Designing Digital Communities

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I will be teaching a class on Designing Digital Communities this summer at SVA.

This class is an introduction to crafting the platforms and experiences that enable communities to collaborate, create, and innovate. We will explore social networks, memes, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, online petitions, and other models of digital community participation. Students will design concepts and prototypes for their own digital communities. No coding experience required.

Learn more and register>>

miLES in Fast Company!

miLES (Made in the Lower East Side), a community-centered initiative I have been advising and collaborating with (as well as former client to a student team from MFA Desuign for Social Innovation at SVA where I teach), was featured in Fast Company today!

This “Airbnb For Storefronts” Is Creating New Opportunities In A New York Neighborhood
Operating in the Lower East Side, miLES is trying ignite the community by filling empty commercial space with interesting businesses and organizations on short-term leases while the landlords wait for the right long-term tenants.

Read more on Fast Company

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Launching miLES

WE ARE LAUNCHING!!!

Since last summer, miLES (Made in the Lower East Side) had been listening to the community and positioning themselves to better suit the needs of different stakeholders within the Lower East Side. We are happy to announce that miLES is launching our new website and have partnered with Fourth Arts Block to open the first miLES storefront at FABWORKS starting April 1, 2013 for a three-month period.

Learn more and apply to be a coworker on our website!

FABWORKS is conveniently located at 75 E 4th Street between Bowery and 2nd Ave near many subway stations including 6, N, R, B, D, F, V. We will be hosting an array of programs in our storefront, including co-working on weekdays, classes and events on weeknights, and pop-up shops on the weekend.

Apply as a miLES CO-WORKING MEMBER to share the workspace!

Join us as a FREE miLES BASIC MEMBER to host classes, events, or pop-up shops!

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#DesignThyself – Week 5

I got myself a Korean tutor. We are meeting next Monday! I’ll keep everyone posted, but I think I should have enlisted help much sooner.

I’ve made it halfway through Level 2 of Talk to Me in Korean. I’m continuing my Gangnam Style infinite repeat loops on my commutes to and from Staten Island. I think it’s starting to gel and enter my brain through my subconsciousness.

Two more awesome renditions of Gangnam Style:

#DesignThyself Korean Challenge Week 3

We are now almost a month into our #DesignThyself Challenges in my Designing Change class at SVA Design for Social Innovation. I feel both good and a little behind. I need to both continue my momentum and develop a new learning strategy for the Gangnam

The Good
I am progressing along slowly but surely in my self study of basic Korean conversation. I have established a strong routine of DAILY exposure to Korean. This could mean listening to a Talk to Me in Korean podcast, going over a lesson in my Colloquial Korean book and recordings, or learning the Korean Word of the Day on my WordPower app. I have established first thing in the morning and just before bed as good learning times. Subway and ferry commutes are also a good time for listening to audio lessons.

The Not-So-Good
I have hardly progressed past learning the first verse of Gangnam Style. Despite listening to the song on repeat for many of my subway commutes, everything is just a blur of rapid fire syllables. I’m going to try a new audio-visual strategy of referring to the lyrics sheet while listening to the song, to see if I can follow along. I have only been listening right now. I’m going to have to be able to “read” the lyrics in karaoke anyway. Let’s see how this goes. I just PDF’ed the lyrics and loaded them on my iPad mini, so I can now listen and review lyrics visually on the go.