Laurenellen McCann is a social practice artist, organiser, and recovered policy strategist. Her work focuses on community-led approaches to governance and social innovation, emphasising creativity and collaboration online and offline. In 2014, she started the movement to bring these practices into civic technology under the banner, “build with, not for”. Currently, Laurenellen works with New America directing a ground-breaking initiative on civic life in Washington, DC. In past lives, she was a Civic Innovation Fellow at the Open Technology Institute, a consultant with the Smart Chicago Collaborative, and the founding director of the Sunlight Foundation’s state and local team.