barack-obama | May 16, 2017

The Obama Foundation wants you…to strengthen digital citizenship

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Glenn Brown was in the crowd at last year’s South by Southwest festival when then-President Obama called out techies.

“What we have to do is figure out how do we use and harness the cool next thing to make sure that everybody in this country has opportunity,” Obama said. Brown, a former Twitter and YouTube guy and a fellow at tech accelerator, Betaworks, took on the challenge.

Last week, Brown was hired by the foundation to “engage people around the world online and inspire them to make change in their own communities,” said David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation.

Now Brown is recruiting others, for what he calls “a cross between a start-up and a creative agency for citizenship.”

He’s looking for “an all-star team of makers: creative, editorial, and technical” to “make media, prototype technology, and build relationships with people wherever they spend time online.”

Key goals: break down silos, help people escape echo chambers, “boost the signal and reduce the noise.”