Erhardt Graeff is a sociologist, designer, and entrepreneur. His work explores creative uses of media and technology for civic engagement and learning. He has written about youth digital activism, civic drone design, bots and information privacy, and political memes. He regularly leads workshops on civic media and participatory design for students, teachers, and social entrepreneurs.
As a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab's Center for Civic Media, Erhardt has contributed to Media Cloud, studying the impact of media activism around the death of Trayvon Martin, and designed Action Path, a location-based app for civic engagement. Recently, Erhardt has worked with Facebook's Civic Engagement team as a researcher and the Obama Foundation as a consultant. He is also a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation, which gives small grants to innovative and promising projects.