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Daryn, Nicola, Althea, and Jake

The opening dinner of FSI is just a few days away and we are wrapping up final preparations, getting ready to welcome 41 participants and 30 observers and faculty from 35 countries.

Before we get started meet the ICNC team members who will be animating this blog, posting updates and highlights to provide a glimpse of the coming week’s events and lectures to those of you who could not join us for the institute.

On the keyboards will be:

Nicola is Director for Civic and New Media Initiatives at ICNC and is rather excited to bring you the FSI blog this year. As a social media strategist, Nicola runs ICNC’s Facebook presence. She also created the People Power app for iphone and ipod, which provides handheld access to all of ICNC’s resources on civil resistance available on the web, including videos, presentations and conflict summaries. Over the years, she has developed ICNC’s News Digest on nonviolent conflict, and regularly contributes to this bi-weekly publication. She is also the creative mind behind ICNC’s online brochures. In the beginning of this year, Nicola launched the online platform Human Rights Connected, which aims to increase general access to the understanding of human rights, its legal framework, and valuable practical knowledge in order to encourage and strengthen the involvement of civil society in promoting and protecting human rights.

Daryn (@daryncambridge) is Senior Director for Learning and Digital Strategies at ICNC, peace educator in residence and adjunct professor at American University in Washington, DC, and an independent experiential education consultant. At ICNC he has helped launch numerous digital initiatives including the Academic Webinar Series, the On the Ground Interview Series, and the online courses we have done in partnership with the United States Institute for Peace and Rutgers University. At American University he has been recognized as one of the most innovative professors integrating social media tools like Twitter, YouTube, Google Docs, and WordPress to enhance the learning and collaboration in his courses, for which he has created specific websites – PeaceLearner.org and EDU285.wordpress.com. He serves on the advisory board of the Institute for Technology and Social Change an organization for which he has helped facilitate online courses on educational technology and online organizing. He was also part of the original team that brought the Causes application to Facebook. He maintains his own professional resume blog where he reflects on his various experiences as a peace and nonviolence educator.

Althea (@altheamd) is Senior Advisor, Education and Field Learning at ICNC where she has worked on core programmatic and educational initiatives for the last eight years including digital and media initiatives. In addition to other ICNC initiatives, Althea runs the ICNC Twitter account, helps to facilitate annual online courses with USIP and Rutgers University, and contributes to the News Digest by following civil resistance stories on a number of mainstream and independent news media sources, blogs, and twitter. She has also helped facilitate the TechChange course “Digital Organizing and Open Government,” has blogged for The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, dabbled with a personal blog, and through it all maintains her Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn profiles that crisscross the personal and professional realms.

Jake is Content Development Associate at ICNC and currently the moderator of the ICNC academic webinar series and has organized, promoted, and edited over 20 live presentations for thousands of listeners since 2010. Webinars have covered topics as varied as Russia, Palestine, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, creative cultural resistance Gandhi, and more. An occasional contributor to the ICNC Facebook and Twitterspheres, he is an avid follower of technology and social media news, as well as a gadget fiend. He checks Twitter constantly, so why not follow him at @JakeWFitz

So stay tuned, we look forward to sharing this experience with you!

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We all work on many initiatives that support ICNC’s educational and research mission, but the members of this team are particularly passionate about the potential ICTs bring to the field of knowledge transfer and civil resistance.

You can find more information about ICNC and its staff members here.