Knight Blog

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

Deliberative Democracy to help Akron residents build community engagement

July 14, 2011, 3:08 p.m., Posted by Jennifer Thomas

Akron, OH 62

Akron's Community Learning Centers will be transformed into spaces for engagement with a recently announced Knight Foundation grant to the Akron Neighborhood Trust.  The $674,000 grant will train residents in a process called Deliberative Democracy, which will allow them to plan and implement needed services at the centers with input from many voices in the community.

We’re proud to take part in this effort to transform the community, and hope the news will spread quickly.

So far, the story has been picked up by the Akron Beacon Journal, which explained the initiative, saying, “Over the next three years, residents will set priorities and design action plans for programming and services to be offered in the Community Learning Center.”

Crystal Jones, who co-manages The Akron Neighborhood Trust with Susan Vogelsang, shared our excitement about the award, saying...

Arts thrive in Charlotte with support from ASC and Knight Foundation

July 14, 2011, 9:38 a.m., Posted by Susan Patterson

This week’s story in The Charlotte Observer was welcome news to arts lovers and supporters in the community.  After a couple of really challenging years for both established and emerging arts organizations, this year's Arts and Science Council (ASC) stable support is greatly appreciated.

“The ASC will give $7.6 million to more than 60 cultural organizations during the budget year that starts this month,” wrote The Charlotte Observer.  “Most of the 25 groups that get the bulk of the money will receive the same amount they did last year - a welcome change after two years of squeezes.”

New initiative promotes digital literacy through game design in Silicon Valley

July 13, 2011, 2:22 p.m., Posted by Knight Foundation

(Students use Globaloria in Austin, Texas., one of the five communities currently using the platform)

More than 5,000 youth and young adults in Silicon Valley schools, youth clubs and community centers will soon become interactive programmers and civic advocates thanks to a $950,000 Knight Foundation grant for an innovative platform that uses games design to teach digital literacy.

Over the next three years, Silicon Valley youth will use the World Wide Workshop’s Globaloria platform to develop, program and blog about their own educational games.  The idea is to leverage social issues and open-source principles to craft collaborative games that provide youth with the digital and media literacy skills they will need to fully engage in the 21st century information age.  The initiative will also connect participants to important civic concepts.

“Globaloria presents a powerful technology-driven participation model that is relevant to today’s Internet-focused generation.  It allows them to conceptualize, design and program their own web games on important topics, and to engage in civics by ‘learning by doing,’” said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, president and founder of the World Wide Workshop.

The initiative will further provide local instructors with training to help the youth form teams and conduct the online research necessary to effectively design their projects.

World Wide Workshop will be ...