Knight Blog

The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Wall: "a cutting-edge tool for civil debate"

Jan. 11, 2012, 2:45 p.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

This fall, as a way to encourage dialogue about the most critical issues facing Florida and the nation, the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida launched an interactive civil debate wall.

Known as “The Wall," the series of interconnected touch-screen panels allow students to share ideas and present solutions to pressing civic questions. 

The photo gallery below shows the wall in action.

Engagement Commons: A new tool to empower civic engagement

Jan. 11, 2012, 9:24 a.m., Posted by Nick Grossman

The Public Art App, available in Engagement Commons, allows users to discover art in various cities. 

In April, Civic Commons officially launched the Engagement Commons in beta. The site, which has curated more than 150 engagement focused app entries is now open to the community. It invites people to jump in, start trying it out, and submit ideas for how to make the platform even better. For the next phase, the site is looking to add more context, by providing the stories and narratives behind how these apps are facilitating results in communities. 

By Nick Grossman, Civic Commons Executive Director

With the explosion of open data, we’ve seen a proliferation of civic software aiming to get community information on everything from road closures to restaurant inspections into people’s hands.

The apps have great potential for engaging people in improving their communities. But often the people closest to the data -- city leaders and staffers -- have a difficult time finding and weeding through all the software to determine what’s right for both their needs and their community.

Increasing digital and media literacy in Charlotte

Jan. 10, 2012, 10:22 a.m., Posted by Elizabeth R. Miller

Knight Foundation's efforts to support digital literacy in communities took a step forward last week when Queens University of Charlotte hosted a bootcamp session, which brought together local non-profits and students from the Knight School of Communication to learn about social media strategy.