Research: Philanthropy & Social Change

How do new computing tools impact philanthropic organizations and civic engagement?
How can designers challenge the status quo?

In recent works with Amy Voida, Chris Bopp, and others, I have examined the design fictions of new philanthropic IT, identified the impacts of data and metrics on social enterprises and non-profits, and identified a new design space focused on supporting philanthropy as care work, rather than focusing primarily on the transactions that characterize charitable giving.

Similarly aligned work with Lynn Dombrowski and Sarah Fox outlines concrete strategies for approaching design from a social justice perspective.

In a series of collaborations with Amy Voida and others from 2010-2016, I have been studying the challenges faced by non-profit organizations in adopting new computing systems, with particular attention to breakdowns in the use of database software, social media tools, and metrics.

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