The Civic Media: Collaborative Design Studio, based at MIT and working in collaboration with partners in multiple locations, generates civic media projects that are grounded in real-world community needs. We partner with community-based organizations, and use co-design and lean startup methods for project ideation, design, prototyping, testing, launch, and stewardship.
Mariel García-Montes (@faeriedevilish), graduate researcher at MIT CMS/W, is working to support the Co-Design Studio in Spring 2017.
Evan Henshaw-Plath (@rabble) works to integrate Lean Startup methods in the Co-Design Studio.
Aisha Shillingford, of Intelligent Mischief, works to help connect the Co-Design Studio to community-based organizations in the Boston area.
Bex Hurwitz, of Research Action Design, played a key role in the development of the Co-Design Studio as Community Organizer and Co-Design Facilitator over the period 2012-2014.
The Co-Design Studio has been generously supported by the D’Arbeloff Teaching and Learning Fund, and by FUSE Labs.
More information about the current partners and design teams can be found in the course syllabus; info about people involved in previous iterations is available on the projects page.