Justin is a DC-based business owner and cooperative entrepreneur, with over 12 years of professional experience across sectors helping to develop, manage, implement, and integrate digital systems for and alongside artists, thought leaders, small businesses, associations, non-profits, and advocacy campaigns.
His studies in International Relations and Comparative Culture & Politics were followed by several positions, including valuable experience as a licensed financial advisor, an award-winning global telecommunications project manager, an international youth advocacy production coordinator, and as a digital lead at a not-for-profit association managing their digital properties and platforms. Justin dove into entrepreneurship and formed his own business progressiveDC LLC in 2017 to employ his skills helping small businesses and entrepreneurs define their digital presence - particularly of underrepresented and mission-aligned businesses and civic ventures. He has learned that access to resources and safe spaces for deep thinking, applied learning by doing, and exploring shared passions with other like-minded free thinkers are critical to entrepreneurial - and therefore business - success.
He is unapologetic about making efforts to bring people together to take on ambitious goals and seek to grow adoption of cooperative business ownership models, public interest technologies, and to further contribute to the causes of behavioral health, digital equity, and bridging generational divides.
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- FWD: Episode 92: Niels ten Oever on Human Rights, Open Source, and Digital InfrastructureSustainby Justin Franks on October 8, 2021
“But, as open source developers know, the most central part in this are actually people.”
- Watch “The Retirement Gamble (full documentary) | FRONTLINE” on YouTubeby Justin Franks on October 5, 2021
- Global Cultural Economyby Justin Franks on August 26, 2021
The interrelationship between culture and economy across the world. C. De Beukelaer and K. M. Spence, (Routledge, 2018) New Books in World Affairs https://open.spotify.com/episode/4vtBA8LFt6OKWeq8OuQYLC?si=xZuoC7rSQzCFisCnlR8JRA&dl_branch=1
- FWD: 130 – How to Price Your Work — with Tom Hirst The Futur with Chris Doby Justin Franks on August 26, 2021
When it comes to talking about money, a lot of creative folk tend to get uncomfortable. Many of us believe that the work should speak for itself. And that the cost of something correlates with how long it takes to produce. But that’s not always true. There are plenty of ways to bill for your
- 024: Managing Knowledge & Data for Continuous Improvementby Justin on July 10, 2021
- Local labor market dynamics in a globalized economy (draft)by Justin on May 7, 2021
The case for creating a local talent pipeline in the District of Columbia – D.C. Policy Center https://www.dcpolicycenter.org/publications/case-for-local-talent-pipeline/ Also, let’s get some more diversity on DCs Eligible Training Provider List too. Its ok that Amazon(AWS) and Microsoft have access to a bulk of public WIOA funding to certify their own future workforce, but maybe there