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I am a PhD student at UMass Amherst in the Department of Communication. I have been involved in many activist organizations over the years, from PETA to Planned Parenthood Outreach, to general organization of progressive students (I founded the Progressive Student Union at ASU as an undergrad). I've been working for the last few years at OIT (the Office of Information Technology) helping professors utilize technology in the classroom - part of this, of course, focuses on helping them understand fair use and creative commons. I love teaching about these ideas - from my undergrads to other grads to faculty and staff. Its become such a passion that I'm currently writing my dissertation on some of the aspects of Free Culture (I like sharing).
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I'd love to help serve on the board for a few reasons. There seems to be a lot of opportunities that we could create with different projects to get SFC chapters engaging their campuses on an international level. One, for example, could be promoting FOSS Learning Management Systems (LMS) on campus - I was recently involved in testing LMS systems over the past year and a half and learned a lot about how to campaign for a FOSS alternative. Specific goals can help to get organizations moving and gaining steam to push the next one out. We could also coordinate together to set up a few of these projects and have them for chapters to choose from.
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I'd love to work on helping to design some campaigns "in a box" (meaning that we have all the stuff for them already ready) to distribute to interested groups, I can design flyers and logos and such.
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Before returning to finish my PhD my last job was working as a Marketing Director for an Architecture company - so I've got a lot of experience regarding long term strategic growth paths. I promised I'd never go back to "that life" but sometimes skills can be applied for much better things. I think that currently it seems like you (we) wish to get more people involved in SFC, get chapters to get more active, and to attract those that don't yet know what we're doing. There are plenty of ways we can approach this.
  
 
===Piccirillo, Danny, Hampshire===
 
===Piccirillo, Danny, Hampshire===

Revision as of 04:01, 10 April 2011

Nominations to Run for the 2011 Board of Directors

According to the Bylaws, nominees for the Board of Directors must either be a current member of an FC chapter or currently serving on the Board.

Reminder, nominations close at Midnight PDT on April 10, 2011. See the rest of the calendar on the main Election page.

Timeline

Nominations are accepted through April 10. Between April 11 and April 17, candidates will answer questions from the community and participate in one live Q/A session.

Chapters will receive e-vote tokens by email on April 18th, and must cast their votes by April 30. The results will be announced on May 1.

How to nominate someone

  1. Contact that person.
  2. Edit this page and copy-paste the template below.
  3. Complete the information to reflect your nominee.

What to do if you are nominated

  1. Wait for your sponsor to add you to this page.
  2. Update the Bio and Statement sections below your name.

List of Nominees

(in alphabetical order, by last name)

Last Name, First Name, Chapter

  • Nominated by ...

Bio

Statement

Francois, Camille, Sciences Po

  • Nominated by Aditi Rajaram

Bio

Statement

Gabriel, Pérez-Irizarry, University of Puerto Rico

  • Nominated by myself

Bio

Statement

Kamdar, Adi, Yale

  • Nominated by Aditi Rajaram

Bio

Statement

McDowell, Zach, UMass Amherst

  • Nominated by Parker Phinney
  • Nomination Accepted

Bio

I am a PhD student at UMass Amherst in the Department of Communication. I have been involved in many activist organizations over the years, from PETA to Planned Parenthood Outreach, to general organization of progressive students (I founded the Progressive Student Union at ASU as an undergrad). I've been working for the last few years at OIT (the Office of Information Technology) helping professors utilize technology in the classroom - part of this, of course, focuses on helping them understand fair use and creative commons. I love teaching about these ideas - from my undergrads to other grads to faculty and staff. Its become such a passion that I'm currently writing my dissertation on some of the aspects of Free Culture (I like sharing).

Statement

I'd love to help serve on the board for a few reasons. There seems to be a lot of opportunities that we could create with different projects to get SFC chapters engaging their campuses on an international level. One, for example, could be promoting FOSS Learning Management Systems (LMS) on campus - I was recently involved in testing LMS systems over the past year and a half and learned a lot about how to campaign for a FOSS alternative. Specific goals can help to get organizations moving and gaining steam to push the next one out. We could also coordinate together to set up a few of these projects and have them for chapters to choose from. I'd love to work on helping to design some campaigns "in a box" (meaning that we have all the stuff for them already ready) to distribute to interested groups, I can design flyers and logos and such.

Before returning to finish my PhD my last job was working as a Marketing Director for an Architecture company - so I've got a lot of experience regarding long term strategic growth paths. I promised I'd never go back to "that life" but sometimes skills can be applied for much better things. I think that currently it seems like you (we) wish to get more people involved in SFC, get chapters to get more active, and to attract those that don't yet know what we're doing. There are plenty of ways we can approach this.

Piccirillo, Danny, Hampshire

  • Nominated by Parker Phinney

Bio

Danny Piccirillo is a freshman at Hampshire College and is deeply interested in issues concerning the control and distribution of information, especially as it relates to free speech, art, and feminism. He has been involved with free culture and free software for years, mainly with promoting projects and local advocacy work. During high school he was heavily involved with Ubuntu, and raised over $2000 USD to fund his own project-- hosting a booth at the Anime Boston convention to showcase Ubuntu, free software, and free cultural works such as Elephant's Dream and the Morevna Project. He also compiled LibrePlanet's software freedom activism guide which could be expanded to apply to free culture in general. During 2010 he worked for the Free Software Foundation as a Summer intern, and he continues volunteering regularly. He also likes volunteering at conferences and has helped at Students for Free culture 2011, LibrePlanet 2010 & 2011, The Next Hope, Open video Conference, and National Conference for Media Reform.

Statement

I'd love to help serve on the board to address the biggest weakness I see in the movement: making free culture easy to understand and accessible. It seems that many important organizations like SFC, FSF, etc mostly reach out to people who are already interested and aware of the issues at hand (though they're getting much better!). I envision making changes that would make the website more welcoming for newcomers, providing more introductory information and streamlining the process of starting local/student chapters, as well as making promotional materials accessible for people to remix, translate, and share. I would also like to see SFC become a registered 501(c)3 organization, and would be willing to put time into making that happen. Lastly, SFC needs to organize itself such that it can be sustained by the core team and volunteer base, so that the board only has to do what it exists to do.

Phinney, Parker, Dartmouth

  • Nominated by Aditi Rajaram
  • Nomination accepted

Bio

Parker's a rising senior at Dartmouth, majoring in computer science. He's been involved with SFC for something like 6 years now, having founded a chapter at his high school at the beginning of his junior year (and one at Dartmouth immediately upon arriving there). He's finishing up his first year serving on the board. He's interned at OpenHatch.org and Creative Commons. Other than doing SFC stuff, he really likes writing code that makes life better.

Platform

I want to make the national SFC org a volunteer powerhouse! I want to make it stupidly easy for volunteers to get involved with stuff at the global level--greeting new chapters, running campaigns, helping with the conference, etc etc.

As part of this, I've moved all of the board's email chatter to an open mailing list and installed a todo-tracker system that almost works. But technology alone isn't going to make this happen. It's going to take a lot of human effort to build a lively volunteer base at the national level. This will include:

  • Putting a lot of time in to assembling great documentation on the wiki
  • Paying a lot of attention to how volunteers are feeling and doing a great job of making them feel really proud to be helping out
    • By doing things like thanking them on our microblog(s) and blog, sending them chocolate, and giving them official volunteer positions (complete with a photo and bio on our about page)

I really think that a lively volunteer base at the level of the global org is what SFC needs in order to take the next step in its growth as an organization.

Leavitt, Alex, USC Annenberg

  • Nominated by Parker Phinney

Bio

Alex Leavitt is currently a research assistant to danah boyd at Microsoft Research. In Fall 2011, he will be a 1st-year PhD student in Communication at USC Annenberg. He was previously a member of BU Students for Free Culture and frequented the Harvard and MIT chapters. Additionally, he has worked on SFC initiatives, such as YouTomb and the Open Video Conference. Alex studies and has researched the Internet and media industries with MSR, the Convergence Culture Consortium (Comparative Media Studies, MIT), and the Web Ecology Project, and is a teaching assistant at Harvard Extension School (helping with the Berkman Center's "Internet & Society" class). Currently he is looking at "open-source culture" initiatives, particularly within the Japanese content industry, and has presented at various conferences on copyright, fair use, remix, and media audiences and production.

Statement

I want to help Students for Free Culture increase outreach to international organizations, alumni, and faculty to help establish a stronger network of experts working in related and relevant fields. Also, I wish to reach out to interested students at various universities who wish to get more involved in the organization: to help them establish a local chapter, if one does not exist, but particularly to have them help the core team to unify and make visible various chapters on a national level. I hope that these efforts will keep SFC as a relevant and noteworthy organization in the near future as we continue to engage with the global community interested in free culture.

Statement

Fassina, Andrea, York

  • Nominated by Ben

Bio

Statement