Let’s teach the web, offline! A design canvas and a new kit.

At Webmaker, we’ve been scheming and discussing potential solutions to a key challenge for a while — how can we empower educators to teach the web using peer-to-peer methods in regions where computers and web connectivity aren’t a given?

Enter this Design Canvas, an analog effort to help makers prototype Webmaker Teaching Kits together on paper before going online. I situate this Canvas within a larger hands-on prototyping exercise which implements some pretty radical participatory design methods, in the hope that it can improve the in-person experiences of mentors and participants alike…

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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…

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Building Cultural Heritage: A RemixJam with Tate Britain


The open web has presented cultural heritage institutions with big opportunities to engage global audiences and make their collections more discoverable (and shareable!) than ever before. A few weeks ago I headed to the Tate Britain to deliver a skills-sharing workshop (at Mozilla, we call this method Train the Trainer) to prepare their Gallery Collectives on the use of digital remix tools ahead of the Tate’s public housewarming party.

Our goal? Use Webmaker's open source webpage remix tool XRay Goggles to engage makers of all ages with the process of digital curation and licensing for cultural heritage institutions. During the session, sitting in the Tate’s brand new ‘digital studio’, the group realised there was a real need to create a public, remixable curriculum kit that other heritage institutions could use to engage audiences critically with their digital collections (and importantly, with the open web and the cultural commons). The result? This Cultural Remixjam Teaching Kit.

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#Mozfest 2013: Teaching and making a DIY web, together.

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A few weeks ago, after 6 months of planning and late-night Skype conversations, 2,100 technologists from 50 nations descended on the checkered monolith of Ravensbourne College along the Thames in London, facilitating 250 sessions, drinking 7,650 cups of coffee and spawning an infinite number of new ideas. Weeks later, I’m still reeling!

The reason for such a multicoloured flurry of activity around the e-globe, you ask? Mozfest, the world’s most “fiercely unconventional” 2-day open technology festival. Focused on learning, making and co-creation, Mozfest is the open web geek’s utopia, resulting each year in a vast and impressive list of insane new projects. This year was our biggest yet, with 12 themed tracks ranging from Open Privacy to Open Badges to Open Games. And this year, the equally insane Laura Hilliger and I decided to jump in and wrangle an entire floor of crazy at the event entitled Build and Teach the Web

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Make Things Do Stuff to Mobilise 100,000 Young UK Makers

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Web literacy is an increasingly important issue.I’ve written about it. Many others have written about it. But what are we all doing about it? One of the campaigns I’m proud to be involved with in London is Make Things Do Stuff, a UK-wide network of like-minded organisations including Freeformers, Technology Will Save Us, Mozilla, NESTA and the Nominet Trust who are committed to mobilize the next generation to create the many technologies that surround us, not just consume them…

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WHAT IS THIS RABBIT HOLE?


this is a scroll of machines bits, drawings + words from a desert grown she-wolf at mozilla spawned in las vegas, vancouver and london.

SPEAKING APPEARANCES:


+ 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...

DESIGNS, EMOJIS and DOGES


i also keep a jumbled assortment of design inspirations + web crazy on neon lobsters. comments, ideas, trolling? find me on twitter ;)