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How Do We Design Media That Makes The World Better?

How often do academics, community organizations, media-makers, and government agencies convene to learn from each other? Those who contribute to the Boston Civic Media network believe the answer is "not frequently enough," and, the feedback from the Design, Technology, and Social Impact event confirms the need for a plurality of voices to shape civic media and technology....

Using Digital Multiplayer Games To Teach Students How to Create and Critique Civic Media

There are many programs, curriculums, and products that help teachers teach, but what about programs that leverage the potential for social media and connective platforms to create vibrant avenues for young people to civically engage? Paul Mihailidis, Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, conducted a multi-year research project exploring how youth use social media to engage in civic life....

By the Numbers @ the Engagement Lab

Happy summer! It's an exciting, busy time at the Engagement Lab, building our outreach and research in civic media, digital literacy, and civic engagement. With the start of summer here in Boston, we're taking a moment to reflect on the past 6 months and share some of our accomplishments....

Poetry, Politics, and Data Analysis: How Quantitative Political Poetry Parties Engage Participants...

Earlier this month over a dozen community members, students, and academics gathered around easel pads, whiteboards, and pizza boxes to analyze political speeches and write limericks using the 2016 presidential candidate's top used words and phrases. This event was the first QPPP (Quantitative Political Poetry Party) and the launch of a new Engagement Lab project called Campaign Limericks....

Civic Media, Art and Practice - Masters Program Building a Cohort of Civic Doers and Makers at...

The Engagement Lab @ Emerson College is building out its Fall 2016 cohort of students in the newly launched Civic Media: Art & Practice (CMAP) master of arts program. The 12-month course will give students the opportunity to experiment with an array of modalities - from digital games to interactive art and participatory design to organizational capacity building - to launch their own thesis project in collaboration with real world partners, locally and internationally....

5 Takeaways from "Civic Media: Impact and Assessment"

In its third quarterly meeting, Boston Civic Media forum participants examined how civic media is evaluated for success and impact through a series of lightning talks and focused discussions last week. The forum offered a critical and reflective space for participants to deliberate over the rigor, responsibilities, and ethics of impact assessment and evaluation....

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Community PlanIt Semifinalist for 2016 Ash Award for Innovation in Goverrnment

Community PlanIt has been named a semifinalist for the Innovation in American Government Awards, a national competition by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.


Tearing Down the 'Town and Gown' Divide by: Ron Littlefield, Governing

On bridging the gap between municipalities and the colleges and universities within their borders


What We Should Mean When We Talk About Citizen Engagement

Eric Gordon proposes propose that when government talks about civic engagement, it is really talking about caring.


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