Reboot America, The MacArthur Foundation and you

Nice Reboot America summit today! How do those Startup DC guys keep the energy flowing? Panel on working with the government made me want to go home and pull the covers over my head. Instead, I went home and while searching for an alternative sponsor came across the website for The MacArthur Foundation I hear so much about on NPR, committed to “building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world.” When I read the website mission, it occurred to me that the on-air voiceover editor omitted six words: The MacArthur Foundation “supports creative people and effective institutions.” Not a minor edit.

But then I was intrigued to read: “In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.”

Hopefully, when they refresh their website, the MacArthur Foundation will have considered adding: and how technology can be used creatively and effectively to positively affect children and society.

That would be a great way to support creative people focused on making US institutions more effective, typically involving technology and principles of User Experience Design.

P.S. Aren’t children part of society?

PPs. NPR, I am sorry I didn’t contribute recently. Will remedy.

Janice K. Mandel


About Janice K. Mandel

I'm a storyteller engaged in the evolving voice tech community. Early adopter experience in New York City included: Sr. Editor, EIC/Intelligence, the first online, commercial database (1980s); Communications/Voice of, like Zillow but in 1999; and Reach networks -- like Mosaic, only four years sooner. I've recruited speakers for VOICE Summit ( and contributed regularly to its "flashbriefing" on Alexa leading up to the event.
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