First Day (Part 1)

Any discussion about improving our healthcare system must acknowledge the important role that is played by people caring for themselves and their loved ones. The most important step we can take is to strengthen current support systems for  healthy resolutions and inspire an informed and widespread level of personal care.

The First Day Salon is part of the Complexity Salons organized by NECSI. While the focus is on practical applications of complexity science to existing social structures, we are inviting inspiring community leaders, researchers and innovators to widen the conversation, and share their insights on related topics with everyone.


The Salon will be streamed online, and you can register as a participant here.

On April 8th, from 4 to 6 pm, you can join the dialogue and meet:

Professor Catherine D’Ignazio (4:00 to 4:20pm)

Catherine is a researcher, artist and software developer who investigates how data visualization, technology and new forms of storytelling can be used for civic engagement. She was part of the organizing team that ran the "Make the Breast Pump Not Suck" Hackathon at MIT in 2014. Her art and design projects have won several awards, and has been exhibited at the ICA Boston, the Eyebeam Center for Art & Technology and the Venice Biennial. Read more about Catherine.

Justin Kang of City Awake (4:30 - 4:50 pm)

City Awake is on a mission to connect socially-impactful communities with the right resources, advocacy groups, innovators and partners, in a collective effort to support and positively influence city-wide programs. Justin - the founder - will be talking about City Awake's journey from a volunteer group to coordinating a 7 day festival with over 200 interested parties.

Nadeem Mazen (5:00 to 5:20 pm)

Nadeem is a Cambridge City Councillor, co-founder of makerspace danger!awesome and founder of creative agency Nimblebot in Central Square. Nadeem is also an instructor at MIT and faculty member at School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Nadeem's political work centers around economic development, education reform, government transparency, and government innovation. Read more about Nadeem.

Video of the First Day Salon



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