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527 days ago
Unfiled. Edited by Liat Racin , Shane Clyburn , Miranda Banks , Sean Van Deuren 527 days ago
Liat R Eric thanks partners including microsoft, emerson college, teagle foundation and fellow participants for their help and ongoing support. 
Catherine - Definition of civic media - making it relevant and the big questions that BCM is trying to answer. Overview of human-centered engagement via the digital. 
How do we design media to make the world better? That's our central question! 
Shane C Our goal is to build relationships, share knowledge (civic knowledge, community knowledge, technical knowledge)
Future plans:
  • Build Relationships
  • Build Curriculum
  • Build institutional and community knowledge
  • Build shared resources & projects
Liat R Documenting the social relationships that form b/c of BCM meetings is important for us, and we encourage participants to inform us of these connections. 
Shane C Becky - review some of our activities this year
Timeline from last June on
  • Metrics & Methods conference last June
  • Grew network and built relationships over the summer
  • Kick-off event in October
Liat R
  • CIRB Project launches in January, civic organizations brought to the table about research themes
Shane C
  • Mini-conference in January on academic-community relationships
  • Civic Media Impact event in April
  • Cooperative Economy Discotech on May 1st
Liat R Back to Catherine - Becky is the champion of this effort!
Shane C Overview of the day's schedule, color codes
Encourage participants to use the "Unconference" rooms
11:15 - time for community announcements
City Hall To-Go at all break times (The City Hall that comes to you!)
Liat R We are coming from different worlds - different people and knowledge in the space.
Community agreements: helpful roles of effective communication
  • Keynote Speaker (10-10:45am)
Speaker: Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley)
Miranda B Started 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 C "Inclusion makes government work better"
Miranda B Not just the right thing to do, the smart thing to do. 
Liat R Inclusion is an act and way of thinking accessible to all. 
Miranda B "Equity and opportunity to contribute. It's not just about everyone getting a fair share of the pie, but everyone getting a chance at baking the damn thing."
Shane C "Inclusion is really about shared power"
Advocates that believe in a more equitable Boston
Miranda B Fix what's broken - homes, communities, 
Shane C Immigrant-owned businesses are a good thing, but it's difficult to maintain a stable workforce or move toward wealth-building
Miranda B Other words that are trendy: HEALTHY
Shane C Now is the time to reform our zoning code to ensure the "healthy development of community"
Miranda B Focus groups to reform the zoning codes - their blocks, communities, cities
Liat R Neighbors need to meet to reform their communities. 
Shane C Reoccurring 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 B The amount of time that it takes to get things done. Years to get grounding on the council to start bringing issues. 
Liat R Social 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 B we need to think about meaningful, thoughtful, lasting change.
Liat R Social media can be good, too : grasp a sense of public interest. Can illuminate instances of prejudice and ills of the city at large. 
Miranda B People 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 D Trend of more grandparents raising grandchildren because of. Advocacy starts with narrative. 
Miranda B Everything 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.
  • Plenary Lightning Talks (10:45-11:15am)
Moderator: Susan Owusu (@susanjane19)
Speakers: Ryanne Olsen, Ceasar McDowell, Karin Goodfellow, Paul Mihailidis
Paul (@pmihailidis): Media Literacy: A Civic Imparitive
  • big picture overview of literacy track. scope of field. 
  • protectionism, empowerment 
  • "the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and act"
  • also policy
core concepts:
  • authorship, format, purpose, performance, collective intelligence
  • Three general terms: 3 formal and informal ways to teach people how to have
  • Agency
  • Power
Miranda B Examples 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: 
Shane C
  • Story of Martha Payne - Improving school lunches
  • Molly (?) - Letter to Bank of America
Critical Engagement with Media does not necessarily translate into Critical Engagement with Society
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Unfiled. Edited by Liat Racin , Jessica Weaver 527 days ago
Jessica W Bill Shribman,  WGBH
  • Media literacy for youth
  • 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 R Substance 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. 
Jessica W
  • Associate Professor at Curry College
  • Creating media course required of every student
  • 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
  • Depression, etc.
  • 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 R Citizen 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. 
Jessica W
  • 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?
  • Journalism training
  • Program examples:
  • 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 R Intersection 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 
Jessica W
  • 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 R Across 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 W Across 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
Liat R
  • 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. 
Jessica W
  • Salem has an open choice public school district so that students can go to any school they want to, but it’s experiencing a lot of self-segregation
  • Town expressed the need for civic media to share the voices of students across the district
  • Pilot study was just focused on creation (dissemination will happen last year)
  • Enable students to consume media more constructively and critically engage, but also to create their own
  • Students met 4 times over the semester to create the stories themselves and to co-edit
  • Elementary schools would come in as content experts (choosing topics), creative experts were college students - focused on building reciprocity over time
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Matt B
  • Around-the-room introductions
  • Context:
  • MIT Center for Civic Media
  • Partnership with Catherine D'Ignazio about Data Literacy
  • Lots of existing tools for "visualization" that process data in ways that are not learner-centric
sarah k
  • Need to maintain an empowerment frame throughout the process - learning situations
Matt B
  • Give ownership of data to communities that data is being collected from
  • Data is just "special ways of counting" == Storytelling
sarah k
  • Both quanitative and qualitative data are equally important in storytelling
Matt B
  • Databasic rooted in pedagogical approach, not technological
  • HIp-hop workshops analyzing lyrics of rap/hip-hop songs by various metrics.
  • After doing Databasic exercises, different community groups have created murals as a result of their data-driven analysis. 
  • Short activity guides for arts-based data activities live at datatherapy.org
  • Model:
  • Asking Questions
sarah k
  • Need to determine precise goals and audiences
Matt B
  • Gathering Data
  • Finding a Story
sarah k
  • Process stresses Importance of sketching in order to find a narrative arc in a story
Matt B
  • Telling your story
sarah k
  • Example of data-driven community mural - form of mural is the result of storytelling through data
  • Sample arts activities using data: datatherapy.org
  • Cannot determine the form of the story without first determining audience and goals
Matt B
  • Trying it out
  • The Tool:
sarah k
  • Word Counter
Matt B
  • Word Cloud
  • Top Words, Bigrams, Trigrams >> Latter two provide context for top words. 
sarah k
  • Tools to ask questions with data
  • SameDiff
  • Compare two different text sources; builds on WordCounter
Matt B
  • Includes intro videos, and activities to onboard new users
  • All activities can be done off-line first. 
  • Group Activity
  • Aretha Franklin V. Lady Gaga >> Different experiences of womanhood: "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" v. "Oh, Oh, Oh"
  • The Beatles >> Individualistic v. communitarian cultures: "What I want" v. "What we want"
  • Taylor Swift >> "I" as the center of the universe, the "You" is present but passive. 
  • The Beatles v. Prince >> Overlap in wanting love, but Beatles "want" love, but Prince "gets" love.
  • Prince loves us.
  • Even in fifteen minutes, major serious qualitative analysis is being done without really thinking about it.
  • "Visualization" usually passes the sketching phase and goes straight to technology. "If your story can't be sketched out on paper, it's a shit story." 
  • Questions?
  • Approaching how to communicate public health information to the masses.
  • What does that look like? Public policy? Public engagement on the ground? Getting concrete about goals.
  • Murals have political history, tapping into that existing history is power.
  • Getting beyond "let's map it" 
  • The timidity of scientists in presenting data/research
  • "Data is bullshit"--Data requires context, can't "speak for itself"
  • Understanding the cultural context, recognize and own cultural artifacts of process
  • Open data releases "are the start of a process, not the end."
  • Big Data is useless if citizens lack the capacity to analyze/use it meaningfully.
  • Interdisciplinary interaction
Liat R
  • 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. 
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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
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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