The Education of Jared Dunn
Education is a social process. Education is growth. Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. - John Dewey

The Info

I'm 34, grew up in central Illinois, and went to school around here at UIUC. I moved back here 2 years ago planning to launch a nonprofit dedicated to mobilizing web activists to address digital divide and community development issues on the local level. However, the economic crash intervened, and I went to plan B, which was freelancing and working with local and regional nonprofits to help them use the web and social media more effectively. My biggest project has been, which is a regional social networking site and knowledge base designed to foster collaboration within the nonprofit community in downstate Illinois. I've since completed my degree at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Illinois with a concentration in Community Informatics, and plan to continue doing this sort of work in a library or other public service context.

Before my latest endeavors, I lived in Boston for five years after college and worked as a neuroscience lab manager for one of the local mega-research universities. My training is in the biological sciences, but I got hooked on the web early on, and I've intermittently done freelance and personal web design and writing/editing work for the past 15 years or so, and am now looking to take my passions for this medium and for civic life and make them into a vocation.




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Technology Liberation Front | The News Innovator's Dilemma: it's often close to impossible for an organization built around an older technology to retool for a new, disruptive one because their cost structures just don't allow it.

Bernard Avishai | Hebron Agonistes: Too Much For Israel: It has been common for educated Israelis to think, and Israeli diplomats and American Jewish leaders to present, the settler community of Hebron as a kind of radical nuisance. Presumably, the settlers are a side-show of a defensive strategic policy, a touch of hubris gone wrong, a little understandible selfishness after centuries of self-effacement--anyway, a line that can be moved when the time is right. You think out from Hebron, and the holes in the common wisdom become obvious, well, certainly less abstract.

Brand New | Best & Worst 2008: The best and worse logo designs / rebranding experiments of 2008.

Brand New | America is Watching: In memory of WGN's hideous Anime Eyes Goth-Girl animated logo experiment. I'm sorry, but you just can't sex up WGN, especially when you continue to show notihng but Cubs games and re-runs of Coach. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall in the meetings where this was decided upon.

Chicago Tribune | Sports, Too, Hit Hard by Economy: American sports have long been viewed as recession-proof, but Monday's decision by the Arena Football League to cease operations for the 2009 season is the latest indicator that the economic downturn has reached the games people play … and watch.

Newsweek | The Evil Solution: Young and desperate, Somali pirates aren't afraid to commit heinous acts of destruction, says one of their leaders.

ZKEA | Artificial Organisms, Synthetic Viruses, Oligomers: Imagine this scenario: in the near future, in some scrubby backwater, a dictator or terrorist leader tells his biological technician that he'd like a virus tailored to just kill members of a particular ethnic group. The virus should be 100% lethal and easily transmissible by air and water. In addition, the virus should be immune to all known anti-virals. Finally, the virus should be invisible to current detection methods, hardy, and easily weaponized and spread.

ZKEA | South Africa, Project Coast: Apartheid South Africa had a very extensive biological warfare program, code-named Project Coast. Unlike South Africa's terminated nuclear weapons program, the status of Project Coast is now unclear. Pathogens remain unaccounted for, and there are indications that "research" is continuing. It is also known that many of the agents have ended up in private hands. Incredibly, these agents may be for sale to the highest bidders.

ZKEA | The Australian Experiment: The scientists thought they might learn something useful about mouse contraception, but instead they had learned how to create a universally fatal virus. And this killer virus had been created via a very simple genetic manipulation, accessible to every country with a few PhD microbiologists. Imagine their surprise.

Arthur Ganson's Machines | Kinetic Sculpture: Self-described as a cross between a mechanical engineer and a choreographer, Arthur Ganson creates contraptions composed of a range of materials from delicate wire to welded steel and concrete. Most are viewer-activated or driven by electric motors. All are driven by a wry sense of humor or a probing philosophical concept. (I got a chance to see his work up close at MIT, and it was enthralling.)

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