Resident Fellows seek to advance society's understanding of surveillance capitalism and change the way Reset works by embedding within Reset to produce creative research and technology outputs.
Through this Open Call, Reset strives to support a diverse and global group of individuals performing multidisciplinary and intersectional work to advance our understanding of the harms caused by surveillance capitalism and the opportunities to counteract them. Resident Fellows are able to leverage Reset and our network (the partners, communities, and fields of practice that Reset supports) to strengthen society's ability to understand, mitigate, and defend against these complex issues. The goal of the Resident Fellowship programme is to create new connections and perspectives that will ultimately deepen and expand our network’s understanding of the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Resident Fellows join the Reset team for a fixed period of time in order to work on a specific project designed to immediately change Reset’s way of working and thinking (or have a high likelihood of doing so shortly after completion). In addition to advancing Reset’s organisational capabilities through exposure to new perspectives and expertise, this Fellowship is also designed to produce public-facing outputs, support fellows engaging external actors, strengthen the fields in which we operate, and foster collaborative activities within the Reset network itself (among other fellows, current and past Reset-supported efforts, and the communities we consider most important).
This cross-disciplinary Fellowship is open to applicants of many different backgrounds, including (but not limited to) software developers, designers, lawyers, researchers, community organisers, artists, and journalists. All applicants, regardless of their background, must possess an understanding of the harms surveillance capitalism creates within affected societies, a passion to see these harms end, an idea of Reset’s role in ending them, and an excitement to be a part of the effort.
We want all our Resident Fellows to believe that through Reset, they can create real change. To this end, we prioritise applicants who are excited about connecting with and contributing to the growing network of those concerned with the effects of surveillance capitalism. We are also particularly interested in receiving applications from people who consider themselves underrepresented in the communities and field they hope to affect.
Before applying, each applicant must self-determine and define a project to pursue during their Fellowship. This project idea will be introduced as part of the applicant's application. Projects can either be (1) designed in collaboration with Reset from a list the maintained by the organisation, or (2) designed solely by the applicant. Each Resident Fellow that is accepted will then work with Reset to finalise their project plan. In doing so, fellows will be required to give an introductory presentation on their proposed work. At the end of the Fellowship, fellows will provide a closing presentation detailing their project conclusions and key takeaways. This presentation will be made available to the broader Reset network. Throughout the duration of the Fellowship, each fellow will have a Reset team member serve as a mentor. Resident Fellows will ultimately be accountable to Reset’s Executive Director.
As part-time contractors, active fellows will be regarded as a part of the Reset team and given the title of Resident Fellow. Resident Fellows are welcome to participate in regular day-to-day Reset work (but there is no expectation to work beyond that which is required for the fellow's project), and will be encouraged and given the ability to engage with all Reset team members, fellows, and partners in Reset's network (at both the organisational and community levels). Resident Fellows will receive support to attend our annual event and any team retreats that occur during the course of their Fellowship.
Note: This is not a Fellowship for those who want to spend time on focused, independent research. The Resident Fellowship programme is for individuals who want to directly engage with our team. Successful applicants will want to advance Reset's thinking and approach to addressing surveillance capitalism. They will also be able to see the value of their work on a bigger stage, and will be interested in creating impacts beyond their own field.