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466 days ago
Notes:
 
Reflections and Share-backs (4:4:15)
Facilitator: Catherine D'Ignazio
Jordan P Shareback and Reflections 
Everyone writes their ideas and feedback on post-it notes 
Miranda B Track faciliatators: Cindy Vincent, Cathy Wissink, Steve Walter, sarah kanouse
 
Jordan P Media Literacy Track 
becky@elab.emerson.edu First Panel: Media Literacy Lightning Talks
Jordan P Themes emerged around privacy and youth engagement; Thinking about media as a resource to engage youth to get their voices out; Using media to partner with community partners and foster a stronger sense of community. 
 
Second panel 
Emerging Citizens: How media production is a key device in teaching media literacy and education. Learned about memes, hashtags, and hyperlinks within the civic context in a fun and engaging way. 
 
Third panel
Data Portal Workshop: participants learned about data mapping and visualization techniques using the Boston Data Portal, GIS technologies, etc. to visualize your community. 
 
First panel: inclusive design: city, state, private sector. what inclusion means (language, physical ability, class). 
Second panel: workshop on accessibliity and using tools and the chalenges of technology. (ex: dyslexia, cognitive disorders and concentration/distraction problems with websites, color blindness). 
Third panel: service learning centers. how to be thoughtful engaged citizens and leverage recources. 
Three take aways:
  • 1. cultural ethos: "With vs For." Design with a community not for a community. That way the needs are primary. Have people there to represent the needs
  • 2. Channel your inner 
  • anthropologist
  • 3. Codesign 
 
Steve Walter
Jordan P Systems and advocacy track
works for (Office of New Urban Mechanics)
 
blurred binary between adovctae for change and works in the system 
adversary vs. within the system: flipping the idea of enemies"
 
Generation Citizen: bring civics to the classroom
A real focus on the systemic issues, middle school students working to create lasting change. doing applied civic work in a classroom setting. NOT a extracurricular activity, but in the classroom. 
 
Sensors: actual impact of sensors and contextualization. In newsrooms, etc.
Thinking holistically about who is being served. 
 
Jordan P Design for the margins 
projects focused on how to speak from a position and not just on behalf of? 
 
Who is and who is not at the table. The importance of recognizing that when you build a more inclusive group. There will always be exclusions
  1. where our data is coming from?
  1. Who is not present? 
 
Civic art is the creation of learning situations, not expertise to be enacted or expected. How do we empower the artist and the community
 
 
 
 
Speakers: Ceasar McDowell, Catherine D'Ignazio, Ethan Zuckerman, Erhardt Graeff, and Sarah Williams
 
Notes: 
Civic Media: Technology, Design, and Practice (the book) book launch without books? oh no... 
Its okay. You will be able to buy them! 
plz bring back Eric Gordon's book copies. 
 
Pleasure of a anthology is asking people you admire to contribute. They not only said yes, but they are also in the room!  The book is broadly conceived - inclusive but impossible to say that you are inclusive. Rather, trying to gather thinkers and practitioners to represent a range of activities and practices and open a conversation. 
 
Jordan P 19 long form essays: 8,000 word academic essay
25 case studies: 1,000 word short, in and out, example. 
Its important to find the examples when you need them, and these shorter case studies provide that service(.
 
Miranda B Civic Media: Technology, Design, and Practice
Jordan P The concept of common good is deeply subjective
the mechanics of acting in the world with the tools and actions available
imagine themselves of being connected, not therough achieving, but striving for common good. 
Miranda B
  • " the technologies, designs, and practices that produce and reproduce the sense of being in the world with others toward common good. While the concept of “common good” is deeply subjective, we use the term to invoke the good of the commons, or actions taken that benefit a public outside of the actor’s intimate sphere.  To this end, the civic in civic media is not merely about outcomes, but about process and potential. It is about the mechanics of acting in the world with the tools and conditions available. Civic media, then, are any mediated practice that enables a community to imagine themselves as being connected, not through achieving, but through striving for common good" (Gordon and Mihailidis 2016).
 
Jordan P Ethan Zuckerman speaks about all of the amazing, diverse projects, ideas seen today, but more insterested in the percentage of people that are not sold on the concepts, are highly alienated. Can these people be effective while they are pissed off? 
 
Miranda B Dumso (on/off) electricity going on and off. ghanaians are good at protest and social media. their symbol is flashlights and lamps. #dumsormuststop March of 5,000 people to protest power situation. What are 
 
When he asked friend in Ghana about his activiism, he says, I'm not political. You hear that a lot lately. said by people who are "not political.' How anti-politics and anti-insitution we have been as a whole. Losing trust in the system. (rise of Sanders who has been a politician for decades is somehow seen as anti-Washington)
 
Jordan P "Do you trust instituions to trust the right?" consensus is no...most people do not. Voting anf protest depends on trusting those institutions. He suggests that losing faith in institutions breaks the whole system down. 
What do we do when we lose faith in these institutions? There are other ways to make change through innnovation. For example, cheapen the cost of soloar panels, create better code to help keeop your information private. (law, markets, norms, code). Not all work is instrumental. Sometimes all we're trying to do is raise our voices so that other people can join us. 
 
Sean D How do we make change around these tools? 
Miranda B Download and install Signal! https://whispersystems.org  The best thing you cacn do for your privacy. (Edward Snowden uses it)
 
Jordan P Ceasar McDowell 
Public is demographically more complex than it has ever been. How do we start to design new civic institutions to build a more inclusive society? 
 
Five things ideas/ways/ sugesstions to create better civic inclusion 
  1. Successful efforts are both digital AND analog. The real challenge is to understand how analog and digital efforts can communicate with each other. 
Miranda B
  1. How do we do our work across "our tribes". We can work with people that are near us, but how do we work across the differences?
Jordan P
  1. Thinking from a full frame perspective: Instead of thinking of people as representing one issue, we need to understand that people live complex lives. 
  1. paying attention to the hyperlocal. Companies are good at large scale, but less effective at the local level. Talking to local community organizations reveals that they are successful because of face to face interactions. How can these larger companies do better at the hyperlocal level? 
Miranda B
  1. (he never did 5...) oh well...sadness ensues 
 
 
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531 days ago
becky@elab.emerson.edu Live Notes: Civic Media Impact and Assessment
Location: MIT Media Lab, 6th floorThe Silverman Room, 6th floor 75 Amherst Street , Cambridge, MA 02139
Sarah W Date & Time: April 7th, 11am-2pm
Contact Person: Becky Michelson, becky@elab.emerson.edu, (415) 994-4763
becky@elab.emerson.edu Registration page: https://civicmediaimpact.eventbrite.com (This event is invite-only)
Sarah W Are food and coffee provided? Yes, during the day there will be a light snacks, pastries, drinks, and coffee.
 
Mariko D Introductions
Catherine D'Ignazio
  • What the BCM does
  • Examples
  • Announcements - submit proposals
  • Communications - listserv, newsletter
  • Teaching Resources - lightning talks, syllabus directory
  • BCM Initiatives & Collaborative Projects
  • Community IRB
  • Data School
  • CoOp DiscoTech Boston
  • Yours? 
 
Sasha C Willow
Ground rules:
  • Respect
  • Devices away, unless you're notetaking
  • Don't use Jargon!
  • Ask questions, early & often
  • There are no experts/we are all experts
  • Disagree but not debate
  • Constructively selfish
  • Help us realize the full potential: let us know if something about the event needs to change!
 
  • Larger discussion - what is impact of civic tech? 
  • Change, evidence 
  • Focus on youth and learning in civic technology
  • "What measures is what matters" 
  • But not measuring things that necessarily apply to youth
 
Lightning Talks 
Beth Coleman (University of Waterloo)
 
Andrea Parker (CS/HCI, Northeastern)
  • Wellness Technology Lab 
  • Digital computing can increase wellness in communities
  • Cultivate a rich cultural understanding of the populations they're studying
  • Community Mosaic 
  • How are we trying to eat healthfully today? 
  • System focus on success
  • Focus on community experts (rather than outside experts)
  • System analytics
  • Document attitudinal shifts
  • Teens and Social Networking Apps (SNA)
  • 5 week participatory design workshop
  • Eight 10th Graders
  • Love and breakup letters 
  • Teen co-analysis to surface key findings and then participate in focus groups to talk through data findings
  • Think through who and how user is impacting
  • Lack of overarching sociotechnical theory 
  • How to best explore the scope of users engagement w/ tool 
 
Sasha Costanza-Chock (MIT)
  • Transformative Media Impact
  • National online and in-person survey of 166 youth organizers
  • Where do orgs that are doing youth organizing see the impact of media production? 
  • Media making practices increased engagement in their social advocacy
  • E.g. FIERCE Film led and supported youth community organizing
  • Advisory group of LGBTQ & Two-Spirit community based organizations
  • What are the highest priority impacts? 
  • 75% community growth and healing is one of the highest priorities
  • Not typically part of the public dialog around *civic media*
  • Britdoc - field guide for films
  • Transformative impacts are hard to measure 
 
Justin Reich (MIT Office of Digital Learning)
  • Civic Mission of Schools - How to measure civic learning? 
  • If we value what we measure, then measure what we value
  • So, how do we measure stuff we really care about? 
  • Arguing from Evidence - 3 groups
  • Measuring authentic political arguments - what kinds of tools can we build to evaluate authenticity. Political discourse by reducing complexity can actually mislead / confuse audiences (e.g. Trump). 
  •  Tree Octopus - Stanford
  • Engagement across difference
  • Algorithms to detect "how well" people are engaging in MOOCs
 
 
Christina W Eric Gordon's Group
 
Introductions
Farnaz Irannejaall - Working with Teen Empowerment focus on relationship violence and youth violence
  •  understand how people have impact in  online spaces, but also in the offline world
  • no metrics yet at all
Felicia - Tisch College Tufts / Circle working w/ Online News Association 
  • Program: O&A Local - 50 cities in the US - build capacity to be better journalist and build better partnerships with community
  • measure quality, quantity and breadth of the kinds of media created by the members of the O&A Local chapters
  • looking at network effects of O&A members, nationally and locally and also between the chapters + community and also with other sectors (health, tech, &c)
 
Helen Haste - Harvard GSE 
Check out: projects.iq.harvard.edu/ecsp
  • program for graduate students now in its 4th year to engage the students in civics and the community / interested in field-building / connections to the world in which civic education takes place
  • working with adults in prison
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599 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Christina Wilson , Sean Van Deuren 599 days ago
LIVE NOTES: Boston Civic Media: Academic-Community Collaborations
 
Liat Racin, Community IRB (The Engagement Lab, Emerson College)
  • Mutual Benefit
  • community partners rarely asked for their input 
  • in Boston, CBOs are heavily studied
  • differences b/w cultures and priorities of orgs and academics
  • partnerships char by trust can improve the process and help meet goals
  • IRB provide a set of physical and mental protections against legal and ethical liability in research
  • researchers working with human subject must gain IRB approval proving the rationale and significance of their study and comply with ethical guideline of the IRB.
  • currently no req for direct rep of the communities being studies
  • this may mean that IRB misses sensitive and important information about the needs of the community under research
  • community based participatory research circumvents more scientific models
  • Step 1 - aligns and matches research goals with community needs
  • operate in collaboration with IRBs, eg. Bronx Research Review Board, Mohawk Nation Community IRB
  • another form of community consent = MOU: alternative to bureaucratic and time consuming process of IRB process. Drawback Can be vague about how outcomes and data will be reported back to the community
  • Boston Civic Media Consortium is striving to build the first community IRB in order to allow organizations to operate from a more secure position to negotiate needs during research 
  • invitation to all present to be a part of a series of prelim discussion groups
  • First discussion group being held in Feb 2016
 
Notes by Christina W.
  • Mutual Benefit
  • community partners rarely asked for their input 
  • in boston, CBOs are heavily studied
  • differences b/w cultures and priorities of orgs and academics
  • partnerships char by trust can improve the process and help meet goals
  • IRB provide a set of physical and mental protections against legal and ethical liability in research
  • researchers working with human subject must gain IRB approval proving the rationale and significance of their study and comply with ethical guideline of the IRB.
  • currently no req for direct rep of the communities being studies
  • this may mean that IRB misses sensitive and important information about the needs of the community under research
  • community based participatory research circumvents more scientfic models
  • Step 1 - aligns and matches research goals with community needs
  • operate in collaboration with IRBs, eg. Bronx Research Review Board, Mohawk Nation Community IRB
  • another form of community consent = MOU: alternative to bureaucratic and time consuming process of IRB process. Drawback Can be vague about how outcomes and data will be reported back to the community
  • Boston Civic Media Consortium is striving to build the first community IRB in order to allow organizations to operate from a more secure position to negotiate needs during research 
  • invitation to all present to be a part of a series of prelim discussion groups
  • First discussion group being held in Feb 2016
 
 
Dan O’Brien, Boston Data Library (Northeastern, BARI)
Notes by Christina W.
  • BARI: focus on How we can leverage the flood of big data to make use of it?
  • Information is produced by the community, so they created the Boston Data Library as a public facing platform where the public can go to see the fruits of their data.
  • worldlmap.harvard.edu/boston - Google map
  • Interactive map that allows for filtering across a number of demographic characteristics and categories to understand the city
  • attempting to turn 311 reports, 911 reports into measure of the city
  • giving metrics back to the community
  • enhance community's ability to see themselves in data
  • dataverse.harvard.edu - catalogue of articles and resources
  • recently received a grant to do community based trainings on how to use the tool in their own projects, advocacy, teaching in classrooms and research
  • Looking for CBOs to partner with in order to disseminate widely
 
Notes by Christina W.
  • BARI: focus on How we can leverage the flood of big data to make use of it?
  • Information is produced by the community, so they created the Boston Data Library as a public facing platform where the public can go to see the fruits of their data.
  • worldlmap.harvard.edu/boston - Google map
  • Interactive map that allows for filtering across a number of demographic characteristics and categories to understand the city
  • attempting to turn 311 reports, 911 reports into measure of the city
  • giving metrics back to the community
  • enhance community's ability to see themselves in data
  • dataverse.harvard.edu - catalogue of articles and resources
  • recently received a grant to do community based trainings on how to use the tool in their own projects, advocacy, teaching in classrooms and research
  • Looking for CBOs to partner with in order to disseminate widely
 
Rahul Bhargava, Data Therapy with Communities (MIT)
[Notes by Christina W.]
 
  • How does RB approach academic and community projects
  • academic + community = ??
  • "Data Therapy"  = building capacity among comm orgs to creatively tell their stories with data
  • emphasis on arts to engage people with data (RB says this as a computer programmer)
  • works with different scales of groups
  • case study: Data mural in Brazil
  • lead a school through a process - communicate to the community why the school is important
  • data as a mirror
  • find a story in the data
  • pick one story to tell
  • turn the story into visual design (mural)
  • collaboratively sketch the design
  • paint as a community
  • Benefits: buy in; equity; network building; inclusivity; engagement; exposure; interaction; exposure; iteration; real-world; relevance; impact
  • WHEN to collaborate: decision points: How much? Client vs partner relationship
  • collaboration on everything not necessarily the goal - rather shared priorities and mutual respect
How does RB approach academic and community projects
  • academic + community = ??
  • "Data Therapy"  = building capacity among comm orgs to creatively tell their stories with data
  • emphasis on arts to engage people with data (RB says this as a computer programmer)
  • works with different scales of groups
  • case study: Data mural in Brazil
  • lead a school through a process - communicate to the community why the school is important
  • data as a mirror
  • find a story in the data
  • pick one story to tell
  • turn the story into visual design (mural)
  • collaboratively sketch the design
  • paint as a community
  • Benefits: buy in; equity; network building; inclusivity; engagement; exposure; interaction; exposure; iteration; real-world; relevance; impact
  • WHEN to collaborate: decision points: How much? Client vs partner relationship
  • collaboration on everything not necessarily the goal - rather shared priorities and mutual respect
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