Eric is President of Development Seed, an online strategy shop in Washington, DC. Eric has developed communications strategies and tools for organizations around the world, ranging from international development organizations to major media outlets - mostly using Drupal. Recently he has been mapping food security projects in Africa, developing the intranet at the World Bank for their international communications team (which is a customized version of Open Atrium), and building decentralized data collection tools to survey public health organizations' capacity to respond to bird flu outbreak on the ground in Southeast Asia.
Eric is especially interested in knowledge management and improving communication channels for geographically dispersed teams. This focus led to the creation of Open Atrium, a open source intranet in a box built on Drupal (in beta), as well as news tracking and aggregation tools, SMS and mobile applications, and mapping solutions. He uses his past communications experience and background in international development to lead projects for development agencies like the United Nations, the World Food Programme, IFPRI, InterAction, and Human Rights Watch. His work has landed him on NPR talking about open government data, in the Washington Post discussing mobile campaign tools, and on Nightline talking about culture jamming.
Eric earned his Masters Degree in International Development from American University in Washington, DC. He co-founded Development Seed while researching technology access and microfinance in Peru.