Our efforts to support more people to become digital makers focusses on an interest in their understanding how digital technologies work. But even with all the great resources available to support young digital makers, what is it that sparks an interest in digital making, and where do you go after that point?
How does a love of football extend into a digital making activity (sensor football boots anyone?); what digital making activities are borne from a passion for fashion and where does a fascination with Harry Potter, Wallace and Gromit or Moshi Monsters enter into digital making? more >
This post has been written by Julian Sefton-Green as a review of the Make Bridge seminar series which aimed to share digital making practices between UK and US organisations. The post evaluates the nature of the process (delivery, feedback and technical issues); the quality and nature of the content and key themes emerging from the discussions; and further thoughts for future kinds of professional development and support.
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.
Amongst all of the ‘online platforms’, ‘open APIs’, and that massive cloud that holds all our data, you will find me dazed and confused, wandering around in the maze of invisible, intangible technological innovations that somehow now seem to run our collective lives.
For that reason, this NT100 blog is dedicated to the Real, Tangible, Verifiable pieces of technology that are making our lives better and that we’ve discovered during our searches.
Armed with the researcher equivalent to detective's garb (Macbooks, cardigans), magnifying glass (Google, caffeine) and a set of leads (Charlie Leadbeater’s black book, and a significant social network of global innovators and activists from our collective consciousness), the NT100 pint sized research team has become a bona fide sleuthing operation. Just call us Marple, Mulder & Holmes.
But even despite our impressive credentials, we knew that taking on the search for the World’s Most Inspiring Digital Social Innovations was going to be a sizeable challenge.