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  • Talk outline: 60 minsOverview: who I am, what the talk is about, what Catalyst is, incl. where Catalyst came from (~10 mins)Overview of Catalyst-(like) projects (~20 mins)Voiceyourview (video)#patchworks (video)Access ASD (video)Heartlink (video)BARTER (video?)(3) methods/approach (~10 mins) - Catalyst-wide methods (sprints/launchpads) - within sprint methods (Speedplay – co-design + agile) - reflection (PROTEE) - sustainability(4) Lessons learned (~20 mins) - successes - warts and allCredits
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  • Temper tantrums when frustratedPlays alongside other children rather than with themMay have about fifty understandable words
  • Patchworks as an example: Research Sprint – 8 MonthsIs it possible to co-design, with homeless communities, a simple and cheap health monitoring and communication tool using the methods and materials of ‘personal manufacturing’ (DIY-Bio/garage science)? Working with Madlab & SignpostsWe briefly describe current Catalyst projects, to give a flavour of the research. #patchworks involves Lancaster’s School of Healthand Medicine, Lancaster Environment Centre, Signposts (a community resource centre in Morecambe), and MadLab, a Manchester-based not-for-profit community of hackers and innovators. In the project, Signposts volunteers are co-designing a prototype tool using cheap, open source technology that can help to improve support services for the homelessIntro to Patchworks and Ref to the SRA abstract ‘routine chaos’ refs to Chaotic LivesCornes, M., Joly, L., Manthorpe, J., O'Halloran, S. and Smyth, R. (2011). Working Together to Address Multiple Exclusion Homelessness. Social Policy and Society, 10, pp 513-522 doi:10.1017/S1474746411000261Brown, P., Morris, G., Scullion, L. and Somerville, P. (2012) Losing and Finding a Home: Homelessness, Multiple Exclusion and Everyday Lives. University of Salford. Accessed via, S., Johnsen, S. and White, M. (2011). Multiple Exclusion Homelessness in the UK: Key Patterns and Intersections. Social Policy and Society, 10, pp 501-512 doi:10.1017/S147474641100025X Rogers, R., (2009). The End of the Virtual: Digital Methods, Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2009. Young, S. D. and Rice, E. (2011). Online Social Networking Technologies, HIV Knowledge, and Sexual Risk and Testing Behaviors Among Homeless Youth. AIDS and Behavior, 2011, Volume 15, Number 2, Pages 253-260
  • What is the font used in clasp?Gonna use it in the titleAlso need B&W version of Logo: Black on transparent and white on transparent


  • 1. Catalyst in the Community Prof. Jon Whittle, Lancaster University, UK @catalystproj #catalystas
  • 2. What is Catalyst? • Research on digital technologies for social change – Framework of projects • Sprints (big) • Launchpads (modest) – Community-University partnerships – University-wide
  • 3. build a tower 5 bricks high
  • 4. 11 community-university projects
  • 5. make friends 3yrs
  • 6. network of 90 #catalystas
  • 7. 23 public events
  • 8. Future thinking 4-5yrs
  • 9. £600K follow-on funding (£250K more under review)
  • 10. youngest published author 6yrs
  • 11. 15 articles
  • 12. 13 videos
  • 13. 13 presentations
  • 14. About 50 understandable words
  • 15. 1000s of conversations
  • 16. The Numbers • • • • • • • • 11 community-university projects Network of 90 third sector organisations 23 public events 15 publications 13 videos on YouTube 13 invited presentations £600K follow-on funding 1000s of conversations
  • 17. #patchworks #patchworks
  • 18. On Supply
  • 19. BARTER
  • 20. Ecohome
  • 21. Community Data Explorer Less is More Policy Beta
  • 22. Funding for 2 more launchpads • Deadline Jan 31st
  • 23. Thank you
  • 24. Temper tantrums when frustrated
  • 25. May have toilet awareness
  • 26. Very curious and tries to investigate everything and has no concept of danger