Exploits and opinions of vVvA (andres lombana bermudez).

I am a researcher, designer,  and digital strategist born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, now living in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I work at the intersection of youth, technology,  learning, and citizenship. I recently  finished a PhD in Media Studies at UT-Austin, and defended my dissertation on Latino/Hispanic immigrant youths digital media practices and assimilation into the U.S. Previously, I completed a MSc in Comparative Media Studies at MIT  and majored with Literature and Political Science BAs from the Universidad de los Andes.

I study how young people use technology for learning, creating, and participating in culture/society/economy, and the environments, communities, and market places where they interact. I am particularly interested in researching digital inequalities, citizenship, ICT policy/governance, media ecosystems, and designing for learning, fun and engagement. I mix qualitative and quantitative methods, and have ample experience doing ethnography, co-design, and action research.

I design media and learning experiences. The past 12 years I have collaborated in the design of educational materials for youth, teachers, and librarians, including games, videos, and learning playlists. These tools are open access and freely available on the Digital Literacy Resource Platform, LRNG, and the Project New Media Literacies. I also make sound, visual, text, and other kinds of art. My artwork has been exhibited internationally in museums and galleries such as the International Symposium of Electronic Arts in Manizales, the Italo-Latin American Institute in Rome, the Ethnological Museum in Berlin, and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Art Gallery in Washington D.C.

Currently, I am a post-doctoral fellow at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a research associate with the Connected Learning Research Network, the Doing Innovation project, and the Centro ISUR. I am part of Clubes de Ciencia Colombia, a member of the Aprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), and a regular contributor to the English and Spanish Wikipedias, the Wikicommons, and OpenStreetMap.

You can contact me via email at lombana[at]alum.mit.edu. I am open to discuss and collaborate in research and action projects, and exchange ideas and creative gifts.


Sobre vVvA en Español

Andrés Lombana-Bermudez (aka vVvA) es un investigador, diseñador,  y estratega digital que trabaja en la intersección entre jóvenes, tecnología, ciudadanía, y educación. Andrés recientemente terminó un PhD en Estudios de Medios de Comunicación en la Universidad de Texas-Austin y  defendió su disertación sobre las prácticas mediáticas de jóvenes Latino/Hispanos imigrantes y su proceso de asimilación en los Estados Unidos. Anteriormente Andrés realizó una maestría en estudios comparados de medios en el Instituto Tecnológico de Massachusetts y también estudió pregados de Literatura y Ciencia política en la Universidad de los Andes.

Actualmente Andrés es post-doctoral fellow en el Centro Berkman Klein para la Internet y la Sociedad de la Universidad de Harvard, e investigador asociado en la Red de Investigación de Aprendizaje Conectado, el proyecto Doing Innovation, y el Centro ISUR. El es también miembro de Clubes de Ciencia ColombiaAprendiendo Juntos/Learning Together Council (AJC), y regularmente contribuye a las Wikipedias en Español y en Inglés, los Wikicommons, y a OpenStreetMap.

Pueden contactar a vVvA  via email en lombana[at]alum.mit.edu. Estamos dispuestos a discutir y colaborar en proyectos de acción e investigación, y a intercambiar ideas y regalos creativos.


3 responses

  1. Hi Editor,

    I’m David, a dad, husband, environmentalist and DIY enthusiast from Canada. I enjoy blogging from time to time and it makes me feel amazing when I inspire someone.

    In this day and age, families spend less quality time together than ever before, and this trend is constantly on the rise. This is no news. Also, we are facing a situation where children never have an opportunity to be in touch with nature. They are growing up in a world of technology, alienated from all the wonders of the Wild.

    I believe in the saying: Be the change you want to see in the world, so I have made a deal with my family to spend our weekends in nature. It has turned out to be wonderful.

    The reason I’m writing to you is – I’d love to contribute to your blog with a story. My plan is to write a small guide which would inspire others to do the same as we did, followed with some busting of the most common excuses.

    In case you’d like to see some of my previous stories, check out the following:

    What do you think, guys? Should we give it a go?

    Have a lovely day,

    • Hi David,
      Thanks for your message. Yes, feel free to submit one of your stories about environmentalism and activities in nature. I have not had guest bloggers in this blog before but I am open to have your entry if it is positive, well written, and engaging. Best,

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