Hi I'm Rik Panganiban, sometimes known as "rikomatic." I design digital learning programs, teach awesome teens, dance and geek out on food and coffee.
I'm the senior manager of Digital Learning at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. I plan and lead programs where youth have the opportunity to tell their own science stories using mobile apps, digital games, online videos, digital dome astronomy shows and more. You can read more about my work perspectives and news at my other site RangerRik.com.
I cut my teeth (don't you love that phrase?) as the communications coordinator of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court and membership director of the World Federalist Movement in the late 90s. As such, I collaborated with governments and nonprofits from around the world.
In the early noughties, I shifted my focus toward internet technology and haven't looked back. From Geneva, I worked on the World Summit on the Information Society (2003-2005), the first time the global community attempted to come to grip with the economic, societal, and political impacts of the internet. I helped ensure that a broad cross section of groups and interests were able to have their say at the Summit, whether in person or via online participation.
From 2008 to 2011, I worked on youth programs at Global Kids, a unique youth development nonprofit that empowers at-risk young people to be community leaders, global citizens and achieving students. At Global Kids, I was part of the Online Leadership team, spearheading a number of projects that used social media, virtual worlds and games to engage young people on world issues in powerful and fun ways.
From 2011 to 2012, I served as the community manager at the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life, a unique online 3D space where nonprofits from around the world come together to connect with their colleagues, share information, and collaborate on new projects together. Sponsored by TechSoup, the Nonprofit Commons is just one way that this innovative organization supports nonprofits to use technology to achieve their missions.
I am one of the administrators of Yehoodi.com, the #1 online community for swing dance and lindy hop enthusiasts. I co-hosted an online talk show called "SwingNation" with my friends Manu and Nicole, and co-produce live broadcasts from international dance events. It's a lot of work and a lot fun.
I dance a lot, currently lindy hop and house dance. The Bay Area is the richest locus of dance communities and networks I've ever experienced!
Check out My Portfolio for some of the highlights of my professional work.