In preparation for our upcoming panel discussion “Social Media in Theory and Praxis: What is at Stake Now?” we wanted to highlight panel member Chris Caruso (@chriscaruso718). He has been recognized as a pioneer in the grassroots use of the Internet and has received numerous grants and fellowships for his work combining technology, education, and anti-poverty organizing. Chris Caruso was the coordinator of the Program Social Media Fellows (and the Videography Fellows) at the Graduate Center from 2012-2016. Furthermore, Chris developed Professor David Harvey’s social media presence. David Harvey now has more than 87 thousand followers on twitter. Chris is responsible for the foundation and model by which the Program Social Media Fellows operate today. We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his work in Digital Initiatives at CUNY in general.
Chris received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.Phil. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York and is currently finishing his Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He now works at as a research analyst at Thoughtworks which is a company of over 4500 people spread across 42 offices in 15 countries whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change. It provides software design and delivery, and pioneering tools and consulting services.
Chris’s scholarly and professional interests including leveraging information technology to assist and encourage grassroots anti-poverty initiatives by training organizations to use the Internet to build capacity, create networks of support and broadcast the voices of poor people. In doing so he has trained dozens of community organizations, social movements, NGOs, trade unions, and foundations across the United States, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand.
We look forward to hearing his insights during the panel discussion and hope you will join us!
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