Amanda Hirsch

Amanda Hirsch is the editor of Collaboration Central. She is also a writer, performer and social media strategist who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. The former editorial director of PBS.org, she blogs at "amandahirsch.com":http://amandahirsch.com and spends way too much time on "Twitter":https://twitter.com/amanda_hirsch.

by Amanda Hirsch

Last month the Knight Foundation announced the winners of the 2012 Knight Community Information Challenge, who will collectively receive $3.67 million in matching funds to “help them take a leadership role in addressing issues relevant to their communities.” One of the winners: the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the lead funder of the New Jersey News [...] more »

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“A proper community, we should remember also, is a commonwealth: a place, a resource, an economy. It answers the needs, practical as well as social and spiritual, of its members…” - Wendell Berry In the days immediately after giving birth, I gave thanks for a listserv. It was Day 4 of my daughter’s life, and [...] more »

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I can’t imagine life without the Public Media Group on Facebook. OK, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement — but I certainly couldn’t do my job half as well without it. I was talking about it with a colleague last week, and he mentioned a listserv for data visualization geeks that he finds similarly [...] more »

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“I work with communities of place … just people who happen to live together in the same neighborhood, same city, same town, who come from different cultures, ideologies, religions, tastes and values. In my philosophy, those differences are the greatest untapped asset we have in our society. In what conditions can those differences lead to [...] more »

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This is the first in an occasional series in which I’ll round up interesting examples of collaboration from around the web. Think of me as your friendly neighborhood Collaboration Curator. This week: a 40-plus year collaboration between IBM and design giants Charles and Ray Eames culminates in an iPad app; Craig Newmark says getting non-profits [...] more »

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Did you hear the one about the journalist who used improv skills to do her job better? It’s no punchline: The art of improv offers many lessons for journalists, not least of which is how to collaborate more effectively. I’ve been performing improv since 2004, and in 2010 I started teaching workshops that apply lessons [...] more »

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Click to read all SXSW coverage One of the highlights of SXSW for me this year was a session called “Everything is a Remix, So Steal Like an Artist,” a conversation about remix culture and creativity between artists Austin Kleon and Kirby Ferguson. As the session title indicates, their philosophy is that all artists build [...] more »

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Sometimes, the partners in a collaboration seem obvious: NPR and Frontline, for example. Kanye and Jay-Z. Peanut butter and jelly. (OK, so peanut butter and jelly don’t really “collaborate,” per se … but they certainly work together. They’re a team. I’m sticking by this point.) Other times, though, you see that two people or two [...] more »

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In 1980s Brooklyn, Spike Lee knocked on Branford Marsalis’ door to introduce himself; Marsalis was soon playing saxophone for several Spike Lee joints. Elsewhere in the same neighborhood, Erykah Badu ran an idea for a rhyme by Carl Hancock Rux, which would later turn into her famous song, “Bag Lady.” As the new documentary “Brooklyn [...] more »

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Need $40,000 to produce a local documentary? Just ask your audience. That’s what filmmaker Sam Mayfield did, for a film she’s working on about last year’s protests in Madison, Wis. In a blog post on January 13, she wrote: We are currently trying to raise $40,000 of our $200,000 budget through Kickstarter, the online fundraising [...] more »