Longing to return to normal may feel unavoidable - isolated and twisted times will do that.
Radical introspection begins with the understanding that normal wasn’t so great for everyone.
Normal included a lot of inequalities -deep-rooted, structurally-designed problems- that tend to feel well outside our capabilities, that too often, we come to accept what should be deeply unacceptable.
Influencing a culture of curiosity and vulnerability, we help individuals build capacity in their community, organize resources for on-the-ground efforts; and override disinformation by amplifying the lived experience.
We invite you to join us in our commitment toward evolving how we think, speak, and impact our world.
Current status: actively engaging in the civic, cultural, social, and moral welfare of our communities. Up first: code switch and policy pitch.
Can't wait to see ya.
Our Values (in-part): How to interact with the site, resources, and opportunities effectively:
1. Deep curiosity.
Come to think, consider, and learn. Check your bias. Push the boundaries of your beliefs and perspectives.
Be proactive. While rich in practical skills, we are here to utilize data and deepen engagement by listening to, and co-creating communities. Our vibe is to plant seeds, share the water, and evolve the garden - it's on you to drink it, grow, and choose to bloom.
3. Accountability and transparency.
Of ourselves, as an organization, those we partner with, and equally as important - of those who work for our collective communities.
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Volunteering builds camaraderie, career and leadership skills, cultural identity, and sweat equity (social capital) in the fight for social change. In order to think about a greater social vision, work together, and measure the effectiveness of volunteer efforts, each opportunity will have a mission-based structured approach. This will help us deliver the most value for your donated time.
There is no "us" and "them" we are built on the idea of unifying our resources, influence, voices, and communities. We are committed to continuously evolving and invite insight, ideas, stories, and co-designers of solutions. We plan to host ongoing workshops, panel discussions, and think tanks. Visit our site's about page for a list of focused topics or simply drop us a message here to learn more. We can't wait to hear from you.
As our position is focused on co-creating solutions, our approach champions effective altruism. We believe people should have the ability to donate passionately across multiple causes but effectively within these causes to produce the most consequential outcomes.
Collective action on any social issue requires attention to the ways digital regulations influence and shape every other policy domain. Often we see a fragmented or independent set of influences or individuals as the culprit toward exasperating an issue, however, to create solutions within a digital-dependent society, we have to address the fact that these digital systems are owned and managed by corporate and government entities. The need for a transparent and regulated code of ethics, as the baseline for digital development and intent of use, is absolutely necessary toward scaled social solutions.
Our fundraising is three-pronged. Please do not hesitate to reach out directly for a more comprehensive breakdown of each fundraising objective. In addition to a monthly donor report, we will host an open Zoom session each month to review these reports and speak candidly to these goals and produced outcomes.
Prong 1. Digital rights advocacy and protection.
Combatting disinformation and increasing digital and media literacy.
A lack of connection is one of the main contributing problems towards the isolation of communities and the acceptance of reality and facts. Communities need reliable, accurate news and access to factual information that creates the opportunity for dialogue, reflection, and informed decision-making.
By addressing the evolution of key digital systems, and developing a common understanding of practices used in such, we'll begin to shed light on the addictive and intentionally-designed digital tactics used to curate our google results, social media feed, and the ads we see. Underscoring the need to rethink how we consume and share information, the goal is to bring awareness, trigger a moment of pause, and stir curiosity towards confronting our digital addictions and the subsequent repercussions of such.
A. Awareness towards the rise of ISP (internet service provider) and media monopolies over our local and regional news.
B. The need to advocate for transparent ethical standards in behavioral analysis, predictive analytics, responsible data collection, including corporate and government commitments toward the funding of ethical data infrastructure.
The plan, in-part:
Increased collaboration across organizations and issue areas to levy an awareness campaign that brings attention to digital problems by reinforcing the interconnected threats to our collective communities, particularly within marginalized and rural communities. We often may overlook the relationship between algorithms and socio-economic, environmental, and public health issues, but by organizing collective power through a shared goal, we have an opportunity to push for real change.
Partnerships with tech leaders within the social impact sectors, and creating an open-communication access point between our campaign and experts in the digital protection and national security space.