Co-founder and Director of Community Development at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (publiclab.org), Liz Barry develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. She is also co-founder and co-director of TreeKIT, an organization developing tools for collaboratively managing urban forests. Barry holds degrees in landscape architecture and urban design, and teaches at Columbia University and Parsons the New School for Design. Previously, she worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, at Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) coordinating youth urban agriculture enterprise, and has travelled around the country catalyzing interaction among strangers with a “Talk To Me” sign – a project that received international press including the New York Times, AP, CNN, Oprah and NPR’s This American Life. She likes to play outside.
Public Lab is a community that works together to make environmental science something anyone can do. This broad mission attracts a wide diversity of personalities with varied skills sets, ranging from coding to drawing to interviewing people to flying kites! In locations around the US and the world, self-started Public Lab groups bring people facing environmental issues together with hardware/software developers, then blurs these categories through the "give and take" of peer-to-peer learning. In this way, Public Lab is attempting to distribute the ability to conduct environmental research broadly through the civic sector.