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Getting Connected

Project Leads

Rachele Gardner
Maridena Rojas
Carl Jean-Louis


The Boston Project Ministries and TNT Neighbors United
Office of City Councilor Andrea Campbell
MIT, Comparative Media Studies
Mike Sugarman, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Kat Wyly, University of Washington
Leslie Yan, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Elie Cuevas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sarah Prado, Wellesley College
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Problem Space

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and we were forced to move social interactions into digital spaces, many of Boston’s most civically engaged residents were left behind. Older Bostonians and those with limited digital skills, including many non-English speakers, could no longer access civic meetings that they once attended in person. Getting Connecting emerged from this community-identified need.

Proposed Intervention

Getting Connected is a simple graphic guide meant to equip older Bostonians to connect digitally and participate civically during and post-pandemic.

Social Impact

We used co-design principles and processes, working with older adults and community groups to develop a robust set of technology guides that enable older adults to access, actively participate, and thrive in virtual social and civic spaces.

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