I just ran a workshop for attendees at the 2017 UN World Data Forum in Cape Town, called Empowering People with Data: tips and tricks for creative data literacy”. This was a great chance to connect my activities, and my work with Catherine D’Ignazio on DataBasic.io, to the non-profits and government statistical bureaus. We’ll be doing more of this, as NGOs are coming to me more often to talk about helping them build their capacity to tell strong stories with their information.
Many in the audience came up afterwards and were excited to bring the activities and approaches back to their organizations! Our fun activities were definitely new and novel for their world, and they immediately saw the value for many of the stakeholders they work with.
I’ve posted the slides on slideshare.net. With examples including Praxis India, GoBoston2030, our data murals, and Peabody’s history quilt, I hope they created a richer set of inspirations for how to make working with data participatory and empowering!
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