Sunrise in beverly , taken on a morning run with Moses Shumow, August 2020

“We are put a little space. That we may learn to bear the beams of love” — William Blake

Learning is a form of contestation. We are bound to challenge what we believe, assume and understand. Learning requires transgression. We are compelled to push against the structures and rules that normalize inequities and injustice. Learning necessitates struggle. We must devote intensely to the tasks that require our full devotion.

In 2019, over 100 students, activists, educators, scholars, and practitioners convened in Salzburg, Austria to identify, design and deploy responses to the crisis of disbelief across the globe.

This group was motivated by a commitment to each other, and to combat the fracturing of societies and erosion of trust that is plaguing our civic societies. These faces represent beauty, diversity, and passion. They are the heart and sole of this project, and reflect the effort required to make meaningful interventions in the world. In the words of Margaret Mead at the Salzburg Global Seminar 72 years ago:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has

The Faces of [re]Build

Re-Imagining local reporting through participatory design and creative data storytelling

By Adam Gamwell & Paul Mihailidis

In collaboration with independent and alternative news and information platforms Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism (BINJ) and MuckRock, I’m excited to announce the release of Make FOIA Work.

Make FOIA Work is a news literacy project that reimagines journalism through design-oriented, participatory and collaborative…

paul mihailidis

professor, researcher, teacher, activist. Emerson College & Salzburg Global Seminar. @pmihailidis

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