Human-Centered Design & AI: Google AI Impact Summit

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the Google Impact AI Summit that shared the learning and case studies from Google AI Challenge winners.    The Summit included presentations, panel discussions, and a “science fair” where we could see demos from and talk with the winners. CrisisTxt Line Booth at “Science Fair” The Summit…

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Working Narratives: Movements and Storytelling Are a Strategic Must

CLB-8 provided direct logistical support in providing disaster relief to civilians affected by Hurricane Florence. (US Marine Corps photo by Pfc. Nello Miele.) February 6, 2020, Washington Daily News (Washington, NC) After a disaster, it’s easy to find pictures of victims and 20-second interview clips. Following that, there’s the gathering of data—about the storm, the…

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Hawaiian Senators Step Up to Protect Civil Rights of Maunakea Protestors

Photo credit for image above: @protectmaunakea (Instagram) February 11, 2020; Honolulu Civil Beat After the attorney general began a harassment campaign against KAHEA, a Native Hawaiian group that has been protesting the construction of the thirty-meter telescope (TMT) on Maunakea, Hawaii’s lawmakers have taken it upon themselves to advance Senate Bill 42, which would prohibit AG investigations…

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How Wikipedia Faces Emerging Knowledge with Collective Capital

CC BY-SA 3.0, Link February 12, 2020; Marketplace Health crises such as the recent outbreak of coronavirus add a heightened level of urgency to the work that Wikipedia does on a daily basis, and so Marketplace’s Molly Wood sat down with Katherine Maher, chief executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation, to talk about the challenges…

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Fossil Fuel Divestment Day Sees Nationwide Protests

“Activists Assemble call for fossil fuel divestment,” Ric Lander February 13, 2020; Ithaca Voice Yesterday was global fossil fuel divestment day, and accordingly, protestors showed up all around the country to disrupt business as usual. One group, for instance, occupied a branch of Chase Bank in Ithaca, New York, causing it to close altogether. It…

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Wet’suwet’en Defend Sovereign Land from Pipeline Incursion

“Wetsuweten in YEG,” Council of Canadians February 13, 2020; Real Peoples Media and Flare NPQ reported last month that Wet’suwet’en First Nations land defenders had evicted Coastal GasLink pipeline workers from their territory—but the company promised to be back. They have made good on that promise and returned with armed police, sparking protests not just…

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My uneven first steps in #LocalYear

The days after announcing my #LocalYear on January 31st were filled with small steps forward and also back. It was sobering. I started off strong by attending the annual Thriving Resilient Communities Collaboratory (TRCC) retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains. TRCC is a collaboration and funding network made up of a couple dozen small nonprofits…

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