Data Therapy: Finding Stories and Discovering Bias

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
George Latimer Central Library
Nicholson Workforce and Innovation Center, 3rd Floor

Event Details

Overwhelmed by all the data in your life? Struggling to build your organization’s ability to work with data? You don’t need to be a statistician or graphic design expert to make sense of it all. Come learn some fun, hands-on ways to recognize the data around you, find stories, and practice telling them to different audiences.

Facilitators will show you the way based on researchers Rahul Bhargava (MIT) and Catherine D’Ignazio’s (Emerson College) Database Culture project. 

Kick start your data journey with these activities:
• Build Data Sculptures- Use craft materials to explore different ways to communicate the same simple data set.  This is a playful and quick way to look for stories. 
• Sketch a Story- Go from data to story using the WordCounter tool. Find patterns in text then draw a sketch to practice communicating a data-driven story visually.
• ConvinceMe- How do you know if your story is working? Does the data you include support the narrative you are telling? Put yourself in the shoes of your audience and try to understand what kind of story will change their worldview or move them to action. 
Funded by the Knight Foundation’s Public Library Innovation Exchange grant. 

Additional workshops held on May 21 and June 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Event Type(s): Business/Finance/Legal, Computers/Technology
Age Group(s): Adult

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