Plenary Session 4: Technologies as Tools for Engagement

Room: Big Ten A/B
Monday, October 3
1:15 – 2:30 p.m.


What role can digital technologies play in the ways in which communities and citizens think and act together? What are the possibilities of a "civic intelligence" that organizes, mobilizes, and improves shared thinking and action in the face of shared challenges? How can the use of technologies facilitate shared thinking and problem-solving? Two noted speakers, each of whom has spent considerable time working with communities and developing digital tools, will share their thoughts. The session will provide an opportunity for thoughtful and critical discussion of the implications of these themes for work with communities.


  • Jeffrey T. Grabill
    • Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
    • Co-Director, Writing in Digital Environment (WIDE) Research Center
    • Michigan State University


  • Douglas Schuler
    • Member of the Faculty
    • Evergreen State College
  • Alan Webb
    • Co-Founder
    • Citizen Circles and
    • Peer 2 Peer University (P2PU) School of Social Innovation