AnnLab is launching 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 will be emerging leaders in leveraging digital and popular culture, media and technology for social progress, and will come from diverse perspectives, communities and areas of practice.
Our program will support participants to hone existing skills and to develop new ones, to build shared capacity for social and community impact, and to have positive impact on the world locally, nationally and or globally. These new leaders and the resources we collectively develop to empower them will also help 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, pairing fellows with both USC faculty and students and leading practitioners in Los Angeles, the program will help to enable conversation and collaboration. It will help anchor an emergent ecosystem that breaks barriers and builds powerful new opportunities for discovery, learning and engagement.
As we design the fellowship program, 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.