Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

Recent news from the Center for Civic Media

On Chuck and Carrot Mobs: Mapping the Connections Between Participatory Culture and Public Participation

One of my proudest moments at the Futures of the Entertainment 4 conference was moderating a session on Transmedia for Social Change, which closed off the first day of the event. This panel brought together a number of people who I have encounter recently through my research on the relations between participatory culture and public participation: Stephen Duncombe - NYU, author of Dream: Re-Imagining Progressive Politics in the Age of Fantasy (The New Press); Andrew Slack - The Harry Potter Alliance; Noessa Higa - Visionaire Media; Lorraine Sammy - Co-creator Racebending; and Jedidiah Jenkins-Director of Public & Media Relations, Invisible Children.

Gov 2.0 Expo extends deadline for submissions

Just came over the wire:

We've Extended the Call for Presentations for Gov 2.0 Expo to January 6, so there's a little more time for you to submit a proposal. If you're passionate about the power of the Web and how it can be leveraged to create greater transparency, participation, and collaboration between government and citizenry, we want to hear from you.

Whether you're submitting a 50-minute session or panel discussion, 90-minute workshop or a 5-minute rapid fire presentation (as demonstrated at the Gov 2.0 Expo Showcase in September 2009), please choose the track which best fits your submission from the choices below.

C4FCM + Scratch + NSF = Computer science skills

Learning through Interactive Journalism, one of our projects led by Mitch Resnick and using his Scratch programming language, is having great success in a National Science Foundation-funded program in New Jersey.


The morning started with a set of “peer assists”, where the assembled technical expertise was applied to specific problems. Two people from the National Democratic Institute in Lebanon presented their ideas for a project to engage youth in the upcoming Lebanese municipal elections. Because voting patterns tend to closely follow sectarian lines, the group is [...]


Day 2 was spent without our Iraqi counterparts, so we had more technical discussions. Nadav pitched a delay tolerant network that was immediately called “data mule.” Jeff had a good crowd for his balloon and kite demonstrations, and for Cartagen as a vector mapping platform. I was in a conversation about how to incentivize participants [...]


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