New Narratives

Tue, Mar 13    7pm

New Narratives: Fostering speculation, research and building on how stories are found and told By Michael Krisch

Part of the Impact Data Lab Series

Lecture Abstract

The pervasion of computation across society has brought a new era of record. From the mundane of liking a social media post to a continuous GPS trace of a day, from routine high-resolution earth imaging to incident level crime data; lived experience is increasingly rendered digitally. This shift brings new opportunities for storytellers and journalists. Not only have the tools to find and tell stories changed, but so has the definition of what constitutes a story.

This talk will explore the possibilities in these new forms of story exploration and presentation through the research of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation.


Michael Krisch is a researcher focused on finding narrative narratives in uncommon places. He currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, a bicoastal research institute housed at Stanford University’s School of Engineering and at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. At the institute, Krisch acts as an advisor to the research and grants of the institute and designs and implements educational programming and training in areas, techniques, and mediums not found in the traditional definition of journalism.

In 2017/18, Krisch is teaching Points Unknown, a training module designed to help journalists to use spatial data as a tool for communication and reporting, as well as a course focused on bridging journalistic technique with the practices of architects and urban designers/planners to explore new forms of cartographic narrative.

Impact Data Lab Series

The Impact Data Lab Series is organized around an the Impact Data lab, a prototyping event focused on Palestinian human rights taking place in Amman between the 11th and 14th of March. Impact Data Lab will bring four multidisciplinary teams to participate in a hands-on program focused on producing innovative data visualizations for social justice. The program includes structured collaboration sessions, training opportunities, and presentations. Teams are invited to focus on one of the following topics as they relate to Palestinian human rights: Gender, Education, Digital Rights, and Topography.

Impact Data Lab is organized by Visualizing Impact and Columbia University's Studio-X Amman.