(Photos by: Leonardo Correa, Courtesy of Community Healthcare Network)
“We offer quality healthcare services for the whole family and we never turn anyone away.”
That’s what it says on the The Community Healthcare Network website. CHN is a NYC based organization which runs over a dozen clinics and provides healthcare to over 80,000 people. A couple of weeks back, I was brought in to do visual interviews with supporters and partners at an event they held at the Rubin Art museum. The topic: what are you passionate about in healthcare and wellness? This engagement really checked a lot of my favorite boxes: interesting topic, live interviews, diverse crowd, lovely setting. As a bonus, I got to work with another visual listener, Amanda Lyons, who does great work and is a pleasure to collaborate with. Full set of pics here.
Many interviewees stressed the importance of prevention and improving the various factors which support or undermine health–like peoples’ relationships, safety, access to housing, and so on. People mentioned the connections between various kinds of health—for example, diabetes can lead to poor oral health if people don’t maintain good blood glucose control. Diabetes loomed large in many conversations. In 2012 almost 10% of the US population had diabetes—it’s a massive challenge, one that Community Health Network is doing its part to address.
On December 16, 2015, a group gathered at Civic Hall to look at two efforts to map the growing civic tech movement. John Farmer demoed civicgraph.io/, and Lawrence Grodeska Demoed Civic Maker’s (still not officially released) tool for mapping civic tech players. Then we took a few minutes to think of the various civic tech tool, companies, and organizations and categorized them into groups. Finally, we used that as a springboard to discuss what kind of mapping and categorization of civic tech tools and efforts would be most useful. I was honored to help lead the session, and to visually listen to the conversation and turn that into meeting visuals we used to further the discussion.
I have the honor of visually capturing the pitches 10 charities will make to a crowd of in person and virtual attendees tonight at the GIV.NYC event tonight. The top several vote getters will share a pot of prize money of over $10,000, and all ten finalists will be able to share the mission of their organization with hundreds of people in an exciting slam format! Before and after the pitches, I will be doing visual interviews with attendees, so if you are there in person, stop by for an interview.
The in-person event includes complementary food, beverages, and DJ dance party. Tickets are just $25 and the funds go to the winning charities. This will be a great night out for a date or gathering of friends to have fun,learn about interesting local charities, and do some good. Learn more and buy tickets here.
OK, I’m not Michelangelo, and this is not the Sistine Chapel, but it is gratifying to see my work hanging on the wall in an elevated venue. This photo was shot at a party at Touchlab HQ, where they hung my work on their walls as permanent decoration. When I say the venue is elevated I mean it’s quite lovely, and it’s fairly high up: it’s on 12th floor.
(View from the Touchlab HQ roof).
They commissioned the works as part of DroidCon NYC 2015, a mega-conference for Android developers, where I captured the ideas and personalities bouncing around the event with large scale visual notes.
If Pope Francis does need someone to update any of his walls (or ceilings), I’d be happy to make space for him in my schedule.
“In mathematics and computer science, an algorithm ( i/ˈælɡərɪðəm/ AL-gə-ri-dhəm) is a self-contained step-by-step set of operations to be performed. Algorithms exist that perform calculation, data processing, and automated reasoning.”
More than ever, Algorithms are used to screen people for employment, to determine credit scores, to inform prison sentencing, and many other functions which shape peoples’ lives in important ways. But the assumptions and decisions which go into creating the algorithms can create outcomes that are not always in line with values like fairness, social mobility, racial impartiality, and so on. It’s important to not accept algorithms as a kind of truth machine, but rather to foster discussion about how to best use and shape algorithms to create the kind of outcomes that foster the kind of outcomes we want. For example, (to pick a simplified and hypothetical example) do we want an algorithm that rewards teachers for gaming the system to get a higher raise, or do we want an algorithm that results in students having better educational outcomes?
A panel of data experts led a discussion at Civic Hall yesterday about the necessity to interrogate algorithms–to question their goals, efficacy, and context in which they exist. Cathy O’Neil, Meredith Broussard, and Solon Barocas.
I captured the conversation with this set of sketchnotes. The event was sponsored by DataKind, The Microsoft Tech and Civic Engagement team, and was hosted at Civic Hall and was the first in a series of lunchtime events exploring data science called Machine Eatable.
Tech note: I created the sketchnotes in real time on an iPad using the Paper App.
Having a great time at Droidcon NYC and trying out a new look with the white fedora.
Corey Latislaw gave a great talk about bridging the global digital divide with Android devices and development. The rate of digital connectivity is growing exponentially outside the wealthier countries. Designers for a global market need to take a myriad of factors into account—-spotty networks, lack of reading and tech literacy, poor access to electricity, cultural sensitivities and more. The upside of developing apps with a truly global user base in mind is that you will create highly efficient apps that work better for everybody. That and you have the potential to reach people with their first digital experience, with the potential to change their lives.
Got to combine three things I love, interviewing, drawing,and writing, in this set of
interviews I visualized at Droidcon NYC. Interviewees varied from a senior android developer at the New York Times, to a software engineer from Florence, Italy, via London, to a high school sophomore from Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.
Thanks to Touch Lab for hosting me at this fascinating community gathering of developers of this widespread and versatile operating system which powers all kinds of devices all over the world.
Below: a slideshow of the visuals, and people soaking them up at Droidcon NYC: