LocalWiki

About LocalWiki

LocalWiki is a grassroots effort to collect, share and open the world’s local knowledge. We want anyone, anywhere to be able to learn about where they live — their local government, the history of their neighborhoods, streets, social movements, noteworthy local figures, social services, schools – every facet of life in their community. And we believe that this vast collection of local knowledge should be created by the people who know it best - individual community members working together.

There are already over 70 independent LocalWiki projects in 9 countries and in 7 languages. Collectively, LocalWiki projects reach over 400,000 people each month. We are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in San Francisco, California.

Learn more about us on our blog or follow us on twitter or facebook.

Our History

In 2004 we started the Davis Wiki, an experimental project to collect and share interesting information about the town of Davis, California, editable by anyone, that soon became the world's largest and most vibrant community wiki.

Today the residents of Davis use it for everything from learning about local news and local history to helping return lost pets to their owners — and it's become the largest, most used media source in the city. In a week, nearly half of residents use the Davis Wiki; in a month, nearly everyone uses it. And 1 in 7 residents contribute material to the Davis Wiki.

Now we're working to help as many communities as possible realize the full potential of such an amazing, collaborative information resource.

Core Team

Philip Neustrom

Co-founder & Executive Director

Philip Neustrom is a software engineer in the San Francisco Bay area. He co-founded DavisWiki.org in 2004. For the past several years he has worked on a variety of nonprofit efforts to engage everyday citizens. He oversaw the development of the popular VideoTheVote.org, the world's largest coordinated video documentation project, and was the lead developer at Citizen Engagement Laboratory, a nonprofit focused on empowering traditionally underrepresented constituencies. He is a graduate of the University of California, Davis, with a bachelor's in Mathematics.

Marina Kukso

Managing Director

Marina Kukso is passionate about growing collaborative peer production communities. She is a co-founder and member of Sudo Room, a hackerspace in Oakland, CA, and a co-founder and organizer with Oakland Wiki, Oakland's LocalWiki. Her previous work includes managing two journals at the nonprofit open access science publisher PLOS. She graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s in Cultural Anthropology and a Certificate in Documentary Studies.

Mike Ivanov

Co-founder

Mike Ivanov is a software engineer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He previously worked at Palo Alto Research Center. In 2004 he co-founded the Davis Wiki, the world's largest and most active community wiki. He is a graduate of UC Davis, with a BS in Mathematics and a minor in Managerial Economics.

Advisors

Kurt Collins

Kurt Collins has worked in youth development at Youth Radio and as a co-founding mentor at The Hidden Genius Project. As a founding mentor for The Hidden Genius Project, he mentors high school-aged black males in learning STEM-related skills through learning about technology. Kurt has been working with entrepreneurs and technology since his tenure at MIT in the late 90ʼs.

Eugene Eric Kim

Eugene Eric Kim has spent over 10 years helping groups learn how to come alive and collaborate more skillfully together. He co-founded two social change consultancies in this pursuit: Blue Oxen Associates and Groupaya. He worked with C-level business leaders and social activists, rocket scientists and spies, billionaires and hackers, foundations and farmers. Eugene designed and lead the Wikimedia strategic planning process from 2009-2010.

Jennifer 8 Lee

Jennifer 8. Lee is the president and cofounder of Plympton, a literary studio that publishes serialized fiction for digital devices. She was a reporter at The New York Times for nine years and is the author of “The Fortune Cookie Chronicles,” a New York Times-bestselling book on how Chinese food is all-American. She is also on the boards of the Nieman Foundation, the Center for Public Integrity, the Asian American Writers Workshop, and the New York Public Library Young Lions committee.

Max Ogden

Max Ogden is a computer programmer living in Oakland, CA. Formerly Max was a Code for America fellow and now works on a grant funded software project in the field of open data and scientific research collaboration. Max is passionate about teaching and enabling the sharing of information.

Dr Rufus Pollock

Dr Rufus Pollock is a Founder and CEO of the Open Knowledge Foundation, an international non-profit network passionate about openness, and which is using advocacy, technology and training to unlock information and turn it into insight and change. He was formerly a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow and a Mead Fellow in Economics at Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge and is currently an adviser on open data to several governments. He has worked extensively as a scholar, activist and technologist on the social, legal and technical challenges around the creation and sharing of knowledge.

James Rucker

James Rucker is Chairman and Co-founder of ColorOfChange.org and Citizen Engagement Laboratory (CEL). Founded in the wake of Katrina, ColorOfChange.org is the leading online citizen lobby for African-Americans and their allies. CEL was founded three years later to serve as an incubator and accelerator for online organizing efforts and has helped create or support efforts like Presente.org, ForecastTheFacts.org, and WeAreUltraViolet.org. Prior to co-founding ColorOfChange.org and CEL, James was director of grassroots mobilization at MoveOn.org.

Elizabeth Stark

Elizabeth Stark has taught at Stanford and Yale about technology and the Internet. She is a cofounder of the Open Video Alliance, which seeks to promote innovation and free expression in online video. Stark has spent years working on open Internet issues, and was one of the key organizers in the anti-SOPA movement that engaged 18 million people worldwide. She is a mentor with the Thiel Fellowship, serves on the board of Demand Progress, and is an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Stanford's StartX. Stark is a graduate of Harvard Law School and an affiliate of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Contact

Email: contact@localwiki.org (best)
Phone: +1 (650) 741-4692 (California)

Press

Please use contact information above.

For a list of past press mentions please see our press mentions page.

Essential Supporters

Founding Supporters

  • Jim Ratliff
  • Andrew Chen
  • Kenji Yamada
  • Paul Ivanov
  • Rodney Blackwell
  • Andrew Leonard
  • Jason Moore
  • Jason Aller
  • Jeff Shaw
  • Lauren Giles
  • Scott Meehleib
  • Otis the dog
  • Nick Schmalenberger
  • Rob Roy
  • Sheryl Schaffner
  • Ryan Massie
  • Blair Baldwin
  • Charles McLaughlin
  • Michelle Palmer
  • Charles Roberson
  • Jeff Tolentino
  • Eugene Eric Kim
  • Ryan Wold
  • Davis Bike Collective
  • amelia gray
  • Scott Lay
  • Aaron Christopher Cohen
  • Darach Miller
  • Jose D Lopez
  • Dina Biscotti and Siva Gunda
  • David Dickson
  • Sharon Zimmerman
  • Christine Hjelmfelt
  • The Domes
  • Craig Blomberg
  • Emily Tung
  • Cobalt Salon & Gallery
  • Dan Ryan
  • Simon Fung
  • Ian Leary
  • Efrem Rensi
  • Princess N' Aaron Curtin
  • Nicholas Barry
  • Doug Beeferman
  • Bernadette Balics
  • Paige Craig
  • Denise Jago
  • Mal Jago
  • Tony Finnis
  • Diane Cary
  • Wyatt Pearsall
  • Erie Vitiello
  • Craig Brozinsky
  • Zac Morris
  • Diane C Murphey
  • Saroja Subrahmanyan
  • Robert Schanafelt
  • Chris Lambertus
  • Brian Fong
  • Davis Bike Collective
  • Paul Lanzi
  • Alex Darocy
  • Danae and Mike
  • Julia
  • Max Mikalonis
  • Oliver Fiehn
  • Jonathan Eisen
  • Eugenia Harris
  • Jess Kerlin
  • Randy Thornton
  • Greg Zaller
  • Jacob Zaller
  • Keith Bradnam
  • Dani Lee
  • RobKelley
  • Todd J. Green
  • Robert McMurry
  • Darin Wick
  • Gretl Davis
  • Margaret Rosas
  • Andrew Potter
  • Terra and Dan
  • Rachel Ragatz
  • Phoebe Ayers
  • Dina
  • Douglas Walter
  • prgmr.com
  • Sentry

Supporters

  • Josh Heller
  • Nicole Aptekar
  • Matt Lewis
  • Terrana Cliff
  • Kimberlie Kranich
  • Michael Andersen
  • Lizzy
  • Gary Neustrom
  • Hannah Moore
  • Stephen Fairclough
  • Debra Van Sickle
  • vinh pham
  • William Lewis
  • Evan Edwards
  • Bahareh Abhari
  • Yawen Chen
  • Tom Garberson
  • Kristen Birdsall
  • Erin Digitale
  • Carlos Barahona
  • Bliss Bruen
  • JoePomidor
  • Geoff
  • Mike Linksvayer
  • Adam Wennhold
  • Brent Laabs
  • Ryan Deussing
  • Sue Hjerpe
  • Marilyn Maciel
  • Dagon Jones
  • Roberta
  • David Vernon
  • Lee Yeung
  • Kalen Gallagher
  • Ben Antonius
  • Victor Zapanta
  • Amy Zimmerman
  • Don and Vi Schaffner
  • Dewitz
  • York Ng
  • Eric Toscano
  • Kika
  • Benny Brown
  • Matteo Mattone
  • Stephanie Thrasher
  • Luke Grecki
  • Dale Kunce
  • Smit Shah
  • Nihar Shah
  • Clara
  • Maia
  • Christian Kang
  • Rick
  • Tara Nonymous
  • Leslie Madsen-Brooks
  • Emily Goyins
  • Kathleen
  • Matt Jurach
  • Sally Hensel
  • Laura Wynholds
  • Cheyenne Cary
  • Yumiko
  • Brad Benedict
  • Olivia Youngers
  • June Huang
  • Craig Wells
  • Nico Linesch
  • Wrye Sententia
  • Kurt Vaughn
  • Bonnie Bilger
  • Monica Vaz
  • Besha Grey
  • Peter Boulay
  • Mikkel Marius Winther
  • Megan Clements
  • Kao Saechao
  • Sharon Shewmake
  • Tree
  • Robert Barat
  • Overland Music Distributors
  • Aezlo
  • Sugar Ray
  • Kevin Chuc
  • Dave Menninger
  • Ippie
  • Brian
  • Jesse Woo
  • Paul Lopes
  • Liz Ernst
  • Sarah White
  • Sarah Manley
  • Ashley Smith
  • Yogesh Simmhan
  • Joady
  • Peter Holmes a Court
  • Ted Buehler
  • Divonne Holmes a Court
  • Jane
  • Zak Clark
  • Tobin Fricke
  • Hendrik
  • Anthony Bruce
  • Barbara Mckee
  • Christopher Michael
  • Dorai Thodla
  • Christopher Stollery
  • Mort Clark
  • Michael Milman
  • Cindy Goode
  • Anna Kostecke
  • Andrew Frishman
  • Jasmine Carlisle
  • Kathy
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  • Kris Bulman
  • Daniel Tancredi
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  • Kevin Hawkins
  • Virginia Matzek
  • Elle Cayabyab Gitlin
  • Melanie Holmes
  • Michael Trice
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  • Bernard Kreissman
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  • Scott Weintraub
  • Stuart Thomas
  • Joyce Maguire
  • Nancy Wilson
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  • Michael Johnston
  • Mike Adams
  • Jessica Winter
  • Steve
  • Michelle Kang
  • Gordon Windeyer
  • Sunny Grace
  • William Gray
  • Max Yaffa
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  • Nirgunan Tiruchelvam
  • Con Karson
  • Ben Gray
  • Geoff Ball
  • Ivan
  • Mark Flitcroft
  • Misty
  • A Roach
  • Anton Pound
  • Derrick
  • Gavin Payne
  • Katharine
  • Sandy
  • Paul Siegel
  • Eric Blosch
  • Mehdi Vahab
  • Rachel Rogers
  • Emmy Melton
  • Roberta M.
  • Jonathan London
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  • Matt Quan
  • Itay Neta
  • Cressida Downey
  • Lois
  • Harry Spanglet
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  • Hank Childs
  • Joseph
  • Yell
  • Zach Short
  • Kevin Liu
  • Francoise
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  • Meredith Clark
  • Gabriel Goldstein
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  • Terry Bellerby
  • Jamie
  • Monique Logan
  • Andrew Logan
  • Sam Logan
  • Emily Logan
  • Jessica Lao
  • Erik Magnuson
  • Allison
  • Julian Hofer
  • Eric Lee
  • Tom Denton
  • Malcolm
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  • Linda
  • Amy Catania
  • Charlotte Goodenough
  • Rob Gysel
  • Derek Downey
  • Mei-Lyn Peterson
  • Mike Bellamy
  • Craig Brady
  • Nathanael Bettridge
  • Bronte Brodie
  • Leighton T. Izu
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  • Anonymous
  • Michele
  • Alex Mandel
  • Bartlett D. Moore
  • H P Stanley
  • Michelle Maranta
  • Kim Helmbold
  • Katherine Lee
  • Andrew Woo
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  • Laura Wardrip
  • Girts Folkmanis
  • James Allen
  • Matt Frauenfelder
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  • Dawei Lin
  • Pete Forsyth
  • Teruko Matsumura
  • Cindy Spann
  • Kati Wu
  • Christy Marsden
  • Wes Hardaker
  • Rebecca Newton
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  • Nathan Storey
  • Brien Croteau
  • Emmanuel Smith
  • Brad Nickel
  • April Johnson
  • Mike & Raven Pence
  • Kim Summerlin
  • Patty Couse-Baker
  • Christy Gurga
  • Dan Sullivan
  • Samuel Cole
  • Luke Burns
  • Teresa Kenny
  • Noah Leslie
  • Nick
  • Dmitri Kozhevnikov
  • Alessandra Rachid
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  • Molly Reagh
  • Charles Gasser
  • Deborah Morgenthal
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  • Jana Gutierrez
  • Kelly Heung Del Favero
  • bart
  • Manu Järvinen
  • Eric Sinclair
  • Richard Osborn
  • Ken Gagne
  • Kristen Cox
  • Cassandra Paul
  • Aidan Sheridan
  • Judy Robertson
  • Andrew Tritt
  • Lee Li Lian
  • Monica Nolte
  • Greg Hirson
  • Julie
  • Elizabeth Caravati
  • Russell Neches
  • Erik Boertjes
  • Tim Jarratt
  • Spencer Sevilla
  • Dan May
  • Rovie Cabebe
  • Travis
  • Michael Clifford
  • Jonathon Leathers
  • Lisette Walker
  • Alice Neels
  • Andrew
  • Bruce Chalk
  • Kevin
  • Naiche Lujan
  • Mikos Fabersunne
  • Myles Grant
  • Julia Svoboda
  • Brian Neal
  • Geetika
  • Alicia
  • Amy Ryan
  • Jen K
  • Gabriel Guillen
  • FeyNouveau
  • Jennifer Gallacher
  • Ruth
  • Ryan Mikulovsky
  • Bridget O'Flaherty
  • Dennis Dingemans
  • Sheryl Stillman
  • Ryan Tucker
  • Michael Figlock
  • Margaret Griffin
  • Kefeng Tan
  • Bill Johnston
  • Paul Stucky
  • Dmitri Ivanov
  • Tarisha Bal
  • Sarah Davis
  • Marion Cate
  • Richard E. Rominger
  • Carol Ballinger
  • Jen Dockter
  • Boetter
  • Cheryl Kysh
  • Junia Kerr
  • Salim Mhunzi
  • Joshua Stylman
  • Liking
  • Jenn
  • Faye Ashley
  • Amber Boydstun
  • Brett Lee
  • Garrett Pauls
  • Janna
  • Carol Eckersen
  • Quenby Lum
  • Liz Noppinger
  • Dimitry Chamy
  • Irina Chakraborty
  • Luke Mawhinney
  • Jonah Frohlich
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Our story

In 2004 we started the Davis Wiki, an experimental project to collect and share interesting information about the town of Davis, California, editable by anyone, that soon became the world's largest and most vibrant community wiki.

Today the residents of Davis use it for everything from learning about local news and local history to helping return lost pets to their owners — and it's become the largest, most used media source in the city. In a week, nearly half of residents use the Davis Wiki; in a month, nearly everyone uses it. And 1 in 7 residents contribute material to the Davis Wiki.

We want to help as many communities as possible realize the full potential of such an amazing, collaborative information resource.