The Everett Program at UC Santa Cruz, under the directorship of Professor Chris Benner, a member of CIED's governing board; Crown College, courtesy of Crown Provost Manel Camps; and CIED co-hosted Christie George speaking on social entrepreneurship:
Investing in the Future of Progressive Change: Media, Money and the Future of Politics
Friday, May 6
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Namasté Lounge | Colleges 9 & 10
Directions and Map
This event was free and open to the public and well attended, despite the much-needed rain! Thank you to all who attended this informative talk about the excellent work Christie George and New Media Ventures are doing to shake up media coverage as usual of politics.
Christie George is the Director of New Media Ventures, the first national network of angel investors supporting media and tech startups that disrupt politics and catalyze progressive change. At New Media Ventures, she has overseen the investment of over $4.5m into a portfolio of non-profits and for-profits, including NationalField, Sum of Us, and Upworthy. Christie’s work centers on fostering an independent, vibrant, and diverse media sector. She has spent her career supporting individuals and institutions that are making media that matters — from independent filmmakers documenting powerful stories to social entrepreneurs disrupting the way media is created, distributed, and promoted.
Christie started her career at a venture capital firm, spent six years managing sales and marketing for Women Make Movies, the world’s leading distributor of films by and about women, and is a co-founder of Louder, the crowd-promotion platform for ideas that matter. She serves on the board of the Roosevelt Institute and was recently named a Social Citizen Ambassador by the Case Foundation. Christie holds a BA from Yale University and a MBA with distinction from the University of Oxford, where she was a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship and graduated with the Said Prize, awarded annually to the program’s top student. She lives in San Francisco and is a proud co-owner of the Rio Theater in Monte Rio, CA.
New Media Ventures looks for scalable, revenue-generating, tech startups that create long-term political impact beyond any one election cycle. The New Media Ventures’ community has invested more than $4 million into startups that use media and technology to drive progressive change. Entrepreneurs they work with are revolutionizing the political landscape — expanding the reach of progressive ideas in everything from media distribution and content consumption to online organizing and small dollar fundraising. Initiatives they have supported are diverse, and include: Million Hoodies Movement for Justice; ActBlue Civics; Faithful America; the Story of Stuff; Upworthy; and many more.