A quiet week in the aggregate for civic media news, but a few major stories popped up. Social media played a remarkably effective role during greater Boston's boil-water order http://cot.ag/ap35Zu. Here at MIT, the MIT News Office won a well-deserved People's Voice Webby. And in a case with wide-ranging implications, in an obscenity-filled opinion the U.S. Supreme Court upheld freedom of speech http://onion.com/bpiX3U.
Most importantly, though, our congratulations to the Center's outreach coordinator Christina Xu on helping run a crazy-successful ROFLCon, including the fact that the local Toscanini's, in honor of the conference, made an ice cream flavor named The Internet:
For those of us who miss Henry Jenkins' familiar figure around the MIT campus, last night's Farewell at the MIT Communications Forum was a delight. For those of you who missed it you'll just have to wait until the audio and video appear on the Communications Forum website. It's worth seeing.
The audience reception was the closest thing I've seen to a standing ovation at an MIT talk. Most MIT audiences can't stand up since they have laptops on their laps. Happy trails, Henry!
NeighborMedia Presents: From the Net to Your Neighborhood Panel Discussion
Whether you want to raise awareness about an important local issue or gather people for a community event, you can make use of web tools that are inexpensive and often easy to use, to organize those in your community. We’ll cover strategic uses of blogging, web video, social networking, web sites, and more. Come learn how six Cambridge individuals have used these tools for positive change in their communities and organizations, and how you can too!
I'm getting ready for day five of a two-week workshop for high schoolers at Beaver Country Day School in a suburb of Boston. The subject is my project, Grassroots Mapping, which helps teach people -- often young people -- around the world how to be activist cartographers and how to make their own maps. There's a twist, however: Instead of just marking a Google Map, or walking around with a GPS tracker, we construct simple capsules to hold a cheap digital camera, and send the whole package up on a helium balloon or a kite.