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  • Marketplace storytelling | MIT Center for Civic Media
    can use to submit a transcribed story of origin The form fields determine what information is logged as well as communicating to visitors the character of the site the intentions of the people who created it In this stage I m still revising the form as I read new submissions get feedback on the site and adjust my ideas about what we can learn from these texts Right now the form includes required fields for basic information Product name Story of origin Where did you see it dropdown list options for product types and for narrative voice 1st person 3rd person and optional questions about the manufacturer and distributor under the heading Fine print When a submission by a non registered user is complete it appears in the WordPress admin interface as a draft the site admin gets email notification The admin me for now may add more information before posting or reject the submission if it falls too far outside the scope of the project So far there are 22 stories posted on the site Three of them are written as letters Most of the products are food or beverages two are hygiene products one is a notebook Characters include buddies grandfathers one grandmother Mimi three Dr s all male one doctor s wife and any number of families The site doesn t yet have support for languages other than English although there is no restriction on submitting info in other languages This needs to be addressed one way or another Another challenge for the future will be creating frameworks for collecting and displaying additional research and other uses of the stories such as parodies edited versions illustrations etc Sasha asked me last week where the potential for change is in this project while this isn t a project with clear cut policy change as its immediate goal I think the potential for change is in this opportunity to use this collected data as a basis for teaching for research and for cultural production which can in turn inform policy My goal is that this project can play a part in the kind of attitude change described by James Carey in last week s reading an effect on ordinary ideas coordinates of thought natural attitude practical consciousness or less grandly common sense Part of pursuing this goal will be to tie this site into a network of projects in the sphere of consumerism market studies information literacy and language and literature such as Sourcemap Media Cloud and Stanford Lit Lab Feedback is welcome comment on the site or email me rosselli at mit The written study is in an earlier phase than the website I plan to use Dr Bronner s soap as one of the case studies and may use Nantucket Nectar in order to explore the disjunction between the company s current ownership Dr Pepper Snapple Group and the story of origin that appears on their labels One cold winter night they began mixing juice in a

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/callahn/marketplace-storytelling (2016-04-29)
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  • Resources for Civic Mapping: Toolkits and How-Tos | MIT Center for Civic Media
    collaboration with arts and digital media centers Mapping materials including a mapping icon set are available for purchase or download This Cultivating Communities blogpost about artists who used modified the toolkit is helpful External link to resource http www map it be Location Genk Belgium 50 9667 N 5 5000 E Name of organization company individual MAP it is the result of a collaborative project between research group Social Spaces Media Arts Design Faculty Cultural Studies University of Leuven Z33 house for contemporary art the Expertise Center for Digital Media UHasselt and BAM The project was made possible by IvOK funding Category toolkit Tags university research arts media community organizing Title Noise Mapping Toolkit Description Toolkit developed to collect and map noise data Developed by UK org Mapping for Change but can be applied elsewhere Includes introduction to noise measurement list of materials and suggested sources instructions for using noise meters as well as instructions for collecting noise data without them and a brief guide to analyzing and presenting data External link http www mappingforchange org uk wordpress wp content uploads 2009 03 Location London UK 51 5171 N 0 1062 W Name of Organization Mapping for Change partnership of London 21 Sustainability Network and University College London Category downloadable pdf manual Tags advocacy community organizing research noise Resources related to youth mapping Title Mapped A Youth Community Mapping Toolkit for Vancouver Description A resource manual for organizations who wish to engage youth in community planning and to introduce them to the planning profession The PDF document includes guides for organizing workshops and for helping youth create guide books case studies and lessons learned resources External link to resource http practicalradical files wordpress com 2010 07 mapped a youth commu Location Lat Long Vancouver BC 49 2505 N 123 1119 W Name of organization company individual The International Centre for Sustainable Cities Category downloadable pdf manual Tags university research education community organizing youth Title UN Habitat Mapping Community Guide A Youth Community Mapping Toolkit for East Africa Description 42 page guidebook explaining advocating for and suggesting resources methods and materials for participatory mapping especially community asset mapping by youth groups in East Africa Guidebook is directed at adults leading workshops with youth Content shifts between specific instructions for leading workshops or gathering data to more general information about mapping Methods discussed include table top mapping technological mapping ie using GPS and photovisioning ie relating photos of a place to map data Section 4 includes examples of completed mapping projects Section 5 is about how maps can be shared and used to advocate for policy change External link to resource http www scribd com doc 83153293 Community Mapping Guide A Youth Commu Location Lat Long Nairobi Kenya 1 00 N and 38 00 E Name of organization company individual UN Habitat United Nations Human Settlements Programme Category software downloadable online toolkit downloadable pdf manual with Scribd account Tags research education community organizing policy advocacy Title uMAP Description Website developed by University

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/callahn/resources-for-civic-mapping-toolkits-and-how-tos (2016-04-29)
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  • Modular theory of change | MIT Center for Civic Media
    which policies or the absence of which policies that exist elsewhere contributed to the emergence of persuasive storytelling on American product labels will the work of my final project analyzing and interpreting stories of origin reveal policies that could be updated or reversed in the name of honest exchange between companies and consumers More generally how does a researcher identify relationships between policy and cultural production Because this project was born of an interest in how storytelling and myth making serve society I am especially interested in mapping relationships between historical traditional examples of origin stories and those we find attached to products in the post industrial capitalist marketplace In this long view policy change is a part of larger network of transformations set in motion by multiple collective and or unknowing agents When I tried to model this kind of long term change calling it cultural transformation I ended up with an arrow strewn diagram in which every factor pointed to and from every other factor For the sake of improving my modeling skills and to try to make room for the factors I am missing I made a modular diagram in which factors can be moved around and

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/callahn/modular-theory-of-change (2016-04-29)
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  • Studying marketplace stories of origin | MIT Center for Civic Media
    study that will inform a project I am currently working on a web based framework for collecting and analyzing stories of origin printed on product packages ex Born in 1908 to a Jewish family that had been making soap since 1858 Emanuel Bronner was the third generation certified as a master soapmaker under the guild system of the time The primary goal of the collection is bring together a wide variety of these narratives in a space outside the marketplace to appoint them with a genre and a public repository in order to provide a basis for research on conditions of professional text production overlapping meanings and uses for storytelling advertising and publishing and relationships between marketplace stories of origin and other accounts of a company s history among other topics For Intro to Civic Media I will use two stories of origin as case studies and research and compare their production circulation and reception This will also be an opportunity to review existing literature and to start thinking about metrics that could be used to gauge the accuracy of these narratives The end product will be a written paper Intro to Civic Media Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/callahn/studying-marketplace-stories-of-origin (2016-04-29)
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  • Callahn | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Art Culture and Technology a studio based art program at MIT descended from the Center for Advanced Visual Studies I m taking Introduction to Civic Media to follow my interests in publishing history and relationships between medium and content and because in my life s work I want to help cultivate a lively diverse ethical media culture I had many good experiences with Center for Civic Media and Comparative Media Studies public programs last year and taking this class seemed like a way to get closer Of the ten principles of civic media we came up with in class last week I keep coming back to 6 Civic media educates and empowers users to be creators as well as consumers because I think taking up these two roles simultaneously creator and consumer is the key to our meaning of civic as in civic duty or civic pride The statement is open ended about what we are creators and consumers of civic media might help us become creator consumers of govt policy of the built environment of maps of food of electronics or of media itself Google Plus One Tweet Widget Facebook Like Read more about Creator consumers relationships between people

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/users/callahn?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Critical and Iterative aspects of Civic Media | MIT Center for Civic Media
    Info Eco http eco media mit edu group I m looking forward to participating in the class in some way particularly in the civic maps session maps are at the central part of my thesis OpenIR http openir media mit edu and my Brooklyn design studio http dukode com I will conduct OpenIR user studies in Indonesia in January and I m hoping this class will give me a broad understanding of Civic Media in preparation for the study As our class devised Ten Key Principles of Civic Media civic media is self critical and iterative received the least number of votes but the exercise of forming the tenets was both self critical and iterative It s interesting to examine civic media Intro to Civic Media and the Center for Civic Media in the context of the Media Lab for few ML classes if any spend the first session focused on defining its own subject and syllabus This is a wonderful participatory exercise lacking in most ML classes which tend to be quite top down but it s also chaotic inefficient and effort intensive The use of Charlie s 10 Points Tool shows how technology and new media have played a key role in mediating this tension between participatory and messy In that respect even though the Center for Civic Media occupies are strange position on the edge of the Media Lab it makes complete sense as a part of the lab and contributes to its balance This is a tension that I struggle with when engaging with all kinds of media particularly civic media I have a hard time participating in most media especially social media platforms yet I m interested in making tools that allow more folks to participate and particularly interact with their institutions With all that

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/arlduc/critical-and-iterative-aspects-of-civic-media (2016-04-29)
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  • arlduc's blog | MIT Center for Civic Media
    group I m looking forward to participating in the class in some way particularly in the civic maps session maps are at the central part of my thesis OpenIR http openir media mit edu and my Brooklyn design studio http dukode com I will conduct OpenIR user studies in Indonesia in January and I m hoping this class will give me a broad understanding of Civic Media in preparation for

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/arlduc (2016-04-29)
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  • Developing Aago | MIT Center for Civic Media
    accessible medium for civic engagement website twitter Developing Aago Submitted by audubon on September 30 2011 12 28pm Here s a quick summary of our progress on Aago a mobile app for youth media creation and sharing We are excited to start the fall term with new team members and engaged community partners mobile youth media local communities media mobile devices video youth http www youtube com watch v mrPxHR23wLU

    Original URL path: https://civic.mit.edu/blog/audubon/developing-aago (2016-04-29)
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