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Research Action Design (RAD) uses community-led research, collaborative design of technology and media, and secure digital strategies to build the power of grassroots social movements.


We are a worker-owned collective. Our projects are grounded in the needs and leadership of communities in the struggle for justice and liberation.

 

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  • CODESIGN
  • RESEARCH
  • TOOLKITS/WORKSHOPS

Worker/Owners

BEX HURWITZ

WORKER/OWNER
Bex is a codesigner and maker of media and technology for social justice.

CAROLINE RIVAS

WORKER/OWNER
  Connecting practice, research, and policy for social justice.

CHRIS SCHWEIDLER

WORKER/OWNER
Chris is a practitioner & advocate of research by & for grassroots-led movements for social justice.

Wildcats

Andalusia Knoll

CONTRATADOS WILDCAT
Andalusia is a multimedia journalist, printmaker, bicycle mechanic & DJ who aspires to connect social struggles across radio waves, dance floors & printing presses. Read more at andalalucha.tumblr.com.

Anjum Mubarak Asharia

CONTRATADOS WILDCAT
Anjum is a media maker at the intersection of public art & social justice. Check out anjumasharia.com.

Arlene Ducao

SECURE DIGITAL STRATEGIES WILDCAT
Arlene Ducao makes technologies that examine the relationship between the natural landscape, our built environments, and ourselves. She is a chief at DuKode/DuKorp and inventor of MindRider, the mind-mapping helmet system.

Austin Guest

DPDL WILDCAT
Austin writes code to tear down power and build up movements. He is co-founder of The LearningCollective and lead developer of where@, a secure location-sharing app made by and for activists.

Aylwin Lo

CONTRATADOS WILDCAT
Aylwin provides creative technology, user experience design, and motion graphics expertise to filmmakers, artists, and non-profit organizations. More at aylwinlo.ca.

Charlie DeTar

MHT WILDCAT
Charlie DeTar is a freelance web developer, activist, wilderness devotee and creator of problematic technologies living in Montana. Read more at tirl.org

Design Action Collective

OCTOP WILDCAT
Design Action is a worker-owned cooperative providing graphic design and web development for progressive, non-profit and social change organizations. Read more at designaction.org

Diana Nucero

TMO WILDCAT
Diana has an expertise in engaging multi-generational, diverse communities in exploring innovative technology solutions.

Kirin Kanakkanatt

DPDL WILDCAT
Kirin is a community organizer and a trainer. She believes in building power through leadership development rooted in healing, strategic training and authentic mentorship.

Lize Mogel

OURMAPS WILDCAT
Lize is a counter-cartographer and an interdisciplinary artist. Read more at publicgreen.com.

Lucero Herrera

TCE WILDCAT
Lucero is a researcher, urban planner and data enthusiast, with a deep-rooted passion for vallenato.

Mara Ortenburger

TCE WILDCAT
Mara does research for justice, makes media for movements, and studies public health.

Mario Romero Zavala

VOJO WILDCAT
Mario is a hacker and appreciator of data visualisations. He creates systems for government accountability, citizen coordination and outright subversion. Read more at romero.fm/blog.

Marisa Morán Jahn

CONTRATADOS WILDCAT
Marisa is an artist, co-founder of Studio REV-, and instigator of The NannyVan and El Bibliobandido (a story-eating, burro-riding bandit). More info at marisajahn.com.

Nat Smith

RADMIN WILDCAT
Nat is a black, queer, gender variant anticapitalist bookkeeper (it's true, we DO exist!), specializing in radical nonprofits, individuals and collectives for over 7 years.

Pascal Emmer

CARING ECONOMY WILDCAT
Pascal is a researcher, writer, and oral historian who believes that stories make futures possible.

Puck Lo

OCTOP GAP ASTRAEA WILDCAT
Puck is a writer, researcher and producer who believes that words lead to actions. Read more at pucklo.com.

Ryan Gerety

SECURE DIGITAL STRATEGIES WILDCAT
Ryan is a researcher, trainer and programmer based in Washington DC. She partners with organizers and community groups using data and technology to address social justice issues in their communities.

Saba Waheed

TCE WILDCAT
Saba is research director at the UCLA Labor Center, interested in ways to research from the ground up, and also produces the storytelling show about work, reworkradio.org

Sarah Aoun

SECURE DIGITAL STRATEGIES WILDCAT
Sarah is a data activist with a focus on tech and human rights. She is a programmer, a current fellow with the Internet Freedom Festival, and a trainer in data-driven storytelling, ethical data, and data privacy.

Sasha Costanza-Chock

WILDCAT/CO-FOUNDER
Sasha is a scholar, activist, media maker, and troublemaker.

Tara Adiseshan

SECURE DIGITAL STRATEGIES WILDCAT
Tara is a programmer, designer, and digital security trainer who enjoys thinking and building at intersections.

Tatiana Lam

GAP WILDCAT
Tatiana Lam is a graphic designer and motion graphics animator residing in NYC, specializing in broadcast design and social justice campaigns. For more: tatianalam.com

Tim Stallmann

CONTRADOS+OURMAPS WILDCAT
Tim is a freelance radical cartographer and a founding member of 3Cs: the Counter-Cartographies Collective. Read more here.

Una Lee

CONTRATADOS WILDCAT
Una is a designer who works with communities to envision and build a more just and beautiful world. She can be found at http://www.unalee.net.
 

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Cats on the move! We work with partners across the U.S. and internationally.


We'd love to hear from you. If you'd like to get involved in one of our projects, are interested in talking about doing something new and awesome together, or are interested in becoming a RAD cat, drop us a line at the email below. Currently you can find RAD cats in the following cities:

Cambridge, MA | Joshua Tree, CA | Brooklyn, NY

E-mail: info[AT]rad[DOT]cat
Phone: 805 807 5358