About Ivan Boothe

all you need to know

Ivan Boothe, Creative Director of Rootwork.org I am passionate about quirky art, good books, community empowerment, organizing for antiracism, radical praxis and meticulously gorgeous code.

I live in West Philadelphia in an apartment with a gorgeous view out my sunny bay windows. I'm a member of the local food co-op and have been known to show up at a basement show or radical puppet performance. I'm a member of the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble, folk dance from time to time, and periodically do some co-counseling.

by day: online social change

I'm the creative director of Rootwork, a web design and social networking strategy firm focused on nonprofits and social change organizations. This work grew out of my four years with the Genocide Intervention Network, which I helped start in 2004 and served as director of communications and Internet strategy coordinator.

I also help co-facilitate NetSquared Philadelphia, a discussion group focused on online social change. For more about my professional activities, visit Rootwork.

by night: radical nonviolent social change

I'm an admitted academic geek and a member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association, where I've presented a couple of papers on third-party nonviolent intervention. I am a 2005 graduate of Swarthmore College with highest honors in peace and conflict studies.

Over the years, I've been involved in a number of social change organizations, including Philadelphia Students for a Democratic Society (and several previous student coalitions), the Pendle Hill Peace Network, Unite for Peace, Soulforce and other queer rights organizations.

While in college, I helped start a nationally-recognized anti-war organization, most well known for a campaign of electronic civil disobedience against an e-voting company. I also served in a variety of positions, from news editor to chief copy editor to layout editor, at the student newspaper, The Phoenix. I appeared in four plays, including a 24-hour theatre festival which I helped to organize.

early years

I grew up in Clarkdale, Arizona, a small town of about 2,500 people about 25 miles from the more well-known Sedona. I was a valedictorian at Mingus Union High School (class of 2000), where I spent most of my time presiding over the Future Business Leaders of America. I also helped found a chapter of Amnesty International and helped lead a successful campaign to prevent the high school from "closing" the campus during the school day.

As a result of my parents being craftspeople, as a young person I traveled to many art and craft fairs around the country, to 43 U.S. states (so far). Creativity — some inherited, some learned — is one of my greatest assets, and I've tried to integrate it into my life in a variety of ways.