Our team

Regarding Humanity is produced by a group of professionals whose experience spans humanitarian aid, transmedia storytelling, journalism, service design, academia, ethnography, visual art, and mobile technology.

All of us have faced the challenge of representing communities in our work. We recognize that the questions are many and complex, and that there is a need for a public discussion about ethical representation to shift the focus from aid to agency.

We strive for a diversity of voices and perspectives from our partners in both Western and developing world contexts.


Our Leadership

Lina Srivastava @lksriv

Lina Srivastava

@lksriv

A strategist who combines activism, technology, culture, and storytelling for social impact. Lina is the founder of a social innovation strategy group in New York City, bringing new narrative forms and distribution techniques to human rights and global development initiatives. She is a thought leader in using transmedia storytelling for social change, having created the “Transmedia Activism” framework, and has guided successful campaigns for several documentaries, including Oscar-winning “Born into Brothels," the Emmy-nominated “The Devil Came on Horseback," the Oscar-winning "Inocente," and the Sundance-award winning "Who Is Dayani Cristal?" Lina has worked on strategy and innovation with organizations dedicated to social impact, such as UNICEF, World Bank Institute, UNESCO, MobileActive, VODO, Shine Global, 3 Generations, the Tribeca Film Institute, Donor Direct Action, and BYkids. She is Faculty at the School of Visual Arts Design for Social Innovation MFA program. 

Linda Raftree @meowtree

Linda Raftree

@meowtree

Has worked in community development, participatory media and ICTs from a rights-based approach for the past 15 years. In addition to hands-on work and capacity strengthening efforts with frontline staff and youth, Linda manages Technology Salons in New York City and writes ‘Wait.. What,’ a blog widely read by development practitioners and technologists interested in the intersection of technology and development. Linda is a recognized thought leader who has been listed in The Guardian’s ’20 Global Development Twitterati’, Levo League’s Twitterful List of Women Crucial to Foreign Policy, and Vodafone’s World of Difference list of Top 10 International Development blogs.

MJ Broadbent @mjbroadbent

MJ Broadbent

@mjbroadbent

Is a New York City-based design consultant who has been creating elegant solutions to complex problems for over twenty years. With a background in print communication, MJ began working in interactive design in 1996. Her design expertise and leadership has benefited organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Bookspan (now DirectGroup Bertelsmann), The College Board, Empire BlueCrossBlueShield, The McGraw-Hill Companies (Standard & Poor's), Pfizer, Sony Electronics, and the United Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning and is one of six global Directors for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA).

Our Advisors

Katrin Verclas @katrinskaya

Katrin Verclas

@katrinskaya

Is the innovation officer for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) that works to support democratic institutions and movements worldwide. At NDI she spearheads technology innovation in the growing 'tech-for-democracy" field. NDI works in more than 70 countries worldwide. Katrin is widely known for her work on mobile technology for for organizing, advocacy, and citizen participation for civil society organizations. She has previously founded and led several nonprofit organizations, includingMobileActive.org, a global community of people using mobile tech for social change. She was the Executive Director of NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network, the national association of IT professionals working in the more than one million nonprofit organizations in the United States and worked as program officer in a funder collaborative focused on citizen participation and government accountability. She was an inaugural 2009 TED Fellow, a 2010 fellow at the MIT Media Lab, and was named by Fast Company as one of the most "Influential Women in Tech".

Kara Pecknold @karapecknold

Kara Pecknold

@karapecknold

Is a Senior Design Researcher at frog where she focuses her attention on the dynamic intersection between people, products and systems. Prior to joining frog, she worked on various projects in international development, health care and energy consumption. She is also the creator and facilitator of Dinner With A Side Of Design and a contributing writer for Core77. Kara has a graduate degree from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver. Her research in Rwanda investigated how a designer could adapt alternate approaches when working in a cross-cultural environment to encourage both dialogue and collaboration when language or technology were not shared.

Magda Wesolkowska @Wesolkowska

Magda Wesolkowska

@Wesolkowska

Is a design anthropologist, strategist and creative facilitator. Magda guides her corporate and non-profit clients through culture's complexities, making visible the invisible "webs of meanings" of people's everyday lives. Putting people at the centre of her work, she uses a participatory approach, which ensures empathy and valid portrayal. In the past 12 years, her insights and strategic recommendations have led her clients to the innovation of products, services and brands, and sensitive, culturally appropriate communications. Magda is Principal of Anthropology in Design Consulting, an innovative ethnographic research and strategic facilitation firm with an international reach. Magda has taught at the university level, and her work was presented at conferences and published in peer-reviewed journals. She collaborates with Design with Dialogue, OCAD University's Strategic Innovation Lab and Ryerson University's EDGE Lab. 

Emily Jacobi @emjacobi

Emily Jacobi

@emjacobi

Trained as a youth journalist from a young age; focused on amplifying voices of people & communities that are rarely heard. Emily has fifteen years of work on activism and media projects. She is the co-founder and Executive Director of Digital Democracy, a non-profit that works globally to empower marginalized communities with digital technologies.

 
TMS "Teddy Ruge" @tmsruge

TMS "Teddy Ruge"

@tmsruge

 

Cofounded Project Diaspora, an online platform for mobilizing, engaging, and motivating members of Africa Diaspora to engage in matters important to the continent's development. A technology enthusiast, Ruge writes and speaks extensively on Africa's current renaissance driven by technology, youth and the Diaspora. He is a frequent contributor to several online publications including CNN, New York Times, PopTech, The Globe and Mail and The Guardian. In January 2012, he was awarded a "Champion of Change" award by the White House for his community development work in East Africa. He was born in Masindi, Uganda and grew up in Uganda, Kenya and the United States.

Elmira Bayrasli  @endeavoringe

Elmira Bayrasli 

@endeavoringe

Writes and works on economic development issues. She is currently a consultant to the Turkish Philanthropy FUnds, and writes a weekly column. Entreventures, on Forbes. com. Over the past two decades, Elmira has taken care of communications for The peacekeeping; worked too support entrepreneurs in emerging markets at Endeavour; served as the Chief Spokesperson for the OSCE MIssion to Bosnia and Herzegovina in Sarajevo and assisted Madeleine K. Albright, first when she was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and then when she became Secretary of State. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, an advisory board member for the Turkish Women's International Network and a mentor for the Unreasonable Institute. After being a contributor to several books and publications, she is currently writing a book on development and entrepreneurship.

Ida Benedetto @idamantium

Ida Benedetto

@idamantium

Co-Founder and Executive Producer for Antidote Games, which makes playful experiences for understanding complex realities, and Founder of Wanderlust, which creates transgressive placemaking through adventure, intimacy and exploration. Her clients have included The World Bank, Barnes & Noble, The International Federation of the Red Cross, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Tribeca Film Institute, and she has worked extensively in Guatemala, India, and Ethiopia on documentary projects and community based media production, including a Fulbright grant to Ethiopia. Ida has a degree in Design & Technology from Parsons School of Design and a degree in History from The New School University.

Our Design Team

Ruchika Muchhala

Ruchika Muchhala

Sebastian Barrera

Sebastian Barrera

Sara Cornish

Sara Cornish

Brietta Hague

Brietta Hague

Contact Us:

Twitter: @ReHumanity

Email: regardinghumanity@gmail.com