It is with delight that we let you know that Tuaratini will be part of NDF in November along with Tara Robertson, Bergis Jules and Michael Edson. Tuaratini is a Takitua - a Storyteller. Tuaratini regularly performs pacific storytelling at schools, festivals, libraries, and arts events around NZ. She focuses on the preservation and documentation of pacific cultural arts and practices through the recording of oral histories and performances and she is working closely with Pacific communities to encourage the revitalization of the storytelling styles of the Pacific. We have no doubt that Tuaratini will have us all spellbound.
Tuaratini is a Takitua - a Storyteller. From a young age, the Auckland born Cook Islander was fascinated with myths and legends. She learned that pacific history was riddled with incredible stories of gods and goddesses, that became one with the sea, land and sky – and so she says, she was hooked – and her pacific storytelling journey began.
Tuaratini is currently the Project Manager at the Pacifica Arts Centre in west Auckland and facilitates varying arts, community, and education programmes. She performs as the Pacifica Experience official Storyteller, and is the senior tutor of the programme’s Music, Drums & Dance workshop.
Her background is in media communications, where she worked in pan pacific broadcasting as a journalist, producer, and announcer. She has featured in various televised works addressing pacific culture, both as the subject and as a presenter, and has gone on to support several community initiatives as a communications consultant.
Ten years ago Tuaratini began focusing on the preservation and documentation of pacific cultural arts and practices, through the recording of oral histories and the performance of, song, chant, prayer and legends of the Cook Islands.
She regularly performs pacific storytelling at schools, festivals, libraries, and arts events around NZ. And in 2017 and 2018 she was invited to provide storytelling workshops and performances to groups and festivals around India.
In 2017 Tuaratini co-founded the Turou Takitua Storytelling Network, a group dedicated to the growth and development of Cook Islands storytelling in Aotearoa. She continues to develop her practice through research and engagement with other practitioners and knowledge holders, and is working closely with Pacific communities to encourage the revitalization of the storytelling styles of the Pacific.
Tara Robertson, Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Partner for Mozilla, will be flying from Vancouver to Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui to join us for NDF in November. Tara is a librarian with deep experience and expertise in accessibility, open source, open access and open education and we know she has so much great knowledge and insight to share with all of us. Kia ora Tara!
Tara Robertson (@tararobertson) is an intersectional feminist who uses data and research to advocate for equality and inclusion. Currently working as the Diversity & Inclusion Strategic Partner for Mozilla, she has more than 10 years experience making open source and tech communities more diverse and welcoming.
Tara's core values are social justice, collaboration and all things open–open source, open access and open education. Her curiosity and delight in connecting people come together in person and online, where she can often be found asking good questions.
As a librarian with five years leading accessibility work in higher education, she brings practical expertise of how of universal design can be used to include people with disabilities and enhance access for everyone. Tara has a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.
You can learn more about Tara and her fantastic mahi at tararobertson.ca
Bergis has been on our NDF speaker radar for a while now with several people recommending him and the amazing work he is doing. We're so stoked that we're able to welcome him to NDF2018. Bergis' incredible work, across several initiatives, involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability. He is passionate about helping these vital cultural heritage spaces continue to exist independently and as legitimate sites where historical inquiry can take place. This is important mahi and we're so looking forward to learning more from Bergis in November.
Bergis Jules (@bergisjules) is an Archivist and Community Lead on the Documenting the Now project which seeks to develop tools and practices that support the ethical collection, use, and access to web and social media archival content. The work of Documenting the Now was initially developed in 2014 to support archiving of the protests and activism that took place in Ferguson, Missouri after the murder of Michael Brown, and as those activities played out on social media. Jules’ work also involves helping community-based archives, especially those documenting the lives of marginalized people, to build capacity and achieve long-term sustainability. He is passionate about helping these vital cultural heritage spaces continue to exist independently and as legitimate sites where historical inquiry can take place. Jules' previous community-based archives work includes leading programs at the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, developing the D.C. Africana Archives Project, and helping to lead the Diversifying the Digital Historical Record national forums. He received an M.A. in Library and Information Science and an M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies from Indiana University. He is currently a doctoral student in the Public History program at the University of California, Riverside where his research focuses on representations of African Americans in web archives.
Some of you might remember Michael from NDF2010 where he wowed us with his strategic thinking and ideas about the impact GLAM can make if we open up our content for others to use. We've been keeping an close eye on the great things he has been doing ever since. He is now co-founder of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live and he is very excited share the work he is doing and, he says, “to learn from Aotearoa New Zealand’s amazing digital cultural sector.”
Michael Edson (@mpedson, usingdata.com) is a strategist and thought leader at the forefront of digital transformation in the cultural sector. He is co-founder and Associate Director of the Museum for the United Nations – UN Live, a new institution currently being envisioned for Copenhagen, Denmark and locations throughout the world. Michael was formerly the Director of Web and New Media Strategy for the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex, based in Washington, DC. Michael is a Salzburg Global Fellow; a Fellow at the Getty Leadership Institute; a Presidential Distinguished Fellow emeritus at the Council for Libraries and Information Resources (USA); and the founder of the Openlab Workshop initiative, a solutions lab, convener, and consultancy designed to accelerate the speed and impact of transformational change in the GLAM sector. Michael is an O'Reilly Foo Camp alumni (and an NDF alumni too!) and he was named a "Tech Titan: person to watch" by Washingtonian magazine.