GOOD Ideas: Beyond Biking
Last Friday, we kicked off GOOD Ideas, a web series where we talk with people who are doing cool things to make the world a better place. We'll be updating this post with a live stream of the conversation via Google hangout, so remember to bookmark this link. We hope you'll tune in, ask questions in the comment field below, and help us push the conversation forward.
In this episode, Casey Caplowe, Co-Founder and Creative Director of GOOD, will talk with special guests Jewels Smith, Francesca Hays, Marie Sullivan, April Economides, Jessica Findley, Slava Menn, Francesca Hays, and Colin Owen about biking culture, from bike design to community planning around biking. We hope you'll join us at 11:30am PST for a live conversation.
Jewels Smith: Born and raised in the Bay Area, Juliana “Jewels” Smith is the co-founder of the grassroots organization Red Bike and Green (RBG), a Black Cycling collective that focuses on health, economics, and the environment. As a grassroots organization, RBG has received national press for bridging the gap between the mainstream cycling world and Black communities. She is also one of the core organizers of this year’s Clitoral Mass, a mass women’s bike ride taking place in six cities: LA, Chicago, Atlanta, NYC, Oakland, and Toronto. Smith is also the writer and creative director of (H)afrocentric: the Comic.
Colin Owen: Colin was raised in the deep south on a steady diet of trails, mischief, and tinkering. He was made (mostly) civil at Rice University (B.A. in Arch, B. of Arch.) and Art Center College of Design (M.S.I.D.). Prior to Sparse, he served a diverse set of clients, including Wireless Generation, Nokia, NASA, Nike, Intel, Biodesign, and Terrazign. In addition to heading up Sparse, he is also an Assistant Professor at The California College of The Arts in San Francisco. In that position, he founded the Urban Mobility Initiative, which puzzles out civic transportation issues and makes bikes. When not careening through the streets of San Francisco or grinding up hills of the North Bay, he's brewing up the next batch of Sparse innovations.
Marie Sullivan: Marie Sullivan is a city cyclist, urban planner, and former documentarian. She has written, edited, troubleshot, created and cataloged for companies as large as ABC News and as grass roots as GOOD. After earning a Masters degree in Urban Planning, she now analyzes data, creates maps, and researches transportation issues for Metro, the Los Angeles County MTA.
April Economides: April Economides is the principal of Green Octopus Consulting and works at the intersection of sustainable urban planning and local economic development. She created the continent’s first Bicycle-Friendly Business District program for the City of Long Beach, California and helped launch similar efforts in San Diego, Oakville, and several other cities. She is asked to speak around North America on Bicycle-Friendly Business Districts and The Business Case for Bicycling. The City of Copenhagen’s bicycle manager recently visited Southern California to study her work.
Jessica Ling Findley: Jessica was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1977. She lives and works from Rockaway Queens, NY as a freelance designer, illustrator, animator and artist. She received her BA from The Evergreen State College and her Masters from the Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU where her focus was on interactive art and technology. In 2009, Jessica received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to do Aeolian Ride Rainbow Edition for kids and was an artist in residence at the Tokyo Wondersite. Some of her exhibitions include New Museum, NY, Issue Project Room New York, Dublin Museum of Science, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her project, Aeolian Ride, has led the Deitch Art Parade.
Jessica’s work explores ideas of play, contagious joy and making the impossible possible. Her projects, often temporal or kinetic, blur the line between spectator and participant. Her international public art project “The Aeolian Ride” is comprised of 52 suits that inflate when riding bicycles. The spirit of riding a bicycle for the first time is embodied both by those riding and those watching.
Slava Menn: Slava believes that biking makes better cities and education makes better citizens. Slava is the CEO of Gotham Bicycle Defense Industries, a design-focused bicycle equipment company on a mission to make city cycling safer. Prior to Gotham, Slava cofounded Socrative, a venture-backed ed-tech startup whose software is used in 500,000 classrooms worldwide.While in college, Slava bootstrapped BarFrog.com: an online nightlife marketing company that grew to 12 employees and 30 clients including Bacardi, Universal Music Group, and The Boston Celtics. Slava holds a BSEE and MSEE from Boston University and a MBA from MIT Sloan and guest lecture at both schools on entrepreneurship.
Francesca Hays: Francesca Hays is an everyday biker, League Certified Instructor of cycling, bike education enthusiast, and a staff member at Bike New York. After learning to ride as an adult she went full force with cycling and created an Learn to Ride program for adults in Seattle at Cascade Bicycle Club while completing her degree in Urban Planning and Design from the University of Washington. She now works for Bike New York as a Volunteer Manager for the Education Program.
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