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  • Aditi Mehta | MIT Center for Civic Media
    space in an immigrant enclave I not only interviewed various community members and stakeholders but also consulted several forms of media that discussed the Chinatown Library This material took the form of newspaper articles from well known sources local television coverage radio archives community group newsletters posters Chinatown newspapers and pamphlets as well as Chinatown and other Boston resident blog posts While I was tracking the history of the branch library and the grassroots movement to regain one in Chinatown I did not really pay attention to the history and evolution of civic media in Chinatown Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Civic Media in Chinatown Then and Now Aditi Mehta s blog Reflection A Model of Digital Inclusion Submitted by Aditi Mehta on September 17 2012 11 10pm Last class we formed small groups to create a model of digital inclusion My group tried to create a tool that would help us assess if and to what extent a community was digitally inclusive The hope was that by creating such a tool the components of a model to digital inclusion would naturally emerge Ultimately the tool would help us evaluate if residents of that place had access to Internet hardware and software educational resources as well as digital ways to engage with the local government and learn about civic happenings i e iphone apps Internet sites etc We did not complete the tool but tried to create an index or ranking system that would measure indicators or levels of digital inclusion For example the tool should measure the following Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Reflection A Model of Digital Inclusion Aditi Mehta s blog Civic Media and Urban Planning Submitted by Aditi Mehta on September 11 2012 12 52pm My

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/aditi-mehta?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Blogging the Mormon Story, One Mormon at a Time | MIT Center for Civic Media
    commencement address titled Sharing the Gospel Using the Internet at Brigham Young University Hawaii He said There are conversations going on about the Church constantly Those conversations will continue whether or not we choose to participate in them But we cannot stand on the sidelines while others including our critics attempt to define what the Church teaches Now may I ask that you join the conversation by participating on the Internet to share the gospel and to explain in simple and clear terms the message of the Restoration You speak as one member but you testify of the truths you have come to know Talk honestly and sincerely about the impact the gospel has had in your life about how it has helped you overcome weaknesses or challenges and helped define your values The audiences for these and other new media tools may often be small but the cumulative effect of thousands of such stories can be great Elder Ballard serves as one of twelve apostles a group of men at the top of LDS church hierarchy His words inspired the Cambridge stake of the LDS Church to take its faith to the Internet In January of 2011 after much research and conversation the Boston Digital Mission launched three blogs On Mormon Perspectives posts offer first person perspectives on current events On Real Life Answers posts follow a question and answer format and most quote scripture On Next Door Mormon bloggers write short stories on faith in their everyday lives The Mission recently launched a fourth blog Young and Mormon on which young people learn to talk about their faith through blogging Harrison is the editor of mormonperspectives com and before that she was a blogger for the site Church leaders asked her to participate early on I was like I don t want to write for this if I have to write these cheesy little posts that I don t believe in And from the very beginning they were always like Yes we want your perspective We want to hear what you have to say When Harrison published a post about her conflicted feelings on homosexuality in 2012 commenters were offended by her reference to gay mannerisms and called her out on the stereotype That was good for me to hear she said It was a growing experience for me Her raw messy honesty impressed the one person who was perhaps her primary audience a gay man she d befriended in graduate school He contacted me and just said I really like that post and I like your writing The four blogs of the Boston Digital Mission are different from the rest of the Bloggernacle in that they fall under the leadership of the Cambridge Stake of the LDS Church As far as the Mission leaders know their Stake s project is unique in a church that boasts 14 million members globally Each of the site editors were called to their volunteer positions thought a process of prayer and

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexa-mills/blogging-the-mormon-story-one-mormon-at-a-time (2016-04-29)
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  • Alexa Mills's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Harrison of Cambridge Mass published a post titled Media Attention Misses the Heart of Mormonism in February of 2012 You don t have to agree with us about what we believe You don t have to think we are Christian You can find our practices odd or strange or have issues about our history Please though understand how precious the LDS Church is to the heart of a believer Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Blogging the Mormon Story One Mormon at a Time CoLab Project Spotlight Recycling Cooperatives in South and Central America Submitted by Alexa Mills on March 25 2011 2 22pm The MIT Community Innovators Lab CoLab is a center for planning and development within MIT s Department of Urban Studies and Planning CoLab works with low income communities in putting their assets to work to help improve livelihoods and strengthen civic life and use the market as an arena for achieving social justice This blog will periodically feature CoLab project spotlights in an effort to increase idea exchange and collaboration on these projects CoLab s Libby McDonald and MIT students work with local recycling experts on Corn Island in Nicaragua to do

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexa-mills (2016-04-29)
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  • CoLab Project Spotlight: Recycling Cooperatives in South and Central America | MIT Center for Civic Media
    for achieving social justice This blog will periodically feature CoLab project spotlights in an effort to increase idea exchange and collaboration on these projects CoLab s Libby McDonald and MIT students work with local recycling experts on Corn Island in Nicaragua to do a waste sort as part of data collection for determining how to reform Corn Island s trash collection route I went to a meeting of business owners and government officials in Sao Paulo says CoLab s Libby McDonald and the businesses were saying We can t really figure out how to work with the wastepicking cooperatives How do we ensure that they do regular pick ups How do we know if they ll even come when they say they will And then right after I went to a meeting with the Sao Paulo Union of Catadores Wastepickers and they said How are we going to handle the additional tonnage coming from these companies Brazil recently passed a law mandating that businesses recycle a certain percentage of their waste The government strongly encouraged businesses to hire informal recycling cooperatives to get the job done McDonald coordinates the Green Grease project in Brazil and a similar project in Nicaragua with these informal recycling cooperatives Working in partnership with them she assembles teams of students from various MIT departments to research the issues in question and then brings the students to Brazil and Nicaragua to work on site developing waste management plans The key question that these projects seek to answer is How can informal cooperatives scale up and develop a business model that allows them to work directly with private sector companies and local governments McDonald identifies a few important challenges in answering that question Local governments don t always recognize informal recycling cooperatives which provide a legitimate public

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexa-mills/colab-project-spotlight-recycling-cooperatives-in-south-and-central-america (2016-04-29)
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  • "The Tanning of America": Entrepreneurship and Hip-Hop | MIT Center for Civic Media
    The Tanning of America http tanningofamerica com which is a consumer brand marketer s account of how hip hop has reached such a broad mainstream audience and is a powerful commercial and branding tool While I have by no means done the kind of exhaustive research to confirm that these two texts are definitive canonical pieces on youth engagement through hip hop I believe they will be productive to my project going forth because they embody two distinct perspectives on hip hop that I am hoping to bridge The first perspective I believe is interested in hip hop as a cultural expression that allows urban youth to speak up and engage civically in ways that are inaccessible in more mainstream public spheres The second perspective is interested in how hip hop can have capital in more mainstream public spheres and in how hip hop can work as a cultural industry I m interested in DollarBoyz because it unabashedly embraces commercial materialistic aspects of hip hop culture in a way that still seems compatible with positive youth development and civic engagement Many teachers interested in media literacy would love to see the kind of enthusiasm and engagement that the kids of DollarBoyz seem to have I posit that one key to the DollarBoyz model is its framing of entrepreneurship as a noble profession that students can learn about and excel in The model of social change that my group came up with was a web of a number of ideas related to participatory media s role in society We seemed to be most interested in the dynamic between cultural attitude change and policy change somewhat like the dynamic between Marx s base and superstructure except that the base we are referring to is the resource of cultural capital if that can

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexander-ho/the-tanning-of-america-entrepreneurship-and-hip-hop (2016-04-29)
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  • Alexander Ho's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    America Entrepreneurship and Hip Hop Dollar Boyz Hip hop Culture in Civic Media Submitted by Alexander Ho on October 3 2012 1 52pm Over the weekend while looking at various resources in digital media literacy teaching for my proposed digital media exemplar project I began to think back at my experience teaching documentary production at WHYY I remembered the disconnect that often happened between the documentary project that the students were expected to carry out and the media that our students were interested in and would spend their downtime watching Although the instructors tried to give students the initiative to choose their own topics and way of making the documentary the students still often had trouble engaging with the structured process that we laid out for them and with the sedate objective style of news reportage By contrast they were engaged and adept media consumers They followed humor vlogs like Asia Star a YouTube drag character and video sharing sites outside of YouTube and Vimeo like World Star Hip Hop http www worldstarhiphop com videos Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Dollar Boyz Hip hop Culture in Civic Media Engaging Youth with Civic Media Submitted by Alexander Ho on September 12 2012 1 00pm Hi I m Alex Ho and I m an Ed M student at the Arts in Education program in the Harvard Graduate School of Education My interest in civic media stems from assisting at an after school program at Philadelphia s public radio member station WHYY where we guided high school students to make documentaries and news stories Prior to that I had come from a film media communications background during undergrad and I initially approached my position as a media educator with a focus on the formal and technical elements of

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexander-ho (2016-04-29)
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  • Dollar Boyz: Hip-hop Culture in Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    with the sedate objective style of news reportage By contrast they were engaged and adept media consumers They followed humor vlogs like Asia Star a YouTube drag character and video sharing sites outside of YouTube and Vimeo like World Star Hip Hop http www worldstarhiphop com videos I would like to shift my final project proposal to a project on civic media in hip hop culture Although the Internet videos that my students enjoyed watching did not necessarily have an explicitly civic component to them and at times were downright harmful and age inappropriate I generally saw something valuable in my students getting to browse and find videos that resonated with their sense of aesthetics and culture and that were entertaining and silly and fun to watch I would like to write a paper tying the concepts discussed in our seminars and in our readings to my observations and research on the manifestations of hip hop culture in today s digital media landscape that serve a civic purpose and that inspire youth civic engagement One particular group that I recently found out that I believe I can use as a model for the intersection between hip hop aesthetics and youth empowerment was a group called Dollar Boyz http dollarboyz com described as a youth led movement which aims to engage Philadelphia youth of all ages though mostly male through a variety of events and a partnership with the Pennsylvania Academy Leadership Charter School They organize block parties and have been tied to recent trends of flash mobs in Philadelphia http articles philly com 2012 09 07 news 33651283 1 flash mobs social They also appear to wed elements of the music and PR business to their enterprise producing music videos and music tracks Young and Paid is a motto that

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/alexander-ho/dollar-boyz-hip-hop-culture-in-civic-media (2016-04-29)
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  • Engaging Youth with Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    making sure that the assignments and projects that we set out for our students had a relevance to their lives and allowed them to think about and use media more critically and effectively Our 10 point exercise put into stark relief the chasm between what we would like civic media to be and what it often is We decided that civic media was participatory until the argument was made that not all civic media is participatory in practice subsequently changing our core principle to aspires to be participatory We also had difficulty with civic media fights against social inequality and civic media challenges people to rethink social structures I believe the first drafts of these principles were to the effect of civic media promotes social equity and civic media alters social structures but the group decided these were overstatements Sorting through the idea of civic media versus the reality of civic media is one goal of mine for the class I agree with and was happy with the seven principles that our class came up with I felt that principles 8 and 9 were fine to kick off as I m not so sure that media can be self critical and iterative so much as people can be self critical and iterative about the media they consume and produce Principle 9 similarly seemed less about people s engagement with media than about the nature of the media itself However I would still argue for my group s contribution principle 7 which initially stated something like Civic media educates and empowers consumers to be creators I feel strongly from my experiences first as a film studies student and then as a media educator that in order for our seven principles to apply to the reality of civic media there needs to

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