I plan live media events for media makers of all varieties.

I have 8 years of experience in producing events with attendance ranging from 100 to 3000 people, specializing in planning for conferences, conventions, and convening for media makers that feature high-level speakers, musicians, and artists.

Events I have organized, planned, or otherwise:

The Society for Environmental Journalists 2015 - current - The Society of Environmental Journalists brings est. 700 people together and offers unique educational programs and services, primarily for professional journalists, educators and students, including annual and regional conferences, tours, meet-ups and training events. 

Netroots Nation 2012-2015 - Annually Netroots Nation brings est. 3000 bloggers, newsmakers, social justice advocates, labor and organizational leaders, grassroots organizers and online activists. During my time there I worked on things like the Netroots Music Project, a 10 panel speaker series focused at the intersection of arts and activism, a concert, a mural project with Colibri Center for Human Rights and JustSeeds Artist Co-operative which was later named amongst the Top 10 in Phoenix in 2015, and 3 days of arts performances. Well known musicians and artists like Immortal Technique, Jasiri X, The Chapin Sisters, Irene Diaz, Gan Golan, Jess X Chen, were alongside some of the most fearless activists of our time. (Full transparency: Netroots was the title sponsor of The PPL, which can be seen below.)

The Palm Springs Photo Festival 2013-2014 - PSPF  annually brings 300-500 photographers to the desert and one of the most important and labor intensive portions of the week-long event each year are the workshops, which I was assistant organizer of. Imagine this: 14 workshops, roughly 200 attendees going every which way: The Salton Sea on location shoot, underwater photography at the pool, to the photo studio for a lighting session, getting lunch for everyone and transportation to all of these places.  High-level workshop teachers featured in my work: celebrity portrait-makers Frank Ockenfels III and Nels Israelson, war photographer Stanley Greene, fine art photographers Roger Ballen, Andy Katz, Ralph Gibson, and Ian Ruhter. 

The PPL 2012 - I'm one of the three founders of  The PPL, where 1800 media makers and journalists found services like interview-ready rooms, work space, panel and event programming, resources like reliable, fast wifi and each other during the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This project was explicitly multi-partisan in audiences, panel speakers, institution-credentialed journalists and freelance citizen media.

TEDx, TEDx, TEDx, too! 2010-2013 - From founding steering committee to coach to speaker. This work is also parallel to the 5 BarcampCharlotte unconferences I organized around.  

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Here are some highlights of things I organized and/or produced as staff, particularly in 2015: 

Multimedia Producer, Project Management: AZDispatch, 2015 - This was an interesting multi-media project aimed at showcasing injustices immigrants face in Arizona. I produced photography, a 4 video series that was ultimately streamed during the Netroots Nation keynotes one evening, and put it all on a website to house the work and related content.

This work was featured on Upworthy!A young, undocumented woman tries to do the right thing and ends up a felon for absurd reason

 

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Fundraising and Project Management, Colibrí Mural in Phoenix, Arizona, 2015 -This project was really heartwarming and centered the important work of the Colibrí Center for Human Rights does at the U.S. Mexico border to name those who lost their lives crossing the Sonoran Desert and return them home. 

10 BEST NEW PHOENIX MURALS OF 2015, Phoenix New Times

The Architecture of Fear Meets the Art of Love, The Lacey and Larkin Frontera Fund Blog

Immigration Mural Finds Home and Grand Avenue in Phoenix, Phoenix New Times

Mural in downtown Phoenix highlights plight of migrants, AZ Central

'Colibri' mural opens discussion about migrant issues, Phoenix Sun

Project Management, Immortal Technique Concert feat. Constant Flow (CF), Poison Pen, and DJ Static, The Monarch Theater, 700-ish people, July 2015 - As part of the Netroots Music Project, I coordinated a lot of things, this being one of the most challenging but also most rewarding. There's just that moment when everything is pulling off the way you want it to that makes all of the planning worth it. That moment was definitely when all four of these performers were on stage at once. 

Project Development and Management, The Netroots Music Project and it's 10 panel speaker series focused on arts and activism that featured musicians like The Downtown Boys Immortal TechniqueThe Chapin SistersIrene Diaz, and Jasiri X alongside activists and artists alike.:

People’s Climate March: Music and Art in service of social movements

You don’t have to know Jay-Z: Activating untapped networks of artists

The Arizona Sound Strike: 5 years later

Lights, Camera, Protest

The Art of a Movement

Music for Black and Brown Lives

Women On The Musical Front-lines

Arts Activism Amidst Borders & Ecological Collapse

How to start a riot: Grrls, queers, and other rabble rousers

Organizing workshops galore for a bunch of famous photographers in the desert. #bliss 

 

Palm Springs Photo Festival was a ton of fun to produce for! See the whole line up on the PSPF2014 website

 

Photographers featured AND theIR workshops:

ROGER BALLEN: The Fine Art Photography Master Class

JILL ENFIELD: Alternative Processes: How to Combine Digital and 19th Century Technology to Make Extraordinary Albumen, Platinum / Palladium / Van Dyke Prints

RALPH GIBSON: The Fine Art Nude Workshop

ASHLEY GILBERTSON: Documentary Photojournalism: Photographing on Assignment

GREG GORMAN: The Fine Art Female & Male Nude

 

STANLEY GREENEDocumentary Photography & Photojournalism: The Thin Line Between the Eye and the Heart

TIM GRIFFITHArchitectural Photography: Building Relationships

GREG HEISLER: The Environmental Portrait

TODD HIDOFine Art Photography: A Method Demystified

NELS ISRAELSON: Lighting Portraits in the Digital Era: Speak Softly and Carry a Hard Light

ELENA KALISPhotographing Models Underwater

ANDY KATZ: Color in the Landscape

DUANE MICHALS.: The Master Class

MALLORY MORRISON: Photographing Models Underwater

DAVID MUENCHDesert Light: Color in the Landscape

RJ MUNA: Lighting for Beauty & Fashion

FLETCHER MURRAYThe Basic & Advanced DSLR Video Production Bootcamps

FRANK OCKENFELS IIIThe Signature Portrait

IAN RUHTER: The Past & The Future: Working with Wet-Plate Collodion & Tin Types

BRIAN SMITHStudio Portrait Lighting

ART STREIBERAn Editorial Photography Business Crash-Course

GLEN WEXLER: Manufactured Realities: The Art & Process of Conceptual Photo Illustration

STEPHEN WILKES: Narrative & The Big Picture

 

 

 

 

THE CENTER HOSTED 38 EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WEEK OF THE CONVENTION, INCLUDING PANEL DISCUSSIONS AND GUEST SPEAKERS. MORE THAN 175 MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS USED THE SPACE, INCLUDING THE HUFFINGTON POST, AL JAZEERA, TUMBLR, AND VARIOUS LOCAL AND NATIONAL BLOGS. 

Portrait by  James Willamor

Portrait by  James Willamor

"THIS IS WHAT THE FOUNDERS OF THE PPL HAD IN MIND FROM THE OUTSET. [...] IT'S A GREAT STORY, SPLICING PERFECTLY ALL THE PREVAILING NARRATIVES ABOUT THE CREATIVE CLASS, THE RISE OF NEW MEDIA, THE UBIQUITY OF BLOGGING, THE CITIZEN JOURNALISM BARBARIANS/WUNDERKINDS AT THE GATE OF SOMETHING; PLUS, IT'S A HOMEGROWN CHARLOTTE THING, PUT TOGETHER BY THREE YOUTHFUL SOCIAL MEDIA CONSULTANTS: DESIREE KANE, JUSTIN RUCKMAN AND MATTHEW TYNDALL." Read more


EVEN MORE:

Feature Article: Bloggers get high-tech home for DNC | Charlotte Observer

Feature Video: The PPL: Home for Independent Art + Media during the DNC | Charlotte Video Project

Interview: The PPL of Charlotte | NPR - Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins

Feature Article: The PPL Holding Kickoff Party This Tuesday | Charlotte Magazine

Feature Article: The People's Convention | Charlotte Magazine

Feature Article: Thousands of bloggers here for DNC | Charlotte Observer

Interview: We are the PPL | Charlotte Viewpoint

Mention: Learn from the Pros at marketCharlotte | Charlotte Chamber 

Feature Article: For the PPL, By the PPL: DNC Kick-off Tonight! | Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists

Feature Article:  Media At the DNC, Part II: The Garden | Charlotte Magazine

Mention: In a Social Campaign, What Role for the Press? | Columbia Journalism Review   

Feature Article: At home with the PPL in Charlotte | Columbia Journalism Review

Mention: Oft-kicked Charlotte kicks off right | Columbia Journalism Review

Portrait by Kevin J. Beaty

Portrait by Kevin J. Beaty


I have organized, am organizing, attended, spoken at, volunteered for, speaker coached alongside, or otherwise been involved with:

  

  •  TEDxCharlotte in Charlotte, NC: Steering committee communications chair, speaker coach, attendee (2010-2013)
  • TEDxBeacon Street  in Boston, MA: Adventure Catalyst, attendee, speaker (2012)   
  • TEDxSummit in Doha, Qatar: TED Scholarship recipient, attendee, speaker (2012)
  • TEDxLionRock in Hong Kong, HK: GEILI Fellow, organizer, attendee, speaker (2012) 
  • TEDxYouth@Lincoln in Lincoln, NE: Organizer, liveblogger (2013)
  • TEDxNASA@SiliconValley in Palo Alto, CA:  Speaker/organizer exchange, attendee (2011)  
  • TEDxDuke in Durham, NC: Communications advisor, attendee (2011)  
  • TEDxCharlotteED in Charlotte, NC: Event-day volunteer, attendee (2013) 

"TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences owned by the private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate "ideas worth spreading."

In 2009 TED started granting licenses to third parties to organize independent TED-like events internationally.

These TEDx events are prohibited from making profit, the licences are free, speakers are not paid and they must agree to give TED the right to edit and distribute their presentation under a Creative Commons licence. As at the end of 2012, more than 16,000 talks have been given at more than 5,000 TEDx events in 1,200 cities in 133 countries. In June 2012, five TEDx events on average were being organized every day, in one of 133 countries." - Wikipedia

In 2012, 650 TEDx organizers from all over the globe came together in Doha, Qatar for TEDxSummit — five days of workshops, discussions, and presentations designed to share stories and insight from the first three years of TEDx. Over these five days, many TEDx organizers met face-to-face for the first time, and many others reignited old connections — discussing videos, venues, speakers, and all that it takes to galvanize communities around big ideas.

https://conferences.ted.com/TEDxSummit/

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