I just wanted to let everyone know about some very exciting news. As of this week, I’m leaving the Benton Foundation along with our foundation president and other staff to launch a new institute at the Education Development Center in Boston called the EDC Center for Media & Community (CMC).
With seed funding from the Benton Foundation, CMC will serve as the new home for Benton’s decade-long work on the digital divide and ICT literacy, including our Digital Divide Network (DDN) and the DIGITALDIVIDE discussion group. The center will pay particular attention to the issue of ICT literacy amongst underserved youth populations in the US and abroad, and will conduct its work through researching ICT-related activities in real-world communities while fostering virtual communities of practice like DDN.
Here are links to the press announcements about this transition, released today by EDC and Benton:
Susanne and I will be relocating to Boston around the first weekend in March; between now and then I’ll be spending most of my time working out of my home office, though I’ll be in and out of the Benton and EDC offices as needed. I plan to keep my Benton email address working for a couple more months but will soon transition to my new EDC address, acarvin @ edc.org. I’ll continue to use my personal address, andycarvin @ yahoo.com, as well.
I’m really thrilled about this new opportunity, and will send out more details about our new center over the upcoming weeks and months…. -ac