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Humanizing Data- creating an Escape Room for Good

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Humanizing Data - creating an Escape Room for Good

What if we built an environment that modeled negative conversations and behaviors found on social media platforms? Inside of this environment, situations quickly escalate. But this time, we would be able to do something about it.

Imagine a space where a diversity of participants work together through story, play, design and collaboration to de-escalate situations that stem from misunderstanding and polarization. To create this “Escalation Room” we’ll harness emerging technologies, collaborative methodologies and field research to design and build an innovative empathic simulation that is a learning environment that can scale.
Join us for a special think & do session that mixes theory and practice.

A fireside chat with Desmond Upton Patton of SAFElab

Desmond Upton Patton is an assistant professor of social work at Columbia University, faculty affiliated of the Data Science Institute and director of the SAFElab. His research examines the link between social media communication and expressions of trauma, grief, and aggression that may lead to gang violence. He's developing the digital scholars lab as an intervention for aggressive communication online by training youth who live violent communities in human-centered design and providing education on promotive social media behaviors.

Design an Escape Room for Good

Following Desmond's talk we will work together to design an Escape Room for Good. This hands on session will have teams working to design learning simulations that mix story, play, code and collaboration. All skill levels welcome.