About Alix

🌈 A little about me

I live with my partner and toddler in Athens, Greece spending time on the water, next to the water, and under the water. I write The Relay, a newsletter where I share my perspective on technology, politics, and getting things done in complex environments.

My current focus is to provide facilitation support, advising services, and coaching to companies, non-profits, and foundations. Particularly on sociotechnical issues, where society and technology crash into each other. I work with lovely leaders on difficult issues.

🔬 A little more about my work, in reverse order

I founded Computer Says Maybe to support all kinds of organisations tackle complex data and technology challenges. We provide services, particularly on projects and with partners, that advance a shared understanding of how technology can and should shape our world.

I founded and directed The Engine Room, a global non-profit, after witnessing a gap in the technology strategy services available for civil society around the world, and wanting to change that.

I sit on the board of directors program committee at Mozilla Foundation, the advisory board of Foxglove Legal, and I am a trustee of the Ada Lovelace Institute for AI & Society. I believe in the positioning and power of these organisations to change the sociotechnical conversation in research, law, and technology.

I also spend a lot of my time working with global human rights organisations, largely foundations, to grapple with the applications and implications of technology. I have worked as an advisory board member for Open Society Foundations Human Rights Program, Luminate of the Omidyar Network, and Open Technology Fund. I was a member of Technology Advisory Board of the International Criminal Court, and an advisory board member of Open Technology Fund.

I have also spent some time in academia, receiving a BA from Colorado College, an MPhil in Media Studies from the University of Oslo, focusing on the role that Facebook played in Egyptian organising in 2008-2009. I was also a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Digital Impact Lab at the Stanford Philanthropy and Civil Society Center.

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⭐️ What people say about working with me

I’ve worked with Alix on several projects, and every time she has been a phenomenal thought partner. She always takes the necessary time to prepare and orient to the problem at hand, and then finds ways to work through the problem, approaching it from a new angle, and drawing on her own expertise to make the problem tractable. Alix has helped us solve problems involving complex team dynamics and the challenges of mission-driven teams. Whether providing expert perspectives on technology and justice or tackling complex organizational challenges, Alix is an exciting and inspiring partner to work with.

Madeleine Clare Elish, Senior Research Scientist, Google

In my 30 years of work, I've never seen a more skilled and intuitive facilitator than Alix. Her planning focuses on deeply understanding the needs of the individuals and creating the right amount of structure to work with what emerges when they come together as a group. Onsite, she holds the group dynamic with what seems like few words and little effort, but with remarkable effectiveness. She is attuned to what's said and unsaid, and to the interplay between the rational and the emotional, and the result is practical, real-world value. An event is a huge investment of time, money, and attention. Hiring Alix was the single best decision we made in support of a great return on that investment. I hope I get the chance to work with her many more times.

Jen Pahlka, Founder at Code for America and former Deputy CTO of the US Government

Organisations I’ve worked with

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