On December 10th I had the massive privilege of working at an Innovation Lab in central London, with fifty or so of the most innovative people I’ve met in years. The chance to combine innovation, technology, and mental health is never something I can resist. The opportunity to work with a mix of outstanding, articulate, exceptional and gifted young people and a range of tech people, problem solvers, and facilitators was both humbling and exciting.
This story starts back in April, when I facilitated a workshop day on behalf of Comic Relief, Nominet Trust and Paul Hamlyn Foundation to consider ways in which young people and technology people might be brought together to co-produce a set of prototype ideas for mental health and technology assets. That day brought together young people, three of the UK’s leading grant funders, and a range of third sector organisations using technology in relation to mental health and or youth work. more >
At On Road Media we've been working with the Single Homeless Project supporting their service users, who have experience of homelessness and/or addiction, with the development of their brilliant blog Unheard Holler. Our centre has been celebrating "Get Online Week" by hosting a series of training days across London. We've been training SHP service users to shoot videos and write blog posts in response to the August riots in England. The workshops focus on the London Riots because it's something many have strong feelings about and it provides a platform for interesting dialogue about the motivation behind the riots as well as society's response to them. It's fascinating to support them with capturing this material. They've been out on the streets of London talking to people and you can see some passionate responses in the videos here.more >