We’re delighted to announce another keynote speaker for the 2015 National Bioneers Conference. Shannon Dosemagen is Executive Director and a founder of Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (Public Lab), a groundbreaking platform and resource for citizen science environmental activism nationally and internationally. We were introduced the work of Shannon and her colleagues at Public Lab when they were finalists in 2013 for the prestigious Buckminster Fuller Institute Challenge.
An Ecotone in the Emerging Citizen Science Field
In the field of landscape ecology, an ecotone describes the rich, productive and diverse transition area between two ecosystems. Shannon Dosemagen’s work with Public Lab represents a similar ecotone within the emerging landscape of citizen science, situated at the intersection of many exciting fields.
During the 2010 BP Oil Spill, Shannon and others, not content with tight-lipped and obviously incorrect information available publicly and frustrated with the ban on private aircraft in the region, developed and launched several Balloon Mapping Kits – basically balloon-mounted cameras deployed hundreds of feet in the air – to help develop a real understanding of where oil was washing ashore. Formally coalescing soon after, the Public Lab has emerged as a brilliantly innovative resource for communities facing environmental challenges of all types.
Practitioners of ‘civic science’, Public Lab truly does inhabit a unique space as an open-source community blending environmental activism, community organizing, data-driven science, crowd-sourcing, DIY movements, and civic engagement. From hacking smartphones into hand-held, low-cost spectrometers to developing the legal and ethical guidelines underpinning effective community surveillance of polluters, Public Lab is leading a revolution in civic engagement.
Originally from New Orleans, Shannon is in her early 30’s and has been a community organizer, ethnographer and held positions at Louisiana State University. She’s a true leader in her field and we are thrilled to introduce her and her work more widely to the Bioneers Community.
Shannon joined us at Bioneers in 2014 during an afternoon session, "Citizen Science: DIY Knowledge To and From the People," and shared a bit about her work and projects. The audio from this presentation is below, find Shannon’s talk beginning at 25:45.
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