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Sunday, July 10 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Building an Information Commons for the New Economy

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In this session, we'll explain what #opendata is, why it's useful & how you can benefit from it. We'll explore how #opendata is being used by humanitarian aid communities & local governments to improve people's lives & sector performance. We'll then explore how #opendata can open new possibilities for the new economy and lead exercises to get people comfortable using #opendata in their orgs & communities. Participants will walk away with a deeper understanding of how data can empower the new economy.

Speakers
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Devin Balkind

Devin Balkind works at the intersection of the nonprofit sector, the free/libre/open-source (FLO) movement, and grassroots community organizing initiatives to help each benefit from the best practices of the others. His current areas of focus are disaster relief, regenerative agriculture and collaborative/new economics. He is the executive director of Sarapis, a nonprofit that advances the FLO movement within transformative sectors.
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Greg Bloom

Chief Organizing Officer, Open Referral
Greg Bloom is the instigator of the Open Referral Initiative, which he began while working at Bread for the City in DC. Previously, he organized Get Out the Vote campaigns, class-action labor lawsuits, municipal budget battles, death penalty abolition, community wireless networks, DiscoTechs, and even a backyard chicken legalization movement. He has been published in In These Times, Civic Quarterly, Personal Democracy Forum, and Code for... Read More →
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Leah Feder

Leah Feder is a Brooklyn-based organizer. As the New Economy Lead at Sarapis, a nonprofit that advocates for free/libre/open-source solutions to common challenges, she connects dots & people to help build the next economy. In addition, she works at the Murphy Institute for Labor and Community Studies. She recently organized the Next System Project NYC Convening.
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Annie McShiras

Annie McShiras is an Investment Associate at Self-Help Federal Credit Union. Passionate about cooperative and democratic economics, Annie has been promoting movements for economic justice, the solidarity economy, and systems change for the past ten years. Annie has worked in organizations on issues ranging from worker cooperative development to homelessness prevention to impact investing; in Vermont, California, and NYC; wearing director... Read More →


Sunday July 10, 2016 11:15am - 12:30pm
Rockwell Hall 305


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