As founder and director of MIAMI SOUP, Carl Hildebrand secured funding from the Knight Foundation in order to award micro-grants for social innovation projects. Carl brought to Miami this unique international funding model which is a non-bureaucratic format for the implementation of change at the local level. Launched on May 1st, 2014 in Soya & Pomodoro’s historic Great Hall, the sold out event concluded with the first grant going to a mobile theatrical production.
Carl is also the founder and director of PechaKucha Miami, and more recently as Public Programs Manager at The Wolfsonian-FIU. He provided a platform where over 200 presenters coming from the local community could speak on wide-ranging topics of general interest. These included contemporary art, architecture, design, social media, computer animation, sustainability, HIV/AIDS, the slow food movement and more. Thirty of these popular evenings can be viewed at PechaKucha Miami as an on-line library of contemporary trends and issues within the broader Miami community. PechaKucha, meaning “to chit chat” in Japanese, is an international network of creatives in 760 chapter cities worldwide who share ideas, projects and collaborations by 20 Power Point slides set to 20 seconds each. Carl also partners with the Florida Art Therapy Association bringing art and hope to those who are marginalized in senior centers.
Carl first came to Miami in 1996. Studying at the University of Miami, he completed a triple major (Geography, Political Science and International Studies) in three years. He received a Master of Arts in International Affairs (Europe) from American University in Washington, DC graduating in 2002 as a Dean’s Scholar. He participated in The School of International Service’s European Comparative Studies Program which included the Graduate Research Center on Europe through the University of Trento (Italy). He continued studies at Trinity College at University of Oxford’s International Management Graduate Business Program.
Carl Hildebrand is on LinkedIn.