Weaponized Social in NYC | 2015

Event Date(s): 
February 13, 2015 to February 14, 2015

Weaponized Social took place on February 13th and 14th in New York City. It was a first of its kind for Aspiration.

A big love bomb of thanks to all who participated.

Weaponized Social: Rethinking Online Scripts

In the Aspiration ethos, using tools comes second to cultivating and understanding the ecosystem where the tool would live and grow. In practice, this means creating organizational processes, positive feedback loops, conventions, etc., so that when technology is implemented, it is overlayed on existing modes of healthy and sustainable interaction. This year, we began exploring one of the broader and more nebulous ecosystems as it relates to the technology of the internet: the 'social scripts' that mediate online interactions.

Reporting back from "Follow the Money" in Berlin

This past week, I joined Gunner to facilitate the Transparency and Accountability Initiative's "Using Technology to Follow the Money" workshop in Berlin. We met over a hundred activists, journalists, technologists, and funders who traveled from all over the world to have dialogues about how to better use financial data to make social change.

What does it mean to “Follow the Money”, and how can financial data lead to social change?

Back on the California Highway in 2015

From February 16th to 20th, we are heading on the road to meet with friends and allies off California's Highway 5. We hope to listen and learn about the technology needs of grassroots social justice organizations in order to inspire our trainings and capacity building efforts for the year.

Welcoming our two new team members

Willow and JC

Our office reached capacity this winter by welcoming two new members to the team: JC Sanchez and Willow Brugh. We are fortunate to have them on board to expand our program work in California and abroad.

JC, our new Technology Capacity Builder, interned with Aspiration in 2013 as a student of the Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz. His serendipitous return will allow him to continue the work he started two years ago. Conversing over coffee in downtown Oakland, he explains:

    When I was first at Aspiration as an intern, I was made the unofficial translator. For example, I was given the job of translating the Publishing Matrix. So hopefully, that is going to carry over.

Tales of Telecommuting: What was the first week like?

This is me, Willow

This January, Aspiration embarked on a telecommuting adventure by hiring a team member stationed on the East Coast. That remote person is me! I’m Willow Brugh, your friendly new Community Leadership Strategist, brought on board to continue work with the digital response community, social justice affects on complex systems, and to document processes (sometimes with stick figures!).

Ah, that first-day feeling. The slight nerves from infinite possibilities and having no idea what is going on. Being surrounded by new people, new sounds...

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