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Minneapolis-based Warecorp, which provides web and software services the impact economy, owns TheContributor.com. The Contributor was started by Chris Dykstra, CEO and founder of Warecorp as a way to connect progressive content creators with stakeholders in for-profit businesses. TheContributor.com is still, largely, an experiment in providing an alternative voice in media as a service to stakeholders in our businesses, our friends, families and neighbors. Warecorp has a long history of media activism. Chris and Warecorp also co-founded and provided startup funding for TheUpTake.org which continues to provide an up close and personal lens on Minnesota politics through its coverage of the MN Legislature and it's YouTube channel with 29 million views.
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Cut from the bootstrap leather of Public Radio, Teke has been producing content and building communities for award winning stations across the country since 1984. Teke was also a co-founder of the still robust and effective regional environmental group GreenFire, which continues to operate out of Lawrence University with a passionate membership since 1990. Working for the Geological Society of America and the Institute for Earth Science and the Environment offered several years of access into the shaping of Federal level public policy. Teke helped top level geologists turn their hard science into narratives legislators and stakeholders could comprehend, focusing on the extraordinary challenges of cleaning and protecting major watersheds from mining toxins. Teke comes to The Contributor via his role as Executive Director of CoCo, a dynamic collaborative CoWorking space in Minneapolis, fostering relationships between tech start ups, freelancers, & social entrepreneurs while actively disrupting markets and traditional ways of thinking. A proud citizen of Minnesota for a record-breaking 4 years, Teke has also lived in Chicago, Wisconsin, Colorado, Santa Fe, Olympia, Seattle, Kansas, South Korea and New York City.
Cooper is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he received BAs in English and Music. An avid musician whose songs have been used on television shows such as 30 Rock and CSI:NY, Cooper sharpened his editorial teeth working pro-competition papers and books in the media ownership and telecommunications spaces. In 2011, he created We Party Patriots, a labor blog with a focus on construction, and the #1u Twitter hashtag which tallied over 100,000 Tweets in 2012. He is a resident of Brooklyn, NY.
Rob is an award-winning cartoonist, columnist and designer. He draws cartoons for Media Matters, the Philadelphia Inquirer, The Press of Atlantic City, and Philadelphia NPR-affiliate WHYY. He also covers the media for Editor & Publisher magazine. His cartoons have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post and on MSNBC and NBC's Meet the Press. Twitter: @RobTornoe
Chris Dykstra is a serial technology and media entrepreneur, community leader, and artist. He is a founding partner and CEO of Warecorp, an international software engineering, and consulting company working with impact entrepreneurs and change agents; Founder and President of DrupalSquad, on demand Drupal maintenance and support; Co-Founder of The UpTake, an acclaimed non-profit online video news organization; and Founder and Publisher of TheContributor.com, an online, daily publication of the work of an international network of bloggers. Dykstra has spent the last twenty years leading software and web teams, starting companies, playing soccer, creating art and maturing as human being and an impact entrepreneur. He lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Twitter: @duckstrap.
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