Allen Gunn is Executive Director of Aspiration (www.aspirationtech.org) in San Francisco, USA, and works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change.
Gunner has worked in numerous technology environments from NGO to Silicon Valley start-up to college faculty to large corporation, serving in senior management, engineering, teaching and volunteer roles. He is an experienced facilitator with a passion for designing collaborative open learning processes, and he believes in melding hard work with serious fun.
The common thread that connects all facets of Gunner's work is a focus on open approaches to capacity building and knowledge sharing in social change efforts. Aspiration prioritizes work that supports and contributes to open communities of practice who create technology and content that benefits nonprofit and foundation efforts. The organization has designed and facilitated over 130 extremely open learning and knowledge sharing events, in over 30 countries across the globe, predicated on aphilosophy of active participation that puts each participant “in control of their own destiny”, in contrast to approaches that place audiences in passive listening roles. Aspiration publishes all licensed work products, including software tools, books, papers and training materials, under open licenses; for published documents and media, the Creative Commons Attribution Share Alike, and for software the GNU General Public Licensewhenever possible.
Gunner is an active facilitator, contributor, advisor, and/or partner in a number of open projects, including Mozilla Drumbeat, Peer 2 Peer University, Joomla!, CiviCRM, The Open Simulation Platform, Crisis Commons and Creative Commons. He is a board member of The Ruckus Society, Global Exchange, andIdealware, and sits on the eIFL-FOSS and Joomla! Advisory Boards. Aspiration also enjoys an ongoing training relationship with the Labor Center at the University of California Berkeley, offering annual trainings for union staff and members on social media, online publishing, and eAdvocacy.