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Participatory Media

Good Intentions Are Not Enough: On Community, Voice, and the Ethics of Inclusion/Exclusion

Mona Shattell | Posted 06.26.2013 | Chicago
Mona Shattell

How do we include more, and diverse voices? How do we ensure that we get it "right"? How do we ensure that our impact is what was intended? What do we need to do now, early in the process to be more inclusive?

MOOCs: A Design Question to Consider

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 06.07.2013 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

MOOCs (massive open online courses) is a relatively recent method of educational delivery -- where thousands of people across the world can access college-level courses for free anywhere there is an internet connection -- is being hailed by some as a revolution, and by others as a fad.

The Difference Between "Invention" and "Innovation"

Tom Grasty | Posted 06.03.2012 | Technology
Tom Grasty

Like so many up-and-coming entrepreneurs, I was under the impression that invention and innovation were one and the same. They aren't. And, as I have discovered, the distinction is an important one.

The Difference Between a 'Pivot' and a 'Reboot'

Tom Grasty | Posted 04.30.2012 | Small Business
Tom Grasty

Of course, we all know that if there's one truism in entrepreneurship, it's that change is the only constant we can rely on. And sometimes we really do need to change course. So how do you know if you should pivot or reboot?

3 Keys to Naming Your Product

Tom Grasty | Posted 03.12.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

Without question, naming your product is important. But it's also a great opportunity. The right name can distinguish you from the competition, as well as differentiate your product from seemingly similar offerings.

The Pros & Cons of Hiring Third-Party Vendors

Tom Grasty | Posted 02.14.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

Rarely does a startup have all the tools in its toolbox when starting out. Sometimes you have to engage a third-party vendor.

Lessons for Digital Entrepreneurs from the Entertainment Industry

Tom Grasty | Posted 01.02.2012 | Business
Tom Grasty

There's an old adage in Hollywood that "ideas are a dime a dozen." To a large extent, I think that applies to entrepreneurship as well.

The New News Paradigm: 'Pivot or Perish'

Tom Grasty | Posted 09.05.2011 | Technology
Tom Grasty

At the recent MIT-Knight Civic Media Conference, I had the pleasure of speaking to 16 of the most promising thinkers in the area of digital news. Cull...

Participatory Media and Why I Love it (and Must Defend It)

Caterina Fake | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Caterina Fake

Jaron Lanier does not understand that people do things for reasons other than bolstering their egos and making money. Those who engage in participatory media are not "robbed of dignity."