From Digiday, an interview with Alan Smith, data-visualization editor
The team has also started using a new tool to boost efficiency: D3, an open-source visualization library that allows staff to create different versions of graphics in one go, which can then easily be used for print, online and social media. (via The Financial Times guide to data visualization – Digiday)
Educators today are talking a lot about the need to equip students with 21st century skills. In a democratic society, reasoned discourse should be one of them, if citizens are to participate in shaping the future of the society they live in. A culture that supports discourse is certainly needed, but so is each individual’s development of the skills and values that reasoned discourse requires
(via Reasoned Discourse as a Vital 21st-Century Skill – Scientific American Blog Network)
This is equivalent to what Piaget says about concrete and abstract knowledge, and how disequilibration is one way to foster the transistion
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology looked at nearly 29 million tweets surrounding four recent Black Lives Matter (BLM) events to identify the social media patterns of its activists. They found that the community is unlike many other social movements because of its ability to bond over the course of many months. (via The social media profile of the Black Lives Matter movement)
A lot of it was an education—and sometimes not a very pleasant one. I was a believer in open data, a believer in the power of technology to help people, a believer in the founding idea that technologists could solve problems if they just coded the right things. I came to see the limits of these tools and the value of bringing technologists together without a community context. An Education in Community Technology | Civicist by Daniel X. O’Neil
This is a very interesting exit interview with Dan O’Neil as he leaves the Chicago Community Trust and Smart Chicago, where he has been transforming the relationship between technologists and civic communities for five years. While ChicagoTalks.org was intended to bring journalism to communities so they might find a voice, we had similar experiences as we realized that communities already exist, and it is better to join and work with those, rather than try and create a new on and get everyone under your own tent.