Adventure Club Conversations is a conversation series that aims to bring together creatives, writers and thinkers to discuss culture, politics, art and everything in between.
This month’s ACC features Ellen Mayer & Nell Taylor! Ellen Mayer will be interviewing Nell Taylor of Read/Write Library Chicago about living archives, accessibility, and what it really takes to make a “community space” in a gentrifying neighborhood, plus more.
Ellen Mayer is a community journalist, producer, and facilitator. Working across platforms — from podcasts to zines — her goal is to provide Chicagoans with the information they need to make the city more just. Currently, she’s a writer and producer for The Hoodoisie, a radical talk show about culture and politics. She was also one half of the team behind the Girl, I Guess Voter Guide and served as politics editor for South Side Weekly during the 2019 election. Ellen got her start in journalism as an intern at WBEZ’s Curious City, where she became obsessed with Chicago history and learned to put audience collaboration at the center of her work. In past lives, she has written about popular music, moderated a Facebook group for moms, and taught BBC journalists how to do audience engagement. Ellen is from Brooklyn and enjoys arguing about bagels and convincing people not to move to New York.
Nell is the founder and executive director of Read/Write Library and a user experience, data, and search consultant. Clients range from global NGOs, government, and Fortune 500 brands to arts education data. Previously, she led planning, research, and communications at an artist’s studio that produced interactive video installations. Nell has spoken at SXSW Interactive, TEDActive, MIT, DPLAFest, and Code4Lib, among others, and was a 2015/16 National Arts Strategies Creative Communities Fellow. Read/Write Library has been featured in the New York Times, on NPR’s All Things Considered, and as the cover story in the Chicago Reader. Nell is a proud resident of Humboldt Park where she was born and raised and organizes other building owners for affordable housing and tenants’ rights.