Detroit as an example

Last month I represented the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition in a discussion presented in MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge, MA.

Here’s a quick description of the event:


Detroit is what the rest of the world has to look forward to. In Detroit we are growing a community of media makers, culture producers, technologists, and small business owners who are building a media-based economy at the city's grassroots. We believe that instead of trying to "bridge the digital divide" between our communities and existing technology, it is more important to reshape technology to meet our communities' needs.

Join Allied Media Projects staff and the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition members, Janel Yamashiro, Diana J. Nucera and Nina Bianchi to discuss theories and practices of building just, creative and collaborative cities, with a focus on the role of artists and technologists. We will share lessons from our experience teaching people how to teach as well as to learn; to be entrepreneurs, and not just consumers; to build their own communications networks that match to the social networks in their neighborhoods.


The presentation was well attended and we received a range of questions regarding our work, processes and strategies in Detroit. You can get more details at MIT’s etherpad containing the live notes.

After our presentation, we also tested the Neighborhood Link Up Game we've been developing with the Open Technology Institute and MIT's Civic Media Lab. Stay tuned for the game's beta release late 2012!