Justin Franks
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Justin Franks
Courtesy of Vinny Mwano
Hi, I'm

Justin Franks

Social & Civic Entrepreneur
Software Engineer
Cooperative Advocate

I’m a Michigan transplant in DC since 2012 — helping small businesses and entrepreneurs define their digital presence.

I help local businesses, entrepreneurs, and community groups leverage technological change to connect with their audiences.

progressiveDC, LLC

Empowering under-represented entrepreneurs, businesses, mission-aligned groups, and causes within the DC area economy to tell their own stories.

Built on a philosophy of public interest technology, cooperative economics, and non-partisan solutions to systems change.

Founding Organizer,
CrowdWork DC LCA

Limited Cooperative Association

Visit CrowdWork.Coop to learn more…

We are developing a legal, organizational, technical, and social canvas for others to foster their own dynamic structures between our co-op and other existing networks.

We are in a conscious and slow growth process of leveraging a dynamic governance model that forges constructive engagement and equitable exchange – ensuring one voice, one vote, and one equity share.

Technology is to a business or organization as much as one organ is to an organism.

My Story

My worldview is informed by systems thinking, and extensive research in international political economy, digital network technologies, and alternative business models.

I’m resourceful, curious, and socially aware – with a passion for collaboration through creative digital media.

Sample IT Sandboxes

Aside from my web and marketing work for clients and partners, I’m prototyping some shared server environments – or sandboxes – for local talent pools to engage idle skillsets in a collaborative and equitable space – preparing launchpads for generating economic opportunities.

The cooperative framework we are scaffolding for crowdwork.coop is platform agnostic – a multi-lingual and interoperable architecture for a more dynamic and organic environment. This approach allows for greater diversity in thought, representation, and a more equitable distribution of power.

My technical work is centered around restructuring the way we interact within our market-based political economy, and finding ways to form more resilient networks that generate economic opportunities and broaden wealth generation at a systems level – localized for relevance and trust, yet scalable nationwide and globally.

These projects in the early development stages aim to increase the digital connectivity and presence, sustainability, and resilience of stakeholders investing in our future economy.

Multi-Purpose Listings

Community Generated Content / GIS Directory / Open Data Integrations

Build Your Own Platform

Crowdfunding for Co-ops


Residency Alumni


Community Group Volunteer Network
DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group 

Founding Member
CrowdWork DC LCA

Governance Alive

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