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Boston Civic Media


9am-8pm June 9th, 2015 Cambridge, MA Microsoft NERD Center


Horace Mann Room, 1st floor 9:00am

Welcome and Introductions


Session 1: Foundations


Coffee Break


Session 2: Methods




Surprise optional lunch activity


Session 3: Institutions


Session 4: Participant-driven sessions

The Commons, 10th floor 4:00pm

Session 5: Participant-driven sessions


Panel: Research in the Mo(ve)ment: Civic Media, Political Unrest, and the Role of the University





About the

Meeting and the Consortium

Metrics & Methods seeks to connect academic research on media and civics with the practice of designing, implementing, and aiding in civic interventions. The day’s goals include developing questions to be asked of new tools as they are applied to civic processes and interventions, surveying how researchers and practitioners in the Boston area are measuring impact, and understanding how measurement can be made actionable for stakeholders. From small data to big data, and from participation to social justice, there is need to identify what comprises rigor in the implementation and evaluation of civic technology, how theory is built, and how participatory, inclusive methods can define an emerging field. The Boston Civic Media Consortium is a network of universities, government, and civic organizations interested in understanding how media is impacting social change and civic participation.

9:30 Foundations This session will feature a panel discussion from academics and practitioners in the Boston area working on questions of digital civic engagement. The intention is to explore a range of disciplinary approaches to central questions in civic tech, including motivation, trust, organizational communication, etc. What are the disciplinary differences and relationships between applied and traditional scholarly research in this field? What alternative genealogies should be considered? This session will consist of short talks and group discussion. Moderator

Eric Gordon


Christine Gaspar

Ethan Zuckerman

Doris Sommer

Peter Levine

11:15 Methods What are the benefits of quantitative versus qualitative research? Are there effective mixed-methods approaches for evaluation? What standards and level of rigor are appropriate for applied research? What are the methods used to demonstrate value? This session will feature lightning case studies from scholars who practice a broad range of research styles. Case Studies

Matthew Battles

Don Blair

Justeen Hyde

Carrie James

Kate Krontiris

Dietmar Offenhuber

Sarah Wiliams

1:30 Institutions This panel will engage in a discussion on the role of institutions– universities, governments, public and private organizations–in civic media research and practice. The panelists will explore institutional constraints and opportunities, partnerships between universities and the public/private sector, constraints on academic research for and with public partners, and barriers to collaboration between institutions and implementation of products, designs, and technologies. After the panel, we will break out into groups to explore potential solutions to the constraints of institutional partnershipsv. Moderator

Paul Mihailidis


Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg

Colin Maclay

Nadeem Mazen

Holly St. Clair

3:00 and 4:00 Participant-Driven Sessions In these sessions, you will have the opportunity to choose a topic within civic media which excites, frustrates, perplexes, or intrigues you, and to facilitate a discussion or activity around it. This format is sometimes called an “unconference.� Be creative! Choose topics that will interest others in the room, and don’t be afraid to bring up the issues no one seems to be talking about (yet). At lunch, you will be able to propose a session on the whiteboard in the lobby, and to choose other sessions to participate in. Use this space to write down all of your session ideas, and to identify the best one:

5:30 Research in the Mo(ve)ment: Civic Media, Political Unrest, and the Role of the University The deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Tony Robinson, Walter Scott, and Freddie Gray have galvanized national protests, social media campaigns and calls for change. Police brutality and urban poverty have been pushed to the front of the news cycle as educators and researchers struggle to understand, communicate and participate. How can educators provide context and reflection in a rapidly unfolding and politicized media climate? And what role can research and researchers play in the formation of public discourse? With these tensions as our starting point, we will have a discussion with a range of researchers from both academia and activism. Moderator

Susan Owusu


Laura Amico Jabari Asim Ted Landsmark Terry Marshall

Attendees Aimee Sprung Microsoft

Aimee Sprung is the Civic Engagement Manager on the Technology & Civic Engagement (TCE) Team at Microsoft’s New England Research & Development Center (NERD). The Technology & Civic Engagement team brings Microsoft’s best assets to bear to help civic leaders -- and the communities they serve – use technology and cutting edge ideas to solve their biggest challenges. With deep technical and policy expertise, the team is committed to building longterm partnerships in local communities and leveraging technology to make an impact on critical civic issues, such as computer science and STEM education, developing tools for greater citizen engagement, the effective use of big data, and privacy. Aimee is responsible for STEM education outreach and local community engagement.


Alexandra Eby Engagement Lab

Lab assistant at the Engagement Lab. Senior at Emerson College, majoring in Animation and Motion Media.

Alex Geller

Fathom Information Design Since graduating from Middlebury College with degrees in Geography and English, Alex has been fascinated by the art of storytelling through multiple forms of media. Her love of writing, audio editing, and cartography has taken her from The Jerusalem Post to Backpacker Magazine, WNYC New York Public Radio, The New York Review of Books, and now to her desk at Fathom. At Fathom she primarily works as a content developer, data analyst, writer, and project lead. Outside the office, you can help her find her way out of the nearest hiking, biking, and paddle trails because, regardless of her cartographic inclinations, she is most likely lost.


Alexander Voss

University of St. Andrews Alex has been working on participatory approaches to systems design, adoption of technologies and, recently, social media and open journalism.

Ashley Lee

Harvard University Ashley Lee is excited to join the Youth and Participatory Politics project at Harvard Project Zero where she will be exploring issues at the intersection of digital media and youth’s civic and political expression. Ashley is a doctoral student at Harvard Graduate School of Education. As part of R&D efforts, she designs and studies digitally networked, participatory spaces for young people.

Becky Michelson

Engagement Lab at Emerson College Becky coordinates research projects on playful civics​, urban innovation, and​ media literacy. Becky graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Cultural Anthropology. She was a Jeremiah Fellow with Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice where she honed community organizing skills. Her research ​ interests include participatory culture, transmedia storytelling, and ethics with technology.

Camille Martinez

UMass Boston, OFD

Carrie James

Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education Carrie James is a research director and a principal investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since arriving at PZ in 2003, she has worked with Howard Gardner and colleagues on The GoodWork

Project and related initiatives. At present, her research focuses on young people’s engagement with the new digital media; morality and ethics in new media environments; and the nature of trust, civic engagement, and political participation among youth today. With Howard Gardner, she is co-principal investigator of multiyear projects funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation.

Catherine D’Ignazio Emerson College

Catherine is a researcher, artist and software developer who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement. She has conducted research on geographic bias in the news media, developed software to geolocate news articles and designed an application, “Terra Incognita”, to promote global news discovery. She is currently working with the Public Laboratory for Technology and Science to create an open source water sensing toolkit for journalists. Her art and design projects have won awards from the Tanne Foundation,, the LEF Foundation, and Dream It, Code It, Win It. In 2009, she was a finalist for the Foster Prize at the ICA Boston. Her work has been exhibited at the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology, Museo d’Antiochia of Medellin, and the Venice Biennial. She is also a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media. @kanarinka

Cathy Wissink Microsoft @cathywissink

Ceasar McDowell MIT

Ceasar L. McDowell is Professor of the Practice of Community Development at MIT. Ceasar’s current work is on the development of community knowledge systems and civic engagement. He is also expanding his critical moments reflection methodology to identify, share and maintaining grassroots knowledge. His research and teaching interests also include the use of mass media and technology in promoting democracy and community-building, the education of urban students, the development and use of empathy in

community work, civil rights history, peacemaking and conflict resolution. He is Director of the global civic engagement organization dropping knowledge international Dropping Knowledge International, MIT’s former Center for Reflective Community Practice (renamed Co-Lab) and co-founder of The Civil Rights Forum on Telecommunications Policy and founding Board member of The Algebra Project.

Christina Wilson

Engagement Lab at Emerson College Christina Wilson is the lead project manager and outreach director for Community PlanIt, the Engagement Lab’s flagship game platform for civic engagement. She has helmed deployments of the platform in collaboration with local agencies, institutions, and NGOs including the Cape Cod Commission, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, the MAPC, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, and internationally with the UN Development Program in the countries of Moldova and Bhutan. She consults with partners to activate their communities in civic processes and helps organizations to think through and implement new strategies for meaningful engagement with their publics. @xina

Christine Gaspar

Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) Christine is the Executive Director of CUP. She has over ten years of experience in community design. Prior to joining CUP, she was Assistant Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she provided architectural design and city planning services to low-income communities recovering from Hurricane Katrina. She holds Masters in Architecture and in City Planning from MIT, and a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University.

Colin Maclay Harvard University

Colin Maclay directs the Digital Initiative at Harvard Business School. He previously spent nearly a decade building the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. His broad aim is to effectively and appropriately

integrate information and communication technologies (ICTs) with social and economic development, focusing on the changes Internet technologies foster in society, policy and institutions. Both as Co-founder of the Information Technologies Group at Harvard’s Center for International Development and at Berkman, Maclay’s research has paired hands-on multi stakeholder collaborations with the generation of data that reveal trends, challenges and opportunities for the integration of ICTs in developing world communities.

Cristina Kotz Cornejo Emerson College

Raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the US, Cristina Kotz Cornejo is an independent filmmaker whose debut feature film, 3 Américas (2007) premiered at the 2007 Woodstock Film Festival. In 2010, Cristina was a Directing Fellow through Film Independent in Los Angeles; in 2012 she was awarded a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, in 2013 she was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Fellowship and in 2014 she was selected to participate in Cine Qua Non Lab’s Screenwriter’s Residency in Morelia, Mexico. Her latest film, Hermanas, played at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival, 2013 Short Shorts Mexico, 2013 Morelia International Film Festival, 2014 San Diego Latino Film Festival and 2014 Urban World Film Festival. She is currently working on her second feature film.

Dana Chisnell

United States Digital Service Dana Chisnell is an elections geek and UX research nerd (her words) who has trained thousands of people, including government workers, to test their designs. But she really loves giving design literacy to the world. She’s the lead on the Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent. The Field Guides, originally funded by a Kickstarter project, are designed to be quick, easy, and accessible help for local election officials to do the best possible design. With Jeff Rubin, Dana wrote Handbook of Usability Testing, Second Edition. She’s a design researcher at the United States Digital Service for the White House. @danachis

David Luberoff

Boston Area Research Initiative

David Luberoff's research and activities focus on bringing together scholars, students, practitioners, and civic leaders to better understand and address a variety of key urban issues. He is a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard where he developed and regularly co-teaches “Reinventing Boston,” an undergraduate General Education class that uses Boston to help students think analytically and strategically about a variety of urban issues. He also is a consultant and freelance writer specializing in such issues as transportation, infrastructure, land use, and urban governance.

Diane Levin

Wheelock College Diane Levin teaches courses on play, media literacy, violence prevention and peace building, and qualitative research. For 8 years, she had led an annual Wheelock Service Learning Program to Northern Ireland that focuses on How Education Programs Can Help Communities Affected by Conflict and Violence Heal. Since 1995 she has co-taught a summer institute on Media Madness: The Impact of Sex, Violence, and Commercial Culture on Adults, Children and Society and What We Can Do about It. An internationally recognized expert, she helps professionals, parents and policymakers understand and respond to the impact of various societal forces-such as violence and sexualization, and media and commercial culture-on children’s development, learning and behavior.

Diane O’Donoghue Tufts University

Diane O’Donoghue is the Senior Fellow for the Humanities at Tisch College. She joined the Tufts faculty in 1991, teaching in the Department of Visual and Critical Studies (in affiliation with the School of the Museum of Fine Arts) in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. She served for two terms as department chair and has been a recipient of the Excellence in Teaching award. She is an art historian (Ph.D. Harvard University) who specialized in the Bronze Age of China and has taught courses on the visual cultures of Asia, as well as on theories of representation, gender, and art criticism.

Dietmar Offenhuber Northeastern University

Dietmar Offenhuber is Assistant Professor at Northeastern University in the departments of Art + Design and Public Policy. His research focuses on the role of new technologies and representation in urban governance and civic discourse. Dietmar led a number of research projects investigating formal and informal waste systems and has published books on the subjects of Urban Data, Accountability Technologies and Urban Informatics.

Donald Blair Public Lab

Don Blair is a Fellow at Public Lab, where he focuses on the development of open source and accessible research tools. Don is currently based in Cambridge, MA, where he is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Center for Civic Media, exploring how best to support community-based scientific research into environmental and agricultural issues. Don helped to found Pioneer Valley Open Science in Amherst, MA, and has degrees in philosophy and physics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He maintains strong ties to the FarmHack community; both in order to promote an open source ethos in agriculture, and because of the good farm food. @donwblair

Doris Sommer Harvard University

Doris Sommer, Director of the Cultural Agents Initiative at Harvard University, is Ira and Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and African and African American Studies. Her academic and outreach work promotes development through arts and humanities, specifically through “Pre-Texts� in Boston Public Schools, throughout Latin America and beyond. Pre-Texts is an arts-based training program for teachers of literacy, critical thinking, and citizenship. Among her books are Foundational Fictions: The National Romances of Latin America (1991) which is about novels that helped to consolidate new republics; Proceed with Caution when Engaged by Minority Literature (1999) on a rhetoric of particularism; Bilingual Aesthetics: A New Sentimental Education (2004); and The Work of Art in the World: Civic Agency and Public Humanities (2014). Sommer has enjoyed and is dedicated to developing good public school education.

Erhardt Graeff

MIT Center for Civic Media Erhardt Graeff is a sociologist and designer. His work explores creative uses of media and technology for civic engagement and learning. He is a PhD candidate at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. @erhardt

Eric Gordon

Engagement Lab at Emerson College Eric Gordon is an associate professor in the department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College where he is the founding director of the Engagement Lab ( He is also a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University. Eric studies civic media and public engagement within the US and the developing world. He is specifically interested in the application of games and play in these contexts. In addition to being a researcher, he is also the designer of award winning “engagement games,” which are games that facilitate civic participation. He has served as an expert advisor for the UN Development Program, the International Red Cross / Red Crescent, the World Bank, as well as municipal governments throughout the United States. @ericbot

Erica Salling Engagement Lab

Ethan Zuckerman Center for Civic Media

Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and a principal research scientist at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the distribution of attention in mainstream and new media, the use of technology for international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. @ethanz

Gillian Pressman Generation Citizen

Gillian Pressman is the Greater Boston Site Director for Generation Citizen. Gillian Pressman comes to GC from BELL (Building Educated Leaders for Life), where she spent three years growing and managing BELL’s alumni program, the BELL Alumni Society. Gillian is passionate about Generation Citizen because of her firm belief that enhancing the educational achievement of underserved youth depends, fundamentally, on youth empowerment.

Harlan Weber Code for Boston

Harlan Weber is a UX designer and researcher, serving as a Commonwealth Innovation Fellow at MassIT. He leads design efforts for several new applications, and works with government agencies to build and understanding of, and appreciation for, human-centered design in the creation of government services. Harlan is also the founder and organizer of Code for Boston, Boston’s Code for America Brigade: a volunteer group of developers and designers working with local governments and communities to build civic apps, open public data, and leverage technology for use in the public sphere. Previously, Harlan has worked as a UX specialist at OnForce, Intuit’s Innovation Lab, and several local design firms. Harlan holds a Master’s of Design from Carnegie Mellon, and a BA in English from SUNY Albany. @WheresHJ

Holly St. Clair

Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) Holly St. Clair is the Director of Data Services at the Boston-region Metropolitan Area Planning Council, overseeing the agency’s activities in the fields of data management, data analysis, research, and public access to data. Ms St. Clair was recent recognized as one of the Top 25 Thinkers in Urban Planning and Technology. She has pioneered the use of advanced decision support tools in Metropolitan Boston, managing a variety of projects that use scenarios modeling, 3-D environments, community indicators, and innovative meeting formats to engage

stakeholders in dialogue about policy choices. She spearheaded the creation of the MetroBoston DataCommon, an on-line data portal and interactive web mapper that puts hundreds of data layers at the fingertips of residents, public officials, and advocates who would not otherwise have access to such information. Ms. St Clair has training in facilitation and facilitative leadership from the Interaction Institute for Social Change. @hollystclair

Ivan Sigal Global Voices

Ivan Sigal is Global Voices’ executive director, since the middle of 2008. Prior to working with GV, he spent 10 years working in media development in the former Soviet Union and Asia, supporting and training journalists and working on media co-productions. Ivan is also a photographer, and has worked and traveled in 80 countries. In 2012, Ivan published White Road, a chronicle of travel in Central Asia. He is also a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society, where he studies digital storytelling and online communities. @ivonotes

J. Nathan Matias MIT Media Lab

At the Center for Civic Media and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Nathan designs and researches civic technologies for cooperation across diversity. At the Berkman Center, he applies data analysis and design to the topics of peer-based social technologies, civic engagement, journalism, gender diversity, and creative learning. @natematias

Jabari Asim Emerson College

Jabari Asim was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author of four books for adults and six books for children. His most recent works are What Obama Means...For Our Culture, Our Politics, Our Future (William Morrow,

2009) and A Taste of Honey: Stories (Broadway, 2010). His poetry, drama, and prose have been widely published in various periodicals and anthologies. He was an editor for 11 years at the Washington Post, where he also wrote a syndicated column on politics, popular culture, and social issues. The editor-inchief of the Crisis, the NAACP’s flagship journal of politics, culture, and ideas, he received a 2009 Guggenheim fellowship in Creative Arts. Most recently, he has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he was a scholar-in-residence. He is perhaps best known for having appeared twice on The Colbert Report.


James Paradis MIT

James Paradis is the Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Comparative Media Studies. He works on problems of the mutually-influential rise of professionalism and vernacular culture, the public reception of science, and the way in which fields of expertise are represented in popular media. His methods are comparative, and draw on cultural studies, biographical approaches, intellectual history, and the history of rhetoric to study science popularization, science fiction, science education, two-cultures controversies, science as entertainment, and vernacular science. These interests are highlighted in his various books, articles, and edited collections, including T. H. Huxley: Man’s Place in Nature (Nebraska 1978); Victorian Science and Victorian Values (with T. Postlewait, Rutgers 1984); Evolution and Ethics (with G. Williams, Princeton 1989); Textual Dynamics of the Professions (with C. Bazerman, Wisconsin 1991); and Samuel Butler: Victorian against the Grain (Toronto 2007).

Jedd Cohen

Engagement Lab at Emerson College Jedd is working to adapt Community PlanIt for use in schools and other community and advocacy organizations. He earned his EdM at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has worked throughout the education sector as a policy researcher, community organizer, and teacher. He’s interested in the ways that people and organizations learn.

Jesse Baldwin-Philippi Fordham University

Jesse Baldwin-Philippi is an Assistant Professor of New Media at Fordham University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of political communication, civic media, science and technology studies, and rhetoric, and she has previously been affiliated with the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College. Jesse’s work is fundamentally concerned with how engagement with new technologies can restructure forms of political participation and ideas about citizenship. @jesse_b_p

Johanne Meleance

Irish International Immigrant Center

Jordan Pailthorpe

Engagement Lab at Emerson College Jordan Pailthorpe is a Producer and also organizes the game discussion group where Emerson students come together to play and discuss alternative indie games. He also teaches game studies and design at Emerson College and holds an MFA in creative writing. In his free time, Jordan rides adventure motorcycles, writes poetry, makes weird art games, and plays with his two cats Virginia and Goku. @jordanpailthorpe

Justeen Hyde

Institute for Community Health Justeen Hyde is the Director of Research & Evaluation for the Institute for Community Health and a lecturer at Harvard Medical School. She is a cultural and medical anthropologist by training, with a broad range of interests in research and evaluation topics and methodologies. Most of her anthropological work has focused on youth populations in the United States and the cultural politics of risk that shape their pathways into and out of social institutions. Her previous research has focused on understanding factors that underlie movements from home to street among homeless young people in Los Angeles. Her current research builds on this previous work by focusing on adolescents in foster care. With support from NICHD, she is currently the PI on a formative qualitative study with adolescents and child welfare professionals involved with

the Massachusetts Department of Social Services. @justeenhyde

Justin Kang

Metropolitan Area Planning Council

Kate Krontiris Independent

Kate Krontiris is a researcher, strategist, and facilitator working to transform civic life in America. She recently conducted an embedded ethnographic investigation of what motivates America’s “Interested Bystanders” to take civic action, in collaboration with the Google Civic Innovation portfolio. Kate also serves as a consulting user researcher for the newly-formed U.S. Digital Service. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Kate holds a fellowship at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, at Harvard University. @ katekrontiris

Katharine Lusk

Boston University Initiative on Cities Katharine Lusk is the Executive Director of the Initiative on Cities at Boston University. She was previously a policy advisor for Mayor Thomas M. Menino, former Mayor of Boston, where she spearheaded his work to make Boston the first city in the country to achieve pay equity for women. In addition to launching the Mayor’s Women’s Workforce Council, Katharine was the chief author of the Council’s report, “Boston: Closing the Wage Gap,” which outlined evidence-based interventions employers can take to close the gender wage gap. An enthusiastic civic entrepreneur, Katharine also led the launch of a new capital fund for child care providers, a networking platform for women small business owners, Women on Main, and the nation’s first mobile City Hall, City Hall to Go. She served as an advisor to Governor Patrick’s Successful Women, Successful Families Task Force, convened in 2014 to advance women in the public and private sectors in the Commonwealth.

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg CIRCLE at Tufts Univeresity

Kei Kawashima-Ginsberg became the Director of CIRCLE in 2015. Kei directs CIRCLE’s mission and strategies by working with various stakeholders and overseeing CIRCLE’s key research and dissemination efforts. Kei applies her expertise in positive youth development and community psychology to youth civic and political development, and seeks to understand how diverse young people interact with the community and cultural contexts as they learn to participate in civic life. Kei earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with specialization in Family and Children from Loyola University Chicago and lives with her husband and three young children in Lowell, MA. @civicyouth

Kevin Essington

The Trust for Public Land @keviness1967

Laura Amico

Boston Globe, Homicide Watch Laura Amico is co- founder of Homicide Watch. Laura was an inaugural Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation at Harvard. Her distinctions include fellowships with the Online News Association’s MJ Bear program, Harry F. Guggenheim Symposium and the Knight News Entrepreneurs Bootcamp.


Lauren Lockwood

City of Boston

Louisa McCall Artists in Context

Program Director at the LEF Foundation from 2000 -2008, where she oversaw the investment of $4.3 million in 420 artist and organizational projects and created special strategic initiatives for independent film production, artist support systems, and public art, architecture and design. Prior to joining LEF, Louisa organized a national conference for The Institute for Art and Civil Dialogue at Harvard University, in collaboration with Anna Deavere Smith, the W.E.B. DuBois Institute and the American Repertory Theater. In her many freelance projects, Louisa has focused on strategic consulting and institutional advancement. In 2006, she developed a vision and produced a strategic plan for the City of Boston Public Art Commission. Louisa has been involved at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston as a member of the Board of Directors and as a strategic consultant for public programs and special artistic initiatives.

Mariko Davidson

Commonwealth of Massachusetts Mariko Davidson graduated from MIT with a master in city planning in 2013. Most recently she served as a fellow in Mayor Menino’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. She is currently inspired by the shared economy, and how planners can help shape policy to adapt to disruptive innovation. Mariko’s research on mobility and governance has taken her to cities across Asia, Africa, and Europe. Last summer she worked in Ahmedabad, India with ITDP on non-motorized transportation. Unofficially she also developed Street Stories. Prior to MIT, she curated international dialogue seminars at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. In 2011, Mariko traveled around the world with a surfboard and small backpack. She owes her love of cities and loathing of traffic to Hawaii, her home.

Mary Gray

Microsoft Research/Indiana University Mary Gray is a Senior Researcher at MSR. She studied anthropology before receiving her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of California at San Diego in 2004. Mary draws on this interdisciplinary background to study how people use digital and social media in everyday ways to shape their social identities and create spaces for themselves. Her most recent book, Out in the

Country: Youth, Media, and Queer Visibility in Rural America (NYU Press), which won awards from scholarly societies in Anthropology, Media Studies, and Sociology, examined how lesbian, gay, bi, and transgender young people negotiate and express their identities in rural parts of the United States and the role that digital media play in their lives and political work. Mary served on the Executive Board of the American Anthropological Association from 2008 until 2010 and, now, holds a seat on that Association’s Committee on Public Policy. She maintain an appointment as an Associate Professor of Communication and Culture at Indiana University, with adjunct appointments in American Studies, Anthropology, and Gender Studies. @maryLgray

Matthew Battles metaLAB at Harvard

Matthew Battles is associate director of metaLAB at Harvard and a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society. He has written about the cultural dimensions of science and technology for such venues as The American Scholar, The Atlantic, The Boston Globe, Harper’s Magazine, and The New York TImes. Matthew has published extensively on the history and changing roles of libraries in culture; his book Library: an Unquiet History (Norton) is available in eight languages worldwide and has been in print since 2003. In addition, he wrote the official history of Harvard’s Widener library, and is coauthor, with Jeffrey Schnapp, of The Library Beyond the Book (Harvard 2014). His forthcoming volume, a material and cultural history of writing entitled Palimpsest, will appear in Summer 2015.

Matthew Rouser MassIT

Matthew Rouser is a Detroit native who’s traveled, studied, lived and worked internationally and at home. He is a strategist and technologist who is passionate about urban space. He has devoted his career to making cities better for the people that dwell in them and promoting understanding of how we interact with city environments and assign them meaning. Matthew believes new and innovative uses of urban space can make significant contributions to our public and private lives, and focuses on working with members of communities to leverage their existing resources to make positive transformation suited to their needs. His past work has been focused on revitalization of underused and empty urban space, specifically in Landskrona,

Sweden and New York City. Mobile technologies and new media are his tools of choice: maps, location-based services, social media-platforms, AR and more. Matthew is a former Rotary Ambassadorial scholar, and holds a masters in Urban Planning. Currently he is working with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and with a health care startup to engender more helpful and engaging experiences for citizens, and reduce hospital readmissions, respectively. Matthew is also a member of the leadership team of Code for Boston, a local volunteer group that hacks for social good. @mjrouser

Maya Wagoner

Engagement Lab at Emerson College Maya is a community technology organizer and user experience designer interested in designing digital services with people’s political, historical, and experiential knowledge in mind, and in empowering people to create digital services and networks for themselves. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in American Studies, and completed a User Experience Design Immersive program at General Assembly. While in San Francisco, she organized the Code for San Francisco Brigade, a local civic technology volunteer group. She is currently working on strengthening the networks in civic media scholarship and practice in the Boston area through organizing this civic media conference and the Boston Civic Media Consortium. She will be starting MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program in the Fall of 2015. @mayawagon

Megan Cotnam-Kappel Harvard University

Nadeem Mazen

Cambridge City Council Nadeem Mazen is a Cambridge City Councillor, co-founder of makerspace danger!awesome, and founder of creative agency Nimblebot in Central Square. He has spent the last several years as an instructor at MIT and faculty

member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, teaching undergraduate and graduate students the principles of tech and art entrepreneurship. His political work centers around economic equity, education reform, government transparency, and government innovation. Nadeem is a leading voice for hands-on learning, interdisciplinary education, and educational equity in Cambridge.

Nancy Baym

Microsoft Research Nancy Baym is a Visiting Professor in Comparative Media Studies/Writing. She’s also a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, a couple of blocks to the east of CMS/W’s haunts. Her work focuses on interpersonal relationships and new technologies. She is the author of Personal Connections in the Digital Age (Polity 2010), Internet Inquiry (co-authored with Annette Markham) (Sage 2009) and Tune In, Log On: Soaps Fandom and Online Community (Sage 1999). Her current research is about musicians’ relationships with audiences and how social media affect them. @nancybaym

Nell Breyer EMK Institute

Nell Breyer is an artist working at the intersection of digital media, movement and the public domain. She enlists approaches from vision sciences, art and engineering to understand contemporary practices in participatory media and performance shaping our public spaces. Her areas of research include: visual perception of motion, digital culture and the public domain, interactive designs for liminal urban spaces, and emergent frameworks for practice-based artistic research / knowledge acquisition.

Nicole Daley

Boston Public Health Commission Nicole Daley is the Program Director of the Start Strong: Building Healthy Teen Relationships Initiative at the Boston Public Health Commission. She received her MPH from Boston University School of Public Health. She has

been working in the field of teen dating violence prevention for over five years conducting workshops for teens and adults on the healthy relationships, teen dating violence, media literacy and healthy break-ups.

Nse Esema

MIT Community Innovators Lab Nse is the Program Director for Community Media Projects at CoLab and the Executive Editor of CoLab Radio. She works with CoLab’s partners to use new media tools to engage in the process of documenting local stories that speak to the history, challenges, and hopes of a particular place. Previously, Nse worked at The Boston Foundation on digital media and research for The Boston Indicators Project, an initiative focused on tracking change, promoting data democratization, and advancing civic dialogue in the city of Boston. Nse has a Masters in City Planning from MIT and a BA in Urban Studies from The University of Pennsylvania. @MITCoLab

Paul Mihailidis Emerson College

Paul Mihailidis is an assistant professor at Emerson College in Boston, MA, and the Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His work focuses on media literacy and emerging civic voices. He writes and speaks extensively on the need for media literacy as a core competency in engaged citizenship.

Peter Levine

Tisch College, Tufts University Peter Levine is the Associate Dean for Research and Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs in Tufts University’s Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service. He was the founding deputy director (2001-6) and then the second director (2006-15) of CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, which he continues to oversee as an associate dean. Levine is the author of We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For: The Promise of Civic Renewal in America (Oxford University Press, 2013), five other scholarly books on philosophy and politics, and a novel. @peterlevine

Pieta Blakely

Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative Ms. Blakely is a researcher and practitioner with experience in adult education and workforce development training and a particular emphasis on research and evaluation for social change. Prior to joining DSNI, Ms. Blakely was a Research Analyst at Commonwealth Corporation where she managed data collection, reporting and program evaluation for programs serving youth in the custody of Department of Youth Services. In this role, she championed the inclusion of youth voice in program evaluation.

Russell Newman Emerson College

Previous to his arrival at Emerson, Russell Newman served as the research director for the national nonprofit advocacy group Free Press. There, he focused on media and telecommunications policy, tracking current issues, writing issue briefs, creating Web content, and speaking publicly regarding emerging debates. With Robert McChesney and Ben Scott, he is the co-editor of The Future of Media: Resistance and Reform in the 21st Century (Seven Stories Press, 2005), named as one of Working Assets’ Recommended Reads for July 2005. Russell is interested in exploring the intersections of the political economy of media, the epistemological foundations of media policymaking and governance, and ongoing struggles against existing structures of power.

Sands Fish

Berkman Center for Internet and Society / MIT Center for Civic Media Sands is a project fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a Master’s student at the MIT Media Lab’s Center for Civic Media. His work on data analytics and visualization focuses on design for citizen empowerment. @ sandsfish

Sara Hendren

Olin College of Engineering Sara Hendren is an artist, design researcher, and professor based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She makes material and digital artworks, writes, and lectures on adaptive and assistive technologies, prosthetics, inclusive design, accessible architecture, and related ideas. Her work has been exhibited in the US and abroad and is held in the permanent collection at MOMA (NYC), and her writing and design work have appeared in the Boston Globe, The Atlantic Tech, FastCo Design, and on National Public Radio (US), among others. She teaches socially-engaged design practices, adaptive + assistive technology design, and disability studies for engineers-in-training in her role as assistant professor at Olin College. She writes and edits the Abler web site. @ablerism

Sara Wylie

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY Sara Wylie seeks to develop new modes of studying and intervening in largescale social issues such endocrine disrupting chemicals through a fusion of social scientific, scientific and art/design practices. Dr. Wylie is director of Toxics and Health Research for Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, and has a joint appointment between health sciences and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology as part of Northeastern’s Social Science and Environmental Health Research Institute. In 2011 Wylie co-founded a non-profit dedicated to developing open source, Do-It-Yourself tools for community based environmental health research, Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science (

Sarah Williams

MIT - Civic Data Design Lab Sarah Williams is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning and the Director of the Civic Data Design Lab at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) School of Architecture and Planning School. The Civic Data Design Lab works with data, maps, and mobile technologies to develop interactive design and communication strategies that bring urban policy issues to broader audiences. Trained as a Geographer (Clark University), Landscape Architect (University of Pennsylvania), and Urban Planner (MIT), Williams’ work combines geographic analysis and design. Williams’ design work has been widely

exhibited including work in the Guggenheim and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City. Before coming to MIT, Williams was Co-Director of the Spatial Information Design Lab at Columbia University’s, Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation(GSAPP). Williams’s has won numerous awards including being named top 25 planners in the technology and 2012 Game Changer by Metropolis Magazine. Her work is currently on view in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York. @datasew

Sarah Wolozin MIT

Sarah Wolozin develops and oversees activities related to the Open Documentary Lab, including projects, events, and partnerships that support the emerging field of digital storytelling. She also manages lab operations. Sarah has always had an interest in exploring new platforms for storytelling and social change. Before coming to MIT, she produced documentaries and educational media for a wide variety of media outlets including PBS, Learning Channel, NPR, various websites and educational platforms. @sarahwolozin

Sarah Zaidan Emerson College

Dedicated to creating projects that merge art, interaction and innovation, my roles as educator, researcher and art practitioner coalesce on a regular basis. I am in the process of refining interactive media tools that provide opportunities for the development of personal identities and histories and hope to further explore and expand my award-winning prototype software The Adventures of MetaMan. Most of all, I seek ways to apply my skills, knowledge and enthusiasm to the intersection of culture, art, education and technology in ways that challenge them like never before. My international background has provided me with a global perspective on art and society, and an understanding that philosophies behind the creation of visual media are rich and varied. @drsarahzaidan

Stephen Walter

Engagement Lab at Emerson College

Stephen is a person who makes and studies media that aim to foster experiences of complexity, difference, and play. With the Engagement Lab, he’s led the design and development of civic media projects in Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, South Africa, Sweden, Moldova, Zambia, Egypt, and Bhutan. He’s worked with the United Nations Development Program, the International Red Cross / Red Crescent Climate Centre, the US State Department, Boston EMS, the Boston Public Health Commission, the Boston Center for the Arts, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and the PBS television shows Frontline and Nova.

Susan Nguyen

Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Susan Owusu Wheelock College

Recognized as an expert in the field of race and media education, Susan Owusu has been director of Wheelock’s Communications and Media Literacy program since its launch in 2009. She also created and oversees the annual Wheelock film festival, which highlights innovative student work. She was previously Assistant Director of Youth Programs at YWCA Boston, overseeing all aspects of the organization’s youth programs serving more than 1,300 Boston youth annually. @Susanjane19

Tanya Stepasiuk

Collins Center/UMass Boston

Ted Landsmark

President Emeritus of Boston Architectural College Ted currently serves as a member of the board of the Boston Redevelopment Authority. He is a Trustee of the American Architectural Foundation, a Fellow of the Design Future’s Council and has facilitated sessions of the Mayor’s Insti-

tute on City Design in cities including New York, Los Angeles, and Charleston. Ted is a member of the Boston Cultural Planning Steering Committee and a Trustee Emeritus of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

Terry Marshall Intelligent Mischief

Terry Marshall has been involved in youth and social justice struggles for over 15 years and founded Intelligent Mischief in 2013. In 2008 Terry became the Lead Youth Organizer of the Healthcare Education Project, an initiative of 1199 SEIU in New York City. While there he led the innovative “Young Voices For Healthcare� campaign to involve young people in the healthcare reform struggle. Terry is a superstar facilitator that serves for several national social justice organizations: Center for Story-based Strategy (CSS), Beautiful Trouble, and co-founder of The BlackOut Collective. He also serves on the board for Center for Artistic Activism and Boston-area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP).


Thomas Streeter University of Vermont

Thomas Streeter studies the soft side of hard issues, i.e. the role of culture in the creation of law, markets, and technology.

Veronica Boix-Mansilla

Project Zero Harvard Graduate School of Education Veronica Boix-Mansilla is a Principal Investigator at Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also chairs the Future of Learning Institute. Veronica directs the ID Global Project where, with her team, she examines the conditions that enable individuals to carry out quality disciplinary and interdisciplinary work and develop their global competence. @VBoixMansilla

Wade Kimborough Engagement Lab

Sponsors and acknowledgements Primary Sponsor

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Volunteers Jedd Cohen Alexandra Eby Wade Kimborough Becky Michelson Christina Wilson Jordan Pailthorpe Erica Salling Jay Vachon Sarah Zaidan

Illustration Aidan Rae O’Donoghue

Program Booklet Design Maya Wagoner Sophie Calhoun

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Boston Civic Media: Metrics & Methods Conference Program  

Metrics & Methods is a conference on June 9th, 2015 that seeks to connect academic research on media and civics with the practice of designi...

Boston Civic Media: Metrics & Methods Conference Program  

Metrics & Methods is a conference on June 9th, 2015 that seeks to connect academic research on media and civics with the practice of designi...


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