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Who's Blogging

Karyn Lu

KARYN LU works in the Design Experience Group at, and is the User Experience Lead on, CNN's citizen news initiative. She is passionate about creating a great user experience across multiple disciplines and platforms.

Lila King

LILA KING is an online media producer living in Atlanta. She's pretty sure everyone's story is fascinating if you listen well enough. Echo is all ears.

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Project Blog: Echo

This public art and civic journalism project will produce and collect stories tied to physical locations throughout Atlanta. Signs with Echo phone number and location ID will invite pedestrians and cyclists to access a story about that site via cell phone, podcast or the Web. When a space becomes inscribed with cultural or personal stories, it transforms into a place of significance, said project leaders Lila King and Karyn Lu, movers behind CNNs user-generated site Follow their progress here. Visit their website.

Getting started…

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

This weekend is going to be a busy one for us. We’re going to be conducting a series of interviews in the lovely Lake Claire neighborhood of Atlanta, where we plan to chat with members of a cohouse, someone who calls himself “Treeman” (he teaches people how to climb trees!), and folks attending a drum circle at the Lake Claire Land Trust. In addition to the stories we’ll be producing, we’re going to gather stories from locals about why specific spots are meaningful to them. We can’t wait to hear the stories from this neighborhood. The content we get from the Lake Claire community is going to serve as our pilot and proof of concept.

In the meantime, getting together to talk about Echo is often the highlight of our day! The two of us have been meeting for breakfast every other Wednesday at one of our favorite spots in Atlanta, Ria’s Bluebird (an institution), to discuss Echo. It’s definitely going to become a fun tradition throughout this project.

The response among our friends has also been enthusiastic. Every time we talk about Echo, someone comes up with a brilliant new suggestion or direction for us. As a result, we’ve decided to host a series of brainstorming sessions. The idea is to gather some friends and colleagues who are all creative in different ways, chat about Echo, and see what sparks. Our first brainstorming session is going to take place next Monday evening over dinner. The group will include artists, journalists, web producers, an urban planner, a philosophy professor, and a bicycle tour guide. We’ll share some of the great ideas that come out of these gatherings soon.

   • Posted by Karyn Lu on 08/06 at 03:08 PM