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Jake Ryan

Founder + Director @ Open Bench Project, Open Bench Project in Portland, Maine

Open Bench Project

PRESENTED ON MAY 24, 2018
IN PORTLAND MAINE @ VOL 41

Jake Ryan founded the OBP with a mind toward providing a place for people to gather around the idea of sharing skills, knowledge, and resources concerning the maker movement, about the process of identifying, collecting and fostering the OBP community, about what makes it “community”. He shares some of the struggles he had to endure for that distinction.

He speaks about what he is doing there, why he advocates for it and why it is both constructive and creative.

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Open Gov in Chicago: Changing Government from the Outside In

BY DEREK EDER
@ MAY TABLE TALKS ON MAY 23, 2013

Derek Eder has been building websites in Chicago since 2005. He is the owner of DataMade, LLC, an open government and open data web consulting company, co-founder of Open City, a collective that makes civic apps with open data, and organizer for OpenGov Chicago, a monthly Meetup group that promotes open data and open government in Chicago and Cook County.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 9, 2013.

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Dear Bench Diary,

BY DESSA LOHREY
@ VOL 20 ON OCT 04, 2013

Dessa Lohrey placed diaries all over Atlanta to see what people would write in them. In this presentation she shares some of the things that were written. The entries from children are particularly amusing.

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TIF Illumination Project

BY TOM TRESSER
@ PECHAKUCHA URBAN INNOVATION MONTH ON APR 01, 2014

Tom Tresser highlights the activist work in the city of Chicago of the TIF Illumination Project, and how this movement has helped raise awareness to the apparent misuse of public funds. As Tom explains, TIFs (Tax Increment Financing) are cutting into the expected spending of a city's budget, reducing the amounts that should be spent on things like public education.

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Open Source Hardware for International Development

BY MATTHEW LITTLE
@ VOL 6 ON SEP 19, 2014

Matthew Little is a freelance electronic engineer who is currently working on a project - Open source hardware for International development - which helps people living in the developing world gain access to a reliable electricity supply.

 

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Urban Folding Bench - Concept to Prototype

BY MAHIEU LOLA
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 01, 2015

It is during a master project semester about design that Lola Mahieu, an architecture student, is working about the concept of unfolding the ground. After making a scenography that is coming out the ground, she participates to the call of projects « Lyon City Design 2015 » and she comes up with a folding urban bench. It was conceptualized to replace the retractable bollards and allow the modularity of urban spaces. She is one of the winners and she received a three thousand euro prize to build a prototype that would be exhibited in Lyon city less than a year later. In her speech she evokes the difficulty she finds partnering with manufacturer and urban developers ready to innovate. She also explains what she gained in this experience as an architect beginner. {In French}

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Making of the Music Bench

BY SABINE SABA
@ VOL 23 ON OCT 21, 2015

Sabine Saba and Sandy Lyen tell us about their collaboration on the Music Bench. Sabine focuses on the process of designing punctual interventions in the urban fabric of Beirut through the Urban Pins project, and Sandy tells us about her career in woodworking using discarded material.

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Obscured Windows & Open Spaces (My City, My Art)

BY MATTHEW MACAULAY
@ TWINSTORY ARTISTS' EVENT ON MAR 01, 2016

Artist Matthew Macaulay talks about how he became fascinated with Coventry's whited-out empty shop windows and the way these forms fed into his painting practice - and how the open spaces of Shetland and the death of his mentor influenced the direction his work took after that. This presentation was part of a special PK held simultaneously in Volgograd, one of Coventry's twin cities, see twinstory.org.

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Upgrading Monogamy: Why You Need to Open Up to Stay Together

BY GINA SENARIGHI
IN PORTLAND OR

People everywhere are talking about consensual non-monogamy, some with curiosity, most with intense apprehension. As a culture, we've outgrown antiquated ideas about monogamy yet we haven't fully integrated new ways of being together. New research on relationships shows us taking a non-traditional approach to autonomy and commitment may be the key to lasting love. Gina Senarighi asks What can we learn from open relationships in this new era of love and commitment? 

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The Good Seed Project

BY ISABEL ARVEA
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 04, 2018

On May 12th, the members of the project team created an Open House Welcome Reception for a nonprofit organization new to Long Beach, The Good Seed, a nonprofit that works with transitional age youth that are homeless providing supportive, nurturing and specialized care. The project team also worked to help improve the outdoor grounds area within the facility property through landscaping and general cleaning. As the facility was formerly a school, the project team facilitated equipment, supplies and service donations to assist in making the building more compatible to accommodate serving the clientele.