Lunch: Basta! Mapping and Storytelling The World's Fastest Growing Occupation | MIT Center for Civic Media

Thursday, October 27, 2011 -
12:00pm to 1:30pm

MIT Media Lab, E15-344

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Artist/writer Marisa Jahn and journalist Julian Rubinstein will present "Basta!: Mapping the World's Fastest Growing Occupation," a project covers the global Occupy Wall Street movement. Basta! is launched by and People’s Production House in partnership with Matthew Hockenberry from Sourcemap Foundation and Mozilla Fellow Connor Dickie.

Described by the Nieman Lab as a “project of a collective of award-winning journalists and journalism thinkers,” is a global news and documentary storytelling initiative that broadcasts independent voices, produces original content, and promotes digital media literacy. Newsmotion is launched in partnership with People’s Production House, a non-profit media arts and journalism institute that teaches students, immigrants, and working families how to produce news critical to a vibrant democracy. Jahn will also present “New Day New Standard,” a project by PPH with support from MIT’s Center for Future Civic Media that utilizes VoIP Drupal to help get the word out about the landmark Domestic Workers' Bill of Rights, a law passed in November 2011. When someone calls the hotline number, they hear what sounds like a radio talk show whose 'host' is Christine Lewis, a real nanny in New York whose charisma as a social justice organizer landed her a guest spot on The Colbert Report in January 2011.

About Today's Guests

A graduate of MIT and former artist in residence in MIT’s Tangible Media Group, Marisa Jahn is a New York-based artist, writer, and community organizer. She most recently edited ‘Byproduct’, an interdisciplinary book about artists embedded in science, industry, and the government; Jahn herself is currently embedded at Street Vendor Project, a group that advocates for the social and economic justice of street vendors. In 2009, Jahn co-founded REV-, a non-profit organization dedicated to socially-engaged art, design and pedagogy. Her work has been exhibited/presented at venues such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, ISEA, ICA Philadelphia, The New Museum, The Power Plant Toronto, Yerba Buena Center for the Art, and has been covered in media such as The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Punk Planet, Make Magazine, Discovery Channel, and more. Jahn is currently the Executive and Creative Director of People's Production House; Jahn is also the Creative Director of

Julian Rubinstein is an award-winning journalist, author, producer and adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and senior producer of His work has appeared in national magazines such as The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Details, and Salon; his non-fiction book, ‘Ballad of the Whiskey Robber’ (Little, Brown), a story of the Transylvanian zamboni driver/animal pelt smuggler/bank robber and modern folk hero Attila Ambrus, was a winner or finalist of four national awards, and a New York Times “Editors Choice” and a #1 national bestseller in Hungary. Johnny Depp and Warner Bros. purchased the film rights. He has received grants from the Lannan Foundation and the Center for Investigative Journalism, spent too much time in Hungarian prisons, been arrested in Lebanon for filming in a restricted area, and thrown out of a gallery by John McEnroe while reporting a profile of the tennis star.

The Civic Media Thursday lunch series welcomes those working in the civic media field, who share food and company with staff, researchers, and visitors at the Center's headquarters in the MIT Media Lab.