All Things Co-op: Tech Cooperatives and Software Engineering with Politics Rewired

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In this episode of All Things Co-op in honor of National Co-op Month, Kevin interviews Priya Chatwani, a software engineer and organizer at Politics Rewired, a tech cooperative which grew out of the 2020 Bernie campaign that aims to build technology for Left organizing. Kevin and Priya speak about how Politics Rewired got started, the technology they’re currently working on, Big Tech and the role of tech cooperatives, cooperative decision-making, the relationship between technology and organizing, and how technology can support and grow the Left.

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About our guest: Priya Chatwani is a technologist and organizer who centers anti-capitalism, anti-imperialism, and intersectionality in her efforts to redistribute privilege and build political power on the Left. She’s currently a worker-owner at Politics Rewired, previously worked on public transit planning tools at Remix, and interned at Twitter, Google, and Infosys. While at Stanford, she co-taught "Coding for Social Good" and worked with the Haas Center for Public Service to curate "public interest tech" panels, career newsletters, resource guides, and summer and post-graduate fellowships.

Politics Rewired is a worker-owned cooperative designing human and technological solutions for organizers. They work with organizers to streamline workflows so that they can focus on what they do best: building systems and relationships. They work with political campaigns, unions, and movement organizations, with a deliberate emphasis on supporting Left insurgents and building independent Left infrastructure.

To learn more: https://www.politicsrewired.com/


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