FIR Interview: Andrea Weckerle, Founder and President, CiviliNation

Andrea Weckerle has fulfilled a longtime ambition by establishing CiviliNation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “foster an online culture where every person can freely participate in a democratic, open, rational and truth-based exchange of ideas and information, without fear or threat of being the target of unwarranted abuse, harassment, or lies.” In this FIR Interview, co-host Shel Holtz discusses with Weckerle the organization’s origins, its goals and how Weckerle hopes CiviliNation can make a difference.

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Andrea WeckerleAndrea Weckerle is an attorney licensed to practice law in Washington D.C. and New Jersey.  She earned her Juris Doctor at T.C. Williams School of Law, University of Richmond, where she also served on the Senior Staff of the Richmond Journal of Law & Technology, the first exclusively online, student-edited law journal in the U.S. In addition to her law degree, she underwent extensive mediation training, earning certificates in Commercial Mediation, Conflict Resolution Processes, and Healthcare Mediation. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Communications/Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University.

After law school, Andrea worked within the Legal Management Services division of an international professional services firm, where she helped design, develop and implement comprehensive alternative dispute resolution systems for Fortune 500 companies. During her tenure at the firm, she also served on the international team of a high-profile, politically sensitive investigatory review of World War II-era banking records for two international financial institutions and a U.S. state regulatory agency. Prior to founding CiviliNation, she ran her own boutique communications consultancy and worked with nationally-recognized agencies, where her experience included legal and corporate communications, as well as online communications and social media.

Andrea lived in Pakistan, Madagascar, Germany and the United States while growing up and now resides in the United States. She is bilingual in English and German.

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Posted by shel on 01/07 at 02:56 PM
  1. Hi,

    big fan of the show. I wonder if you could do me a favour. For the time-being I am making some long distance drives on a regular basis and I listen to your podcast in batches as I wend my way across the UK and Ireland.
    As you are aware a lot of businesses have unusual names with some irregular spellings. Would you mind just spelling them out very quickly at first pass or a repeat spelling if you haven’t used that particular word for a while.
    It would better help me to note the reference at breaks and find them later.
    I know a lot of the company and product names have entered into common parlance and I don’t want you to break up the rhythm of your show but in a driving environment where, hopefully, you don’t have my full attention some words need a little assistance to traverse the airwaves. Vodburner and Viddler were two recent examples where I needed to go the podcast site to deduce their spelling.

    I’ll be catching up on this show, the last show, and Monday’s show next Tuesday. Looking forward to it.

    Posted by Tom Murphy  on  01/08  at  12:47 AM
  2. I agree with Tom, it would be great to get a quick spelling of certain brand names that you mention that are essentially made up words.  Makes it a bit difficult sometimes for us to deduce the spellings.  But keep up the great work you have a fantastic show!

    Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  03/24  at  09:52 AM
  3. Hi,

    big fan of the show. I wonder if you could do me a favour. For the time-being I am making some long distance drives on a regular basis and I listen to your podcast in batches as I wend my way across the UK and Ireland.
    I’ll be catching up on this show, the last show, and Monday’s show next Tuesday. Looking forward to it.

    Posted by Akash Patel  on  04/20  at  03:15 AM

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