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…
Brussels, Web, Futures.
On Monday, I jumped on the Eurostar for a last-minute trip to a 'deep dive' roundtable session in Brussels held by the Lisbon Council and Telefonica Europe. The intent? To explore the potential for policies that promote digital literacy for young people, or “youth” as we’re apparently referred to by people who hang out in Brussels. After a keynote by Mozilla’s own Mark Surman, a debate concept was posed: How can European policymakers engender a situation where young people are inspired to learn more digital skills to help solve Europe’s existing unemployment crisis? And these discussions couldn’t come at a more salient time.
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...