Civic Media & Community Building


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Civic media as a tool for place-based community building & organizing

The Future of News and Civic Media Conference
Center For Future Civic Media
MIT Media Lab
June 18th, 2009

This session stems from a gathering of a few folks from the urban studies & planning arena at MIT (and branched out to other C4FCM folks) who are excited to share how we've been implementing digital storytelling/ interpretive history / participatory media for community building in various non-profit and university-community based initiatives.

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Civic Media & Community Building

  1. 1. <ul><li>The Future of News and Civic Media Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Center For Future Civic Media </li></ul><ul><li>MIT Media Lab </li></ul><ul><li>June 18th, 2009 </li></ul>Civic media as a tool for place-based community building & organizing
  2. 2. title <ul><li>xxx </li></ul>
  3. 3. central questions <ul><li>how to collect individual stories in a larger narrative: how to represent a diversity of voices with one piece </li></ul><ul><li>how to &quot;sell&quot; old school community organizers/builders on using new participatory tools </li></ul><ul><li>advantages of power building by making media WITH people instead of FOR people </li></ul><ul><li>how to train youth and adults on the ground in communities to make their own media as a tool for community development and leadership building </li></ul><ul><li>aligning existing network or community organizing techniques with new media tools for sustained, genuine use by community members </li></ul><ul><li>using new media as tools for reflective practice and institutional memory building </li></ul>
  4. 4. mit @ lawrence <ul><li>action-oriented scholarship through university-community engagement for the purpose of contributing to an equitable and sustainable future in the City of Lawrence </li></ul><ul><li>a self-sustaining network for reciprocal knowledge transfer and innovation </li></ul><ul><li>program areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>affordable housing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>community asset-building </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>youth pathways to career and education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>green building development and job creation </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. lawrence: practicum 2009 <ul><li>Lawrence CommunityWorks (LCW), a community development corporation invigorated by 4 MIT alumna </li></ul><ul><li>Union Crossing (UC) project – an innovative mixed-use mill redevelopment project that aims to be a completely &quot;green&quot; building, both in design, building and implementation as a community involvement center </li></ul><ul><li>historical &quot;threads”: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>energy and technical innovation, most recently &quot;green&quot; public and private-sector initiatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>organizing and mobilizing people for change, from the Bread and Roses Strike of 1912 to LCW's nationally renowned &quot;network organizing&quot; model </li></ul></ul><ul><li>participatory action-research using ICT to develop specific strategies and prototypes to incorporate participatory historical narratives and oral histories both physically and virtually into the new space </li></ul><ul><li>interpretive history data gathering through youth-led oral history interviews with factory employees, architects, real estate developers, and themselves! </li></ul>
  6. 6. lawrence: storymill
  7. 7. lawrence: yes we will
  8. 8. nyc: the bmbc neighborhood media diary
  9. 9. watertown: h20town
  10. 10. framingham: snapshot photo hunt
  11. 11. springfield practicum: public health
  12. 12. springfield: food vendor map
  13. 13. springfield: video story map