Geese, dogs, pigs, etching, and color.
Gallery details from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
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I had the new and enjoyable experience of both speaking at and scribing for a discussion at this year’s World Science Forum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Hosted by the World Association of Young Scientists and a collective of research staff bodies called ICorSA, the conversation had us digging into the different ways that young scientists and social innovators are making science sustainable for the next generation.
I had the pleasure of highlighting what some of my favorite organizations - including Global Minimum, WeCyclers, and Public Lab - are doing in this regard. And I also got to learn a lot more about what traditional science bodies are noodling over these days.
And a final conclusion: a return trip to Brazil is definitely in order. What a fascinating moment in time to experience this tremendous country.
I had the great pleasure of co-curating and co-moderating an awesome discussion on the future of American elections at this year’s Techonomy in Tucson, Arizona.
The premise of the discussion was as follows:
Democracy requires participation. Only 55 percent of registered voters vote in major U.S. elections. Voting laws are meanwhile getting even more restrictive and locally unique, thanks in part to recent Supreme Court revisions to the Voting Rights Act. Can technology help fix America’s broken voting system? Will we eventually vote by phone or Internet? How will 2016 be different from 2012?
Interim Dean, Wayne State University Law School
Director, Division of Elections, Colorado Department of State
Leac Developer, ShareProgress
Technical Program Manager, Elections and Civic Engagement, Google
Federal Compliance Officer, Maricopa County Elections
Principal and Managing Director, Civitas Public Affairs
I had the honor this evening of scribing for a community conversation about gun violence, hosted by S.O.S Crown Heights, an anti-gun violence program.
These good people were profiled recently by Joe Nocera in the New York Times, in part because their efforts have correlated with an important drop in shootings. The approach addresses gun violence as if it were a public health problem, sending trained “interrupters” to the scene of a conflict that could get deadly.
Many of those interrupters were at the conversation tonight, alongside community police officers, neighborhood residents, educators, and others.
As a scribe, I was listening very hard tonight, as this was a conversation that was not simply cognitive-intellectual, but rather embedded with the pain and anger of difficult experiences - and a fundamental desire to see peace and justice. I have been a participant in this conversation before, but not as an illustrator. Sometimes, it feels like a more reductive exercise than an additive one.
If you read up on the program and feel moved to help, here are a few ways to do so.
It is a rare moment when I get to be in a room full of brilliant and varied people, just as they are thinking about how to transform a public problem from the ground up.
But today was one of those mornings - and it was pretty inspiring.
The question was “how to do we rewire workforce development and employment services for the 21st century?” The convener was Center4, a new kind of accelerator meant to help NYC nonprofits take full advantage of technology to transform health and human service delivery. The center is an initiative of FEGS, and today’s conversation was just a first stab into the many and varied issues that Center4 plans to address. Ultimately, this is a convening space that will touch on education, healthcare, poverty, domestic violence, and other issues — but today’s conversation was focused around how we transform the city’s workforce ecosystem into something that truly reflects the possibilities in this day in age. It was a cross-sector conversation, and my role was to facilitate a substantive discussion among representatives from workforce development organizations from across the city, technologists, entrepreneurs, and funders, among others.
It felt significant, in some way, that we were discussing this vision for a new workforce and employment ecosystem, and pinpointing some specific challenges worth further exploration, on a day when our federal government is effectively paralyzed by a perilous drought of collaboration in Congress. As was raised in the discussion, funding for workforce development services from government has declined significantly in the past decades, and nonprofits are forced to be ever more creative with the shrinking resources they possess. Moving forward, the health and human service sector will have to be radically creative in the ways that it meets the needs of workers in this economy — and to do so, it will have to look beyond its own familiar territory. That was why this morning’s conversation was so encouraging. It was a recognition of the need for evolution in the status quo, and the strengthening of some important bonds between collaborators from different worlds.
I look forward to seeing what happens next from Center4!
The photo above is thanks to Heather Willems of ImageThink, who served as graphic facilitator for the event.
I’m impressed. Good job, NYC.
Meet the new www.NYC.gov—it’s faster, smarter and easier to use than ever before. Guided by input from the public, informed by visitor metrics and inspired by the customer service approach of 311, NYC.gov has been redesigned to put the user first. A few highlights of the new website:
- Viewable on all mobile devices
- Search results are more accurate and relevant
- New “311 Booker” tool on the homepage allows you to request a service or check on the status more easily
- Redesigned Jobs section brings together all City employment-related opportunities and resources
- New events search tool and map
- Improved social sharing so you can more easily post to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Tumblr