Communities of color are never a homogeneous or monolithic group. So developing an ethnically diverse community will require more than focusing on statistics such as income and education levels. Knowing where to find communities, how they engage and what platforms work best are essential in developing campaigns that can reach multiple communities. The session will discuss best practices and examples from companies & brands who have successfully developed communities.
Imagine turning one of your city's most beleaguered and notorious neighborhoods into the home of some of the country's most innovative media projects. This panel examines how the Knowle West Media Centre in Bristol achieved just that. The KWMC's University of Local Knowledge project has inspired astounding community growth and regeneration through collaborative media. The KWMC created 800 videos about local crafts and skills; then they brought professionals together with local experts to learn from one another about everything from cars to photography to horse whispering. The project was organized through a green, world-class media centre established in one of the more troubled parts of Bristol. The panel examines how the project directors used digital media and digital art to make the ULK project a success in engaging and teaching digital literacy, as well assisting in community regeneration.
This process involved a creative use of public space, media centre space, wikis, blogging, videography, computer classes, and sound mixing studios to combine the physical and digital into one cohesive learning environment. KWMC Director Carolyn Hassan will explain the process and answer question about the use of collaborative media for successful community regeneration.
by Efrin Carrion
Besides the Great Depression, we are living in what I believe is the hardest time to be a student. The reason for this is that we are going through a revolution. For the last 150 years we have lived in an industrial economy, which was sparked by the Industrial Revolution. But now we are coming into the information stage and what some people call the Social Revolution. In this revolutionary change, the people who succeed are those who live their passion, invest in relationships, and start movements that matter. The “one-size fits all” track to educating our kids is no longer relevant in the new economy. Public schools were created in the industrial age to train people to work for the companies. The more education you got, the better corporate job you received. But now, jobs are declining so there are a lot of qualified candidates who remain unemployed. In fact, college was never created for the majority. Over 62 percent of America high school graduates went to college this year. This number sounds great but a scarier number is that nearly 81 percent of college graduates this year are moving back home with their parents. I went to public school and I remember how my school functioned: assembly lines, long hallways with rows of lockers, and loud bells to tell us to change shifts. This system had many benefits for students whose strengths were conventional academics but even now those students are falling face first in the new economy. I look back at my high school days and say, “If only there was a class in school called Success—who knows where I would be today.” I believe that there is a difference between being educated and being successful. I think school gives us the subjects and basic skills to think for ourselves. But we are not taught how to succeed with the skills given to us. In this session, I will explain the importance of teaching our students the subject of success. I will also talk about how online learning can allow all students to have their own personal life consultant that allows them to personalize their curriculum. As adults, we can teach students to be indispensible no matter the state of the economy.
9th–13th March 2012