For centuries, people have used subscription models to build shared assets from small personal contributions. From families buying bricks to build mosques, to the citizen subscriptions that paid for the plinth beneath the feet of the Statue of Liberty, people have banded together to make whatever contribution they can afford towards creating something greater than the sum of their parts. These early examples of crowdfunding demonstrate the age-old desire to improve the collective lot and to achieve great things at a significant scale.
A final creative workshop was held on the Tailoring Technology project at the Bush Hotel in Farnham Surrey on the 18th July 2013. This was entitled 'Focusgroup+: Participatory design for the older market'. 29 invited people attended from about 25 organisations; mainly SMEs, local government and third sector organisations with some academics from the Universities of Surrey, Southampton and Middlesex.
The SharedWalk project has released its version of the 'sound photo' as a distinctive medium for communication. Coincidently, Samsung have recognised the potential appeal of this format and have released a version for their Android Smartphones. However, our app is more versatile in that it is oriented to the web user as recipient of material from phones and tablets. We find that this format lies between the traditional photograph and the personal video recording in terms of its function in interpersonal communication.
No one knows when the image of a typical ‘young person’ as an apathetic, carefree hedonist entered pop culture but we all now recognise this misconception and see it everyday in the press. Despite many people, including many young people, objecting to this stereotype, this undeserved image has enabled opportunists to marginalise the youth demographic. Politicians are often guilty of this, as too sometimes are captains of industry. Both have so egregiously overlooked and ignored the views of such young people.
April 2013 marked the start of a very exciting three-year partnership between Nominet Trust and We Are What We Do, that will see us create a series of new behaviour change products capable of delivering measurable social impact at scale.
In March we ran a stand at the Big Bang Fair, the largest annual science, technology and engineering exhibition for young people in the UK. With around 50,000 7-19 year olds spread across four days the result was an explosion of activity and a tired but happy Make Things Do Stuff crew.
Street! will be launched at The Queens Hotel, Cheltenham on 11 October 2013 as part of the Cheltenham Literary Festival (4 - 13 October 2013).
The launch will preview some of our stories, showcase the IBM Reading Companion software and provide an opportunity for people to meet the writers (John Townsend & Philippa Bateman) and the artist (Tim Quinn, Marvel Comics).
Stay posted for more details on the launch of Street!
Most organisations funded by Nominet Trust will use some form of survey or questionnaire in the process of evaluating their projects. The advantage to this approach is that it makes it possible to capture beneficiaries’ perceptions and subjective experiences, in addition to their observed external behaviours. This is an important aspect of the evaluation process as many of the changes that Nominet Trust projects are seeking to effect (e.g. increased confidence, greater awareness, reduced social isolation, etc.) can be difficult to measure purely by external observation.
Co-design approaches to systems development have become routinely established in user interface design and systems design in general. While their relative success is noted when working with engaged professional communities there is relatively little work to draw upon when working with end users at the margins of society.