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Friday, June 10
 

9:00am

Community Coffee and Pastries
Check-in, get your free drink ticket, and make a name badge!

Friday June 10, 2016 9:00am - 9:30am
Microsoft Nerd Center

9:30am

Introductions and Welcome
Welcome to Boston Civic Media! We'll be introducing the organization, setting some guidelines for the day, and kicking off the fun day together!

Please take notes in this document- http://bit.ly/1Y6K6me 

Speakers
avatar for Catherine D'Ignazio

Catherine D'Ignazio

Fellow, Principal Investigator, and Assistant Professor, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
http://www.kanarinka.com/
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Eric Gordon

Founder and Executive Director, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
Eric Gordon is a game designer and scholar focused on civic engagement, learning, and play. He is an associate professor at Emerson College and the founder and executive director of the Engagement Lab (http://elab.emerson.edu). He is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is the author of two books: Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell 2011, with Adriana de... Read More →
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Becky Michelson

The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
Becky is a project manager and researcher who specializes in civic media research and production. Becky coordinates the Boston Civic Media network as well as the second cohort of the City Accelerator by Living Cities. She also manages the digital development of the game for deliberative democracy @Stake. As part of conduction user research and development for @Stake, Becky has facilitated the game in Participatory Budgeting meetings, urban... Read More →


Friday June 10, 2016 9:30am - 10:00am
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

10:00am

Keynote Speaker: Boston City Councillor Ayanna Pressley
Councillor Ayanna Pressley will be talking about the current social justice issues that all civic media designers, researchers, technologists, and community members should pay attention to while doing this work. 

Please take notes in this document- http://bit.ly/1Y6K6me 

Friday June 10, 2016 10:00am - 10:45am
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

10:45am

Plenary Lightning Talks
Speakers will present on talks related to the four tracks of the day: civic art, media literacy, systems and advocacy, and inclusion and engagement. Speaker order includes:

-Paul Mihailidis
-Ryanne Olsen
-Ceasar McDowell
-Karin Goodfellow

Please take notes in this document: http://bit.ly/1Y6K6me 

Moderators
avatar for Susan Owusu

Susan Owusu

Instructor of Communications and Media Literacy, American Studies, Wheelock College

Speakers
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Karin Goodfellow

Director, Boston Art Commission
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Ceasar McDowell

President, Interaction Institute for Social Change
http://ceasarmcdowell.com/
avatar for Paul Mihailidis

Paul Mihailidis

Co-Director, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
@pmihailidis
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Ryanne Olsen

Executive Director, Emerge MA



Friday June 10, 2016 10:45am - 11:15am
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

11:15am

Community Announcements
This is a time to make announcements such as internships, volunteer oppportunities, calls for proposals, and other community-wide news.

Please take notes in this document: http://bit.ly/1Y6K6me 

Friday June 10, 2016 11:15am - 11:30am
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

11:30am

City Hall to Go: Kitchen Table Talk
During breaks and lunch, Boston's City Hall to Go Department will be hosting a Kitchen Table Talk focusing on how cities can better engage residents. These talks are a new community engagement initiative aimed at rethinking the community meeting. The best conversations happen around the kitchen table and with this in mind we created a portable kitchen (table, rug, chairs, etc) that can be setup anywhere; a parking space, a park, a conference, and more. We hope to attract people beyond your average "Engaged community meeting goer."  We hope to interact with anyone who happens to pass by and engage them in a quick conversation, get feedback, or allow people to sit and talk in more in-depth conversations. 

Speakers
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Ben Vainer

Director, City Hall to Go (Boston)


Friday June 10, 2016 11:30am - 11:45am
Hallway in front of the Horace Mann Room

11:30am

Coffee Break!
Breaks and mingling!

Friday June 10, 2016 11:30am - 11:45am
Microsoft Nerd Center

11:45am

Databasic Workshop
Curious about how to use the arts to tell your civic data story? Wondering how to use the arts to help learn how to work with data?  We will introduce DataBasic.io: a suite of free easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce how to work with data through arts-based activities.  Finding and telling data-driven stories can help you streamline operations, spread your message, and bring people together for creative activities.  You'll walk away with new skills for yourself, fun techniques for helping others learning to work with data, and inspirations for how to combine civic data and the arts.

Please take notes here: http://bit.ly/1TNHvbu 

Speakers
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Rahul Bhargava

Research Scientist, MIT Center for Civic Media
Rahul Bhargava is a researcher and technologist specializing in civic technology and data literacy. He creates interactive websites used by hundreds of thousands, playful educational experiences across the globe, and award-winning visualizations for museum settings. As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media, Rahul leads technical development on projects ranging from interfaces for quantitative news analysis, to platforms for... Read More →


Friday June 10, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Deborah Sampson Room

11:45am

Designing for Inclusivity Panel

Every time something is designed, there is an opportunity to include or exclude people. Inclusive design takes a human-centered approach, and recognizes that taking the breadth of user diversity—of capabilities, needs and aspirations—into account during design can result in products and programs that include a greater percentage of the population.

As we build products, programs and technology to engage citizens, the goal is to make these available to the broadest audience possible.  That audience includes people with disabilities, as well as people of different ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, and levels of English proficiency.

Join us for a panel discussion on inclusive design where we will address the following questions:

  • What principles do we consider in designing for inclusivity?
  • How do inclusive design and universal design intersect?
  • Does inclusive design mean something different for different types of organizations – museums, government entities, corporations, non-profits?
  • What role can technology play in inclusive design, if any?
Invited panelists include:
  • Ben Wilson, VP of Interactive Design at the Museum of Science (invited)
  • Laura Greer-Cowan, Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft
  • Harlan Weber, GovNext at the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Lauren Lockwood, City of Boston
  • Mary Martin, Olin College
Moderator: Cathy Wissink, Director of Civic Engagement at Microsoft

Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/22D8gVL 

Moderators
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Cathy Wissink

‎Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft
http://blog.microsoftnewengland.com/author/cathywissink/

Speakers
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Laura Greer-Cowan

Accessibility Program Manager at Microsoft
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Lauren Lockwood

‎Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston
https://pilot.boston.gov/ and also http://next.boston.gov/
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Mary Martin

Student, Olin College
I'm a rising junior at Olin College where I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I have spent a large portion of my time at Olin working in the disability and accessibility design space with Professor Sara Hendren. I hope to continue working in this area of design in the future, working in ways that best ensure that anything I design is usable for and useful to people with a wide range of abilities.
avatar for Harlan Weber

Harlan Weber

Director of Design & Service Innovation, Commonwealth of MA & Code for Boston
I'm the Director of Design & Service Innovation for the Mass Digital Service at MassIT, the state IT department. I'm also the founder and lead organizer of Code for Boston, the local Code for America civic technology volunteer group.
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Ben Wilson

VP of Interactive Design at the Museum of Science


Friday June 10, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

11:45am

Media Literacy Lightning Talks
Lightning Talks and Moderated Q&A:
  • Salem Public School District Civic Media Project- Cindy Vincent 
  • Multimedia Case Study on Online Privacy Education (WGBH and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society)- Bill Shribman
  • Substance Abuse Education Program and Media Literacy (Curry College)- Jeff Lemberg
  • Across Borders: Collaborative Radio Storytelling (Zumix)- Brittany Thomas
  • Citizen Journalism and Cambridge Community Television- Frank Morris
  • News Literacy: Research with the Democracy Fund- Felicia Sullivan and CIRCLE
Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/1WzsmAl

Speakers
avatar for Jeff Lemberg

Jeff Lemberg

Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Curry College
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Frank Morris

NeighborMedia Coordinator, Cambridge Community Television
I am the coordinator of NeighborMedia.org, the hyperlocal citizen journalism initiative at Cambridge Community Television, which trains and supports local volunteer reporters so that they can cover the people, places, issues and events of their very own Cambridge neighborhoods. In a past life, I was a reporter at the West Valley View in my home state of Arizona, where I won awards for my political and education reporting. In addition, I have... Read More →
avatar for Bill Shribman

Bill Shribman

Senior Executive Producer, WGBH
I make games for kids. I'm also a photographer and I blog here and there. My current projects at WGBH include ones on earth science, endangered species, distracted driving, health education, media literacy, environmental science and engineering.
avatar for Felicia Sullivan

Felicia Sullivan

Senior Researcher, CIRCLE @ Tisch College, Tufts University
| Felicia Sullivan is Senior Researcher at CIRCLE’ where she works on diverse projects. Her CIRCLE Working Paper “New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions” and a recent fact sheet, “A National Survey of Civics and U.S. Government Teachers” (with S. Godsay) are example of the types of projects Felicia has worked on. She is also responsible for bringing to... Read More →
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Brittany Thomas

Radio Coordinator, ZUMIX
Brittany is interested in how creative media can help youth connect to the people and places around them. Brittany joined ZUMIX in 2014 as the Youth & Community Radio AmeriCorps VISTA, working on capacity-building preparations for ZUMIX Radio’s transition from an online stream to a Low Power FM broadcast frequency. She teaches after-school classes in radio production and storytelling, and collaborates with ESL teachers to use radio within... Read More →
avatar for Cindy Vincent

Cindy Vincent

Assistant professor in the Department of Communications, Salem State University
Cindy Vincent is assistant professor in the Department of Communications at Salem State University. She teaches media studies and public relations and is the faculty fellow for the Center for Civic Engagement. Her research primarily focuses on the power of civic media to facilitate self-empowerment, agency and civic engagement within historically marginalized populations. She also examines the use of dissent in democratic participation for... Read More →


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Friday June 10, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Thomas Paul Room

11:45am

Civic Media and the Action Civics Classroom Workshop
Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/1PajpFI 

Civic Media and the Action Civics Classroom: This workshop will start with a brief overview of action civics – a rigorous extension of ͞service learning͟ that calls on students to understand and address the systemic root causes of community problems. The workshop will describe a key action civics framework – the Advocacy Hourglass – and share stories from Generation Citizen action civics classrooms that illustrate how the framework is being applied by young people in classrooms across Greater Boston and the country. In the Advocacy Hourglass, a broad set of Community Issues is narrowed down to a specific Focus Issue and then an even more specific systems-level Root Cause, which turns into a specific policy Goal. Students then identify a variety of Targets – the multiple people they need to engage to enact their Goal, and Tactics – the multitude of actions they need to take to influence their Targets. Participants will be invited to apply the framework themselves to a relevant community issue their organization or institution is addressing, and reflect on how the Advocacy Hourglass is a useful educational and organizing framework. Part 2 of the workshop will be a specific discussion of civic technology. Generation Citizen will share how civic technology has thus far been integrated into the action civics process, enabling students to better identify possible Community Issues, more rigorously research their issue’s Root Causes and Goals, and more efficiently conduct their Tactics. Participants will be invited to apply their expertise in civic technology to brainstorm additional opportunities for civic technology to accelerate action civics, helping to recommend opportunities that can then be applied in Generation Citizen classrooms. The session will conclude with a discussion of applications – beyond the classroom:

Can the combination of civic technology and the action civics framework accelerate the work of social impact organizations or movements?
What further research needs to be done?
What next steps can this group take to pursue these opportunities?


Speakers
avatar for Gillian Pressman

Gillian Pressman

Greater Boston Site Director, Generation Citizen
Gillian joined Generation Citizen in 2011. She comes to GC from BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), where she spent three years growing and managing BELL’s alumni program, the BELL Alumni Society. As the founding leader of the BELL Alumni Society, Gillian created, delivered, evaluated, and took to scale a wide array of services to empower alumni of BELL’s after school and summer programs to continue to excel and ultimately reach... Read More →



Friday June 10, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
Abigail Adams Room

11:45am

Unconference Sessions
Please host and sign up for unconference sessions of break-out discussions and skillshares! At registration and during breaks there will be an opportunity to list topics and self-organize for meeting up. Use the hashtag #bostoncivicmedia to announce interesting topics and desires to connect on overlapping interests.

Take notes here: http://bit.ly/24mS2iF   

Friday June 10, 2016 11:45am - 12:45pm
TBA

12:45pm

City Hall to Go: Kitchen Table Talk
During breaks and lunch, Boston's City Hall to Go Department will be hosting a Kitchen Table Talk focusing on how cities can better engage residents. These talks are a new community engagement initiative aimed at rethinking the community meeting. The best conversations happen around the kitchen table and with this in mind we created a portable kitchen (table, rug, chairs, etc) that can be setup anywhere; a parking space, a park, a conference, and more. We hope to attract people beyond your average "Engaged community meeting goer."  We hope to interact with anyone who happens to pass by and engage them in a quick conversation, get feedback, or allow people to sit and talk in more in-depth conversations. 

Speakers
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Ben Vainer

Director, City Hall to Go (Boston)


Friday June 10, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Hallway in front of the Horace Mann Room

12:45pm

Lunch
Friday June 10, 2016 12:45pm - 1:45pm
Microsoft Nerd Center

1:45pm

Civic Art Lightning Talks
Please take notes here: http://bit.ly/1TNHvbu

Civic Art Lighnting Talks and Moderated Q&A by:
  • A People's Atlas of the Cold War: A Transmedia Public Art Project- Sarah Kanouse
  • CampusNeighbor x Soundlogics Case Study- Gabriel Mugar
  • The City Journalist Project Case Study (The Urbano Project)- Stella McGreggor and Lina Maria Giraldo
  • Creative Communities: A South Korea Case Study- Wonyoung So
  • Public Space Invitational (Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics)- Michael Evans
  • Citizen Science and Art: A Thermal Fishing Bob Project- Lourdes Vera
 

Moderators
avatar for Sarah Kanouse

Sarah Kanouse

Associate Professor - Media Arts, Interdisciplinary Arts, Northeastern University
Sarah Kanouse is an interdisciplinary artist and writer examining the politics of landscape and public space. Her research-based creative projects trace the production of landscape through ecological, historical, military, and legal forces. Her work has appeared at Documenta 13, Cooper Union, The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Smart Museum, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and CUNY Graduate Center, among others. Kanouse has... Read More →

Speakers
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Michael Evans

Program Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
space.newurbanmechanics.org
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Lina Giraldo

Interactive Digital Artist and Media Consultant, City Journalists - Urbano Project
| https://vimeo.com/linamariagiraldo | http://cityjournalists.org | | Lina Maria Giraldo is a Colombia-born, Boston-based media artist. | She creates screen based, computer generated work using video, photography and data. It incorporates contemporary languages such as video games, repetition, advertising and massiveness. In some of her interactive work the audience has control of the story and the decisions they make. Most of her work... Read More →
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Stella McGregor

Founder and Artistic Director, Urbano Project
www.urbanoproject.org
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Gabriel Mugar

PhD Candidate and Researcher, Syracuse University
I am a researcher and activist exploring the intersection of technology, media, and community building. My work spans investigations of community building strategies in online citizen science and peer production projects to building opportunities for youth to create alternative media outlets that contend with the negative stereotyping of their communities in mainstream media. | I am a PhD candidate in Information Science at Syracuse University... Read More →
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Wonyoung So

Data Visualization Specialist, MIT Senseable City Lab
Wonyoung So is a data-visualization designer specializing in combining computational analysis and narratives into network visualization and mapping the invisible. In 2011, while studying visual communication design at Kookmin University, he co-founded Tumblbug, the largest crowdfunding platform in South Korea. He is currently a data visualization specialist at the MIT Senseable City Lab.
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Lourdes Vera

PhD Student and Researcher, Northeastern University, Public Lab
As a former teacher, Lourdes is interested in how D.I.Y. tools and data visualization can facilitate deeper understandings of scientific phenomena for individuals from all skill levels and backgrounds. She focuses on using civic science to address environmental health and justice concerns with communities affected by oil and gas development. Currently, she is a research assistant to Prof. Sara Wylie developing a photopaper tool to measure low... Read More →



Friday June 10, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Thomas Paul Room

1:45pm

Accessibility First! Workshop
When producing media (web, video, or print) for Internet distribution, or teaching students how to produce media, there is a tendency to delay handling accessibility issues until late in the production process. By then, there are few opportunities for meaningful implementation. This workshop will demonstrate how disabled users view media, share the value of adding accessibility early in the process, and teach simple ways for anyone who makes media to create more accessible productions.

Visual impairment, hearing loss, physical limitations, and learning disabilities will all be considered. An accessible first process will be described that includes advocating for accessibility, taking advantage of expert resources, defining responsibilities, engaging disabled users during the design stage, and choosing compliant technologies.

Workshop participants will use their laptops to visit sites that simulate disabilities and see how to create accessible media. Activities will include simulators for color blindness, dyslexia, distractibility, and screen readers. Contrast analysis, closed captioning, and Flesch Kincaid reading level analysis tools will be shown. Example applications will include accessible Microsoft Office documents, Adobe PDF files, and HTML5 forms.

Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/22D8gVL

Moderators
avatar for Cathy Wissink

Cathy Wissink

‎Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft
http://blog.microsoftnewengland.com/author/cathywissink/

Speakers
avatar for David Kelleher

David Kelleher

Senior Affiliated Faculty, Department of Visual Media & Arts, Emerson College
David Kelleher is an Emerson College senior affiliated professor, multimedia artist, and freelance UX developer. He loves the intersection of the arts and emerging technologies, working on projects like a juggling gesture interface for electronic music theater and an interactive overhead video canopy. His credits include animation for National Geographic's Naked Science, interactive design for Intel training applications, and radio and TV... Read More →



Friday June 10, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Deborah Sampson Room

1:45pm

Emerging Citizens: A game-based intervention for student-centered expression in digital culture
This session will focus on how fun, game based interventions can create powerful student-centered, maker-based learning experiences that harness simple web based modes of communication to teach about expression, agency and voice. The interactive workshop will feature the digital literacy game initiative, Emerging Citizens, a web based platform consisting of three multiplayer game experiences wherein students create and critique civic media. Each Emerging Citizens game incorporates content that encourages students to engage with culturally and politically relevant topics that affect their daily lives while focusing on a specific 21st digital modality (Hashtags, Memes, and Hyperlinking).

Through playing and reflective dialog on each Emerging Citizens game, our session will focus on how game-based interventions fit within the larger context of media literacy discourse, specifically focusing on the risks and rewards of giving students the power to drive conversation through creation. The session will share how game based methodologies in the classroom can engage students’ expression, creation, and sharing of civic media that contributes positively to daily life.

Come learn the process for building the Emerging Citizens platform, and the learning guides that accompany each game. Participate to discuss the digital literacies taught specifically hashtags, memes, and hyperlinking, and how Emerging Citizens is implemented in classrooms, community groups, and after school programs.   

Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/1WzsmAl

Join our mailing list here: http://emergingcitizens.org 

Speakers
avatar for Paul Mihailidis

Paul Mihailidis

Co-Director, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
@pmihailidis
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Jordan Pailthorpe

Engagement Lab
Jordan is a producer and project manager who specializes in production of digital games for social change. Jordan has led the creative production of Risk Horizon and Unlocking Health, tow digital games made for the World Bank, as well as other web application based projects such as the recently launched DataBasic. He currently manages the UNDP Game Changer Fellowship Program, the Handwashing with Ananse Evaluation in Ghana, and the production... Read More →



Friday June 10, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Abigail Adams Room

1:45pm

Systems and Advocacy Lightning Talks
Please take notes here: http://bit.ly/1PajpFI 

Lightning talks on systems and advoacy followed by a moderated Q&A:
  • Livestream Technology for Civic Life (MIT Center for Civic Media)- Gordon Mangum
  • The Respect in Reporting Campaign (PressPass TV)- Cara Berg Powers
  • The Cambridge Broadband Task Force: When Bad Process Happens to Good People- Saul Tannenbaum
  • Data, Design, & Agriculture: Reconstructing Legislation for Engagement (Fathom Information Design)- Alex Geller 
  • Play to Change: Using City-Based Social Games to Engage Youth and Civic Leaders in Advocacy and Public Deliberation- Christina Wilson (The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College)
  • Open Sourcing and Documentation in Citizen Science and Beyond (Public Lab)- Jeff Warren

Moderators
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Stephen Walter

Program Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Speakers
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Alex Geller

Content Developer/ Analyst, Fathom Information Design
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Gordon Mangum

Project Lead, DeepStream
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Cara Berg Powers

Executive Director, Press Pass TV
Dr. Cara Berg Powers is an author, educator, organizer and learner with a commitment to youth, media and justice. She is Executive Director at award-winning youth media organization Press Pass TV, an organization dedicated to using media arts and culture to solve community challenges and empower youth. Cara holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Change with a focus on Media Studies and Adolescence, as well as an MA in Transformative... Read More →
avatar for Saul Tannenbaum

Saul Tannenbaum

Activist, Instigator
A retired technologist, I inflict citizen journalism and activism around technology policy and civic engagement in Cambridge.
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Jeff Warren

Research Director, Public Lab
Public Lab is a community and a non-profit democratizing science to address environmental issues that affect people.
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Christina Wilson

Programs Manager, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
Currently responsible for ensuring the holistic coordination of resources and strategies across all projects and systems at the Engagement Lab, Christina joined their team in 2013 as the project lead for flagship engagement game, Community PlanIt. Additionally, she has served as a project manager for everything from major digital game development at the Lab to small table-top games in the areas of humanitarian aid, public health, climate change... Read More →



Friday June 10, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

1:45pm

Unconference Sessions
Please host and sign up for unconference sessions of break-out discussions and skillshares! At registration and during breaks there will be an opportunity to list topics and self-organize for meeting up. Use the hashtag #bostoncivicmedia to announce interesting topics and desires to connect on overlapping interests.

Take notes here: http://bit.ly/24mS2iF   

Friday June 10, 2016 1:45pm - 2:45pm
TBA

2:45pm

Human-Centered Design Workshop
Please take notes here: http://bit.ly/1TNHvbu

Join a hands-on workshop to walk through a design-thinking process grounded in a local art context! Practice collaborative design-thinking skills to address a challenge faced by the local youth radio group Zumix.

Facilitator Info
(Co) C r e a t e is a student-led design initiative and a project of the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching’s (HILT) Grants program that facilitates immersive workshops across Harvard’s graduate and professional schools. We also provide training in rapid prototyping, ideation & concept development, and designing for social impact. Our team has professional experience in facilitation and consulting on topics related to human-centered design, ‘creative confidence’ capacity building, and design-led business model innovation.

Carly James is a design consultant at ThinkPlace Kenya and Master's student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. A cultural anthropologist by training, Carly recognizes that understanding human behaviors, motivations, drivers, and latent needs must be at the heart of every design process. She is a full-fledged believer in the idea that those for whom we are designing should be those with whom we design. In fall 2015, Carly and her friend and colleague, Tyler Samstag, student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, co-founded Co. C r e a t e to bring creative problem-solving skills to the Harvard community in hands-on and innovative ways. 

Speakers
avatar for Carlyn James

Carlyn James

Graduate Student, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Risk and Resilience Program
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Brittany Thomas

Radio Coordinator, ZUMIX
Brittany is interested in how creative media can help youth connect to the people and places around them. Brittany joined ZUMIX in 2014 as the Youth & Community Radio AmeriCorps VISTA, working on capacity-building preparations for ZUMIX Radio’s transition from an online stream to a Low Power FM broadcast frequency. She teaches after-school classes in radio production and storytelling, and collaborates with ESL teachers to use radio within... Read More →



Friday June 10, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Abigail Adams Room

2:45pm

Service Learning Centers Panel
This panel features different service-learning professionals from Boston-area universities in the hopes of elucidating some of the processes and philosophies behind how institutions form, support, and sustain ongoing, mutually beneficial partnerships with the community. In this work, two main questions are at the heart of service-learning course and program design: 1) What should the students be learning? and 2) What does the community need? However, given different institutional structures, goals, and resources, these questions may be approached in a variety of ways- and the aim of this panel is to remove some of the mystery behind these sometimes complex dynamics. Panelists and audience members will collaboratively explore how, if this work were a continuum with the university on one side and the community on the other, partnerships can be fostered in the middle. 

Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/22D8gVL  

Moderators
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Callie Davis

Myra H. Kraft Director of Volunteer and Alumni Services, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston
Callie Davis is the Myra H. Kraft Director of Volunteer and Alumni Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston. Callie manages a volunteer program consisting of over 1200 volunteers annually and oversees BGCB’s Alumni Club. In this role, she is responsible for the recruitment, screening, placement, retention, tracking, and evaluation of all volunteer activities and works to create a mutually beneficial volunteer experience for all parties. Callie... Read More →
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Cathy Wissink

‎Senior Director, Technology & Civic Engagement, Microsoft
http://blog.microsoftnewengland.com/author/cathywissink/

Speakers
avatar for Becca Berkey

Becca Berkey

Director of the Service-Learning Program, Northeastern University’s Center of Community Service
Becca began at Northeastern’s Center of Community Service in February 2013, and is now the Director of Service-Learning. Previously, Becca served as the Coordinator of Experiential Education in the Center for Engagement, Learning, and Teaching at Keene State. She has also served as a Course Director for Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Full Sail University in Orlando, Florida and worked at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida... Read More →
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Judy Pryor-Ramirez

Executive Director, Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, & Research @ Emerson College
Judy Pryor-Ramirez is ​the ​newly appointed Executive Director of the Elma Lewis Center for Civic Engagement, Learning, & Research at Emerson College. Previously, she was the Director of Civic Engagement ​& Social Justice at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School in New York City where she oversaw programs for students, faculty, alumni, and community partners, and ​taught part-time in sociology. Judy is a scholarly and... Read More →
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Shauna Rigaud

Service Learning Specialist, Simmons College
Shauna began working in the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service in 2011 as is now the Service Learning Specialist, helping to grow the Service Learning program at Simmons College. Previously Shauna worked in several non-profits in Boston including The Freedom House, MYTOWN, YMCA Achievers and the Youth Worker’s Alliance. Her experience in Higher Education also includes academic and social support for students of color and first-generation... Read More →
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Felicia Sullivan

Senior Researcher, CIRCLE @ Tisch College, Tufts University
| Felicia Sullivan is Senior Researcher at CIRCLE’ where she works on diverse projects. Her CIRCLE Working Paper “New and Alternative Assessments, Digital Badges, and Civics: An Overview of Emerging Themes and Promising Directions” and a recent fact sheet, “A National Survey of Civics and U.S. Government Teachers” (with S. Godsay) are example of the types of projects Felicia has worked on. She is also responsible for bringing to... Read More →
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Meghan T. Sweeney

Associate Professor of the Practice, Theology, Boston College



Friday June 10, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Thomas Paul Room

2:45pm

Boston Data Portal Workshop
Attendees of this workshop will learn to use the Boston Area Research Initiative’s (BARI) Boston Data Portal, an online platform where visitors of all experience levels can browse, map, analyze, and download a variety of data describing the people, places, and neighborhoods of Boston. The Data Portal consists of two main components: the Data Library, a repository where data can be downloaded along with documentation of their contents and origins; and BostonMap, where the same data can be visualized through interactive maps. The workshop is intended to demonstrate the data and tools provided by the Boston Data Library so they can use them to learn more about their own community, promote informed advocacy focused on Boston neighborhoods, and support the specific goals of their community.
Attendees will be able to:
  • See Neighborhoods through “Big” Data: The Data Portal provides metrics developed through BARI research that translate administrative data from the City of Boston into interpretable measures of neighborhood conditions, including physical disorder (i.e., “broken windows”), violent crime, custodianship, and investment and growth. These measures are joined by more traditional data, like Census indicators.
  • Walk Neighborhoods with StreetView: BostonMap allows you to combine data with the ability to “walk” through the physical context of a space, powered by Google’s StreetView. Share Your Own Customized Map: Participants will visualize various types of spati information, particular to their own interests, using BostonMap. The ability to save and easily distribute your own maps will be highlighted.
  • Participate in the Conversation about Boston Data: The Boston Data Portal is an ongoing project and we will discuss of how organizations and community members alike might it, enabling us to further improve the tool and identify new data of interest.
Please take notes in here: http://bit.ly/1WzsmAl

Speakers
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Dan O'Brien

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
http://www.northeastern.edu/cssh/faculty/daniel-t-obrien


Friday June 10, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Deborah Sampson Room

2:45pm

Government Edition: Systems and Advocacy Lightning Talks
Please take notes here: http://bit.ly/1PajpFI 

Join a series of lightning talks related to systems and advocacy- with a focus on goverment, followed by a moderated Q&A. 
  • Boston's Identity: Let's Fly a New Boston Flag- Eric Ferraiuolo
  • Every City is a Smart City: Civic Data Audit Across International “Smart” Cities- Tyler Crick and Dr. Beth Coleman, City as Platform Lab, University of Waterloo
  • Boston.Gov- Lauren Lockwood (City Boston)
  • State to Local: Developing Specific Citizen Engagement for Municipalities- Samantha Hammer (Mass IT)
  • U.S. Digital Service: An Online VA Healthcare Case Study- Anne Kainic (U.S Digital Service)

Moderators
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Stephen Walter

Program Director, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Speakers
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Tyler Crick

Graduate Student, University of Waterloo Rhetoric and Communication Design Department
I'm interested in the rhetoric of internet discussion and information, social systems theory, and analyzing the global adjustment period to digital communication. As a goal, these interests would ideally contribute to social justice and well-being.
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Eric Ferraiuolo

Principal Software Engineer, Yahoo
I live in Boston and work as a web software engineer for Yahoo. I'm interested in the intersection of tech and government. I started a project to help shape Boston's identity through a new city flag: https://bostoncityflag.org
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Samantha Hammar

Director of Strategic Partnerships, MassIT; Commonwealth of Massachusetts
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Anne Kainic

Digital Services Expert, U.S. Digital Service
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Lauren Lockwood

‎Chief Digital Officer, City of Boston
https://pilot.boston.gov/ and also http://next.boston.gov/



Friday June 10, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

2:45pm

Unconference Sessions
Please host and sign up for unconference sessions of break-out discussions and skillshares! At registration and during breaks there will be an opportunity to list topics and self-organize for meeting up. Use the hashtag #bostoncivicmedia to announce interesting topics and desires to connect on overlapping interests.

Take notes here: http://bit.ly/24mS2iF  

Friday June 10, 2016 2:45pm - 3:45pm
TBA

3:45pm

City Hall to Go: Kitchen Table Talk
During breaks and lunch, Boston's City Hall to Go Department will be hosting a Kitchen Table Talk focusing on how cities can better engage residents. These talks are a new community engagement initiative aimed at rethinking the community meeting. The best conversations happen around the kitchen table and with this in mind we created a portable kitchen (table, rug, chairs, etc) that can be setup anywhere; a parking space, a park, a conference, and more. We hope to attract people beyond your average "Engaged community meeting goer."  We hope to interact with anyone who happens to pass by and engage them in a quick conversation, get feedback, or allow people to sit and talk in more in-depth conversations. 

Speakers
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Ben Vainer

Director, City Hall to Go (Boston)


Friday June 10, 2016 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Hallway in front of the Horace Mann Room

3:45pm

Coffee Break!
Friday June 10, 2016 3:45pm - 4:00pm
TBA

4:00pm

Reflections and Share-backs
Please take notes here: http://bit.ly/1Y6K6me

Speakers
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Catherine D'Ignazio

Fellow, Principal Investigator, and Assistant Professor, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
http://www.kanarinka.com/


Friday June 10, 2016 4:00pm - 4:15pm
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

4:15pm

Civic Media: Technology | Design | Practice Book Launch
Come celebrate the launch of the newly published book on Civic Media. Order your copy here: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/civic-media

Across neighborhoods, cities, and countries throughout the world, people are finding new ways to share ideas, express opinions, and collaborate to build new forms of engagement local, national and global constituents. The opportunities that this new landscape presents are abundant. From open data and public discourse, to civic innovation and socio-political movements, civic technologies are fundamentally reshaping what it means to be a citizen today. Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice features 19 essays and 25 case studies from scholars and practitioners thinking about the role of media in civic life today. This panel will feature discussion from contributors to the book.


Speakers
avatar for Catherine D'Ignazio

Catherine D'Ignazio

Fellow, Principal Investigator, and Assistant Professor, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
http://www.kanarinka.com/
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Eric Gordon

Founder and Executive Director, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
Eric Gordon is a game designer and scholar focused on civic engagement, learning, and play. He is an associate professor at Emerson College and the founder and executive director of the Engagement Lab (http://elab.emerson.edu). He is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. He is the author of two books: Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World (Blackwell 2011, with Adriana de... Read More →
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Erhardt Graeff

MIT Media Lab
I am a PhD researcher at the MIT Center for Civic Media. My work explores creative uses of media and technology for civic engagement and learning.
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Ceasar McDowell

President, Interaction Institute for Social Change
http://ceasarmcdowell.com/
avatar for Paul Mihailidis

Paul Mihailidis

Co-Director, Principal Investigator and Associate Professor, The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College
@pmihailidis



Friday June 10, 2016 4:15pm - 5:00pm
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center

5:00pm

Happy Hour!
Stay after the full day of learning and chatting to mingle with each other! All attendees will recieve on drink ticket and can enjoy the cash bar afterwards.

Friday June 10, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Horace Mann Room Microsoft NERD Center