BIG Reapplication

 

0804BigReappCoverMy qualifications to serve on the Board of Directors of the Brookline Interactive Group / Brookline Access Television / Brookline Cable Community Trust are rooted in a history of civic involvement in the town and long-time professional involvement in the field of Community Media and Technology (see résumé/cv).

My previous town involvement includes serving as Co-President of the Devotion School PTO, as a long-term Town Meeting Member, originally in Precinct 8 and then 11, and, among other things, serving on the Town’s original Computer Advisory Committee. (I also worked as an extended substitute Computer Teacher at Driscoll School in the mid 80’s.)

My professional life in the field can be marked from the time I served as the Executive Director of Urban Planning Aid, Inc., in the late 70′s and early 80′s, when its Media Program wrote and used The Cable Book as an aid to teaching communities how to use new federal telecommunications laws to establish local Community Access stations and centers and provided training and production help in using portapak and other emerging video technologies. Later in the decade I became the Executive Director of the Somerville Community Computer Center, and, in the mid-90’s, the founding Network Director for the Community Technology Centers Network (ctcnet.org), the country’s oldest and largest association of nonprofits developing technology access and education programs for those ordinarily disenfranchised from effective technology use. In this capacity I worked closely with the Alliance for Community Media (ACM), the national association of community public, educational, and governmental (PEG) access centers, one of the mainstays of the CTC movement, and served on its Northeast regional board. At the beginning of the new millennium I founded and directed the CTC VISTA Project that was involved in placing AmeriCorps VISTAs in CTCs and the new Community Media Centers that many PEG centers were transforming into. Over both decades I edited the Community Technology Review, including its joint issue with the ACM in 1999. I’ve presented innumerable workshops and trainings and written extensively about CTCs and CMCs. The CTC VISTA Project and ComTechReview were key components of the Community Media and Technology Program in the College of Public and Community Service at UMass/Boston.

As noted on my brief reapplication form, my BATV/BIG board tenure achievements include authoring the organization’s last major grant, co-chairing the Board By-Laws Revisions and Executive Director Search committees, and producing a roundtable feature on “Innovations in Community Media” cablecast on BATV and webcast everywhere in collaboration with MassAccess, the state association of community PEG media centers in March of 2012. I recently completed a Guide to the 12-minute version of that 80+ minute program for long-range considerations and circumstances of the moment, the latter including the current search for a new Executive Director for BIG and to inform this reapplication.

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