NEXT MEETING: February 1, 2019
The 1951 Coffee Company, and Refugees
Melanie Miksis is joining us today to speak on behalf of the Berkeley-based, refugee-empowering non-profit organization, 1951 Coffee Company, a non-profit specialty coffee organization that promotes the well-being of the refugee community in the US, providing job training and employment to refugees, asylees, and special immigrant visa holders while educating the surrounding community about refugee life and issues.
MEETING OF January 25, 2019
Prez Jerry welcomed all to the friendly Richmond Rotary Club and Grandpa Jon Lawlis led the Pledge. Bob Dabney offered a prayer for peace and also to keep our members who may not be doing well in our thoughts. Sergeant-at-Arms Sid offered: “I was brought up to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.”
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Josh Surowitz’ guest was Chad Workswright and Liliane Kozial had as her guest Mariya Katsman.
Happy and Sad Dollars
Artificial Intelligence Harnessed for Human Support
Liliane introduced our speaker Pablo Ferrari who has started an organization to address the homeless crisis by using artificial intelligence (AI). Pablo started Nomad Artificial Intelligence to provide support to homeless people: information about shelter locations, restrooms, social services, weather forecasts, and more. After conducting hundreds of on-street interviews with homeless people, Pablo and his team formed several hypotheses about conditions most likely to lead to positive outcomes:
Pablo provided us with a few examples of what they have developed including FELIX which can serve as a mobile case manager and can provide information like weather forecasts found on a smart phone. He has also developed a plastic mobile Urban Nomadic Camp trailer, which can be attached to a bicycle. His prototypes of Nomadic Camp facilities can be constructed without screws or nails, and, as the name tells us, are quite mobile. For more information: www.nomads.ai
The Menehune, Rotating Editor