Tuesday, October 2nd.
While I was in Costa Rica I had the opportunity to visit with Eduardo Monge and Clotilde Fonseca at the Fundacion Omar Dengo, an NGO focused on discovering new ways to use technology to improve education. They've been doing this for 20 years and have built up quite a legacy and institution.
When the staff gave me a tour of their facility, it reminded me of the first time Doug Burgum gave me a tour of the Great Plains campus in Fargo, North Dakota. And it's not because there are similarities between Fargo and San Jose Costa Rica, because there are absolutely none! And I mean none! But the FOD facility, which opened in a converted cigarette factory last March, places the same value on design and business purpose that you experience when you first visit Horizon and Vista. The foundation even has a resident artist who designed the steel sculptures you see in the courtyard and waiting rooms as you walk around their small campus.
As part of my visit the staff walked me through some of the projects they are working on, including ...
Clotilde will be attending the education summit Microsoft and Intel are hosting in Guatemala later this week, and she and Eduardo will both be attending the GKIII event in Kuala Lampur in December, so I will be running into the Foundation OMAR Dengo at least twice in the next 10 weeks. But they are the first NGO I have visited in my new role, and I have to say they have set a very high bar for others to meet.