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M@L Story Project « MIT@Lawrence

M@L Story Project

Watch the documentary:

Weaving Our Collective Narrative: the M@L Story Project from Danielle Martin on Vimeo. Documentary produced by Audubon Douherty, Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, Danielle Martin, Alexa Mills, and Erin Sisk.

About the M@L Story Project: How can participatory media tools be adapted for grassroots strategies to seed more forward-focused institutional memory practices? Can we use these tools, supported by strategies such as reflective practice, participatory action research, and participatory development communication, work in real-time in both the university and community? Can these efforts benefit the practice of both student and community organizers to facilitate two-way flows of knowledge toward truly shared narratives? The documentary is just one part of the larger MIT@Lawrence Story Project. This year-long reflective practice project aimed to not only document and reflect on the progression of M@L as a university community partnership, but also act as a conversation starter and discussion space for our partners on both sides of the @ sign. We’ve adopted a multi-layered approach to capture the story, including one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, and student reflections, all feeding into a conversation that includes a short documentary, an interactive and multi-themed timeline, and a physical summit of M@L stakeholders and friends. The ultimate goal is to create a space for reflection of the lessons learned and visioning the future of the partnership. As we move forward, the partnership will use these conversations to document and develop new sustained engagement mechanisms for university and community, that lead to transformation of planning theory, academic practice, and grassroots action.

Explore the timeline at: http://lawrencestory.org M@L SIMILE Timeline Adaptation – Timeline (simile.mit.edu/timeline), a javascript library developed by the MIT Simile project, allows for the simple depiction of events plotted on a web-based timeline. Using Simile’s Timeline as a base, MIT@Lawrence is developing a web interface to create a tool for sustained engagement and collective storytelling. The goal of this experiment is to create a tool that can not only capture the initial timeline of events for our interventions as partnership and visualize them for participants on both sides. In this first phase of the project, the intent is to use our existing partners and participants as a pilot community to create a space for reflection of the lessons learned. It is also a test to see if a new collaborative visualization tool can spark a conversation about our vision to support sustained engagement mechanisms for university and community to work together to transform both theory & practice. This will culminate in an event on April 27th in Lawrence, MAand presentation at the C4FCM conference in June. In the second phase, we hope to adapt and release a tool and set of guidelines for other community-wide coalitions to implement to change the local flow of knowledge, news, and interaction in geographical communities. Timeline coding and design by Nick Iuviene & Matt Hockenberry

The M@L Story project is supported by the MIT Center for Future Civic Media, Community Innovators Lab, and the Department of Urban Studies & Planning.

Credits: This documentary and timeline were created as part of a larger visioning and collective storytelling process by led by current MIT@Lawrence students, staff, and volunteers… Script: Danielle Martin, Lorlene Hoyt, Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, Nick Iuviene Camera: Amruta Sudhalkar, Audubon Dougherty, Danielle Martin, Marianna Leavy-Sperounis, Nick Iuviene Editing: Alexa Mills, Audubon Dougherty, Danielle Martin, Erin Sisk, Marianna Leavy-Sperounis Media Combers: Gayle Christiansen, Eric Mackres B-Roll Videographers: LInda Ciesielski, Sung Kim, Kim Foltz, Thomas C Guerra, Shan Jiang, Sung Kim, Dan Koff, Kendra Leith, Danielle Martin Photographers: Jeffrey Jacob Beam, Debmalya Guha, Danielle Martin, Jase Wilson, and countless other MIT@Lawrence students Music: Creative Commons licensed mixes from CCMixter users: grapes, microditto, scottalham, teru Special thanks those interviewed, who didn’t appear here: Annery Butten, Lawrence CommunityWorks Armand Hyatt, Lawrence CommunityWorks Carlos Espinoza-Toro, MIT alum ’08 Ezra Harber Glenn, MIT Lecturer Heather Clark, MIT alum ’04 Jeffrey Jacob Beam, MIT Grad Student ’09 Jesse Kaminsky, MIT Staff Ralph Carrero, Lawrence Family Development Charter School Raymond Villa, LFDCS 8th grader Spencer Buchholz, Lawrence CommunityWorks Wesley Harris, MIT Professor Wendy Huang, MIT Teacher Education Program Video clips of all interviewed will appear on the M@L Story timeline: http://lawrencestory.org Also special thanks to : Community Innovators Lab: Dayna Cunningham, Amber Bradley, Carlos Espinoza-Toro, and Sebastiao Mendonca Ferreira MIT CRON: Duncan Kincaid and Jesse Kaminsky

And all current M@L Partners: @MIT Biology Center for Advanced Visual Studies Center for Future Civic Media Center for Real Estate Chemistry Outreach Civil Engineering Community Innovators Lab Comparative Media Studies Department of Urban Studies + Planning Edgerton Center Education Studies Program Fire Hose Games GAMBIT Lab iHouse Media Lab MIT Museum New Media Literacies Office of Educational Innovation and Technology Office of Engineering Outreach Programs Public Service Center Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery Program Scheller Teacher Education Program Sloan School of Management Society of Physics Students Solar Electric Vehicle Team Spanish House Special Program for Urban and Regional Studies StarLogo TNG Toy Lab @Lawrence Arlington Community Trabajando Bread & Roses Housing City of Lawrence: Community Development Department City of Lawrence: Department of Public Works City of Lawrence: Fire Department Groundwork Lawrence International Union of Painters Jericho Road Lawrence Alma Arlington Neighborhood Association Lawrence Community Works Lawrence Family Development Charter School Lawrence High School Lawrence Higher Education Resource Center Lawrence History Center Lawrence Methuen Community Coalition Lazarus House Ministries Merrimack Valley Economic Development Council Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Movement City Nexamp Northern Essex Community College Panel Claw PTA Tarbox School Solectria Renewables Veritas Bank YouthBuild Lawrence MIT@Lawrence is funded by: MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning MIT Public Service Center US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of University Partnerships Creative Commons License: Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives MIT@Lawrence 2009