A little bit about me…
Hello! Thanks for visiting. My name is Liz. I’m the person behind @lizmstrategy on Twitter.
I live in the high desert of Eastern Oregon where we have a few acres. I help businesses, nonprofits, creatives and innovators make the most of the web through:
- crowdfunding campaign management
- user interface and user experience work
- Google Analytics and SEO set up and reporting
- social media coaching
- managed private workshops for long term project support
- WordPress design and development
Hyperlocavore – A Yardsharing Community
Most people outside of Oregon know me as the woman that started Hyperlocavore – A Yardsharing Community (currently on ice) – one of the first sharing economy sites on the net – in 2009. The project is currently on ice.
The best part of my work these days is making good things happen for great people. When I started hyperlocavore – I used kickstarter to raise some funds to test the yardsharing idea out – and became a crowdfunding wiz as a result.
Since then I’ve saved an organic peach orchard, fired up a music festival and sent a giant metal mechanical squid to burningman. My last campaign client met their goal in under 26 hours! I love what I do.
I’ve been working the web since 1993 when I was hired out of the S.F. State Multimedia program by Silicon Graphics. My focus over my career has been drawn to the potential of the internet as a means to organize ourselves to get good things done.
I’m a strong advocate of “localizing” our economics as much as possible, and so I deeply believe in strengthening the web of local businesses, local food systems, local manufacturing and craft, creativity and innovation – while at the same time ensuring that we as global citizens are making the most of the innovations in technology – to serve just and humane ends.
United Community Partners
From 2013-2016 I was President of the board at United Community Partners – a community development organization in Eastern Oregon where I live. To be honest – a lot of focus has been on UCP as we worked to make UCP a more transparent, responsive, accountable community resource and I worked to put down some roots in Oregon. I stepped down in January 2016 from the President role to return focus to my business, though I remain a technical resource for UCP. Here are just a few of the good things we got done together locally:
My blog, Flocks and Swarms is focused on the net as a positive force for communities, small businesses, culture creators and innovators…flocks because we can work together for real good, in sync, and aligned positively – like starlings. And swarms because humans also use the net to cause harm to others. I talk about how this works and what we can do to tip the balance towards the starlings.
I’ve lived through three major disasters – the Loma Prieta earthquake in California where I grew up and went to college, the bombing of the World Trade Center on 9/11 – the building was across the street directly out my office window – and the NYC blackout a few years after that. Each shocking time, I saw human beings at their absolute best – running into danger, organizing seamlessly and selflessly – assisting in any way we could to comfort, feed, heal and hold the people around us… flocking to the aid of our fellow humans – naturally like starlings.
We can swoop in to help or build or make good things happen – we can align without effort simply by bringing what is important to us to the net, to the world.
After years of belonging to and sometimes co-moderating The Next Edge group on Facebook with David Hodson and Seb Paquet – we all felt it was time to gather together in physical space – as many of the participants as we could. I had worked with Seb on his early Project Kitchens (an invaluable experience!) and was eager to work with him again. In that that collaboration I was very lucky to be able to work with Julie, Dorota and Chloe as well. The site was taken down after the festival.
Some posts from around the web
About Hyperlocavore A Yardsharing Community
Urban Farm Online
Cooking Up A Story
Jamais Cascio on Hyperlocavore
EcoWorld – 180 + Green Minds and Environmentalists on Twitter
Mashable – 75+ Environmentalists to Follow on Twitter
Society of Environmental Journalists – Food Movement on the Twittersphere
More Press about Hyperlocavore – A Yardsharing Community
Would you like to work with me?
Check out my services and take my project planner for a spin and I will get in touch!