Duarte on Audience

The first section of Nancy Duarte’s HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations focuses on audience.

The HBR Guide is focused on the needs of presenters in the business world, but Duarte’s ideas may apply to other situations.

You can read Duarte’s first section on Canvas: https://usfca.instructure.com/courses/1568307/pages/duarte-on-audience

Duarte has also given a TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/nancy_duarte_the_secret_structure_of_great_talks

and has an extensive website on presentation strategies: http://www.duarte.com 



Furness on Biketivism

Zach Furness has written a lot about bicycles and politics. In this article, published in the journal Social Epistemology, he discusses a couple of historical examples of bicycle-related activism.

A key idea is that a common technology (the bicycle) can be used for multiple purposes. For example, it can be used for transportation, for fitness, for fun — and it can be used to critique our society, and perhaps as a way of imagining a better world.

For Furness, a key part of using technology in activism is communication. This kind of communication has at least two key parts:

  1. communication with “outside” audiences– the people the activists seek to influence
  2. communication among activists or within groups — participation in movements can create social bonds and “conviviality”

Read Furness’s article on Canvas: https://usfca.instructure.com/courses/1568307/pages/furness-on-biketivism

Volunteer Opportunity at Bike Coalition

This would be a great idea for a bike expedition:

Volunteer Night – Tuesday, April 11, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
SF Bicycle Coalition HQ, 1720 Market St.

This SF Bicycle Coalition tradition has been happening for as long as we can remember and newcomers are always welcome.  Stop by, snack on tasty treats, chat with fellow members and bike enthusiasts, and help us keep our organization rolling as we work together on group office tasks. Dinner is provided. Bring a friend – the more the merrier. Don’t forget to bring your bike into the office. No RSVP necessary.
More info here:

Tandem Scofflaw Dad on the Panhandle

We watched this video in class on 2/28. The video demonstrates a few issues we’ll talk about over the next few weeks:

What are the challenges involved in a re-design of the shared-used path in the Panhandle (the video shows some of the different users and differences in speed)?To what degree do/should cyclists

To what degree do/should cyclists strictly obey traffic regulations (the video depicts a cyclist with a child running a red light)?

How has new cycling-specific infrastructure changed San Francisco’s streets (the video depicts construction of a separated bike lane on Oak St. and a bicycle traffic signal at Oak and Broderick)?

We can talk more effectively about these challenges if we collect evidence– through interviews, surveys, observation, counting, and measuring.