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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Lunch Jon Rubin on Conflict Kitchen rahulb s blog Facilitative Leadership Civic Media Submitted by rahulb on February 24 2014 12 32pm Last week I had the pleasure of attending a Facilitative Leadership training offered by the Interaction Institute for Social Change IISC I took away a fantastic set of insights and processes to use in the various workshops and trainings I do in addition to better coaching listening facilitation and leadership skills The two day training hosted a group of about 15 people at the IISC office in Boston The goals were to build our ability to engage the colleagues and communities we work with as partners in creating the change we all want to make I wanted to share some of my thoughts about the training and its connection to our work here If this stuff sounds relevant you should attend their training because it was great Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Facilitative Leadership Civic Media rahulb s blog Quantity Quality of Our Parks in Somerville Cambridge Submitted by rahulb on February 17 2014 1 26pm The following is a guest post by Namasha Shelling who works as a Project Coordinator at the Harvard School of Public Health Namasha and I have collaborated to build on The Public Land Trust s TPL metrics around parks and communities TPL published their methodology and results openly and this post is built on that valuable contribution they have made Park Quality Why we should care not only about the quantity of parks but QUALITY of parks in our neighborhoods According to the Trust for Public Land TPL a non profit that works on land conservation in the US parks are known to reduce crime revitalize local economies increase physical activity and in turn bring communities together

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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    tools in addition to making them more aware consumers of this new visual grammar So how do you do this What kind of fun activities can we do with people help them work with and present information Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Activities for Building Visual Literacy rahulb s blog Going to Data Camp Submitted by rahulb on July 11 2013 11 23am I recently attended the 2013 Info Activism Camp as a facilitator on the Curation track The Tactical Technology Collaborative organized the event for over 100 information activists from around the world Everyone was there to learn about Evidence Influence Yes it was awesome I ve mostly been working on Data Therapy in isolation because I haven t been able to find others working on capacity building for creative data presentation with community organizations That all changed at an isolated camp in Northern Italy a few weeks ago I connected with a network of technologists activists and rabble rousers that were thinking deeply about this topic Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Going to Data Camp rahulb s blog Helping a Community Find Stories in Their Data Submitted by rahulb on March 20 2013 2 34pm My Data Mural work has led me into a new area actually helping community groups find the stories they want to tell in their raw data Until now all my data therapy work has focused on how to present the data driven stories more creatively This post shares some of the techniques I m trying out Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Helping a Community Find Stories in Their Data rahulb s blog Food Rescue Designing a Tech Solution for Somerville Submitted by rahulb on March 14 2013 11

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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    on Civic Indexes Submitted by rahulb on January 23 2013 3 22pm Parks are awesome but does your city have enough of them The Trust for Public Land s ParkScore tm tries to asses this with a simple score out of 100 I m seeing this kind of civic index more and more often The biggest example I see if WalkScore which has become omnipresent on real estate websites much to my pleasure Both are civic indexes that serve as proxies for complicated algorithms but while TPL is definitely talking to planners WalkScore is talking directly to regular folks Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Some Thoughts on Civic Indexes rahulb s blog Dancing in the Public Square Street Music as Activism Civic Media Lunch Livenotes Submitted by rahulb on October 18 2012 3 35pm We were lucky to host two organizers of the HONK Festival ofActivist Street Bands John Bell and Reebee Garofolo These collaborative livenotes were authored by myself Denise Cheng Nathan Matias Matt Stempeck and a few others I think Rahul introduced HONK fest which is an annual gathering of activist street bands that descends on Somerville MA It began seven years ago Today s speakers will explore what it means to take back the public space One of the things about parading is that it s breaking a lot of rules you re not allowed to walk down the streets make so much noise in normal circumstances and it s fun Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Dancing in the Public Square Street Music as Activism Civic Media Lunch Livenotes rahulb s blog First Data Mural Pilot Submitted by rahulb on August 13 2012 10 33pm As you might have seen in my short talk earlier this year

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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    America Teachers can post projects they d like to do in their classrooms but that they don t have funding for People around the world can contribute to fund their projects A few examples Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Awesome Summit 2012 The Age of Peak Guilt rahulb s blog Awesome Summit 2012 Giving More Than Money Submitted by rahulb on July 23 2012 3 07pm Live notes from the Giving More Than Money session at the Awesome Summit by Rahul Bhargava Ethan Zuckerman and Willow Brugh Matt Stempeck mstem comes to the Center for Civic Media from the Washington activism world The organizations he worked with always lacked money When it became time to run a campaign organizations always wanted to figure out what to ask for and the obvious question is to ask for money But people don t like to be asked for money Now more people do their jobs over the Internet can we structure organizations so we can benefit from people s skills not just from their ability to write checks Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Awesome Summit 2012 Giving More Than Money rahulb s blog Awesome Summit 2012 Decentralized Organizations and Open Brands Submitted by rahulb on July 23 2012 1 45pm Live notes from the Decentralized Organizations and Open Brands session at the Awesome Summit by Rahul Bhargava Ethan Zuckerman Matt Stempeck and Willow Brugh Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Awesome Summit 2012 Decentralized Organizations and Open Brands rahulb s blog Awesome Summit 2012 Lightning Talks Submitted by rahulb on July 23 2012 12 14pm Live notes from the Lightning Talks session at the Awesome Summit by Rahul Bhargava Ethan Zuckerman Matt Stempeck and Willow Brugh Christina introduces

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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    of whom contributes 100 per month The group gives out a 1000 monthly grant with no strings attached Some examples of recent grants include Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Awesome Summit 2012 Intro Session rahulb s blog We re Hiring Civic Technology Programmer needed Submitted by rahulb on June 28 2012 5 07pm We ve got an open seat here at the Center for Civic Media we re trying to hire a Civic Technology Programmer Are you or do you know a hacker excited about the civic engagement space Let us know We are looking for someone to help us bring our research projects to a wider audience The job will be a mix of product work and research juggling projects working with brilliant people inside and outside the Media Lab and have the chance to work on new civic technology that can have a real impact The position is for here at the Lab hopefully full time The tech needs start with Drupal and Ruby on Rails but will include lots of other things too We re a small team looking for someone that is a good fit Pass along this post or contact rahulb mit edu for more info You have to apply officially through the link below Link Civic Technology Programmer job post Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about We re Hiring Civic Technology Programmer needed rahulb s blog Data Therapy for Data Driven Journalism Submitted by rahulb on June 1 2012 5 05pm Earlier this week we hosted a Hacks Hackers meetup where I offered some Data Therapy to attendees It was a great chance for me to target my efforts to encourage more creative data presentation at a particular audience journalists and data scientists We had a engaging workshop with about 100 people in attendance lots of insightful questions and conversations about how to tell stories better with data image by AlohaKarina Data Therapy is my ongoing effort to bridge the gap between data presentation tools and folks that aren t data geeks As more and more tools lower the barrier to entry for creating data presentation we need to help burgeoning data scientists learn how to pick the appropriate techniques for presenting their data to their audience based on the data and their goals Link Data Therapy blog Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Data Therapy for Data Driven Journalism rahulb s blog Realtime Community Signage Source Code Submitted by rahulb on August 29 2011 2 34pm One of the underlying themes of a few projects here at the Center for Civic Media is the idea that we can increase awareness and engagement in local communities by bringing already centralized public information to people when and where they need it As part of this goal we ve created a relatively cheap digital electronic signage platform primarily to showcase realtime transit and community calendar information I want to share some of the

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  • rahulb | MIT Center for Civic Media
    museum settings As a Research Scientist at the MIT Center for Civic Media Rahul leads technical development on projects ranging from interfaces for quantitative news analysis to platforms for crowd sourced sensing He has a special interest in how new technologies are introduced to people in settings focused on learning Rahul is a drummer and father based in Somerville MA Data Therapy Connection Lab Recent blog posts by rahulb Digital Signage on the Cheap in Union Sq Submitted by rahulb on June 23 2011 3 21pm We are excited to be pilot testing a neighborhood installation of our Lost In Boston Realtime digital signage system with partners locally in Union Square Somerville Our main goal with these signs is to increase awareness of and engagement in community services by showcasing transit data and a community calendar on scrolling led signs located in local businesses We ve worked with our wonderful community partners to install three signs in local Union Square businesses and have designed an assessment plan for the summer to measure their impact Opportunity Link Lost In Boston Union Sq Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Digital Signage on the Cheap in Union Sq rahulb

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  • education | MIT Center for Civic Media
    watch the short intro videos on each homepage and check out the activity guides Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Introducing DataBasic io rahulb s blog Liveblog of Research in the Mo ve ment Civic Media Political Unrest and the Role of the University Submitted by mayawagon on June 11 2015 8 18am Moderator Susan Owusu Director of Wheelock College s Communications and Media Literacy program Panelists Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Liveblog of Research in the Mo ve ment Civic Media Political Unrest and the Role of the University mayawagon s blog Making Together with Jeff Sturges Submitted by elplatt on January 29 2015 2 11pm Live notes taken at Jeff Sturges s Director s Fellow workshop on January 22 2015 Jeff Sturges ML Director s fellow and Founder Mount Elliott Makerspace jeffsturges Jeff has many years making and participating and makerspaces He s had both successes and failures he d like to share with us He sees makerspaces as a big category that includes things like fab labs grant funded community spaces member run hackerspaces and commercial hierarchical groups like TechShop When Jeff first started he tried to do it alone to keep things cheap He blames his gray hairs on this and suggests working with others He admires the model used by Maker Works in Ann Arbor MI He wishes he d gone to something like the makerspace bootcamp they offer before he had started Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Making Together with Jeff Sturges elplatt s blog Creating Learning Guides for Community Makers Submitted by erhardt on October 26 2014 11 38am On Saturday October 26 2014 Nathan Matias and I co facilitated a session at Mozilla Festival on creating Learning Guides for Community Makers along with Gabriela Rodriguez Janet Gunter JanetGunter Linda Sandvik Vanessa Gennarelli The main goal of the session was to help participants create a learning guides for other community focused makers based on initiatives projects and workshops they have already organized hosting them here youthcivictech mit edu We are also interested in connecting practitioners together who are working at the intersection of code data literacy civic technology and youth development The effort was inspired in part by MIT Media Lab alumni projects like Young Activists Network Leo Burd and ScratchEd Karen Brennan We kicked off the session by discussing What do we mean by civic and community focused making This proved an engaging topic especially as we dug into my own definition and goals I offered the idea that there are changes we would like to see in the world and we would like more people to be in the business of making change so its important to support the growth of an inclusive Civic Tech movement We debated whether a sense of membership in some kind of civic tech movement was a necessary part of community focused making We agreed that community focus was both about working

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/topics/education (2016-04-29)
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  • Intro to Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    formal discourse i e Modernism is a label for a transition that has been kidnapped by an external non art related factor Art today as a ubiquitous global product conforms more to a global market kidnapper than to art itself This is not to say that art needs to be autonomous but the expectations of it in social impact and cultural influence should be assessed based on the above mentioned reality Comparisons could be drawn with contemporary revolutions that were kidnapped and or derailed by forces that are more sustainable than careful and slow liberation The Egyptian revolution was kidnapped first by the Muslim brotherhood and then by the military The Syrian war is still oscillating between resisting a dictatorship and a fear of what might replace it given derailed temporary victories around it Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about So What is Speculative Civic Media Raafat Majzoub s blog How to Identify Gender in Datasets at Large Scales Ethically and Responsibly Submitted by natematias on October 22 2014 8 40pm A practical guide to methods and ethics of gender identification For the past three years I ve been using methods to identify gender in large datasets to support research design and data journalism supported by the Knight Foundation with an amazing group of collaborators In my Master s thesis used these techniques to support inclusion of women in citizen journalism the news and collective aciton online Last February I was invited to give a talk about my work at the MIT Symposium on Gender and Technology hosted by the MIT Program in Women s and Gender Studies I have finally written the first part of the talk a practical guide to methods and ethics of gender identification approaches Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about How to Identify Gender in Datasets at Large Scales Ethically and Responsibly natematias s blog Sight Unseen Uncovering Carcinogens in Cosmetics Submitted by sjHuber on December 22 2013 5 46am People go about their daily routine unaware of the risks they may encounter by using their personal care products the very products meant to keep them looking and feeling healthy This is an issue that only recently came to my attention and through conversation I quickly realized that many others knew little to nothing about it as well My inquiries led me to the topic for my Introduction to Civic Media final project Sight Unseen Uncovering Carcinogens in Cosmetics After some initial research I interviewed a few classmates about the topic to gauge their level of awareness See if you can answer the questions I asked 1 What personal care products do you use daily 2 What ingredients are in the personal care products you use daily 3 What do you want to know about the personal care products you use daily Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Sight Unseen Uncovering Carcinogens in Cosmetics sjHuber s blog The newsworthiness of women and violence

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