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Unflattening: Thinking Through Comics, Nick Sousanis at Microsoft Research

I'm here at Microsoft Research in Seattle for the summer. Today, we had a visit from Nick Sousanis, who was opening an exhibition of his work. Nick is writing his dissertation (on visual and verbal discourse) entirely in graphic novel form. His project has recently been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/article/article-content/131393/).

Before coming to NYC, he was immersed in Detroit’s thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and cultural web-mag http://www.thedetroiter.com; served as the founding director of the University of Michigan’s Work:Detroit exhibition space, and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee.

Testing WeDo for nominating and voting on books at #1book140

Over the last two days, 1book140, The Atlantic's Twitter book club, has been trying out the WeDo system to test a possible way for us to choose books. WeDo is an experimental Twitter nominations and voting system by @hqz, @andresmh, and other researchers at MIT and Microsoft Research. I wanted to learn more about how it worked -- BEFORE we actually relied on it for a vote. :-)

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The vote was held at: http://wedo.csail.mit.edu/publicmissions/4

To bookies, Thank you SO MUCH for trying it out with me -- our test revealed some glitches and some needs before we would ever use it for our real votes. Tomorrow, I'll post nominations on The Atlantic in the usual way (and include all of the tweets from today in the list).

I'm also planning to ask further about what other people think about trying out new ways to vote.

Transparency and Public Space Online at the MIT Knight Civic Media Conference

We're here at the 2013 MIT-Knight Civic Media conference here at the MIT Media Lab, where the theme is Insiders/Outsiders. Across the next two days, we're going to be looking at this theme of institutions and innovators across the areas of government, media, and disaster response. Across the event, speakers will be asking if it's better to look for change inside institutions or try to transform things from the outside.

Research Is Cooperation: The 40+ People Who Made My Thesis A Reality

Three weeks ago, I submitted my Master's thesis, packed everything I own into storage, and got on a plane for Seattle, where I'm spending the summer as an intern at Fuse Labs, part of Microsoft Research. I'm deeply excited to be here, where I have a chance to continue to work on technologies for local journalism and community organising. Mentored by Andres Monroy Hernandez, I'm also working alongside the amazing FUSE interns Emma, Yuheng, Erin, and Ill Won. Outside Microsoft, I'm enjoying the chance to participate in community events, hack for seattle, and meet people at the University of Washington, where I'm staying.

SeattleMonkeys: How A Cat Poster Inspired Our Technology for Inclusion

How can we make planning more open and inclusive? Inspired by a cat poster, SeattleMonkeys asks community residents to call a number to share their ideas on local affairs and transportation.

This summer, I'm in Seattle as an intern for Microsoft research FUSE Labs with Andrés Monroy-Hernández (whose work on Scratch I have blogged about) and Shelly Farnham. I'll write soon about my summer at Microsoft, but this is a story about what Andrés and I did together on the weekend, outside of our Microsoft work.

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