Current and past projects:
CURRENT: Woodlawn Project
Initiated and am serving as community organizer of the Woodlawn Project, an initiative aimed at bringing neighbours together to transform Woodlawn into a complete community.
The Woodlawn Project is a free to join, membership based, volunteer, non-partisan community coalition of Woodlawn (in Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality) residents working to address our most pressing social, economic, and environmental concerns. We exist to transform Woodlawn into a complete, livable community. Learn about about the intiative at WoodlawnProject.ca.
CURRENT: How to Reach Your Potential
How to Reach Your Potential is a multimedia project that involves the collection and communication of qualitative and quantitative learnings in the area of personal development.
The How to Reach Your Potential project is developing a holistic personal development framework based on lessons, stories, and data collected from high performers in a broad range of industries and from around the world.
The project is currently in its first phase, which involves the publishing of 30 interviews with inspiring leaders. The interviews are published on the Rascanu.com blog.
CURRENT: Experience Ghana
Experience Ghana is an annual exhibition that showcases the history and culture of Ghana (West Africa), and the Ghanaian-Canadian community.
The 3rd annual Experience Ghana exhibition will take place in 2019 in Halifax, Canada. To stay in the loop on this and other initiatives, please subscribe to the e-newsletter.
- 2nd annual Experience Ghana exhibition took place on February 17, 2018 at the Glenview Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Canada. Attended by 100 local residents, the event featured:
i. photographic work by Nana Kwadwo Agyei Addo, Joseph Nyaaba, Nii Odzenma, Heinrich A. Barimah, Mawuli Adjabeng, Nicholas Seun Adatsi, Solomon Tetteh, William Huan, Stephan Buchan, Martin Reilly, and Bethany Sonsini Goodrich;
ii. contemporary fabric prints inspired by traditional Ghanaian patterns, part of the award-winning multidisciplinary artist Yaw Tony's portfolio;
- 1st annual Experience Ghana exhibition took place from July 6 to 22, 2017 at The Assembly Hall in Toronto, Canada. The photography exhibition featured the work of Nana Kwadwo Agyei Addo, Joseph Nyaaba, Nii Odzenma, Heinrich A. Barimah, Mawuli Adjabeng, Nicholas Seun Adatsi, Solomon Tetteh, William Huan, Stephan Buchan, Martin Reilly, and Bethany Sonsini Goodrich.
PAST: Marketers Without Borders
Marketers Without Borders (MWB) aimed to connect marketers with powerful causes that have a demonstrable socio-economic impact in disadvantaged communities around the world.
During Marketers Without Borders' operations from 2014 to 2017, we:
- provided pro-bono marketing consulting to non-profit initiatives such as More Than Gold (2014-2015)
- provided pro-bono advisory services to for-profit marketing firms looking to give back to society by supporting impactful nonprofit organizations
- organized the monthly Marketers Unbound meetup (2015-2016)
- organized the Marketers Unbound Summit (2015)
- provided career counselling to young professionals interested in pursuing careers in marketing or looking to advance in the field
PAST: Experience Vaughan
The Experience Vaughan event series brought together Vaughan-area residents for 20 events.
The March to September 2016 Experience Vaughan initiative aimed to enable connections, conversations, education and sharing among those interested in exploring the Vaughan, Ontario, Canada community.
Initiatives that were piloted as part of this event series: community clean-up, trail hike, Neighbourhood Watch group setup, monthly walk, monthly badminton gathering, book launch, board game social, tours (art gallery and winery), and attendance at local festivals and events.
The participants found the event series to be an enjoyable way to connect with others in the community: "Excellent walk with great people!" (Lilia), "Great job with the organizing and great people in the group!" (Savino).
PAST: Innovative Evenings
Co-organized, together with Michel Ash, Innovative Evenings was a monthly series of events focused on disruptive marketing and innovation.
The Innovative Evenings event series was organized from January to September 2013.
Presentations were delivered by speakers from Google, Procter & Gamble, Business Development Bank of Canada, Hasbro, TAXI, MaRS Discovery District, Centre for Social Innovation, York Region, Umbra Store, and numerous other organizations.