Imagine and craft the worlds we cannot live without, just as we dismantle the ones we cannot live withinRuha Benjamin
We are a nimble team with backgrounds in tech policy, education, urban planning, broadband policy, digital equity, community organizing, design, complex project management, and the arts. Since 2011 we have been collaborating with local groups to train people as digital stewards for their communities.
Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. Previously, as Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School for Social Research, she built digital justice through applied research, community collaborations, and policy strategy. Before the New School, Byrum founded and led the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she designed Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened mesh WiFi to five neighborhoods in NYC’s flood zones. An urban planner, poet, and digital justice organizer, Byrum also serves on the board of the Metropolitan New York Library Council and was a Harvard Loeb Fellow 2016-17. She continues to teach at The New School and to seek and share learnings everywhere on how to build communication systems as a fundamental human right.
Raul Enriquez is a technology trainer and research and development manager. As an educator, he believes a classroom should be visceral, safe, and collaborative.
Houman Saberi is a community technologist and urban planner. Previously, he was the deputy director of the Resilient Communities project for RISE:NYC, where he helped to build resilient community wireless networks in Sandy-affected areas of the city in partnership with local businesses, civic organizations, and residents.
Before that, Houman was a Goodman Fellow at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. As part of his fellowship, he worked with the Digital Stewards program at the Red Hook Initiative where he drafted a report detailing a community-centered approach to WiFi deployment in public housing and trained local residents on mapping their communities with open data and geographic information systems software.