Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Springfield MA: This is Our City

by • September 29th, 2011

Young leaders envision saving a mid-sized American city.

At the end of July 2011, twenty-nine high school students from Springfield MA gathered on the campus of UMass Amherst for a three-day “Taste of College” youth leadership retreat.

Sponsored by the Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, New North Citizen’s Council, and UMass’ Center on Communication for Sustainable Social Change (CSSC), with donations from Big Y (Amherst), Whole Foods (Amherst), the North End Campus Coalition, and Amherst Community Television (ACTV).

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The Complexity Challenge

by • June 30th, 2011

Addressing the challenge of complexity is, ironically or perhaps appropriately, complex. But the challenge of dealing with the negative outcomes resulting from overly simple approaches to dealing with complexity will ultimately be far more so.

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"How to Destroy Young Minds with Decorative Learning"

by • May 31st, 2011

Image credit: Shortformvideo.Rita J. King has a recent post up on the Science House blog about a salon on learning and the transformation of the economy, science and and educational system: Cheap, Easy RecognitionEducator Dan Menelly teaches a philosop…

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Articulate This!

by • May 12th, 2011

Four students discuss editing and scope decisions for final video projects that will show they have learned about the relationship between media and culture using theories from the discipline of Communication.

Watch the final videos: now named “What makes us normal” and “Do we have to be this way?”

Originally, boringly titled: Re-Solving Survival (Controlled Drowning?) and Controlled Drowning/Re-Solving Survival!

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DayGlow makes us normal

by • May 11th, 2011

behindtheyello5 summarizes the question explored by young people struggling to manage the glut of communication technology shaping the culture of their generation.

When does collective learning become collective intelligence?

This video is the result of undergraduate students living the question during a Communication course on Media and Culture at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Building from individual videos for the Visions of Students Today project by Michael Wesch, this video includes excerpts of TED Talk lectures, contemporary musicians, dancers and other intellectual artists depicting some of the social realities of media and culture relevant in 2011.

Watch the companion video, Controlled Drowning/Re-Solving Survival, aka “Do we have to be this way? (channeling passion)”

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Performing Research

by • September 8th, 2007

Five minute presentation of proposed research on interpretation at the European Parliament. More info: http://www.reflexivity.us/blog/archives/002655.html

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