With amazing support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, AnnLab has launched a fellowship program to empower social entrepreneurs, artists, activists, scholars and other catalysts to increase awareness, understanding and engagement around pressing areas of public interest, with particular attention to underrepresented communities and their ideas. The fellows are emerging leaders in leveraging digital and popular culture, media and technology for social progress, and come from diverse perspectives, communities and areas of practice.
The Founding Cohort of residential and remote Fellows joined us in early 2019, forming the core of a learning community, innovation hub and network that welcomes scholars, practitioners and diverse community partners. These Fellows are enjoying a unique opportunity to think and do — collaboratively undertaking creative and meaningful projects fueled by exploration, teaching and learning with students, peers and mentors, and undergirded by unique resources from USC and our broader network. Our second cohort will begin in late August 2019 and last the academic year with a new cohort starting each August thereafter.
Our program supports participants as they hone existing skills and develop new ones, build shared capacity for social and community impact, and have positive impact on the world locally, nationally and or globally. These new leaders and the resources we are collectively developing to empower them are also helping to build out the civic media — and connected — fields and to catalyze new communities of practice and scholarship.
With many powerful and often isolated activities connecting scholarship and practice at USC, we are pairing fellows with both USC faculty and students and leading practitioners in Los Angeles. The program is helping to enable conversation and collaboration. It is also helping to anchor an emergent ecosystem that breaks barriers and builds powerful new opportunities for discovery, learning and engagement. Read more about the Fellowship experience and get answers to common questions here.
As the fellowship evolves, we are committed to transparency and shared learnings. Much more to follow, so please check back and make sure to join our mailing list. In the meantime, we invite you to take a look at some of the early interviews we did with members of our community on what Civic Media means to them and the promise they see for a fellowship program to expand this important and dynamic field.