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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)

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 Ricks Olympia High School January 2012
  3. 3. Jay Leno “Jaywalking”
  4. 4. cartoon by Drew Dee
  5. 5. 112th Congress 10% approval 61 bills passed of 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. thin symbolic impactful thick
  12. 12. slactivism thin quadrant symbolic impactful thick
  13. 13. thin symbolic impactful thick
  14. 14. thin symbolic impactful thick
  15. 15. thin symbolic impactful thick photo from WNYC.org
  16. 16. thin small scale symbolic impactful large thick scale
  17. 17. from symbolic to impactful 5000 kyat simcard kiirti.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: petition theories of change: legislative, authority
  24. 24. tactic: DDoS theories of change: authority, public opinion
  25. 25. social petition sit-in march media celebrity ... legislative authority X public opinion DIY
  26. 26. petition sit-in march media celebrity ... legislative authority public opinion DIY
  27. 27. I CAN HAS PROTEST? achievable
  28. 28. testable
  29. 29. trackable
  30. 30. plausible?
  31. 31. thin thick Interest-driven (YOUMedia Chicago)
  32. 32. thin thick connecting change with existing passions
  33. 33. join leadership organize teams put up posters spread the video watch the ladder of engagement video
  34. 34. m e nt ga ge g en asin i ncre deep enin g know ledg e
  35. 35. join movement work with leadership Ugandan question orgs IC learn about LRA watch the ladder of engagement video
  36. 36. small scale large scale
  37. 37. descriptive
  38. 38. Controversy  Mapper With  Yochai  Benkler, Hal  Roberts  and  team evaluative
  39. 39. normative
  40. 40. if we want civic participation that is thick, impactful and scaleable:
  41. 41. if we want civic participation that is thick, impactful and scaleable: get beyond politics vs. activism, and focus on agency
  42. 42. if we want civic participation that is thick, impactful and scaleable: get beyond politics vs. activism, and focus on agency understand levers as well as developing new tactics
  43. 43. if we want civic participation that is thick, impactful and scaleable: get beyond politics vs. activism, and focus on agency understand levers as well as developing new tactics deepen foundations of understanding while climbing the ladder of engagement
  44. 44. if we want civic participation that is thick, impactful and scaleable: get beyond politics vs. activism, and focus on agency understand levers as well as developing new tactics deepen foundations of understanding while climbing the ladder of engagement understand that thick participation at scale means devolving control
  45. 45. thanks for listening @ethanz ethanz@mit.edu

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