Wendy E Brawer is an award-winning eco-designer and social educator. She is best known as the founder and director of Green Map System, which engages over 900 diverse communities in 65 countries in mapping sustainability and social change with a shared set of icons and a uniquely adaptable participatory toolkit. Based in New York City, Wendy has published numerous print and interactive local Green Maps charting energy, climate change, youth views and green living across the five boroughs. Wendy has taught at New York University, Parsons and Cooper Union, and has presented at dozens of universities and conferences worldwide. Formerly the Designer in Residence at the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, more about Wendy’s work is at http://ecoCultural.info.
Joe Lambert founded the StoryCenter (formerly the Center for Digital Storytelling) in 1994. With his colleagues, he developed a unique computer training and arts process known as the Digital Storytelling Workshop. Since then, Joe and his organization have traveled the world (42 countries, all 50 US states) to spread the practice of digital storytelling, assisting some 25,000 people to complete short films, working with over 1000 different universities, public health and human rights organizations, museums, government agencies, and international partnernships. He has spoken in numerous conferences and contexts, and acted as co-chair of seven Digital Storytelling Festivals in the US, and all six of the International Digital Storytelling Conferences. He has authored and produced curricula in many contexts, including the Digital Storytelling Cookbook, the principle manual for the workshop process, and Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community, and Seven Stages: Story and the Human Experience.
Born and raised in Texas, Joe has been active in the Bay Area arts community for the last 32 years as first the Executive Director of the People’s Theater Coalition (1984-86) and co-founder of Life On The Water Theater (1986-93). As a writer, performer, director and consultant his collaborators have included the Blue Man Group, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, Dana Atchley, and Marty Pottenger. He produced over 500 shows, ranging from theatrical runs, single performances, special events, citywide festivals, subscription series, conferences, and digital story screenings. Prior to his career in the arts, Joe was trained as a community organizer and assisted in numerous local, statewide, and national public policy campaigns on issues of social justice and economic equity. He has a BA in Theater and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley.
Gillian Rose is Professor of Cultural Geography at The Open University, UK, and a Fellow of the British Academy. Her current research interests focus on contemporary digital visual culture, urban spatialities and visual research methodologies. Her most recent funded research examined how architects work with digital visualising technologies in designing urban redevelopment projects, and she is extending this work into the digital mediation of urban spaces more broadly, particularly in the context of 'smart cities'.
She is the author of Doing Family Photography: The Domestic, The Public and The Politics of Sentiment (Ashgate, 2010) and the bestselling Visual Methodologies (Sage), the fourth edition of which will be published in 2016, as well as a number of papers on images and ways of seeing in urban and domestic spaces.
Gillian blogs at visual/method/culture and tweets @ProfGillian.