Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/05/27/NetSquared_VolunteerNow_CorpWatch_AskYourLawmaker Ben Rigby, founder of Mobile Voter, describes his "Grand Experiment" which allows users to practice "on-the-spot volunteerism" in ten or twenty minutes by connecting to organizations via their mobile phones. ----- Open Innovation in Civil Society featuring panelists from Volunteer Now!, CorpWatch, Ask Your Lawmaker. This event was moderated by Trabian Shorters of the Knight Foundation. This year's NetSquared Conference, a Mashup Challenge, brings together a unique mix of people from the public and private sectors to develop and release Mashups designed to provide deeper insight into the social issues affecting communities around the globe. Ben Rigby graduated from Stanford University with Honors, Distinction, and Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to co-found Akimbo Design, a web design firm that created and managed the consumer web sites for The North Face, Beringer Vineyards, and California Pizza Kitchen and completed award-winning projects for Nokia, Sony Pictures, MGM, Calvin Klein, and Macromedia. His company produced three Web design books, won dozens of awards, and had work featured in major media publications such as Newsweek, the New York Times, Washington Post, and USA Today. In 2002, Ben took a position as CTO of DFILM, a youth entertainment company creating web and mobile applications. At DFILM, he managed the launch of a youth-focused communication platform in partnership with KPN, the largest wireless operator in the Netherlands. He also launched a viral application that is consistently used by 300,000 unique users per month and has been licensed by Yahoo!, Sam Adams, IBM, the Sierra Club, and Old Navy. In 2004, Rigby founded and became co-executive director of Mobile Voter.
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