Three cheers: UK is innovating! Despite entrepreneurship being at an all time high, not every person armed with an idea has the technical skill or knowledge to develop their innovations – many end up with pipe dreams of success but without being able to bring it to fruition.
I was reminded why we started the Data Unity project a couple of weeks ago at the first DataKindUK DataDive (thanks to Duncan, Jake and the team at DataKind plus Mozilla for making the weekend happen).
On Wednesday August 7th, IARS held the second annual Research and Leadership Awards at the Ritzy Cinema in central London. These awards were set up to celebrate, remember and reward young people and their initiatives to overcome some of the worst effects of the riots that took place in the UK two years ago.
The 2013 Oxford Internet Survey data was delivered in mid-May. There are 2,657 cases in the 2013 dataset. The data indicates that 78% of the British population are Internet users, an increase of 5 percentage points since 2011.
We have been cleaning and analysing the new data with the goal of producing the 2013 Report by mid-August. The Report will include major results of the analysis including new information on mobile use of the Internet, the digital divide, the impact of the Internet on friendship and relationships, policy and regulation, and other topics.
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.