Tom Tresser Inroduction

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Tom Tresser is an educator, organizer and public defender based in Chicago. He just opened the CivicLab, http://www.civiclab.us, a co-working space for collaboration, education and innovation for civic engagement. tom@civiclab.us

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Tom Tresser Inroduction

  1. 1. 312-804-3230 tom@tresser.com www.tresser.com www.civiclab.us www.tifreports.com 1
  2. 2. Tom’s background… ACTOR PRODUCER COMMUNITY DEVELOPER EXEC ED DESIGNER/ FACILITATOR EDUCATOR “The Artist As Activist” – DePaul Art Department INTERNET MARKETER “Nonprofit Management” 2
  3. 3. The Basics • Born in New York City • Came to IL in 1980 to be member of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival • Self-styled “Public Defender” • Started or led 12 nonprofit enterprises • Hobbies: history, politics, photography, travel, volleyball, science fiction • Married 22 years, Merle Green 3
  4. 4. Other Classes I teach… “Nonprofit Management” Loyola Graduate School of Social Work “Nonprofits & Civic Engagement” “Public Policy Advocacy for Nonprofits” University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Continuing Studies “Got Creativity – Strategies & Tools for the Next Economy” “How To Be A Social Change Agent” IIT Stuart School of Business “The Artist as Activist” Loyola Theater Department DePaul Art Department “Acting Up – Using Theater & Technology for Social Change” DePaul School for New Learning – Distance Learning Program “Tools & Techniques for Creative Leaders” Illinois Institute of Technology “Who’s Lying To You Now?” (media literacy & critical thinking) DePaul School for New Learning. Illinois Institute of Technology “The Art of Crossing the Street – the Artist as Citizen” The School of the Art Institute of Chicago 4
  5. 5. Nonprofit efforts I’ve started or led • • • • • • • • • • • • New York Science Fiction Film Society* The Free Shakespeare Company* Pegasus Players+ Peoples Housing Community Arts Program* 42nd Ward Citizens for a Better Future* Greater Chicago Citizens for the Arts* Douglas Park Community Cultural Center* The Creative America Project* Protect Our Parks* * = started from scratch No Games Chicago* Protect Our Public Assets* + = led already existing org. The CivicLab* 5
  6. 6. Recent Civic Projects www.nogameschicago.com www.publicassets.us www.civiclab.us 6
  7. 7. Global Cardboard Challenge Working @ The Lab… Building hydroponic growing kits! 7
  8. 8. Strange but true… • I used to be a hippie! (1970) 8

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