Beyond "The Crisis in Civics"

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Opening keynote at 2013 Digital Media and Learning conference in Chicago, IL, by Ethan Zuckerman, Center for Civic Media, MIT. Notes on the talk at http://civic.mit.edu/blog/erhardt/ethan-zuckermans-dml-keynote-beyond-%E2%80%9Cthe-crisis-in-civics%E2%80%9D, YouTube video of the talk at: youtu.be/-EeMnqU6Kh8 (my speech starts about 20min in)

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Beyond "The Crisis in Civics"

  1. 1. Beyond “The Crisis in Civics” Ethan Zuckerman MIT Center for Civic Media (@CivicMIT, @ethanz)
  2. 2. “Lunch Scholars” Austin Oberbillig and Evan RicksOlympia High School January 2012
  3. 3. Jay Leno“Jaywalking”
  4. 4. cartoon by Drew Dee
  5. 5. 112th Congress 10% approval 61 bills passedof 3914 proposed
  6. 6. 19 20 21
  7. 7. 19 image from Wikimedia Commons
  8. 8. 20 visualization by National Journal
  9. 9. 21
  10. 10. 19 20 21
  11. 11. thinsymbolic impactful thick
  12. 12. slactivism thin quadrantsymbolic impactful thick
  13. 13. thinsymbolic impactful thick
  14. 14. thinsymbolic impactful thick
  15. 15. thinsymbolic impactful thick photo from WNYC.org
  16. 16. thin small scalesymbolic impactful large thick scale
  17. 17. from symbolic to impactful 5000 kyat simcardkiirti.org campaign rynda.org (India) (Myanmar) (Russia)
  18. 18. art from William Dwight Whitney, 1911
  19. 19. photo credit: Joel Page lever: legislative
  20. 20. associated press lever: authority
  21. 21. lever: public opinion
  22. 22. lever: DIY infrastructures
  23. 23. tactic: petitiontheories of change: legislative, authority
  24. 24. tactic: DDoStheories of change: authority, public opinion
  25. 25. social petition sit-in march media celebrity ...legislativeauthority Xpublic opinionDIY
  26. 26. petition sit-in march media celebrity ...legislativeauthoritypublic opinionDIY
  27. 27. I CAN HAS PROTEST? achievable
  28. 28. testable
  29. 29. trackable
  30. 30. plausible?
  31. 31. thin thickInterest-driven (YOUMedia Chicago)
  32. 32. thin thickconnecting change with existing passions
  33. 33. join leadership organize teams put up posters spread the videowatch the ladder of engagement video
  34. 34. m e nt ga ge g en asini ncredeep enin g know ledg e
  35. 35. join movement work with leadership Ugandan question orgs IC learn about LRAwatch the ladder of engagement video
  36. 36. small scale large scale
  37. 37. descriptive
  38. 38. Controversy  MapperWith  Yochai  Benkler,Hal  Roberts  and  teamevaluative
  39. 39. normative
  40. 40. if we want civic participationthat is thick, impactful and scaleable:
  41. 41. if we want civic participationthat is thick, impactful and scaleable:get beyond politics vs. activism,and focus on agency
  42. 42. if we want civic participationthat is thick, impactful and scaleable:get beyond politics vs. activism,and focus on agencyunderstand levers as well asdeveloping new tactics
  43. 43. if we want civic participationthat is thick, impactful and scaleable:get beyond politics vs. activism,and focus on agencyunderstand levers as well asdeveloping new tacticsdeepen foundations of understandingwhile climbing the ladder of engagement
  44. 44. if we want civic participationthat is thick, impactful and scaleable:get beyond politics vs. activism,and focus on agencyunderstand levers as well asdeveloping new tacticsdeepen foundations of understandingwhile climbing the ladder of engagementunderstand that thick participation atscale means devolving control
  45. 45. thanks for listening @ethanz ethanz@mit.edu

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