Street! was successfully launched at The Times Cheltenham Literature Fesival 2013 on 11 October. We welcomed Nominet Trust and IBM to the launch at The Queens Hotel along with other guests and some of Endeavour's young people who will make use of the programme.
The launch provided a demonstration of the software and allowed guests to try it out for themselves! Endeavour also showcased the accompanying website for STREET! where young people can access the fantastic comic strips, chat in a forum and, crucially, access the Reading Companion software.
I have had many conversations in the past few months about how access to the internet and digital technology is supporting people living with dementia to enjoy an enhanced quality of life. People living with dementia suffer from a variety of conditions ranging from social isolation and depression to behavioural changes and memory loss. For family and friends there are the additional emotional traumas of being with a person who may not recognise them or remember their shared life.
In April, when we set out on our first year of our research and development partnership with the Nominet Trust, we had in place a pretty robust six stage social innovation model, which we had been evolving and refining over several years of work in behaviour change and product design.
I had the pleasure of attending the launch of the 2013 OxIS report 'Culture of the Internet: The Internet in Britain' on Tuesday evening - the findings of a robust study by OII into perceptions and uses of the Internet in the UK. After a presentation of the main findings and a fascinating panel, I was asked to give a brief response, which I've summed up below.
The Flip Yourself team will be launching a closed trial of a new web platform that helps young people showcase their achievements and employability skills. I have written a brief summary of the process we've been through with the aim of sharing our approach to software development.
Risk is a significant factor in human lives. Evaluating, taking or avoiding risk are daily choices. Yet, without risk, there is little chance of bringing about significant change or transformation, either in our personal lives or in wider society.
Over the Summer, while the Mayot co-design process and app development has been progressing, we have been reviewing research literature around youth offending and technology. This has reinforced our opinion that while young people who offend are heavily researched, they often remain as subjects rather than participants in this process. Although some researchers increasingly attempt to bridge this gap, it remains rare that young people who offend are given an active voice in the research or policies that are centred on them, particularly in the area of technology.
Where do you feel most stimulated? In a care home there may be very little that is stimulating. This can lead to anxiety, loneliness, depression and worse. Sometimes when we arrive at a care home to run a session, people are already along that path, so it might not be a good idea to launch in with too much reminiscence right away. At times I do like to use some purely sensory content using the iPad.
When I was on Brighton beach at the beginning of the summer I took the time to sit and relax.