Jon joined Shift in 2011 and is the Director of Operations of Shift Design, Inc., our partner US organization based in New Orleans. Currently, Jon is on sabbatical for a few months, returning to Shift in April 2020.
Jon has innovated community engagement through social entrepreneurship for over twenty years. In the mid-nineties, his early work on economic activism led him to develop new business and touring practices for music festivals and musicians through his work with the Tibetan Freedom Concerts and artists like the Beastie Boys, David Crosby and Wyclef Jean. His work in finance lead to managing branch equity trading technologies for a socially responsible investment company, including early development of algorithms to assist in stock-scoring and detection of technical analysis patterns. Later, he worked with religious communities to develop and implement technology infrastructure and strategies that fit with their beliefs, cultures and daily practice. Prior to joining Shift, he served as the Information Technology Director for the San Francisco Zen Center before running his own technology consulting firm for 7 years, advising non-profits, start-ups and VC firms across the Bay Area.
Jon graduated from Kalamazoo College with a Bachelor of Arts in religion and an emphasis in development economics. He loves cheesy movies and can often be heard quoting them, to the great annoyance of his friends and family.
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November 18, 2019
This chapter in The Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites explores a partnership between the National Library of Colombia, with its national network of public libraries, and Historypin.org, a global non-profit that seeks to strengthen communities through local history and story-sharing. This project highlights: the potential role of cultural heritage organisations to make lasting social impact through civic engagement, methods for designing digital content creation and community engagement along with technical infrastructure, the democratising potential of placing the power of cultural narrative in the hands of many, and how a digital cultural project allowed us to reach an entire nation during an essential time of peace-building.
See other chapters in this book here.
Diego Merizalde and Jon Voss
July 14, 2016
Historypin began working with the US National Archives in 2014 to take a user-centered design approach to cultural heritage and develop a broad strategy of community engagement. With a focus on NARA’s Wartime Films, we’ve worked with leading curators and preservationists at NARA to begin reaching much broader audiences and increase awareness and creative reuse of the United States’ rich cultural heritage.
July 23, 2015
On April 28, 2015, the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) convened library, archive, and museum professionals to, in the words of Maura Marx, IMLS Director, “advance a vision of easy, seamless and reliable access for all Americans to the digital content and services that will enrich and improve their lives.” Jon Voss represented Historypin on a panel about Linked Open Data and crowdsourcing.
From Crowdsourcing to Knowledge Communities: Creating Meaningful Scholarship Through Digital Collaboration
April 2, 2015
In this paper, we share some of the findings of our Mellon-funded crowdsourcing research with Stanford University, with a focus on tools we found helpful in the process of identification, outreach, and collaboration with knowledge communities.
February 4, 2015
Jon: “I was fortunate to be a reviewer on this important publication examining the future of Canada’s memory institutions, though the findings are applicable worldwide. The authors of the paper take a bold stance on what is necessary for leadership in the digital domain.”
November 22, 2014
November 1, 2013
Early research on a proposed project to combine citizen science techniques and photo gathering to examine and monitor the aging and deterioration of objects of cultural heritage. Published in Built Heritage 2013 Monitoring Conservation Management.
April 2, 2012
Article on the community evolving around Linked Open Data in libraries, archives and museums.