Digital Tools, Data, and Civic Hacking as a Vehicle for Place-Based Storytelling and Social Change
Abstract: While place-making and community engagement have always been intertwined, yet the naming and surfacing of those mechanisms are more newly researched (Manzo & Devine-Wright, 2013; Lepofsky & Fraser, 2003). In addition, new technological tools have come available ad been refined over time, allowing for expressions and reflections on place and space to take new dimensions (Swist & Kuswara, 2016; Giaccardi & Palen, 2008). This research compares multiple projects underneath the umbrella of Lehigh University's inquiry-based summer Mountaintop Experience - on digital storytelling, place-based civic arts and economic development, and civic hacking and data usage, respectively. In addition, two other projects - digital storytelling and documentary capstones - were also examined to understand pedagogical, community, and learning outcomes. Different technology tools such as video storytelling, digital storymaps, blogging, infographics, and documentary film were analyzed.