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Designing appropriate technologies and methods for youth inclusion, participation and local civic engagement

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Talk given at Conecta 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 2010.08.25.

Talk given at Conecta 2010 in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 2010.08.25.

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  • The Center for Future Civic Media is a collaboration between the Media Lab and the MIT Comparative Media Studies program made possible by a grant from the Knight Foundation. We support research and innovation around civic media, which we define as any technological or social medium that strengthens local communities (like a neighborhood or even a school) through distributing civic knowledge and catalyzing civic action. Civic media strives to empower not just individuals but whole communities--a much more challenging feat, because one must promote mutual respect and solidarity first. Ultimately, civic media done right strengthens the social bonds within a community and creates a strong sense of civic engagement.
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    • 1. Leo Burd MIT Center for Future Civic Media 2010.08.25
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    • 3. Who we are
      • C4FCM = Media Lab + CMS + Knight Foundation
      • Civic media: technological and social systems for strengthening local communities.
      • Civic media distributes civic knowledge and transforms it into civic action.
      • Empowers not just individuals, but communities .
      • Strengthens the social bonds within a community and creates a strong sense of civic engagement among its residents.
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    • 14. Can technology help change this situation?
    • 15. Although existing technologies could be used to foster youth inclusion, participation and local civic engagement, most tools are either too complex or lack appropriate functionality for the task.
    • 16. http://www.departmentofplay.org/
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      • We aim to develop an easy-to-use, open-source digital toolkit with corresponding curricula and pedagogical guidance to help young people:
              • Capture neighborhood knowledge by taking photographs, measuring distances, collecting data, recording interviews and constructing local maps
              • Represent and share local information as “spatial narratives” integrating digital media and mapping in an online platform
              • Organize civic engagement initiatives through an advocacy forum for children and adolescents to reflect, share, and act critically in their local communities.
      Goals
    • 18. GrassrootsMapping.org [email_address]
    • 19. Grassroots Mapping
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    • 32. organization of personally meaningful community events
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    • 35. What’s Up 2.0
      • What’s Up <your community name here>
      • SMS integration
      • Interactive call blasts
      • Audio polls
      • Web-based audio recording
      • Multi-language, multi-voice support
      • Location-based calls
    • 36. Innovation in social development
      • Focus on individuals and their communities (interests, geo)
      • Generate revenue in social and cultural capital
      • Foster autonomy and participation
      • Happens “in the network”
        • In spite of the differences, solutions and approaches from one place might be applicable in another
        • Require deep collaboration community-research-industry-NGOs-government
    • 37. Innovation in social development Community Local NGOs and Foundations University Industry Government
      • Local knowledge and resources
      • Specific needs
      • Community connections
      • Credibility
      • Ethics
      • Sustainability
      • (Trial and error) experimentation
      • Theoretization
      • Early dissemination
      • Scalability
      • Maintainance and Support
      • Subsidies
      • Policies and Incentives
    • 38. Innovation in social development Ultimate goal: help individuals and communities recognize their value, become more autonomous and capable to control their own future Community Local NGOs and Foundations University Industry Government
      • Local knowledge and resources
      • Specific needs
      • Community connections
      • Credibility
      • Ethics
      • Sustainability
      • (Trial and error) experimentation
      • Theoretization
      • Early dissemination
      • Scalability
      • Maintainance and Support
      • Subsidies
      • Policies and Incentives
    • 39. For additional information http://civic.mit.edu/ http://www.departmentofplay.org/ [email_address]

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