Collaborating for (a) Change: The Wikipedia Model featuring panelists from Freecycle, OneWorld, OpenCongress. This event was moderated by Sharon Burns of the MacArthur Foundation.
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.
Deron Beal founded the Freecycle Network on May 1st, 2003. He now also fills the position of Executive Director.
During and previous to this, he spent 2 1/2 years with RISE as its Enterprise Manager. RISE runs a recycling and transitional employment program in downtown Tucson.
Before that, he worked with a conservation group called Native Seeds/SEARCH as its Director of Foundation Giving & Venture Philanthropy, and prior to that, as its Development Director.
Deron has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird. He spent several years living, studying, and working in Germany. Currently living in Tucson, he looks forward to learning Spanish.
Sharon R. Burns
Chief Information Officer
Sharon Burns is the Chief Information Officer at the Foundation. In this position, she leads the Foundation's Information Services Department and is responsible for the strategic direction and implementation of the Foundation's worldwide information and computing systems.
She oversees the direction, support and maintenance of all hardware and software systems used by the Foundation. Burns maintains and develops business information technology strategies that align with program and Foundation goals on the efficiency and effectiveness of internal business process. She orchestrates and delivers cost-effective communication capabilities for international offices, remote users and business travelers. She also identifies emerging technologies capable of providing measurable positive impact.
Burns came to the Foundation in 1998 from the City of Chicago where she served as the First Deputy CIO in the Department of Business and Information Services. Her responsibilities included directing the mainframe systems, Operations, LAN, WAN and programming groups to support 42 City of Chicago departments.
She was also responsible for project management of all Year 2000 initiatives and has extensive experience in information systems development to support the improvement of business processes.
Burns' Civic affiliations include being a board member of the Metro Chicago Information Center.
Burns received her B.S. in 1979 in Accounting and an Associate Degree in Data Processing in 1978 from Northern Michigan University's School of Business in Marquette Michigan.
Steve Deobald was educated at the University of Regina and specializes in Lean/Agile methodologies. He currently works at ThoughtWorks.
Michael is responsible for the development, partnership relations, and operations of OneWorld in the United States. He serves on the board of OneWorld U.S. and participates in the global governance structure of the OneWorld network.
Michael brings ten years of practical experience in program development and management, strategic consulting, computer networking, web development and technical training to OneWorld.
Prior to OneWorld, Michael served for five years as Chief Technology Officer with the Benton Foundation where he was responsible for the Foundation's overall technology strategy and the development and incubation of new technology projects.
Michael also been a technology consultant and managed information systems for nonprofits and political campaigns. Born and raised in Europe, Mike has lived and worked around the world and is fluent in three languages. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees with honors in history from the University of Pennsylvania.
David Russel Moore
David Moore is the Executive Director of the
Participatory Politics Foundation.
David Moore philosophizes on the ideals of OpenCongress.org, an open-source site which synthesizes official Congressional date with news coverage, blog posts, user comments, and "social wisdom of all sorts."