Freya Yost


About Freya

Freya Yost oversees the strategy and implementation of Common Earth, Cloudburst Foundation’s regenerative development program with the Commonwealth.

Her background is in information science, specializing in areas of environmental data and policy, open source technologies, and digital rights tensions. After receiving an M.S. in Information Science from Pratt Institute, she started facilitating knowledge exchange between indigenous and smallholder farming communities in East Africa as Vice President of the organization A Growing Culture. Freya managed the development of The Library for Food Sovereignty, an initiative aimed at leveraging grassroots knowledge using appropriate technologies.

Freya has worked at the United Nations, New York Public Library, Civitella Ranieri Foundation and Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her work in recent years has been oriented on participatory development and sustainability. She is a contributing writer at Global Voices, and has published with outlets including the Association for Progressive Communications, Peer-to-Peer Foundation, Truth-Out, and Shareable. She has authored articles in several peer-review journals including International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions Journal, Weave: Journal of Library User Experience, and Indigenous Knowledge: Other Ways of Knowing.