Special Guests Starting Tomorrow, and a Profile of Birgitta Jónsdóttir
The next couple of weeks are shaping up to be busy ones! In addition to our normal activities (tweeting, writing code, staging impromptu poetry readings...), we’ll have three different Kickstarter Live streams with some fantastic special guests:
- Tomorrow (June 26), at 4pm EDT, Barrett will be joined by Birgitta Jónsdóttir - a founder of the Icelandic Pirate Party, current Chairman of IMMI, former Icelandic MP, and an enduring advocate for democratic freedoms.
- On Thursday, June 28, at 7pm EDT, is a conversation with Paul Miller, a.k.a. DJ Spooky. He is a musician, writer, visual artist, and filmmaker whose works use data and information as a medium for examining big ideas and crossing disciplinary divides.
- And on Tuesday, July 3, at 4pm EDT, is Naomi Colvin, who was recently appointed Director of the Courage Foundation on the heels of a great win for Lauri Love in his US extradition case.
These are brilliant people who inspire those around them to think big. We're glad to have them with us. If you can't be there for a livestream, never fear - each one will be up on our Kickstarter page for 48 hours after they air. Don't miss these conversations - they're ones you'll want to hear.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir: “I always felt, myself, that if I wanted to live in my dream world, that I had to help create it.”
Birgitta Jónsdóttir has worn, and continues to wear, many hats.
As an activist, she cofounded two different political movements (the Civic Movement, in 2009, and the Pirate Party, in 2013) and played a crucial role in WikiLeaks’ release of the Collateral Murder video released by Chelsea Manning.
As an Icelandic Member of Parliament, she proposed the unanimously adopted 2010 IMMI (Icelandic Modern Media Initiative) parliamentary resolution, which emphasized institutional transparency and stronger protections for journalistic sources and whistleblowers in order to establish Iceland as a Digital Safe Haven.
As Chairman of IMMI (the International Modern Media Institute), she crafts laws to make Iceland a country where freedom of expression, information and digital privacy are the standard.
And as a poet, she fuses artistic expression with political meaning and travels the world composing and reciting verse.
A specialist in 21st century lawmaking who focuses on direct democracy and individual rights, Birgitta believes individuals can and should change the world. “The biggest service we can do right now," she says, "is to think of innovative ways for people to feel that they are part of democracy, to help them understand that our systems are not separate from us, that we are the system.” For this reason, she sees great promise in Pursuance - after spending time with the Pursuance Project core team at RightsCon 2018, Birgitta offered to act as Pursuance's Global Ambassador. We are glad to have her on board, and we look forward to sharing her unique insights about Pursuance, democracy, and activism with you tomorrow.
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As always, we thank you for your support. It feels great to nearly be at the halfway point of our $48,000 goal.
Director of Strategy