Ideas

The human search engine

March 29th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’m working my way through danah boyd’s recent book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and really enjoy it.  It describes the Internet in a way that feels like it actually is, situated somewhere between our worst fears, and highest aspirations for technology.  Framing youth through their use of social media also serves to […]


Tithing tied to consumption

November 20th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

A Facebook friend shared this critique of TOMS shoes today and it reminded me that ethical consumerism is kind of a fail in terms of substantial economic or environmental justice.  However, as much as my consumption has serious consequences, often not felt by me, I still buy stuff.  Rather than having my “lesser of two […]


On food and cultural appropriation

November 20th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | 2 Comments

Craving the Other is an interesting article by Soleil Ho about food and cultural appropriation.  The most powerful criticism of fetishizing foods from other cultures is in the last paragraph of the article: Over time, you grow to associate nationalities with the quaint little restaurants that you used to frequent, before they were demolished and […]


Big words

May 6th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Last weekend we lamented the loss of words. How they were stolen and multiplied and proliferated until they lost their meaning and power by those who didn’t understand what they meant but did perceive that they had meaning and power. I lament these words stretched beyond their elasticity now floppy and loose because it feels […]


“A/B testing” the impact of school closures using crime data

March 21st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This weekend, the Knight Lab is sponsoring a hack day focusing on Chicago Crime Data as made available by the Tribune’s crime data portal and API. I’m a little wary of crime data first because crime data does not equal a resident’s experience of safety.  It’s easy to think of situations where crimes go unreported, or […]


Digital civic gestures

March 14th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Propagate Curate (Dis)like Host Remix Transcode


Who’s accountable?

February 13th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is another “inspiration” I submitted to the 2013 Knight News Challenge. The original post is here. Your block has been skipped in trash pickup for the last month! The air conditioning in your child’s public school building doesn’t work very well! Details about entitlement benefits are changing or confusing but you’re not sure who […]


Overflow at civic meetings doesn’t have to mean silence

February 13th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is an “inspiration” that I posted as part of the 2013 Knight News Challenge.  The original post is here. Public meetings are a fundamental means of civic participation in the United States.  However, in cities like Chicago, meetings can be notoriously overcrowded causing participants to have to wait in line, sit in overflow areas […]


Public schools + artist studios, music practice spaces and startup offices

October 7th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Chicago is filled with grand neighborhood school architecture, but the infrastructure doesn’t always match up with current population demographics.  Schools may be closed due to low enrollment or converted to charter magnets, or if open, have large portions of the building unused. Schools have space and Internet connections and are often only used during school […]


Crowdsourced usage help and observations for data visualizations

October 7th, 2012 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

This is my pitch for the Media Ideation Fellowship. Project Description This project would provide a platform for user-contributed usage instructions (“move the slider to the right to see the data for different years” or observations (“wow, DC has so many charter schools”) for web and print-based data visualizations. The project would help make data […]