How much our lives have changed in the past year!

Cumulus President’s Message
Mariana Amatullo, PhD

Around this time last October, we were in the midst of intense preparations. We were getting ready to travel to Medellín for the first meeting of our current Cumulus Executive Board which we held just before joining our members in Bogotȧ, for the Universidad de los Andes Cumulus Conference: The Design After. It would have been impossible for any of us to imagine back then the global lockdown and scale of human tragedy and incalculable disruption that the COVID-19 catastrophe would bring a few short months later.

As I write these words from my home office in New York City (with our work remaining largely remote in my university), I am struck by the growing realization of how much we have been able to adapt and change things in this pandemic’s new era. For us with my colleagues in the Cumulus Board a lot of the changes we are embracing as stewards of our association and with the support of the Secretariat, are about stepping into the digital space with new confidence and creating new platforms to be together and in community. This is the vision for our CumulusConnects new microsite. While still a work in progress since we only launched September 11, I am thrilled to see it is already becoming a hub for many of our Cumulus Working Groups and a space for dynamic content and exchange. If you have not visited yet, we invite you to do so and register your profile. The editorial team is on standby to facilitate how content gets organized and comes to life in the site and they want to hear from you, our members and partners! So I encourage you to contribute and also spend time checking the many stories of change and invitations for participation that we captured in this month’s newsletter.

Be well and stay safe!

Mariana Amatullo, PhD
President, Cumulus
Vice Provost for Global Strategic Initiatives, The New School

 

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