Journo Stuff


OpenVisConf: Sketchy Notes

Earlier this week, I spoke at OpenVisConf, about how systems thinking and simulations can CHANGE THE WORLD!!! or summin' like that. I'm happy that my talk was relatively early in the conference, so once I was done with it, I could relax and actually pay attention to the other talks.…



Why Simulate?

When most people hear the word “simulation”, they probably think about The Matrix, and whether we're all living in a simulation or something. But real simulations are made for a purpose. They're created to figure out the past, improve the present, or explore possible futures. So the good news is,…


Systems Thinking & Journalism: Sketchy Notes

This week, I went to this small two-day workshop for journalists to learn about Systems Thinking, and to figure out how to apply it to their own work! Here are my messy sketch-notes, with some personal reflections. Good news & bad news – they skimmed over the basics of Systems Thinking.…


Creating With Contradictions

Imagine two students care a lot about the fishing industry. Maybe this is an Alaskan school, who knows. The first student, Alice, cares mostly about the ecological impact of the industry. She knows ecologies have a fine balance, so she makes a simplified model of the marine ecosystem, like so:…


Hello, FRONTLINE!

Today, I started my Knight/Mozilla OpenNews Fellowship at PBS Frontline! So I'll be here in Boston, MA for the next ten months. Also, looking forward to schmoozing at the MIT Media Lab, also here in Boston. Anyway, pretty dang excited to be here! The first thing you see walking…