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Video: Civic Media Session, "Design for Vulnerable Populations"

Designers often want to help people that they perceive as being in need -- whether those affected by natural or human-caused disasters, the economically or physically disadvantaged, or those who are on the losing end of a cultural power dynamic. However, naive attempts to "help" through simplistic techno-centric design can be at best ineffective, and at worst counter-productive.

What can designers do to better connect with the communities and individuals they wish to serve? How can design projects avoid patronizing attitudes and economic colonialization? How can a designer be effective in promoting social change while following their conscience?

This panel brings together designers who have worked in the mental health industry, international development, the prison system, and community environmental action to discuss what has worked and what hasn't, and what approaches designers can take to increase their chances of success.

  • Charlie DeTar (Moderator) Co-founder of Between the Bars, a blogging platform for prisoners. Fellow at the Center for Future Civic Media, and PhD student at the MIT Media Lab.
  • Patricia Deegan Creator of the CommonGround web application which supports shared decision making in psychopharmacology consultation. Adjunct Professor at the Dartmouth College School of Medicine and at Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences.
  • Liz Barry Director of Urban Environment at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, a collaborative developing inexpensive and community-led means to explore environmental and social issues; Co-founder of TreeKIT, an initiative to collaboratively measure, map, and manage urban forests.
  • Nathan Cooke Born and raised in California, USA, Cooke works at MIT’s D-Lab documenting technologies and working with students on design projects. He has previous experience working for Frog Design in San Francisco and at Autodesk as part of their Sustainability division.

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What can Journalists Learn from The Daily Show: An Interview with Amber Day (Part One)

In case anyone was wondering, I'm not dead...yet. I seem to have spent the past few weeks AWOL on this blog, having gotten my rhythm thrown off over a particular intense period of activity on my part. Every day, I've been deluding myself into thinking I'd jump back into the swing of things, and I've been busy planning some really cool stuff for the summer which I will be announcing soon, but I've been silent. Sorry, guys.

This Week in Civic Media: Civic Disobedience talk this Thursday 5pm

Upcoming Public Events

  • Civic Media Session: "Civic Disobedience" this Thursday with @ethanz, @cshirky, @techsoc and @ifikra http://cot.ag/jul8rz
  • VoIP Drupal webinar, May 12. In just 1 hour, learn to use a Drupal site to make and receive phone calls! http://cot.ag/dNE97p

ExtrAct, natural gas accountability

  • Us in Reuters: "MIT Web Tools Help Small Landowners Navigate Gas Leasing Frenzy" http://cot.ag/iQTPV7

Osama bin Laden killed

  • @newyorker's Steve Coll: bin Laden compound was built on Pakistani military land http://cot.ag/jfycou

Wikileaks

New Media Lab director

Video: "Steve Kurtz: Cultural Resistance"

A Civic Media Session about models and techniques for public interventions and soft subversions aimed at undermining authoritarian tendencies in a time of neo-liberal domination.

Known for his work in Electronic Civil Disobedience and BioArt, Steve Kurtz is a founding member of the Critical Art Ensemble, a collective of five tactical media practitioners of various specializations including computer graphics and web design, film/video, photography, text art, book art, and performance.

Formed in 1987, Critical Art Ensemble’s focus has been on the exploration of the intersections between art, critical theory, technology, and political activism.

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This Week in Civic Media: Luciano Calestini (today) room-change, Database journalism

UNICEF Kosovo Innovation Lab

  • Room change! E14-525. Today at MIT, 3pm, RSVP req. "An afternoon with Luciano Calestini, Deputy Head of Office, UNICEF Kosovo Innovation Lab" http://cot.ag/hRWR8R

Future of Journalism

  • It's a question that's nagged at us too, @EricNewton1: what are the new economics of investigative journalism? http://bit.ly/iipIWF
  • Want to win a Pulitzer through database journalism? Be ready for Medicare billing data should senators pass this law http://bit.ly/enbbOa
  • RT @kdmc: FCC, Knight launch apps for communities contest to bring public data to digitally underserved: http://bit.ly/fxUnqa

Fracking/Natural gas extraction

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