San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Crowdsource This… and That:
Getting Creative with Crowdsourcing Strategy
We’ve all heard about crowdsourcing, that magic process for harnessing the creative labor of your audience. But just how useful is it? You might be surprised. This month’s Internet Advocacy Roundtable assembles a panel of experts that have used crowdsourcing in some of the most imaginative ways in some of the most remote places on earth. Join us as we bring together innovative projects in film-making, news gathering, cell phone election monitoring and data collection, each of which showcases the ability to give voice to entire societies that are often ignored or misrepresented by mainstream media. Our panel will address crowdsourcing original content across various platforms in countries as diverse as Afghanistan and the Sudan. In addition, we will address profit sharing models that funnel funds back into those local communities.
Francesco Rulli, Founder and President of Film Annex
Roya Mahboub, Partner of Citadel of New York, LLC, &Manager of the Afghan Development Project
Joy E. DiBenedetto, CEO of HUMNEWS
Jonathan Hutson, J.D., Director of Communications, ENOUGH Project
Henri Makembe, Partner, Beekeeper Group
Francesco Rulli is the Founder and President of Film Annex, and the Chairman of Film Annex Capital Partners, LLC. Over the past 17 years, he also founded MTI USA Inc., a fashion and textiles consulting firm; Phase One, a global sourcing, product developing, and garment manufacturing company now incorporated within the MTI Group. In partnership with American actor, producer and director John Malkovich Francesco founded Mrs. Mudd, a fashion and design consulting firm, and the Uncle Kimono Collection by John Malkovich. Rulli is also a Black Belt Judo competitor and the Judo instructor at the New York Athletic Club's Saturday Morning Program.
Roya Mahboub is a Partner of Citadel of New York, LLC, and the Manager of the Afghan Development Project. After receiving her Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from Herat University, Mahboob went on to get her MBA in Information Technology in Malaysia. Mahboob worked as the IT Coordinator at Herat University from 2007 to 2010 and founded the Afghan Development Program Organization (AYDPO) in 2008, where she held the position of Female Officer and IT Officer. She was also a Project Coordinator in the IT Department of Ministry of Higher Education. The Afghan Development Project has built significant support on traditional social networks including Facebook and from corporate backers like Adap.tv andAltitude Digital Partners. Part of this work is using social media to connect 40 schools and 160,000 Afghan children to as many or more schools in Europe and USA. In this way, the Afghan Development Project will give a face and voice to the future of Afghanistan, Europe, USA, and the rest of the World.
Joy E. DiBenedetto is CEO of HUMNEWS. She is a 20 year news veteran, award winning journalist with CNN and Turner Broadcasting; handling M&A research; Global VP domestic and international booking, production, journalism assignments. Managed worldwide staff, strategy, hiring, budgeting; editorial direction for 10 years; prior to this 5 years as Director, Domestic Booking, CNN. Previously a CARE NGO press officer, NYC senior citizen caseworker, travel agent, bookseller; she has spoken at the United Nations, lectures on international business strategy, and is a proud Marshall fellow who involves herself with passion causes from getting plastic out of our lives (Greenplate); to theFugees Family; to disaster preparedness. For ten years she sat on the board of the Atlanta Press Club and has recently joined the board of IGDC Solutions. DiBenedetto is a world trekker who often roller skates and bicycles to work, and who has survived Dengue Fever.
Jonathan Hutson, J.D., Director of Communications, is responsible for leading media relations and strategic communications efforts for the Enough Project. In 2010, Jonathan led successful negotiations to launch the Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which blends technology, human rights advocacy, and field research to deter full-scale war between Sudan and South Sudan, and to promote greater accountability for mass atrocities committed there by any party. SSP -- the world's first open-source human rights and human security early warning system -- is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between Not on Our Watch, the Enough Project, the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, DigitalGlobe, Google and Internet strategy firm Trellon, LLC. Prior to joining Enough, Hutson served as Chief Communications Officer at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge, MA. He has held the position of Communications Director at several national NGOs, including Amory Lovins' Rocky Mountain Institute in Snowmass, CO, and Public Justice, a national public interest law firm in Washington, DC. Hutson created and led Dialogues Online: Racial Healing in Your Hometown, a public/private partnership between America Online and the Western Justice Center Foundation. He co-authored Bridging the Racial Divide: Interracial Dialogue in America. He took a Master's in French Language and Literature from Michigan State University and earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law.
Henri Makembe is Partner at Beekeeper Group, leading the Interactive Division. He has extensive experience with leading CMS platforms including WordPress, Expression Engine, Drupal, and Joomla. He is also known for his blog, Local Politechs, where he writes about the innovative ways that state and local political candidates are embracing technology. Most recently, Henri was a client services manager at Blue State Digital, and before that was an account executive at DCI Group specializing in blogging, social networks, advocacy tools, web development, programming languages and databases. Prior to his stay at DCI, Henri was the director of web technologies at Be the Change, Inc – an organization whose mission is to craft a bold and innovative policy agenda rooted in the practical experience of social entrepreneurs and civic leaders. Henri has also served as the director of operations at Cary Silverman for DC Council – Ward 2, web developer at the National Association of Home Builders, and as senior developer at Doceus Inc. A native of Cameroon, Henri grew up in Maryland and has his undergraduate degree in criminal justice from the University of Maryland College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland-University College. When not in front of a computer, Henri is playing soccer and is an avid Terps fan.