Apr 21, 2022 - News

How advocacy consultant Christine Medonça uses technology

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Christine LeViseur Mendonça runs Shore to Shore Advisory, a social impact advisory, and is the founder of Humans on the Move, a consultancy that brings the public, humanitarian and private sectors together in response to global forced displacement.

  • Russia's invasion of Ukraine is keeping her busy lately. We wondered how she stays on top of it all.

Device of choice: iPhone 12 mini and an iPad Pro

First tap of the day: "Dark Sky to find out what the weather is so I can be properly prepared to take out the dog, and get the paper … and see if I can squeeze in a paddle boarding session that day."

Go-to news source: "I read the New York Times (actual newspaper), Axios Tampa Bay, the New York Times' New York Today newsletter, WSJ's The 10-Point newsletter, the Financial Times and Twitter."

Podcast of choice: "The Daily," and when the news is too heavy, "The Moment with Brian Koppelman," and if I am feeling wonky, Ezra Klein. I am also digging Slate's "What's Next" and "The Bulwark."

On rotation: Jon Batiste, Raye Zaragoza, Joni Mitchell and Baroque Chamber Choir Music

Reading list: Jon Mecham's "Franklin and Winston," Paige Williams' "The Dinosaur Artist," and Timothy Snyder's "Bloodlands."

Most-used app: Twitter. "I use the notifications feature to tightly curate those whose POVs I don't want to miss amongst those I follow, but limit the headlines to my iPad."

  • "Then, when I need to decompress: YouTube. In 2020, I taught myself how to quilt using YouTube videos and I am getting back into it."

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