How to 'Use' your Community - Getting the most out of the community supporting your organization featuring panelists from Maplight, Assetmap/Uganda, and Squarepeg. The event was moderated by Jane Meseck.
This year's NetSquared Conference, a Mashup Challenge, brings together a unique mix of people from the public and private sectors to develop and release Mashups designed to provide deeper insight into the social issues affecting communities around the globe.
Isaac Holeman is co-founder and head of Business and Communications for Squarepeg. Isaac is interested in social entrepreneurship, anthropology, and medicine. He prefers small, sustainable solutions rather than big, fat band-aids, and thinks that we can understand many prevailing social problems by elucidating the perspective of those who suffer most.
When not busy with Squarepeg, he works with the Archimedes Movement, a healthcare reform effort. He studies Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Lewis & Clark College and plans to go to medical school.
Holeman traces his roots as an activist back to the small town in Oregon where he grew up as a jock/choir boy, and the small town in Holland where he spent a year as an exchange student with AFS.
As Community Affairs Senior Manager for Microsoft, Jane Meseck manages corporate contribution programs both in the U.S. and internationally.
This includes contributions of cash, software, technical assistance and employee volunteer hours to community-based nonprofit and non-governmental organizations. Under Microsoft's Unlimited Potential, a program aspiring to bring the benefits of technology and technology skills to a quarter of a billion underserved people by 2010, Jane manages the Telecentre Support Network in partnership with the International Development Research Centre and Microsoft's contribution programs focusing on strengthening nonprofits through technology, including worldwide software donations, PC refurbishing programs and Microsoft's partnership with the NPower Network.
Prior to joining Microsoft in 1997, Jane was program manager at the University of Washington's Institute for Public Policy and Management where she conducted and published research on federal and state fiscal policy and its effect on Washington State nonprofits.
She also lectured at the UW Daniel J. Evan's School of Public Affairs. Jane previously worked as a management consultant, designing technology solutions for fortune 500 companies. Jane has a masters degree in public administration from University of Washington and bachelor's degrees in both finance and marketing from Texas A&M University.
Jane is active in the Seattle community as a board member and volunteer for several nonprofit organizations and also plays women's ultimate frisbee with the Seattle Riot.
Dan Newman, Co-Founder and Executive Director of MAPLight.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit illuminating the connection between money and politics in unprecedented ways.
He received a MA in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, where he attended on a National Science Foundation Fellowship, and a BA in Biomedical Ethics from Brown University.
John Wagner is the Co-Founder and Design and Development for Squarepeg. Studying cognitive psychology and design at Lewis & Clark College, John wishes to merge his interests in art with his curiosity about the way that people think about and process what they see.
John is also a designer, photographer, developer, bike nut, and general Portland geek.
Nathaniel Whittemore is the project manager for Assetmap.org. Whittemore is also a founder of the Northwestern University Center for Global Engagement.