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Data Visualization for Social Change

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The power of data visualization as a tool for social change can no longer be ignored. Successfully illustrating vital data can help advocates maximize the impact of sound science in public debate and policy, whether using maps and graphs or motion and info graphics. But many nonprofits still struggle with effective information design and delivery. This session aims to bring together visualization experts with advocates working for social good to discuss effective ways to visually present data in clear and meaningful ways. We welcome graphics and visualization pros to share viewpoints and lend a little knowledge towards establishing best practices for illustrating critical social issues. Advocates are encouraged to bring success stories or vexing challenges to the discussion. Participants will come away inspired and more knowledgeable, and will make connections with others facing similar challenges that can potentially lead to innovative solutions.


Desmond Spruijt Founder & Dir Mapping Worlds

Desmond Spruijt is founder of Mapping Worlds, a company providing data presentation and information design. Desmonds overall aim is to stimulate people to learn about world affairs and to take informed decisions. Over the last eight years he has directed various project teams to design and develop data interfaces for several international organizations and knowledge institutes.

Prior to heading Mapping Worlds, Desmond has held staff positions at the Amsterdam Art Fund, mostly related to communication and policy development. He received a Master in History from the University of Amsterdam.

Lauren Carmin Comm Assoc Guttmacher Institute

Lauren Carmin is a Communications Associate at the Guttmacher Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research and public policy organization in the area of sexual and reproductive health. Since 2007, Lauren has helped the Institute craft innovative ways to promote and communicate complex scientific evidence to a variety of audiences through social media outreach, online marketing, and conference coordination. Lauren is also part of the Institute's increasing efforts to visually convey vital reproductive health data in lucid and dynamic ways. Previously, Lauren worked at Deutsch Communications Group, where she helped design cause marketing and public relations campaigns for nonprofit groups. Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication studies and professional writing from The College of New Jersey.

Along with Desmond Spruijt, Lauren will lead a core conversation at SXSW Interactive 2012 on Data Visualization for Social Change. It should be an interesting and helpful discussion for visualization pros and advocates alike. Check it out!

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