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Local Voices Network Announces Long-Term Commitment in Madison and Planned Expansion in Wisconsin

BWW News Desk
April 17, 2019

Today a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fwwwcorticoai2Fampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorCorticoampindex1ampmd58b5349c85e93a90f70f28c747f81d5c9 relnofollowCorticoa a nonprofit organization with the mission of fostering constructive public conversation in communities and the media announced longterm plans for the a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttp3A2F2Fwwwlvnorgampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorLocalVoicesNetwork28LVN29ampindex2ampmd5e60bd03ccac949cda3778121dd9fba64 relnofollowLocal Voices Network LVNa to continue operating in Madison and to expand into other urban suburban and rural areas of Wisconsin Created in cooperation with the MIT Media Lab LVN is a listening system designed to foster constructive conversation in communities and the media to improve our understanding of one another and bring a communitys underheard voices into the public dialogue Launched in February in partnership with the Madison Public Library LVNMadison to date has held dozens of conversations with hundreds of Madisonians elevating local voices within the community and media that may otherwise have gone unheard pblockquotep idpullquotepblockquote p Led by Katherine Cramer a University of WisconsinMadison political science professor and author of a landmark study of public opinion in rural Wisconsin entitled The Politics of Resentment LVNMadison holds conversations guided by volunteer hosts from the community While LVN has been piloted in other parts of the country Madison is Corticos first implementation of the full public conversation network p p Wisconsinites love to share their stories and opinions but the political environment and social media has divided us into groups that can be hostile toward outside views noted Cramer Im thrilled that LVN is growing roots in Madison and creating new local spaces for constructive public conversation across boundaries As LVN expands statewide I feel confident that it will help connect people in all types of communities give them a voice and help build trust between the public and the media p p Each LVN conversation takes place around a Digital Hearth a device that records the discussion and enables hosts to play highlights from other groups in order to crosspollinate voices and perspectives The recordings are transcribed to make them machinereadable then analyzed with AIbased tools that allow the community to tune into whats most relevant locally and the media to tell stories that are more reflective of life on the ground Twelve Digital Hearths are currently located in public libraries community centers and other locations across Madison p p Too many local voices in places like Madison go unheard drowned out by noisy divisive dialogue within the community and the media said Deb Roy CoFounder and Chairman of Cortico We are thrilled that Madison has embraced the Local Voices Network and look forward to expanding LVN across the state in order to continue bringing the perspectives and concerns of ordinary citizens back into focus reconnect members of a community to one another through boundarycrossing conversations promote civic engagement and importantly encourage journalism that reflects and responds to local issues p p Cortico news partner a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fmadisoncom2Fct2Fampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorTheCapTimesampindex3ampmd518cc47f83506ea06345cd738bc8eef49 relnofollowThe Cap Timesa has already published a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank 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hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fmadisoncom2Fct2Fnews2Flocal2Fgovtandpolitics2Flocalvoicesnetworkcommunitymembersdiscussmadisonsracialdisparities2Farticlef5905359219158f5a95c84d7ac20ddfchtml3Futmsource3Ddlvrit26utmmedium3Dtwitterampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorraceampindex8ampmd53f90a4e2be318df62cc24221f92dbf32 relnofollowracea Other Madison media news organizations communitybased and citywide including radio and television are expected to incorporate LVN content in their local reporting moving forward p p The Local Voices Network is an important tool that creates nonthreatening ways to bring community members together to express their views listen to one another and find new opportunities for connection in a very complex and separated world said The HonorableRev Everett Mitchell Pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church and Dane County Circuit Court Judge who has hosted two LVN conversations to date Just being able to listen to these stories in various ways gives community members a safe space to know that their voices are being heard and lifted into a conversation where others can listen to their views and hopefully use their ideas to better understand the issues as they are happening on the ground Each conversation offers us a new bridge into different relationships new opportunities for progress and new moments of connection and relationships p p For those in the community interested in participating visit a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttp3A2F2Fwwwlvnorg2Fmadisonampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorlvnorg2Fmadisonampindex9ampmd57a9ee9d660b0cfc4ad230026c2e3e588 relnofollowlvnorgmadisona to sign up p p bAbout Corticob p p a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fwwwcorticoai2Fampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorCorticoampindex10ampmd58702e48e9cb42f1977bafc5633084aa4 relnofollowCorticoa is a nonprofit organization with the mission of fostering constructive public conversation in communities and the media that improves our understanding of one another Working in cooperation with the a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fwwwmediamitedu2Fgroups2Fsocialmachines2Foverview2Fampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorLaboratoryforSocialMachinesampindex11ampmd5394ee5efd1d5ab0b78e325b707e30c03 relnofollowLaboratory for Social Machinesa at the a referrerpolicyunsafeurl targetblank hrefhttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidsmartlinkampurlhttps3A2F2Fwwwmediamitedu2Fampesheet51970570ampnewsitemid20190417005084amplanenUSampanchorMITMediaLabampindex12ampmd59dff7ff1aafbf202709150909a640b9e relnofollowMIT Media Laba Cortico builds listening systems designed to surface a communitys underheard voices and channel their perspectives and stories into the public dialogue p pimg referrerpolicyunsafeurl alt srchttpsctsbusinesswirecomctCTidbwnewsampsty20190417005084r1ampsidweb02ampdistronxamplangen stylewidth0height0span classbwct31415p

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