and design. She is in the process of becoming a certified Yoga teacher in India and is very passionate about this practice.

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Tomás Uribe

Tomás Uribe

Co-Founder // Co-CEO & Chief Creative Officer

Tomás is a Music and Media Entrepreneur from Colombia. Founder of successful ventures and projects including The SAND Project, Soundacity, Dimute, Stereotheque. He currently works as Head of Digital Marketing at New York-based startup Compass.to. With over 5+ years of experience taking projects from their formulation stage, enhancing them with artistic and technical skills and bringing them to a holistic outcome, he is passionate about connecting people, engaging audiences, and conveying remarkable ideas through music, design and technology. Tomas’ work includes documentaries, film scores, music production, digital and print media, as well as award winning strategies and proposals. As a producer and multi-instrumentalist, he has performed in Colombia and the US, and has composed for film, television and image. He is finishing his MA in Media Studies and Media Management certificate at The New School University in New York. He holds a BA in Music from Bogota, Colombia.

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Violeta Trinidad

Violeta Trinidad

Co-Founder // Chief Operating Officer

Involved with vulnerable communities in different fields in the definition and implementation of public policy strategies. Violeta was born and raised in Mexico City. She has a major in International Business Administration from UDLAP, Mexico and from INSEEC, Paris, France and a Master Degree of Science in Urban Environmental Systems Management from Pratt Institute, New York City. Today, she works coordinating environmental justice, energy efficiency and climate change issues, and as an advocate for low-income communities of color. Her primary focus is in public policy for sustainable urban planning, open space and mobility and she is committed to facilitating development practices through the promotion of environmentally sustainable, economic and socially equitable projects.

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Paola Durán

Paola Durán

Co-Founder // Co-CEO & Director of Community Development and Partnerships

Paola Durán is a New York City-based urban planner, focusing on community development, gender planning, and housing. She has a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY. and a B.A. in Political Science from Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. She studied Gender Issues and Human Rights in Colombia and Humanitarian Assistance in Nairobi, Kenya. From 2010 – 2012, she worked with vulnerable communities in different cities and towns in Colombia improving housing conditions. During those years she was involved with community issues such as violence against women, lack of access to essential services, access to transportation and affordable housing. She is a recipient of the AAUW, P.E.O. International Peace Scholarships, Colfuturo, and a former NYC-EJA Fellow at The Point, South Bronx, NY. For almost a year, she worked as Housing Development Coordinator at New York City based non-profit, HANAC, Inc., through a fellowship sponsored by Morgan Stanley and the Association for Neighborhood, Housing and Development (ANHD). She is currently Asisstant Director of Community Development & Planning for HANAC, Inc.

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Contact

The SAND Project
86-55 Broadway
New York, NY.
USA
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