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Curating for Conversation: Social Media and Public Engagment

52c3347c7ef28682fd7345976a66e569?s=47 Josh Stearns
November 03, 2014

Curating for Conversation: Social Media and Public Engagment

A talk at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government


Josh Stearns

November 03, 2014


  1. Strategic Social Media Tools for Public Engagement Josh Stearns Director

    of Journalism and Sustainability Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation @jcstearns / #CurateKSG
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  4. Who is in the room?

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  10. “The average story about the Ice Bucket Challenge was much

    more heavily promoted by Facebook’s algorithms (a factor of 8x) than the average story about Ferguson.”
  11. “Algorithms control the marketplace of ideas. They grant power to

    certain information as it flies through the digital space and take power away from other information.” Kelly McBride, Poynter Institute
  12. How can we use social media tools to better engage

    the public in meaningful policy debates, foster agency in politics, and facilitate creative conversations that address critical community concerns?
  13. Yochai Benkler

  14. “Cultural change is often the dress rehearsal for political change.

    Or put in another way, political change is the final manifestation of cultural shifts that have already occurred.” Jeff Chang
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  17. Curation Best Practices Context - add relevant details Connect -

    bring together diverse ideas and people Converse - encourage dialogue Credit - always provide attribution Check - verify the content whenever possible Capture - document good discussions Create - spark something new
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  34. Consider Your Goals Consider Your Audience Consider Your Issue Consider

    Your Capacity Consider Your Outreach Consider Your Next Steps Questions to Consider
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