February 2014
Dear friends,

This has been a busy and productive winter. I have continued to develop the recently launched kNOw THEM Initiative , combating the most dangerous four-letter word in the English language, THEM.  If you haven't had a chance to see the recently-updated website or the TEDx BeaconStreet Talk on the kNOw THEM Initiative, please take a look and help spread the word.  In addition, I've published an article in the Huffington Post and The Good Men Project, and the Boston Globe has written about the Initiative as well.  I've also been working hard on social media: becoming more active on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr to share the kNOw THEM message.

As part of the kNOw THEM Initiative, I recently returned from Cuba where I was working on developing the Parallel Narratives Project, which provides instructional material for educators to help students view historical events from multiple perspectives. I was also in Dubai where I  mentored incredible technology entrepreneurs from throughout the Middle East and documented their work in collaboration with Chris Schroeder, the author of Startup Rising.
2014 will be full of photographic exhibitions and presentations, including both my Beyond the Headlines series and work related to the kNOw THEM Initiative, as well as again leading delegations to Iran, North Korea, Jordan and Egypt.  Here are a few of the opportunities coming up in the new year:

kNOw THEM: Middle East
FotoFest Exhibition and Presentation: March-April 2014
The Houston Club, Houston, TX 

Solo Exhibition and Presentation: May-June, 2014 
Bedford Public Library, Bedford, MA

North Korea: Beyond the Headlines
Solo Exhibition: December 2014

Presentation: December 2, 7-8:30
Cary Memorial Library, Lexington, MA

In contrast to the intensity of travels and work described above, this summer I spent two weeks rafting in the Grand Canyon and a week hiking in the Canadian Rockies.  Images from the Grand Canyon and Lake O'Hara are on dicksimon.com, as well as a newly-uploaded photo essay on India's Dharavi slum. More images have been added to Flickr, including NYC Street Photos and additional images from the MLK 50th Anniversary March on Washington.

Would love your thoughts, comments, and suggestions and please pass this along to others who may be interested.


Dick Simon | [email protected] | 219 Lake Avenue
Newton, MA 02461 USA