Project Example: Ourgoods.org

I saw lots of impressive organizations and exhibits at the Activist Tech Demo Day. I talked to Caroline Woolard at OurGoods.org, and she explained that the purpose of the website was to create a place where artists, designers and producers can barter skills, spaces and objects.


It’s a great organization that is built upon some of the terms we discussed in our class when we defined civic media and tactical design: community and collaborative.
I asked Caroline how the organization protected their members from someone who would take advantage of the barter system. After I looked at the website I realized that it’s a site that is built on trust and building communities. At the time, it seemed like a valid question. Caroline said, “The tools won’t change things, people will change things.” That was not the answer I expected at a tech demo: I think I expected her to discuss some sort of opensourced security tool. However, I was quite impressed with the organization and the sentiment behind it.


I thought her comment was important and very relevant given that so many media activists work within the tech world.

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Author:miranda shafer

Miranda Shafer is a freelance producer for the podcast, "How Do We Fix It?" In January 2015 She graduated with a Masters in Media Studies from The New School. She has worked for WNYC as a production assistant for Selected Shorts and as a producer for the series "Talk to Me." She likes hot media and cold weather.

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