Open Space and Place | MIT Center for Civic Media

Monday, June 24, 2013 - 3:00pm

First half:
Civic spaces are where communication occurs, where things are shared, where a community gathers. Civic spaces can never be truly neutral territory - online or offline. With so many privately owned public spaces, we consider the shifting nature of civic space and the risks of both being visible and invisible.

  • Kate Crawford (curator)
  • Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Microsoft Research
  • Mike Ananny, Annenberg School, USC
  • Sarah Williams, MIT
  • Kati London, Microsoft Research
  • John Keefe, WNYC

Second half:
This discussion explores the building and use of spaces--public vs. private, real vs. virtual--for engaging in public discourse. In part II, attendees will break into smaller discussion groups to explore a variety of concepts within Space and Place. Discussion groups may fall under any of the following broad themes:


  • Activating public space in (a city like) Boston - Kate Balug, facilitator
  • How newspapers like the Boston Globe can create space and place in a networked world - Chris Marstall and Adrienne Debigare, facilitators

Maker/Hacker/Innovator Spaces

  • Building maker/hacker spaces - Ed Platt, facilitator
  • Virtual innovation spaces - Willow Brugh, facilitator

Data Spaces for Social Good

  • Designing with Civic Data - Sarah Williams, facilitator
  • Cyberscapes of Information: Building a Digital Sixth Sense with User-generated Geocoded Data - Taylor Shelton, facilitator


  • DIY maps - Frank Hebbert, facilitator
  • Filling in the Gap - Citizen Data Collection - Alyssa Wright, facilitator

Creating Spaces during Crises

  • Communications in Crisis Situations - Georgia Bullen, facilitator

We'll also have room for two or three breakout sessions to form on the spot.