Town Hall 3- Building a Tech Industry That Is Better for All

Room 404, 4th Floor
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall
66 West 12th Street, NYC

Concurrent Town Halls in Various Locations
Parallel sessions open up spaces where you can learn about the projects of your fellow participants from around the world. They amplify the unique potential of all of us being together at The New School. Think of the format of this session as a topically-focused town hall; it is not a traditional panel. Each speaker has 5 minutes to introduce their work. The second hour of the session is dedicated to discussion that promptly engages the people who are not on the stage. Find the presentations in the File Swap folder linked below.

About This Town Hall
Tech cooperatives run without venture capital funding. They treat their workers fairly and give them control over their businesses. Tech co-ops are more resilient and better positioned to advance participatory design and open source/free software. Why, then, is open source/free software not a priority for more tech co-ops? How does participation in shaping a design help to foster a sense of investment? In the co-design process, how do diverse perspectives help to surface potential problems, especially among edge users? How do cooperative values align with co-design/participatory design? What is in your cooperative tool shed?

The hashtag for this track is #CoopToolShed

File Swap
Would you like to dig deeper, learn more about the discussed topics, or have documents to share? Download PDFs of the presentations, background readings, and/or upload your own materials to this folder

Speakers

  • Greta Byrum Co-director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School

  • McKenzie Jones Manager, CoLab Cooperative

  • Cheryl Li Designer at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University

  • Jill Dimond Founding Worker-Owner, Sassafras Tech Collective

  • Marcel de Oliveira Coelho Software Analyst and Member of the Innovation Board at Coopersystem

  • Louis Cousin Cooperative Entrepreneur at Startin'blox

  • Photograph of a man, Ned Zimmerman, from the shoulders up standing against the backdrop of mountain with pine trees..

    Ned Zimmerman Senior Inclusive Developer, Inclusive Design Research Centre

  • Una Lee Vermont-based Design Practitioner, Collaborative Design Facilitator, and Community Organizer, Consentful Tech

  • Bastien Sibille Secretary General of the International Free Software Association

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