Last Friday, April 26, 2013, I attended the Philosophy and Civic Engagement symposium at Tufts University. Three speakers looked at different philosophical aspects of civic engagement: Anthony Laden of the University of Illinois at Chicago discussed the importance of reasoning as a social, interactive practice in democratic citizenship, Meira Levinson of Harvard Graduate School of Education investigated the pros and cons of redefining civic action beyond public activities, and Peter Levine of Tufts University and CIRCLE discussed the philosophical aspects of his forthcoming book: We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For. Below are my notes from their talks.
Submitted by Shidash on September 12, 2012 - 3:06am
My name is M. C. McGrath. I am a student at Boston University who is taking the Intro to Civic Media class this fall. I have been around the Media Lab a bit for the past three years as a research intern in Affective Computing but lately I have gotten quite interested in the work of the Civic Media group. These past two years I have gotten involved in the freeinformation and Occupy movements. I am one of the founders of a nonprofit called Civic Counsel that creates technology to promote civic engagement, makes tools for activists, and teaches people how to use the tools we create and others.