Next Library Innovation Keynote: Civic Media: Communities Making Change / Erhardt Graeff, MIT Civic Media Lab

Erhardt Graeff will give the Next Library Innovation Keynote with experiences from the Civic Media Lab at MIT. 

Ton van Vlimmeren, Director at Bibliotheek Utrecht (Public Library of Utrecht) is chair and will moderate questions after Erhardt Greaff's Keynote. 

SUNDAY 13 September 2015 13:15 - 14:45 in the Great Hall

Description

Civic Media encompasses a broad array of tools, practices, content, and communities that foster or enhance civic engagement. While civic media has always existed, it has recently flourished and been transformed thanks to technologies like smartphones and social media.

At its heart, civic media is best understood as a social phenomenon empowered by technology. Civic media reaches and engages a diverse audience, inviting all to create, share, remix, and share again. Young people are creating memes as political speech, as naturally as they might share a photo of their last meal. Developers are volunteering to build humanitarian software after disasters, enjoying the thrill of solving a hard problem and producing something that matters. And libraries, working at the nexus of information and public interest, are creating spaces in which communities can make change.

"Civic Media: Communities Making Change" will explore prominent examples of civic media; how tools, practices, content, and communities can be designed to be more civic; and the roles libraries can, and already are, playing in making civic media.

About Erhardt Graeff
Erhardt Graeff is a sociologist, designer, and entrepreneur. His work explores creative uses of media and technology for civic engagement and learning.

His latest project is Action Path, a location-based app for civic reflection and engagement. He also works on Media Cloud, using which he led research on the impact of media activism around the death of Trayvon Martin. Additionally, Erhardt has written about designing drones to be more civic, bots and information privacy, cyberbullying, and political memes. He regularly leads workshops on civic media and participatory design for students, teachers, and social entrepreneurs.

Erhardt is a PhD researcher in the Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab, an affiliate of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and a founding trustee of The Awesome Foundation, which gives small grants to innovative and promising projects. His website is erhardtgraeff.com; and you can find him on Twitter: @erhardt.

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