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2011 PLOTS NYC Summit

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This page holds the schedule for the March 25-27 workshop -- a smaller meeting of the board and other interested parties. Emphasis on framing PLOTS and planning, not as much on outreach yet.

Some organization has happened on this Google doc page:

Location Options

The New School: seminar room on 5th Ave NYU ITP, 721 Broadway btwn Washington Place (5th) and Waverly Place (6th fl) Collab 304 Hudson Street (6th fl) Flux Factory 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens NY 11101


Friday, March 25, 2011 11:30 Meet at New School for check-in 3:30 Head to Whitney to set-up for Trade School 7-9pm Whitney presentation (sunken courtyard, corner of 75th and Madison) 9:30 Drinks at ____________: Invite Bre Pettis (makerbot, NYCResistor, Michael Felix (

Saturday, March 26, 2011 9:30-11 Online tools (Jeff and Stewart) 9:45-10:30 Liz presentation at 11-12:30 Education (Stewart and Mathew) 12:30-1:30 Lunch break 1:30-3:30 Project updates and discussion, general organization business that needs to be discussed (Shannon and Sara) 3:30-6 nonprofit discussion (1.25hr- Shannon), C4fcm (30min-Jeff), Consensus and voting (45min- Mathew) 6-7:30 Dinner 7:30-9 Working with the Public (Shannon and Liz) 9 Drinks at ____________________________

Sunday, March 27, 2011 8:30-10 Research- Sara and Shannon 10-11:30 Outcomes- Adam 11:30-12 quick lunch 1-6 Gowanus Canal workshop 6-8 Dinner, fall conference discussion (Shannon and Sara), for profit/retail discussion (Mathew) and wrap-up




  • action over observation
  • remediation
  • policy, litigation, and public opinion

Working with the public

Shannon and Liz

  • workshops
  • outreach
  • ownership
  • "am I a resident?"
  • 'spare' time

Online tools

Jeff and Stewart

  • what's worked and what hasn't
  • legibility and image-based communication
  • plans for improving
  • data archiving


Sara and Shannon

  • the research process: from first explorations to proven in the field
  • documentation -- guides, videos, publications
  • attracting collaborators; scaling
  • building a research culture & research values
  • participatory evaluation planning


Stewart and Mathew

  • summary of existing curricular work
  • proposed classes
  • reaching outside the university/school bubble
  • working on scales longer than a semester

2011 Fall Workshop

Sara and Shannon

  • planning
  • location
  • partner organizations


  • Nonprofit- Shannon
  • Money stuff- how will we distribute- Shannon
  • C4fcm- Jeff?
  • Open source hardware license- Mathew