Intro to Data Visualization for Social Justice


This workshop will offer an introductory training at the intersection of data, visualization, and storytelling. Participants will explore how these tools can be used to create compelling visual tools for social justice advocacy. The workshop will cover the theoretical and practical basics of data visualization, while also introducing participants to issues of environmental racism, human rights, collective action in Palestine and Canada.

// Equipment/Software/Skills Needed // The session will be suitable for beginners with no prior technical background.A projector, cables, and a screen are needed at the venue. Participants should bring laptop computers if possible. Please let us know if you don't have one and we will do our best to accommodate you.

// Facilitators // Lylla Younes – Data Reporter, New York Public Radio, Data Journalist, Visualizing Impact

Ramzi Jaber – Co-director & Co-founder, Visualizing Impact

Robin Jones – Research & Projects Coordinator, Visualizing Impact, MA student in Near Eastern Studies, New York University

// About Us // Visualizing Impact (VI) http://visualizingimpact.org is a non-profit, interdisciplinary collective that uses data, technology, and design to communicate about critical social issues around the world. Visualizing Impact is a registered non-profit in Canada, Lebanon and the United States.

Visualizing Palestine (VP) http://visualizingpalestine.org is a portfolio of Visualizing Impact (VI) launched in January 2012. VP creates community-empowering visual tools that describe a factual, rights-based narrative about the Palestinian-Israeli issue through data-driven journalism.

You may have seen Visualizing Palestine info-graphics in major media outlets including The Guardian, Huffington Post, Al-Jazeera, Open Democracy, Mondoweiss, Jadaliyya, Policy Mic, and Foreign Policy; shared by our partner human rights organizations such as Adalah, Al Haq, Silatech, Mada Masr, the ILO, UNRWA, and Oxfam; recognized by awards from Deutsche Welle, Information is Beautiful (now Beyond Words), Prix Ars Electronica; or featured by Creative Commons.

One of Visualizing Impact’s areas of focus is Digital Rights. In 2013, VI launched Onlinecensorship.org in partnership with Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a data platform that tracks instances of censorship on social media.