Greg Bloom is the founder of Open Referral, an initiative to promote open access to resource directory data (i.e. information about the health, human, and social services available to people in need). Greg began this project while managing communications for Bread for the City, the District of Columbia’s pre-eminent anti-poverty service provider. He is a certified cooperative developer and a dedicated community organizer, with more than a decade of experience in GOTV, class-action labor lawsuits, municipal budget battles, death penalty abolition campaigns, community wireless networks, and even a backyard chicken legalization movement. His writing has been published in In These Times, Civic Quarterly, Personal Democracy Forum, and Code for America’s Beyond Transparency.
Andrew Slack is an Ashoka fellow and Civic Imagination fellow at Civic Hall. He coined the phrase “cultural acupuncture” and is the creator of both the Harry Potter Alliance and Imagine Better, where he has directed campaigns around Star Wars and money in politics, Superman and immigration, and the Hunger Games and economic inequality. Recently he has begun to focus on remixing holidays with projects like #TeachMeYouDid, Back to the Future Day, and assisting in Esther Day. Andrew’s work, writing, and speaking has been profiled by the New Yorker, NPR, the LA Times, PBS, the NYT, People Magazine, and late night tv.
Lina Srivastava is the founder of CIEL,a social innovation strategy group in New York City, and the co-founder of Regarding Humanity. Catalyzing social impact through culture, the arts, innovation, and technology, Lina creates narrative-based social change initiatives with NGOs, global institutions, and independent media creators, combining both field experience with skills in community engagement and narrative design. Lina has worked with social impact organizations such as UNESCO, the World Bank, AARP, UNICEF, Internews, and Apne Aap, and has worked on social impact campaigns for independent media projects, including Oscar-winning Born into Brothels, Oscar-winning Inocente, Sundance award winning and Social Impact Media Award winning Who Is Dayani Cristal?, and UN Women Gender Equality Champion winning Priya’s Shakti. She is a Steering Committee Member of Donor Direct Action, and on the Advisory Board for Tech 4 Good, and is on faculty in the Master's of Design for Social Innovation at SVA. Lina is a frequent speaker, including presentations and workshops at such conferences as the International Journalism Festival, the Tribeca Film Festival, the BOND International Development Conference, SOCAP, and the Inter-American Development Bank.
Katrin Verclas, named one of Fast Company’s most influential women in technology, runs and grows entrepreneurial ventures in the nonprofit and commercial space. She has expertise in mobile tech in human rights, advocacy, democracy support, governance and transparency/accountability. She is avid about open data while honoring citizen privacy, and tech policy as it affects international development and democracy support. Previously she was the Executive Director of NTEN and Founder and Executive Director of MobileActive.org. Katrin has led several nonprofit organizations, and served as a program officer at the Proteus Fund for six years, focusing on the use of technology in civic and democratic participation, and in government transparency. Katrin is currently Director of Global Communications and Advocacy for Evidence Action, an international development organization focused on scaling up rigorously-evaluated anti-poverty interventions.