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About Colleen Cordes

Colleen is Director of Outreach and Development for the Nature Institute. She has a special interest in collaborations promoting broad public participation in decisions about how to design and use technologies in ways that nurture the health of families, communities, and the rest of the natural world.

Colleen is the former executive director of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and has also served as the Psychology and Environment Fellow for Friends of the Earth and Psychologists for Social Responsibility. Earlier, she helped found the non-profit Alliance for Childhood, where she co-edited Fool's Gold: A Critical Look at Computers in Childhood, and was lead author of a related report, Tech Tonic: Towards a New Literacy of Technology. Colleen is former board co-chair of the Loka Institute, a non-profit organization that promotes a more democratic politics of technology. She coordinated a broad-based coalition for Loka in 2003 that successfully campaigned for Congress to mandate an unprecedented level of public participation in policymaking for federal nanotechnology programs.

Colleen is also a former journalist. She covered science and technology policy in Washington, DC, for The Chronicle of Higher Education and also reported in the past for The APA Monitor, the monthly newspaper of the American Psychological Association, and The Kansas City Times, the former morning paper of The Kansas City Star. She lives a short stroll outside Washington in the small town of Takoma Park, MD.

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