Cardborigami: A pop-up solution to reshaping the LA homelessness crisis

/ By Tamieka Briscoe / The image of a cardboard box has been inextricably associated with urban homelessness for decades. Enter Tina Hovsepian, a Los Angeles native and architect with a desire to combat one of the city’s most devastating challenges—and who responded in 2007 with a simple, cost-effective defense: Cardborigami. Cardborigami, a nonprofit startup,…

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Meet Robert Fersh!

Robert Fersh is the President of Convergence, an organization based in Washington, DC that he founded in 2009. We’re inspired by Fersh’s passion for bringing people together who, despite having drastically different points of view, manage to come up with solutions that go the distance to incite meaningful change in the world. Robert is going…

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Meet Apple Sepulveda!

Apple Sepulveda is a pediatric occupational therapist at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She also serves as Interim Chair/Vice-Chair of 2020 Mom, an LA-based organization dedicated to maternal mental health, that is no stranger to the Upswell blog. Previously, we have shared Q&As with 2020 Mom Board Chair Kiley Krekorian Hanish and Executive Director Joy Burkhard.…

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Creating dinner experiences and new community relationships

As you might expect, Carola Secada’s experience in planning multiple community dinner experiences throughout LA for Upswell changemakers has been interesting, inspiring, and sometimes overwhelming – all at the same time. More than “just dinner,” she’s working to provide Upswell attendees with community experiences that reflect LA’s vibrant range of cultures and food offerings, and…

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