Posted November 29th 2012 at 10:55 pm by
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People, Planning, & the Story: An Applied Media Workshop

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In January 2013 MIT CoLab will offer an intensive four-day class on why storytelling is important to the practice of city planning. This is a for-credit course in MIT’s Independent Activities Period, but portions of it will be open to the public in real time. By the end of the class, we will have published a record that enables anyone to replicate the workshop or mold it to suit a particular community/group of students/organization. We’ll take collective, public notes on Etherpad; talk on twitter under the hashtag #planningstories; and blog daily on this site.

Over the four days, students will learn to identify and construct a meaningful story. Each activity in the course will expose students to media gathering and sharing tools, both new and old. The final deliverable for the course is a story produced in a multimedia format of the student’s choice — audio, video, photography, prose, data presentation, or some combination of these forms.

The class is January 7th to 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can download an abridged syllabus. Please fill out this class application so that we can learn more about you. Please email course organizers Alexa Mills (, Aditi Mehta ( and Stefanie Ritoper ( if you have any questions.

People, Planning, and the Story: An Applied Media Workshop

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