I'm Eric, a recent NYU Studio 20 (digital innovation in journalism) grad student. My final thesis project was to help design, with Amanda Zamora and Terry Parris, ProPublica's Crowd Powered News Network, trying to test out engagement strategies to create more efficient connections among other community engagers.
My passion is participatory journalism and how technology can create paths for different and diverse communities to commit tiny (or big!) acts of journalism, which is why I am so excited to see what the Coral Project is up to, and how I can contribute to build these awesome tools. As I look for future work, I would love to be involved with an innovation and R+D team creating these sorts of tools and platforms.
I've worked as a community educator in tenant rights and lead poisoning awareness, housing organizing, co-founded an online community magazine back home in Costa Rica and was part of a co-design course at the MIT Media Lab helping a PHd student create online consensus tools.
Some of my favorite online communities are just extensions of real ones: Facebook groups, Slack, etc.