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TEDxAsheville - Leah Quintal - Beyond handouts in Haiti

Leah Quintal is a Warren Wilson College alumna with a passion for exploring the intersections of science, technology, art, and communication. After pursing science writing with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, she turned to the hands-on, down and dirty, grassroots approach of international volunteer-work and social entrepreneurship. She is now Outreach and Project Coordinator with American Green International, a media company dedicated to providing simple, affordable, culturally-appropriate, sustainable technologies to developing communities world-wide. Gift of Light for Haiti, the inaugural effort of AGI, aims to distribute 1000 Nokero solar light bulbs to women living in tent cities in Port-au-Prince, Haiti this coming January. After showcasing the solar bulbs in country, Quintal and team plan to implement an economic development plan that will allow Haitian people to take ownership of the project and make purchasing and distribution decisions themselves. Quintal also works as Program Manager with JB Media Group, an ambitious and innovative online marketing company in downtown Asheville's MoJo Coworking space. She is honored to be among the 2011 TEDx Asheville speakers. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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