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What’s next for democracy? Dot Connector Studio and Democracy Fund release results of fall futuring project

What’s next for democracy? Dot Connector Studio and Democracy Fund release results of fall futuring project

“The question of whether our democracy will long endure is both ancient and urgent — as old as our Republic, still vital today,” said President Biden in this week’s address to a joint session of Congress. But while his rhetoric was lofty, the realities on…

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New publication with GoFA and Omidyar Network looks beyond typical trends report to more hopeful tomorrows

New publication with GoFA and Omidyar Network looks beyond typical trends report to more hopeful tomorrows

Over the course of this disorienting pandemic and the multiple reckonings around social equality that have been roiling America, I’ve led a shift in focus at Dot Connector Studio toward forecasting and scenario planning. We’ve worked in tandem with our clients to understand the longer-term trends…

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Don’t miss our toolkit, which provides resources for inclusive, diverse emerging media

Don’t miss our toolkit, which provides resources for inclusive, diverse emerging media

The Making a New Reality Toolkit provides a host of carefully curated resources for making emerging media such as VR, AR, and social media more diverse, equitable, and inclusive (DEI). Co-authored by Kamal Sinclair and Dot Connector’s Jessica Clark, the toolkit divides the work into…

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Impact Pack for 2021

Impact Pack for 2021

Dot Connector Studio’s Impact Pack, our card deck for strategically planning media projects, is back in 2021 with a brand new suit. Given the more complex and nuanced understanding demanded of media projects in these times, we developed “Unintended Outcomes.” Despite the good intentions of…

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How do we ensure that everyone has access to the news they need?

How do we ensure that everyone has access to the news they need?

Now is a particularly dangerous time to be misinformed. Yet, increasingly, many Americans lack access to reliable, high-quality journalism that reflects their lived experiences and gives them the crucial information they need to act in their own interest. Here at Dot Connector Studio, we think…

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Engaged Journalism Impact Pack Launched at Hearken’s Engagement Innovation Summit

Engaged Journalism Impact Pack Launched at Hearken’s Engagement Innovation Summit

In October our Assistant Director, Michelle Polyak, presented at Hearken’s Engagement Innovation Summit in Brooklyn, NY. In collaboration with Jennifer Brandel at Hearken, our team created a tailored version of the Impact Pack with support from Democracy Fund. The Engaged Journalism Impact pack is a…

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Democracy Fund & DCS Release New Report on DEI in Journalism Along with Tools for the Field

Democracy Fund & DCS Release New Report on DEI in Journalism Along with Tools for the Field

Earlier this fall, Democracy Fund released a report titled Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Journalism: What Funders Can Do along with two innovative tools to help the field navigate the issues; the Journalism DEI tracker and the Journalism DEI Wheel —all of which were…

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Knight launches series on advancing a new era in local news

Knight launches series on advancing a new era in local news

The Knight Foundation, working with Dot Connector Studio and Mark Glaser, recently launched a series of stories aimed at place-based foundations, high net-worth individuals and national foundations to bring more funding, attention and support to the local news ecosystem. Many stories in the series will…

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Don’t miss our latest report on CLEF: Learning to Listen

Don’t miss our latest report on CLEF: Learning to Listen

Earlier this month, the Lenfest Institute for Journalism published our latest report Learning to Listen: Building a culture of engagement in newsrooms, which examined the first year’s outcomes of the Community Listening and Engagement Fund. This fund was collaboratively supported by Lenfest, the News Integrity Initiative…

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What were we thinking? So far at Dot Connector Studio…

What were we thinking? So far at Dot Connector Studio…

Every so often, it’s crucial to take a step back and look at the big picture. This year, we took a break from our usual spring newsletter to contemplate how we’ve spent the last five years, and what we hope to do next. Below, learn more…

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