Philly as a “Smart” Media & Information Literate City

Oct 10, 2018

Since 2012 the CMIL  has been collaborating with UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific Cultural Organization) through their global university program to develop, encourage, and guide a global array of media and information literacy (MIL) resources and activities. (MIL is the UNESCO-recognized term to include digital literacy, media literacy and information literacy.) Although this work has been impactful, it has focused mainly on the educational community. But, of course, MIL is not confined to just one area; it is not just about education or technology or youth media. MIL involves stakeholders in all major areas of civic leadership. A MIL city is truly a “smart” city.

In October, UNESCO will be holding its annual conference for the Global Alliance on Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy. This year, the theme is “MIL CITIES“. The MIL Cities concept aligns with the UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals.

Philadelphia is already doing quite a lot to frame itself as a MIL city but we still need a resource that shares information about the wide array of projects and people involved in media literacy and information literacy. The goal is to amplify the work already being done across the city and ultimately to get that work recognized by UNESCO.

Please take 3 minutes to complete an important survey so we can add your organization’s information to this resource.

The survey goal is two-fold:

1) To create an online space that amplifies the great work being done by organizations throughout the Philadelphia area in media literacy, digital literacy, news literacy and information literacy, and

2) To share this information with all stakeholders, including the media and UNESCO so that Philadelphia can be recognized as a MIL-smart city.

Let’s work together to create a resource that will: 

-improve the visibility of our organizations and our work

-encourage collaborations among our organizations

-build media literacy knowledge and skills for everyone in our region

The survey has just a few questions and will take approximately 3-5 minutes to complete. We have only asked for very basic information. As this initiative develops, we will send updates and invite you to participate further.