Founder and Director
Monica Curca is a peacebuilder, facilitator, and community organizer leveraging storytelling and capacity building to make a more just and peaceful world. She is the founder and managing director of Activate Labs, a strategy, storytelling and transformational leadership capacity building non-profit organization. Monica’s passion is radical inclusion by democratizing information and processes. She specializes in using participatory processes and design thinking to support movements, organizations and grassroots communities as they collectively work to shift policy, narrative and culture towards justice. Monica holds two Masters Degrees from the Heller School for Social Policy in Management at Brandeis University, in Sustainable International Development and Conflict and Coexistence and lives in Southern California with family.
Margarita De Luna
Facilitator, teacher, psychologist, researcher and change agent on both sides of the border: Mexico and the United States of America. Margarita is a graduate from Pomona College -Claremont Colleges and the University of California at Santa Barbara in the Masters and Doctorate programs of Counseling Psychology, both programs certified by the American Psychological Association. Most recently she was thecoordinator of the Postgraduate Programs in Education at the Universidad Iberoamericana, Tijuana focusing on psychology, education and societies of the border area, as well as training of teachers and students as critical thinkers and solid researchers in this region. With her initiative and coordination the Congress and Diplomas of Border Pedagogy was begun. Currently as a facilitator for Project Hope in Tijuana and active in her private practice in addition to consulting social change organization, Margarita enjoys spending more time with her family and grand- children.
Laura Freyermuth is a human rights defender, community organizer and activist for civil society strengthening focusing on Latin American processes of social transformation. Laura has been part of civil society organizations dedicated to advocacy on public policy for social sector, facilitating process, leading workshopsand coordinated social research on; gender and development for men who want to transform their violent habits, strengthening of families of forced disappearance, community organization based on human rights, defense against gentrification and political participation. She has a degree in Political Science in the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, for its name in Spanish), a diploma in specialized translation for social sciences and law in the same University. Laura is based in Mexico City, Mexico.