I’m thrilled to share that I’ve been asked to teach a class for St. Mary’s Jan Term. The class I pitched is titled ‘New Media, Community Engagement and the Practice of Good‘. Of course it is! As the course unfolds, I’ll be sharing findings via this blog. If you know of folks I should invite as guest speakers, send me a note via the contact form.
Here’s the course description:
New Media, Community Engagement and the Practice of Good
We live in a time infused with information sharing, social technology and user-generated content. Also blossoming is a cultural wave to be better, do good and let this change emerge from ordinary individuals, our neighbors and ourselves. The belief that one person can make a different is vibrant and being cultivated through social share technologies and practices. We will root ourselves in the role of curator to dismantle how social share tools shape community engagement, and explore how storytelling and the emphasis on experience transforms passive consumers into active participants, and advances positive social change, global interconnectedness and the celebration of the creative spirit. By the end of this course you will be able to distinguish between various new media tools, identify how they work and analyze how storytelling is being used in online social share technology spaces to promote a culture of service.
Our approach of study will be multi-fold: research based analysis of new media tools (Facebook, Twitter, Youtube), case studies of movements that use these tools and approach community engagement in trailblazing ways (Kickstarter/Indie Go-Go, Ted Talks, It Get’s Better, Kiva), critical writing applied to the blogosphere and hands-on experience as multi-media curators in the social share space. We will draw from primary texts as well as articles online. To put our critical examinations into practice, we will take 3 class field trips and use these shared experiences as the basis for creative analysis and multimedia projects.