Speaker: Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley)
Miranda BStarted by saying she was already excited and thinking differently from Ceasar's ideas.
inevitably there are trendy words during certain times: right now, that is INCLUSION. "naming inclusion," "working for inclusion," the term is really common sense. diversity of perspective, opinion, and thought.
people think she cares as a WOC but inclusion is for all of us. Beyond the the box-checking. Intentional about making it a reality because the social and economic
Cognitive diversity --> economic growth
What does that take?
Not hard work, but it is work. We are on a deadline every day.
Shane CNow is the time to reform our zoning code to ensure the "healthy development of community"
Miranda BFocus groups to reform the zoning codes - their blocks, communities, cities
Liat RNeighbors need to meet to reform their communities.
Shane CReoccurring themes - opening green space, food access, transit access, access to community, affordable & quality housing
Residents often feel that development is outside their control. Communities should not be forced into design.
Miranda BThe amount of time that it takes to get things done. Years to get grounding on the council to start bringing issues.
Liat RSocial media is feeding the retail element of civic media - gives politicians an 'out'. Politicians can state their stance - exacerbate get yes/no binary thinking - but they are not necessarily encouraged to act and think about the totality of their constituents.
Miranda Bwe need to think about meaningful, thoughtful, lasting change.
Liat RSocial media can be good, too : grasp a sense of public interest. Can illuminate instances of prejudice and ills of the city at large.
Miranda BPeople measured engagement by social media or electronic contact. It's one of the ways that you use to measure, but need multiple approaches.
Q: Do you think people want politicians to have binary thinking of yes/no--even before internet? Yes, if we are not thinking about gradations, then the policies are shallow. Hard to have time to move from impressions to thoughtful policy. When a politician shows up--driveby--and then go to another. They need to sit and actively listen. Policy suffers when we are not processing what we are hearing every day. Our job is to be thinkers.
Q: Older citizens. They have solutions but often ignored. How can intergenerational force be leveraged for the best of the city? The graying of America. Everything comes back to language. Think about language. "home-bound," "isolated," and we need to creatively address those multiple narratives in the spectrum. They can't be signle isssue, or one narrative. (If so, politicians meet one need and then move on)
Sean DTrend of more grandparents raising grandchildren because of. Advocacy starts with narrative.
Miranda BEverything is language. That's where advocacy starts. Incumbent on goverment to think about language that they use and the diversity of language to speak to the diversity of voices, people, situations.
Miranda BExamples of building social networks to create change. how we help faciliate teaching and learning about how communication is used in communities. how they are employed, deployed, activated, disrupted:
Partnered with Berkman Center, NAMLE, Information School at UW, Fmaily ONline Safety Institute, New York Public Library
Issue of Privacy
Adapted curriculum from Berkman Center middle school and high school - aged down
Berkman developed curriculum from the show back into their curriculum
Ex: adult posting selfie on instagram - inadvertently showing geolocation
Check out PBS kids’ website
Jeff Lemberg, Curry College
Liat RSubstance Abuse Education Program and Media Literacy (Curry College)
We aim to not solve issues but empower people from the community to solve problems themselves. The idea is that researchers may not know of the problems facing people - their needs, challenges...especially as it may relate to poverty, drugs and abuse.
By broadly opening up the conversation to
shared interests building relatinoships . Helping students understand that they must give back to the community.
Inspired by Boston Civic Media event called “Ely”: works with kids from Boston Public Health Commission; come to campus and work on media literacy
In Milton, a community coalition has been formed to address addiction and mental health; ufunded through local hospitals.
Cocaine among males
Alcohol and sex among females
All ranking higher than the national average
Coalition isn’t trying to solve the problem; it’s trying to find programs to fund the program.
Bringing in high school and middle school, + Milton Academy to work with eper educators
Working with substance abuse prevention coordinator and nursing faculty (very strong program)
Curriculum planning is happening over the summer; in the spring, kids will spend 2-4 days on Curry College campus learning media literacy and training them to be producers of media: podcasts, television, etc.
Interest in building a culture of media literacy on campus - and partnering with substance abuse experts.
Also opportunity for Curry to provide resources to the town, rather than simply use them
Knowledge carries a responsibility to give back to the community
Frank Morris, CCTV & NeighborMedia
Liat RCitizen Journalism and Cambridge Community Television
Cambridge is a new desert - we don't get a lot of coverage. Fill in the gap hat you can't find anywhere else.Offers journamlism training. Volunteer reporters can choice a topic. developing a talk show from their interests.
CCTV: community based media center where residents learn how to create media and then produce content for all channels. The “voice and vision” of Cambridge, operating channels 8 (civic), 9 (live), 10 (multicultural) - can be streamed online. cctvcambridge.org
Venue for free speech
Computer Central: access for the public to computers (especially access for ages 50+)
Media production classes: Photoshop, social media, etc.
Art gallery and screenings
Production department: creates unique videos (“Wikiest link”)
Youth media program
NeighborMedia: educate and move citizens to action. 20-30 reporters and contributers, as well as college interns. Videos and articles on neighbormedia.org
Over 1,000 videos and articles posted here
Cambridge is a news desert - how can we fill in the gap with stories that you can’t find anywhere else?
Cambridge Uncovered: volunteer reporters have the opportunity to pick a topic (Muslim experience, human trafficking, etc.)
NeighborMedia tonight: wrapup of the most recent stories
Parking Day: metered parking transforms into a public space
Open house: June 16th at 6 pm, @neighbormedia
Felicia Sullivan, Tisch College at Tufts University, CIRCLE
News Literacy: Research with the Democracy Fund
Liat RIntersection of news literacy - civic engagement , journalism.
Create news in interesting people. Extensive literature review, interviews, recommendations.
encourage people to create and inform their own perspectivies. eye toward common good, using news that serving public issues
Primarily concerned with the engagement of young people in the US
Mapping where does news literacy actually reside? What is its role in creating a democratic society?
30,000 feet: understand the role that news and information play in our society in terms of creating a particiaptory democracy
We want young people who are informed consumers, but also engaged with news, and finally, being involved in the creation and dissemination of news
Young people (18-29, but also K-12) are a large and diverse group; they engage with media and information in very different ways (use, create, and disseminate)
Different access to different tools and platforms
Strategies around how to create that informed population?
Phase I: literature review
Phase II: interviews
Phase III: recommendations
Three strategic areas:
Strategic innovation at the nexus of technology and new media publishing: so young people can consume, engage, curate, and reframe it; and also create and form their own perspectives. THey should be able to do this with an eye to common good.
K-12 education: studying what young people are learning about education and news?
News ecosystems: environments that young people find themselves in
Sharing these recommendations with funders: more than creating informed consumers, but enabling young people to create a more robust and democratic society
Brittany Thomas, ZUMIX
Liat RAcross Borders: Collaborative Radio Storytelling
Short-term week long projects.
Civic media and other forces can shape group identity.
Identity is situational - dependent on environment.
The project recognizes the temporal nature of identity, and encourages participants to create their own identities.
enables them to share their 'true' narratives and culture.
Jessica WAcross Borders: Collaborative Storytelling at East Boston High (ELL program)
Students work together to write and record radio reflections in group projects that are shared via a collective listening party and via ZUMIX’s youth run radio station
I am like all/some/no other person/people
Group identity and individual identity are both important, but fluctuate dependent on our environment
Messaging from positions of power has shifted our collective focus into group identity, which has been mischaracterized
This allows students to rewrite their own stories and tell their truths on their own terms (both individuality and shared culture)
140 students, 9 classes
Responded to different prompts: access to higher education, security, music, favorite places
Stories are only one facet of identity: we have strong negativity biases; and it’s important for students to expand their own definition of themselves and each other
Salem Public School District Civic Media Project- Cindy Vincent
The problem: injustices and racism in schools. propelled by teachers, parents, community, like any other space.
Pilot a project in schools that enable children to create and share stories. Enables them to critically examine the media they consume. When they create their own media, too, they explore the idea of what is civic media and why doesn't my voice matter.
CampusNeighbor x Soundlogics Case Study- Gabriel Mugar
Asset based community development with a focus on barting
Bartering is important; creates a reliance on interpersonal communication and trust. It's also a great way to build social captial on the local level.
This led to the creation of campus nieghbor - a social media platform with goals and needs around various themes including food and arts.
campusneighbor and soundlogics partnered together to create a physical installation with audio elements. This became a catalyst for placemanking and celebration of place.
The platform entailed a creation of accounts created for people to state their inventory. This digital tool broke down top down approaches to community building while appreciating community assets.
Public Space Invitational (Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics)- Michael Evans and Kris Carter
Focus on the public realm to make urban spaces more interesting, and more interactive.
One of the first projects was the solar powered seats along the greenway. The main flaw was that it wasn't intuitive. The second iteration made
90 submissions to improve public space through the PSI competition.
Looby sky - open atrium in city hall.
Multi-colored tape on the staircases.
There's a need to make it easier for people to be engaged in city design. A community partner from day one makes a project work.
The City Journalist Project Case Study (The Urbano Project)- Stella McGreggor and Lina Maria Giraldo
City Journalists. Interactive documentary website about the Egleston neighboorhood.
You see and hear the voices through the platform
Opporunties to express their views and introduce themselves - personally and professionally - to other community members.
The second part was to put the data 'on the street'. This entailed capacity building. Teaching people how to build things, use their phones, and learn how to interview people so the project could 'live' sustainably and empower the community.
Egleston Winter Festival 2015 was an outcome of the project, where interactive pieces about the project lay for demonstration.
Creative Communities: A South Korea Case Study- Wonyoung So
"Small world" - Extra small scale graphic design practices that are self initaitied works.
Constructing loose connections to share data, healthy collaboration.
Exhibition then aims to capture these interdependent design practices.
Citizen Science and Art: A Thermal Fishing Bob Project- Lourdes Vera
A project in collaboration with Public lab and the dept. of sociology at Northeastern.
Average citizen doesn't know how to get involved in public planning
Laura from Mobile Capital Boston
Connecting people to social capital
Samantha Casto from City Hall To Go
Getting people to take advantage & think actively about engaging with the city
Eric Gordon from Engagement Lab
looking to make liberal arts education deeply relevant through connections & civic media
lack of public data about land, air, water & place - creating a network
Ben Peterson from Boston Academic College
Getting citizens to be active participants
Lonnie from TIKA
Erhardt from MIT - increase women & poc to apply to program
Walter from Bridgewater State University
Katherine from Lesley
Andrea from Emerson College
Ashley from Emerson College - alma lewis - increase culture of civic culture & civic mindedness
Rob from Emerson College -
Steve from Office of New Urban Mechanics - improving narratives for communicating w/ citizens
How to Solve a Social Problem
Awareness & Education
Kahn's 3 types of citizen:
personally responsible - aware that there is a problem "donates to food bank"
participatory - more actively serve "organizes a food drive"
justice oriented - citizen engages in policy "why are people hungry in the first place"
society needs all types of citizens, but justice-oriented citizens are most difficult & rarest
America ranked 139th out of 172 participatory democracies when it comes to our voting rates
Generation Citizen works to ensure that every student in the US receives an effective action civics education, which provides them with the knowledge and skills necessary to become engaged in civic life.
The Advocacy Hourglass:
It takes a lot of research to figure out opportunities & develop advocacy
Generation Citizen is oriented toward policy, so solutions will be government-based
A general timeline of the Generation Citizen Classroom:
Focus Issue > Policy-Level Solution > Advocacy Hourglass > Real Action > students gain skills, knowledge & experience in civic engagement
How can civic media help...
students understand the issues facing their community
understand the systems related to their issues
understand possible policies to address a systemic root cause
what have other states/munis done
what are groups advocating for
what gov't leaders are involved in this policy and how can we reach them
convince our decision-makers or mobilize larger groups