Through my background in community planning and web development, I've become an information and interaction architect for public involvement processes. My main interest lies in improving decision-making processes by exploring new ways to combine traditional and electronic ways of communication.
I'm the founder of Urban Interactive Studio LLC, developing websites based on the content management platform Drupal and social media strategies for urban planning projects. Our specialty are engaging project website like Metrofuture.org or BiloxiYouthAssets.org and interactive web and mobile applications like TextTheMob.com or GuerrillaTweets.com. Drop us a line if you want to hire us for your eParticipation project. For a list of recent projects, view my portfolio >>.
Between 2008 and the beginning of 2010, I worked as Online Engagement Manager for Public Agenda, identifying ways to support their citizen engagement work online. This work included building and managing online communities, social media activities like Youtube contest as well as workshop facilitation and trainings.
Until April 2008 I worked as Director of eParticipation at PlaceMatters, initially in collaboration with the University of Colorado. In this position I organized a variety of visioning and public participation projects. These typically included eMeetings, featuring keypad polling and groupware to capture and prioritize outcomes of round table discussions and online engagement platforms to support the decision-making process.
From 2006 to 2007 I was communication manager and researcher at Zebralog, a Berlin-based non-profit organization focusing on online dialogues, where I organized, facilitated, and evaluated online dialogues. Before that, I was Civic Engagement and Technology Advisor for PlaceMatters, then a program of the Orton Family Foundation, working to promote high performance approaches to citizen collaboration, community design and development. In my daily work with PlaceMatters, I consulted communities about and developed a broad range of technical and non-technical solutions for community design and decision-making.
During my time in college, I worked as a freelance developer in the field of online planning support tools and held jobs as community planning assistant and professional research assistant at different urban planning companies.
I was awarded the degree of Bachelor and Master in Urban and Regional Planning from Technical University Berlin.
Recent blog posts
- Trends for 2010?
- Administration Launches Comprehensive Open Government Plan
- Social Web Counter
- Promising Practices Presentation at eCitizenship Institute
- Participatory Budgeting in Cologne, Germany
- Collaborative Architecture in Second Life
- WhiteHouse.gov Goes Open Source; Runs on Drupal
- Use of Social Media in Urban Planning