Projects

{Re} Making the Mall in the Digital Age: Slides from a course taught for the ICSC University of Shopping Centers hosted at the University of Pennsylvania. March 10, 2014.

The Village of Rochester Hills: Dr. Aikens has, since 2009, been developing an Internet presence and social media platform for the Village of Rochester Hills, a 300,000 square foot retail plaza in Rochester Hills, MI anchored by Whole Foods Market, Carsons department store, Pottery Barn, and Gap.

Robert B. Aikens & Associates LLC: Dr. Aikens developed the corporate Web presence for this national commercial real estate development company.

KQED QUEST: Launched in 2007, Quest integrates television, radion and interactive programming to explore science and the natural environment in the Bay Area. KQED raised $7.5 million to build this project, which involves content partnerships with other major institutions in the community. This project developed directly out of the Digital Content Strategy Project that ran from 2000 to 2002.

KQED Digital Content Strategy Project and KQED Civic Space: From 2000 to 2002, Dr. Aikens led digital content strategy at KQED, the largest public telelvison and public radio broadcater in Northern California. KQED Civic Space was a pioneering effort to gather visionaries and imagine the potential of 21st Century public media.

CPTV & Radio’s Mapping the Assets: Previously, Dr. Aikens led Mapping the Assets, a project sponsored to the Ford Foundation, the Markle Foundation and the Goldsmith Foundation. Working with former NBC News and PBS President Lawrence Grossman and others, the team set out to ttransform Connecticut Public Television & Radio into an interactive hub for content from major regional cultural, civic, and educational institutions.

Nexus: The Policy and Ideas Network: In February 1997, Dr. Aikens helped Nexus develop the UK’s first virtual think-tank. As part of this effort the team ran an online consultation on the nature of the “Third Way” between “old left” and “new right” in collaboration with Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street.

E-Democracy.org: In 1994, Dr. Aikens co-founded Minnesota E-Democracy, the first interactive political site on the Net. That year Dr. Aikens produced two Electronic Debates [E-Debates] in which candidates for the United States Senate and Governorhip of Minnesota responded to questions and rebutted each others responses on the internet. These were forwarded into a forum in which over 700 citizens participated. In 1996 he again acted as Director and Producer of the E-Debates. The team also developed on-going partnerships with the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the League of Women Voters of Minnesota, Minnesota Public Radio, and others.

From 1994 to 1997, Dr. Aikens worked with Minnesota E-Democracy as a volunteer, suggesting they were creating an important model for digital age deliberative democracy. The results of these experiments formed the basis of Aikens’s Ph.D..