We are actively engaged in the dialogue and debates of our space: on issues of social justice, global development, and democratic innovation, and on the ethics and methodological evolution of design, mediation, and co-creation practice. More of our writing can be found at Medium.
New York City recently appointed Kelly Jin as the Chief Analytics Officer and Director of the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics (MODA), and we look forward to witnessing her leadership as she amplifies the impact of public data in NYC. Reboot was excited to share our support and enthusiasm in the City’s official announcement on Jin’s appointment, and you can read the full press release here.
Chelsey Lepage will be a panelist at the Smart Citizenship Academy in Cascais, Portugal on October 10th. In conversation with participatory budgeting (PB) experts Nelson Dias and Giovanni Allegretti, she will discuss the development of PB practices in different global contexts over the past three decades. The session will also address the opportunities and challenges of co-designing new peer learning approaches to participatory budgeting.
On October 12th, Yop Rwang Pam will speak at the 14th Annual All Nigeria Editors’ Conference in Delta State, Nigeria. Her session,“Media Collaboration for Increased Power Sector Accountability,” will highlight the critical role of data-driven reports in demanding accountability from the government, especially leading up to the Nigerian general election in February 2019.
Reboot is excited to welcome our new fall interns, Alyssa and James! Alyssa, our Programs Intern, is an aspiring service designer currently pursuing an MFA in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons. She will primarily support our team on participatory budgeting research and projects. James, our People & Operations Intern, is an MPA Candidate at CUNY – Baruch College, studying urban development and sustainability. He will support our human resources team, including on recruitment and policy.
Lauren Gardner, Corey Chao, and Kisha Bwenge will run a workshop at the 2018 Feedback Summit in Washington, D.C. on October 4th–5th. Our session, Ambiguity as Ally: Feedback-First Project Design, will explore how co-creation can thrive through processes, skills, and organizational cultures that encourage feedback. Join us as we collectively work to make feedback the new norm in project planning and implementation. And stay updated on the event at #FBLSummit!
Reboot is proud to be a co-organizer of the Open Cities Summit in Buenos Aires on September 24, ahead of the 2018 International Open Data Conference (IODC18). Zack Brisson and Marielle Velander will lead the workshop From Theory to Impact: Designing Open Data Programs to Solve City Problems, discussing demand-driven open data. And at IODC18, Panthea Lee will share insights from the summit as part of the Smart Cities and Open Data panel. Join the conversation at #OpenCitiesSummit and #IODC18!
Today marks the release of the 2018 Open Data Report, an important update on New York City’s pioneering open data program. Reboot worked closely with the Mayor’s Office of Data Analytics for the second year in a row to tell the story of open data in New York and its impact on city agencies and residents. We also helped produce an accessible, inspiring video to help New Yorkers understand the city’s commitment to excellence and inclusivity through data—watch it at this link.
Meet Reboot’s newest Communications Intern, Maria Unawu! She joins the team in our West Africa office with a background in film and media. Maria hopes to use her creativity to make an impact and will support the team with designing communications strategy, including social media, blog posts, and other channels for engagement.
From July 17–19th, Zack Brisson, Panthea Lee, and Lauren Gardner will attend the 5th Open Government Partnerships Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, along with representatives from 75 countries. On July 17th, Zack will facilitate the panel, From Failure to Feasibility: Hard Won Wisdom from Tech for Social Impact Changemakers, as part of Civil Society Day. Join the conversation at #OGPGeorgia!
Reboot is pleased to welcome Kisha Bwenge to the team as our Communications & Marketing Associate. She brings a range of experience in communications strategy and a passion for international development. Kisha looks forward to sharing Reboot’s vision of inclusivity and innovation in governance and global development.
On June 23rd, Chioma Agwuegbo and Ahmed Rufai Isah will facilitate a conversation at the International Press Institute’s World Congress in Abuja, Nigeria. The panel will feature the MacArthur Foundation’s investigative journalism grantees and explore innovative funding models for newsrooms to ensure journalism’s sustainability and independence. Follow the event on Twitter with #IPIWOCO.
On June 6th, Ijeoma Mba and Ahmed Rufai Isah will facilitate a learning roundtable for Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), DFID’s governance program in Nigeria. The session will showcase DFID’s technology tools which support partners to deepen governance accountability in Nigeria. Participants include PERL local partners, beneficiaries, government, and civil society.
Reboot is excited to welcome Priya Ghosh to our team as People & Operations Intern. Priya is a Master’s in Public Administration candidate at NYU Wagner where she studies public and nonprofit management. She has a background working with international nonprofits in a variety of roles and looks forward learning about Reboot’s design approach and operations. Priya will be supporting Reboot’s HR and Operations functions.
On March 23rd, Panthea Lee will join fellow contributors for the launch of An Introduction to Service Design: Designing the Invisible by Laura Penin. Hosted by the Parsons School of Design, IDSA, and SD-NYC, panelists will discuss their projects featured in the book—including Reboot’s My Voice—and the future of design education. RSVP for the book launch and order your issue today.
Stephen Larrick, of the Sunlight Foundation, spoke on the GovEx Data Points podcast about the Tactical Data Engagement process, and how Reboot’s research on Madison, Wisconsin’s open data users fit into it. Most recently, the research informed the mechanics of community grant in Madison. Listen to the podcast here.
On Thursday April 26 at 10:30am Chioma Agwuegbo will speak on the topic of digital inclusion as a right at a panel at the Internet Freedom Forum in Abuja, Nigeria. Sponsored by the Ford Foundation, Google, Facebook, and others, the event will bring together civil society organizations, policy makers, and tech enthusiasts to discuss emerging issues of internet freedom in Africa. Follow along at #IFF2018.
Reboot happily welcomes Corey Chao to our team as Strategic Designer. As a filmmaker and designer, Corey brings experience using storytelling and participatory methods to enable inclusive service design. Corey looks forward to applying his creative thinking and facilitation skills to Reboot’s criminal justice and governance projects.
Zack Brisson and Chioma Agwuegbo will take part in mySociety’s The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference, known as TICTec, on April 18th and 19th in Lisbon, Portugal. They will join researchers, practitioners, and donors in exploring the progress and pitfalls of civic technology initiatives worldwide. Follow the conversation at #TICTeC2018.
On April 7th, Zack Brisson will speak at a panel on design for good at Designation, a conference organized by the Princeton University group Business Today. Panelists from the New York City government and the private sector will discuss how design principles can be used across sectors to revolutionize social change. The conference will take place at Spring Studios in Tribeca, New York City.
Business Daily, a Nairobi-based newspaper by the Nation Media Group, published an op-ed by Ory Okolloh of Omidyar Network discussing Reboot’s latest report: Strengthening Kenyan Media. The article calls for a robust debate on the Kenyan media ecosystem, citing findings from our research on the challenges facing a free and vibrant press, as well as opportunities to strengthen the press as public watchdog.