Started working on this project in 2012! Goals of MHT: Explore the ways in which media has historically acted in shaping society. Understanding how your educational experiences connect and are impacted by this media history. Explore how to use a timeline as a tool to understand how media impacts our communities. Explore creative analytic techniques and design skills to apply to the digital evolution of G.A.P. by using the Media History Timeline (MHT) tool. (DESIGN) Develop learning of new media by acquiring knowledge of inventive digital media tools that reflect participants understanding of media’s ability to shape society and history. (TECHNICAL LEARNING) Build content knowledge of political, economic and social movements connecting media events, policies and representations, history of media consolidation, how movements have responded to/adapted media; the history of community media; (POLITICAL ED.) Building youth empowerment and leadership by creating the space for folks to advance their facilitation, collective curriculum design and developing tools and resources (by using the Black Power Mixtape). (YOUTH DEVELOPMENT / LEARNING OUTCOMES)
GAP created core curriculum of which MHT was one of ours that we do in program We wanted to tranform our paper workshop sto a digital interactive format Youth leadership and skill building in the process- meant that they were getting not only tech workshops but political education and selecting the social justice topic that was important to them feedback on impact what’s been helpful about it
We also wanted to have it be adaptable and relevant to various communities. This is from our Youth Breaking Borders program for immigrant and refugee youth. We have adapted the timeline into an Immigrant History Timeline and a Queer History Timeline
Year 2; focus on research (policing histories & community partnerships working on that issue); building the prototype with consultants at Research Action Design, For instance worked with Peoples Justice Community Control and Police Accountability. They have a paper timeline on history of Policing in NYC that they shared with our young people and they interviewed PJ Coordinator Aidge both on his personal journey as an activist and for his knowledge of policing of youth.
We started working with the nice folks at RAD a worker owned collective that uses community-led research, transformative media organizing, technology development, and collaborative design to build the power of grassroots social movements to consult and collaborate with us on the development of this tool. Our Summer MHT crew worked to add content and research, to create original media in response, and to experiment on how the information could be shared/interacted with on-line. They shared their work with some of our community organizing partners such as CAAAV in Chinatown on an interactive art exhibit featuring work from youth talking about policing and gender justice. yOuth broke up into 4 teams to delve deeper into specific issues (Mike Brown/Ferguson, War on Drugs)
RAD worked with us to take these ideas and begin to apply and adapt to a Timeline JS format so that we could create new features that would then be made available back to the Open Source community. Share link to our prototype Working with developer who’s helping us with the user stories; easy to create and modify for others who want to do this. 1. easier timeline creation - making it possible to create a timeline without using html or a spreadsheet; something that is moke a single-click to create. Just a few steps, 2. adding an entry to a timeline without using a spreadsheet - making it possible to set the date, time, add media without having to paste into a spreadsheet (click ‘add something to the timeline!) 3. Timeline Gallery - have a list of different timelines that you can bring together as a collection; people who are working with groups of people can have a jumping off point 4. Shareability - making it easier to share these timelines on social media; adding share buttons that make tweets or facebook posts that link back to the timeline prototype for creating new timelines - ask them to participate
Next steps: Ongoing co-design workshops with…...(Bex), workshops with groups in and outside of the Hive; Organizationally we have a practice of partnering with orgs that we have connections with or in community with re; doing similar work/engagement in specific social justice issues so challenge in our PTS is sharing out the work more broadly without previous collaboration experience. Broadening our own ideas of who our audience is for this work; central and critical push to expand GAP’s thinking around hte use and viability of our curriculum to other audiences such as libraries, museums, etc. through digitial media formats (allows us to extend our work!) Youth leadership core team to be working with the consultants as opposed to a full program where it’s fully youth lead while also completing a functional interactive prototype Acknowldeges our track record with schools and educators: reached these groups with our media and curriclum work; challenge is how this may be different in new media/digital interactions.
Hive NYC Media History Timeline GAP presentation
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Year 2: Youth Teams
Created GIFS, MEMES, Video Mash-Ups, Sound Mix of activist songs,
original Poetry and Collages and experimented with different ways to interact
with the content at NYU MAGNET lab.
Plans for MHT:
1. Co-design workshops with Research Action Design & Youth
Leadership Team: Demo of the augmented Timeline.JS tool based
on core user stories of designing with young people at GAP.
1. Working with Developer to create new features such as:
Create a timeline!
Add media/text/stories to the timeline!