The development of the Digital Citizenship Community 21 programme and toolbox is going well. We are busily drawing together all of the material and fantastic output from the young people both at the summer school that we ran in August and the subsequent course module as part of the undergraduate programme in the School of Art, Design and Media.
One of my favourite things is a picture of my Italian grandmother, my Nonna, when she was 20 years hold. The war is over, and she is celebrating in a pleated skirt she had sown herself, whilst brandishing a sub-machine gun. Born in 1925 in a tiny hill-top hamlet north of Venice, her lifecycle takes us from the fallout from WWI, the rise of fascism as a political force, the extreme changes that faced Italy post WWII – from latrine outhouses to more cars than children in under 50 years – and the political jokers that we find ourselves with today.
We ran an Open Data workshop in Bristol yesterday. The day was kindly hosted by the Pervasive Media Studio in Watershed with attendees from Environment Agency, Apache Foundation, ODI as well as local charities from England and Wales. Thanks to the people who attended for the stimulating discussions.
Big White Wall’s members create bricks for the wall – hundreds of images every month which show what’s on their mind that day. Some have swirling grey clouds, some sunshine on a beach, some pictures of a favourite pet. Some are expressions of deep pain and fear, others celebrations of a small (or a big) step forward. One recent brick simply listed all the mental health diagnoses the member had been given; they filled the whole image.
At the Nominet Trust/Founders Forum for Good event on Big Data last week, Sir Tim Berners-Lee's closing line was 'to pick your data battles' to move the data agenda forward (the agenda of openness, data informed practices etc). It's something that I thought we were doing well at Nominet Trust - we have a number of open/big data activities which are trying to help move this agenda forward with an understanding of how it best supports social organisations. I suppose that as it was at a Nominet Trust event that Sir Tim set out that point is an example of that. But in addition to that event we have been picking our data battles for the past 20 months.
The Ambition Lab project has progressed onto its third and final stage with a 30-hour, nationwide Hackathon due to take place on Friday 29th November to Saturday 30th November.
The Hackathon will bring together 90 hackers, developers, young people, adults, coders, strategists, psychologists, social investors, beta testers and many more who will all be looking to achieve an outcome of creating the winning digital concept design which will help young people to unlock their potential and achieve their dreams!
I recently ran the world’s first magic hack (as part of my digital making magic residency see here) Bringing magicians together with technologists was no easy feat, but for a variety of factors, it went down pretty damn well. The lessons we learnt from the hack could be valuable to others seeking to put hacks together with disparate communities, especially bringing digital making to new communities. So I’ve shared the key elements that I think were crucial to success here in the hope