Washington: January 10, 2012

On January 10, 2012, The Mobile Learning Institute at the Smithsonian hosted a Leadership Summit on Voices of the Community at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden ARTLAB, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC.

The Smithsonian-based Leadership Summits are designed to bring museum staff of all kinds together with digital media practitioners and researchers to begin or continue the conversation about how to introduce and integrate new media practices into the museum experience.

This Summit featured three speakers and short videos that showcased programs in which young people participate more fully in their schools, communities, and the world.

It was introduced by Fath Davis Ruffins, who will head up the Americans All programming for the Smithsonian, and Philippa Rappoport, Community Outreach Manager for the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies.

The Online Community at Work: The Harry Potter Alliance — Andrew Slack

Andrew Slack

Andrew Slack co-founded the Harry Potter Alliance. HPA is a nonprofit that takes an outside-of-the-box approach to civic engagement by using parallels from the Harry Potter books to educate and mobilize young people across the world toward issues of literacy, equality, and human rights. Its mission is to empower its members to act like the heroes that they love by acting for a better world. By bringing together fans of blockbuster books, TV shows, movies, and YouTube celebrities the HPA is harnessing the power of popular culture toward making our world a better place. Its goal is to make civic engagement exciting by channeling the entertainment-saturated facets of our culture toward mobilization for deep and lasting social change.

Youth Radio: Empowering the Whole Young Person through Media Production - Nishat Kurwa

Nishat Kurwa

Nishat Kurwa is Youth Radio's Senior Producer, an early graduate of the program, and a regular contributor to National Public Radio with her own reporting. She is a lead founding developer of Youth Radio's Turnstyle News and the Executive Producer of AllDayPlay.fm. Nishat is both a product and creator of Youth Radio's model for community engagement through digital media. Youth Radio promotes young people's intellectual, creative, and professional growth through education and access to media. Youth Radio’s media education, broadcast journalism, technical training and production activities provide unique opportunities in social, professional and leadership development for youth, ages 14-24.

Good Reception: The Power of Phones, Games, and Digital Media to Transform Schooling Communities - Anterro Garcia

Anterro Garcia

Anterro Garcia is an L.A. public school teacher, Ph.D. student, and 2010-2011 U.S. Department of Education Teaching Ambassador Fellow, currently serves on the conference committee for the 2012 Digital Media and Learning Conference. He works with his students to reach into the community to solve local problems.

In 2008 Antero co-developed the Black Cloud Game. A Digital Media and Learning Competition award recipient, the Black Cloud provoked students to take real time assessment of air quality in their community. Using custom-developed sensors that measure and send data about air quality, students critically analyzed the role pollution played in their daily lives and presented recommendations to their community.