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Democracy After Dark Presents: Beta Blocks; Exploring new Approaches for Community-Led Innovation in Public Spaces
November 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Eric Gordon, professor of civic media and the director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, will present on Beta Blocks, an experiment in putting communities at the center of decision-making about public realm technologies, including sensors, drones, scooters and more. The Beta Blocks project establishes “exploration zones” in Boston’s neighborhoods where technologies are temporarily installed so that people can explore its public value, see the data it’s collecting, and imagine how it might enhance their quality of life. The process involves youth and adults and advances data literacy and enhances local influence. This program is co-sponsored with the Arlington Department of Planning and Community Development.