Networks to Support Digital Media Learning for Youth


Monday, October 10, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Organized by Kerry McCarthy, program officer for the arts, culture and historic preservation, The New York Community Trust.

Presented by Christian Greer, program director for learning networks, Chicago Community Trust; Stephanie Schipper, vp, web strategy, The Mozilla Foundation.

The way kids learn is rapidly changing with the proliferation of networked digital media technology. Content is more readily available and remixable; social networks create communities of learners; and museums, libraries, and other informal learning institutions are helping kids use digital media constructively. Given this new landscape, funders are learning how to move beyond their traditional boundaries. In this session we describe the purpose and function of two learning networks of practitioners—forty-seven arts and education nonprofits—in Chicago and New York City, as well as the network of funders supporting their work. The audience will come to understand both the opportunities and challenges of working in a networked philanthropic environment.