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Public Lab organizers

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Public Lab organizers are community members that are leaders in the Public Lab community, and have an interest in the way our community collaborates and grows. Typically but not exclusively, these are people who are both key organizers in their local communities as well as key contributors to the broader Public Lab community through work on things such as the website and communications. Organizers often host events or moderate discussion lists, and help shepherd the Public Lab community in other ways. The organizers list is always expanding; anyone can be nominated or nominate themselves, see below for how to join.

Contact Public Lab organizers to add events to the /events calendar.

Resources for organizers

The Public Lab organizers list serves to connect organizers with each other and enable collaboration on overarching initiatives such as the barnstars initiative. Typical emails are about upcoming events (sometimes there are speaking/workshop/travel opportunities), authoring articles/book chapters/op-eds, strategies for organizing, and other topics related to broad Public Lab community development rather than simply research (which is discussed on the main Public Lab list).

Additionally, organizers share a dropbox folder for presentations and printable outreach materials, manage the Public Lab events calendar, and have email addresses in the form:

Weekly Organizers Call

The Public Lab organizers call is weekly on Thursdays. The time alternates between 9:20PST/11:20CST/12:20EST and 4:00PST/6:00CST/7:00EST. The calls last about 35 minutes. If you are an organizer, to join, please add Public.Lab on Skype and add your Skype name to the Google Doc.

How to join

  • Fill out your profile page with a bio, ideally highlighting your interests and work in the Public Lab community
  • Email your profile link to, including: 1) your request to be nominated, 2) a few words on how the Public Lab's methods and tools contributed to your work and explorations, and 3) links to one or more research notes you've created.
  • You will either be contacted by an existing organizer to followup or you may simply receive a "Welcome to the organizers list" email.


Currently there are 67 organizers from 8 countries:

Past Nominations

To view old nominations in full, see


Formative research note on this topic

Email setup

Organizers get a email address. If you use Gmail, you can set your inbox up to send from that address as well, but it's a little complicated.

  1. Confirm that you can receive an email at the new address
  2. In Gmail, click Settings (under the cog icon in the upper right, under your avatar picture)
  3. Go to the Accounts and Import tab (the 4th one)
  4. In the 3rd section called Send mail as, click the link that says "Add another email address you own"
  5. Enter your real name and the new address you're "claiming" (see first screenshot below)
  6. Enter and your Gmail username and password, and click Add Account (see second screenshot below)



That should be it -- when you compose a new email, you should now see a list of options under the "from" field, like this: