Civic Imagination: Designing and Building a Better Future

Civic Imagination: Designing and Building a Better Future

June 3, 2017

Boston Civic Media’s third annual conference highlighted inspiring keynotes, presentations and networking with peers and community leaders around igniting civic creativity.

Each year, Boston Civic Media convenes its growing network of faculty, students, activists, journalists, policymakers and nonprofits all invested in "civic media,” or media that creates social change through art, design, and technology. The 2017 theme focused on the Civic Imagination with an incredible lineup of presenters to share new strategies, insights and approaches for collectively re-imagining public life in Boston.

Topics at the conference included media literacy, youth-led advocacy, DIY activist technologies, and creative storytelling. The first ever inter-campus curriculum addressing climate change was also announced.

Lightning Talks

#Hashtag Activism: The Rise and Influence of Networked Counterpublics

Sarah Jackson discuss the affordances of hashtags for grassroots advocacy.

Models From The Margins: Re-Imagining Family And Community

Family activist Mia Birdsong's evocations for imaginative narratives of family narratives.

Grassroots Organizing for Public Education Equity

Carlos Rojas (youth organizer) shares his story and lessons from educational advocacy campaigns.

Poetry and Justice

Eroc Arroyo-Montano shares stories and poems about the power of a civic imagination fueled by equity.

Civic Imagination Introduction by Catherine D'Ignazio

What is the public's capacity to imagine new possibilities for society? Catherine D'Ignazio introduces the concept of the civic imagination.

Community Introduction by Catherine D'Ignazio

The mission of Boston Civic Media and accompanying introductory remarks are made by Catherine D'Ignazio for Boston Civic Media's third annual conference: Civic Imagination: Designing and Building a Better Future, on June, 3rd 2017.

Introductory Remarks by Eric Gordon

Eric Gordon contextualizes civic media and the local network to kick off Boston Civic Media's third annual conference: Civic Imagination: Designing and Building a Better Future, on June, 3rd 2017.