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Media Lab Conversations Series: Challenges in the Fight Against Ebola

Liveblog by Alexis, Jude, Ed, Lilia, Alexis, Yu, & Heather

Event description: “Partners in Health and its collaborators on the ground in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea have been playing a critical role in the fight against Ebola. To date, Ebola has killed more than 5,000 people, and continues to wreak havoc in the region. What are the facts from the ground? What technological tools are lacking that could be used to limit the current outbreak?


FOLD: Part-Time Job Opportunity for JavaScript Developer

Our team at the Center for Civic Media is developing innovative new tools to re-think how people publish and consume news. FOLD is a reading, authoring, and publishing platform allowing storytellers to structure and contextualize complex stories. You can read a little bit more about us on Fast Company, Nieman Lab, and Boston Magazine.

We are looking for a Boston-area contract developer who wants to play an active role in realizing the vision for the tool and getting it ready to deploy by early March. The tool is already underway, but this will be a short development cycle and we need someone passionate, energetic, and disciplined.

Monitorial Citizenship: Projects and Tools

Post by Chelsea Barabas, Rahul Bhargava, Heather Craig, Alexis Hope, & Jude Mwenda

Here at Civic, we have been thinking about ways to promote civic engagement in the periods between elections through monitorial democracy. We’ve noticed that in many places around the world, we have achieved open, fair, and “bad” elections. In democracies, we usually describe elections as one of our primary mechanisms for holding elected officials accountable. If your mayor promises to improve roads and fails, you can elect someone new the next cycle.

Putting Users First

Livebloggers: Rahul Bhargava, Heather Craig, Alexis Hope

Putting Users First

The civic sector has struggled to adjust to the digital age. How do we better prioritize the user in civics and journalism over our own assumptions?

What cultural, fiscal, and technological changes do we need to make to build organizations equipped to best serve users in the digital age? How can legacy organizations shift from doing “the lord’s work” to focusing on the users' needs?


Live Notes

Ethan introduces this session as both a conversation and a “design exercise.” He notes that a major question that may have popped up in our minds during the previous sessions is “Who are the users? How do we build tools that they will want to use?” and this session will help us think about those question.

AS220: Creating a just and uncensored forum for the arts

“Show up, and do the hard things first,” Bert Crenca, founder and artistic director of AS220, advised after spending a few hours showing us the fruits of his organization’s 30 year effort to create an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. AS220 strives to create a world where all people can realize their full creative potential, and the organization’s history and practice reflects this vision.