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Spring 2022

Kara Meyer

Managing Director, +POOL

Lecture Date: April 6, 2022

About the lecture

Kara Meyer is Managing Director at +POOL, where she oversees the development of the world’s first water-filtering, floating swimming pool in NYC’s East River. Kara shares about the history of swimming pools in NYC as well as programs and challenges of this aquatic, community-focused innovation.

About Kara Meyer

Design for social innovation means choosing to design for a world for all, not just for yourself, or your friends, or your client, or people who look and think like you.

Kara takes seemingly impossible creative ideas and brings them to fruition. Some of her specialties include fundraising, project management, finance, grant writing, programming, community building, event planning and nonprofits. She is a lover of art, design and innovation.

Before coming to +POOL, Kara was the director of External relations at Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, where she secured and managed a contract with the US Department of State and led the team that represented the United States at the 14th International Architecture Biennale in Venice, Italy. She also serves as Senior Development Associate of Art in General, where she leads the organization’s fundraising efforts during two of the Director Development’s maternity leaves and established the organization’s young patrons program.

Student Questions

How do you establish cooperation with people in different fields, such as experts in chemistry, marine and biology?

How do you measure the impact of + pool on people's environmental awareness?

What are the challenges that really seemed insurmountable but in hindsight might not be so? How did you overcome them and what was the mindset that led you through it?

What are your future plans with POOL? Do you plan to expand to such countries such as India or find partners to do so?

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