Mission Statement

The purpose of Creative Publics Lab is to demonstrate how post-secondary institutions can become innovation hubs for new forms political participation and media-based community organizing.

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Why is Creative Publics Lab necessary?

Despite spending more time in postsecondary institutions than any generation before and being the most educated generation of all time, students leave undergraduate programs without learning basic skills for media-based community organizing and applied political communication.

This is the case despite younger generations facing a political environment of mounting debt, diminished job security, increasing costs of food, tuition and housing and a convergence of challenges caused by the threats of climate change and intensifying income inequality. In the face of these collective challenges – digital civic literacy, community organizing and political communication competencies have never been more important and the need to support new forms civic engagement has never been greater.

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