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Data is playing an important role in shaping the city and working to improve services. Our guest this episode is Garlin Gilchrist II, the City of Detroit’s Director of Innovation and Emerging Technology for an interesting conversation about how data has been making a difference in Detroit.

Gilchrist’s resume is impressive. He most recently served as the National Campaign Director at MoveOn.org, where he focused on mobilizing MoveOn’s seven million members on issues of civil rights, education, and technology policy advocacy through community organizing and online action.

He also coordinated MoveOn’s 2012 election mobilization program, Voters Rising.

Gilchrist also founded Detroit Diaspora, a network for native Detroiters living elsewhere to connect with one another as well as people doing positive work in the city of Detroit.

During the 2008 Presidential Election season, Gilchrist served as the Social Media Manager for the Barack Obama campaign in Washington. In this capacity, Gilchrist used social networking and text messaging to engage more online volunteers during the final month of the campaign than any other state.

This was recorded with host Sven Gustafson at the Podcast Detroit studios. If you enjoy the episode, don’t forget to subscribe to the podcast for free on iTunes.

Happy Hour doesn’t have to end here. Here are some other episodes from the podcast:

Calvin Moore (second from left) leads a tour on Detroit’s riverfront.

Calvin Moore – Showcasing Detroit to out of towners with Seven Point Two Tours, Leading Conversations with Calvin Moore

Khali Sweeney – Changing the lives of Detroit’s children at the Downtown Boxing Gym

David Lingholm – Adopting Fatherhood and parenting in the city of Detroit (in iTunes)

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