A Mozilla winter: Web-makers, co-designers and curriculum-bakers…
Since moving back to Vancouver and taking on a role as Curation and Co-Design Lead on Mozilla’s ultra-talented #TeachTheWeb team, I’ve been doing a lot of exactly that — co-designing — and while such a job brief might not be about the type of design you’re thinking of, it’s been equally wonderful in its grey-area fluidity. The term co-design comes from an approach out of 1970s Scandinavia called Participatory Design, which starts from the premise that all people are inherently creative, and therefore able to play an *active* role in a design and development arc. In Norway, this manifested in a revolutionary movement of trade unionists and academics at the Norwegian Iron and Metal Workers Union to directly involve factory workers in the design of computer technologies imposed on them by employers, empowering them to become stakeholders who were directly involved in the research process…
I found myself really blown away by this set of hand-written musings on creativity and taking risk by artist/strategist Debbie McMillman today. She cuts right to the quick of what those of us in our late twenties discuss daily, and find an endless variety of solutions for, none of which are quite right. The question: Does one take a massive, frightening risk in career, personal life or location that might lead to failure? Or does one take the easier, more ‘responsible’ path, the avenue of least resistance? I know what I try to choose - and it’s nice to see that explained so well.
Find the full text over at Brainpicker.
I live with six flatmates — and their various entourages, depending on the moment. Our communal kitchen has been known to inspire some colourfully odd moments. Here’s a “Ladyplant” I sketched on our blackboard which may be the first specimen of its kind seen in Hackney. The inspiration? Faded, fluorescent 1960s science fiction book covers, weathered and much-loved. There’s something wonderfully visceral about working with chalk and scrubbing blue off hands afterwards.
Open Design, Year One: Hardware, Ideas and Community |
It’s been a great first year for the precocious Open Design collective that a few of us started around a table at a community event in Helsinki last year. Somehow, against all odds we hit the 100 mark on our discussion list, delivered a keynote lecture at LibreGraphics and many Github workshops around the world, launched v0.1 of the Open Design Definition, planned a new design + hardware challenge in France and helped run the world’s first Open Knowledge Festival in Finland. We even got flamed by Bruce Sterling in WIRED magazine. In summary: It’s been a really wonderful run. Above, post summarising some of the craziness, and an invitation to get involved.
Last week, after leaving Helsinki for OKFestival planning and Tallinn for Free City / Vaba Linn, I found myself in Berlin, experiencing two dichotomised cultural worlds at once - Re:Publica Festival and the 7th Berlin Biennale.
While it was an honour to be asked to speak at techie-focused Re:Publica, I was especially intrigued about the Biennale because of this year’s dedication to “activist and revolutionary” art and on the exposition of conflict itself. How could it be possible for conflict, spectacle and empowerment be combined harmoniously?
WHAT IS THIS RABBIT HOLE?
this is a scroll of machines bits, drawings + words from a desert grown she-wolf at mozilla, with hearts in london and vancouver and travel visas to everywhere else.
+ LIBRE GRAPHICS 2013 / 12 april / madrid
"keynote: the future of open design"
+ NEXTGEN WEB BROADBAND / 9 oct / london
"panel: transparency & inclusion"
+ CAMPUS PARTY / 23 august / berlin
"panel: role of women in EU politics"
+ FAB*MANCH / 19 may / manchester, uk
"the open design definition"
+ RE:PUBLICA / 2 may / berlin, germany
"hacking open data for communities"
+ FREE CITY / 26 april / tallinn, estonia
"open knowledge & OKFestival"
+ PUBLIC MEETUP / 6 april / thessaloniki
"open data and OKFN chapters"
OTHER IDEAS, ALL THRASHING ABOUT
as kaibray, i explore intersections between open technologies, creativities + communities - and how they can change our world.
MAKING, HACKING AND i-TROLLING
in 2011, i released a MSc digital anthropology thesis on the role of gender embodiment and identity amongst F/LOSS hackers in Europe with university college london...