Boston Civic Media Consortium & Network

Community Organizing, Media Innovation

Graphic representation of the 2016 conference by Tamra Carhart

I am the Faculty Chair for Boston Civic Media (BCM), a consortium of educational institutions and network of community and government organizations in the Boston area. BCM enhances undergraduate education by facilitating curriculum design, improving research and partnership practices, and strengthening connections within the local civic media ecosystem. The consortium aims to provide an active network of academic partners in the Boston area to engage with public and private sector organizations who are designing, using and inventing media in their work to achieve social justice goals.

Boston Civic Media houses a syllabus directory for faculty from around the Boston area who teach courses related to civic issues. We host quarterly events for faculty and community organizations (and archive the lightning talks about civic media from local leader at those events) as well as a 200+ person, annual conference that brings together academics and practitioners and showcases the work of the civic media ecosystem in Boston. In June 2016, our conference theme was Technology, Design and Social Impact. The initiative is housed at Emerson College and led by myself along with Eric Gordon and Paul Mihailidis, Co-Directors of the Engagement Lab, and facilitated by Community Manager Becky Michelson. It is made possible by the Teagle Foundation and Microsoft Civic Engagement.