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BCN DIGITAL/ The DSI potential of making sense

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Mara Balestrini, Making Sense
Technology for the common good: growing a Digital Social Innovation Ecosystem for Europe

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BCN DIGITAL/ The DSI potential of making sense

  1. 1. Technology for the common good: growing a Digital Social Innovation Ecosystem for Europe THE DSI POTENTIAL OF MAKING SENSE #MakingSenseEU @MakingSenseEU Mara Balestrini
  2. 2. HOW CAN WE Empower communities with: • Open source software • Open source hardware • Open design • Digital maker practices
  3. 3. Communities are able to: • Build their own sensors • Make sense of their environment • Address pressing issues in air, water, soil and sound pollution SO THAT…
  4. 4. Technology issues & lack of skills Data accuracy & meaningfulness How do we bridge the knowledge / skills gap How do we measure accurate data and co-design intelligible, actionable, visualisations Lack of purpose How do we galvanise emergent communities around pressing issues Community capital How do we foster sustained community engagement #MakingSenseEU WHATARE WE LOOKING TO TACKLE?
  5. 5. The Making Sense team will follow a process of mapping issues and emergent communities of interest to engage and develop nine participatory sensing interventions across Barcelona, Amsterdam and Prishtina THE PILOTS… #MakingSenseEU
  6. 6. URBAN AIRQ Tackling the most polluted streets in Amsterdam The Dutch environmental defense organisation found that the Valkenburgerstraat and the Weesperstraat in the heart of Amsterdam are the most polluted streets of the city. We want to know more about the situation in this part of the city and will measure the air quality with the locals. users 45 PARTICIPANTS wifi Air Quality ISSUE location Amsterdam LOCATION
  7. 7. AIR QUALITY IN PRISHTINA users 171 PARTICIPANTS wifi Air Quality ISSUE location Kosovo LOCATION Young people investigating air pollution in Kosovo. Kosovo is one of the most polluted regions in Europe. The Science for Change Kosovo Movement is empowering young people and affected communities and jointly break the institutional silence around the air pollution in Kosovo through evidence-based campaigns and actions.
  8. 8. SMART KIDS LAB Children and their parents learning about the possibilities sensing, in an active way. The Smart Kids Lab makes it possible for children to map their environment in a playful way, by using modern technology and instruments. With the aid of small scale tests and self-made sensors they can hands-on monitor their direct surroundings at home, or at school. users 3000 + 150 PARTICIPANTS wifi Various ISSUE location Amsterdam LOCATION
  9. 9. FAB KIDS LAB Exploring analogue and digital sensing, to better build bird feeders The Making Sense Barcelona team collaborated with a group of 15 students aged 9-14 years old to explore the potential of both analogue and digital sensing to provide a clearer picture of how pollution can affect local bird species. users 15 PARTICIPANTS wifi Water, Soil, Air ISSUE city Barcelona LOCATION
  10. 10. COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS Infrastructuring the next generation of activists The Barcelona pilot trains a committed group of environmental activists in the tools and methodologies needed to conduct participatory sensing campaigns. The first pilot will map and address the issue of noise pollution, and collective resources. users 50 PARTICIPANTS wifi Noise ISSUE city Barcelona LOCATION
  11. 11. KEY OUTPUTS #MakingSenseEU
  12. 12. PURPOSE & OWNERSHIP #MakingSenseEU
  13. 13. MATTERS OF CONCERN
  14. 14. COMMUNITY LEVEL INDICATORS
  15. 15. CO-CREATION & EVALUATION
  16. 16. TECH & SKILLS #MakingSenseEU
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  18. 18. #MakingSenseEU#MakingSenseEU
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  21. 21. SITUATED MAKING
  22. 22. DATA MEANINGFULNESS #MakingSenseEU
  23. 23. DATA LITERACY WORKSHOPS
  24. 24. IMPACT CALIBRATION
  25. 25. SOCIAL INTERACTIONS #MakingSenseEU
  26. 26. #MakingSenseEU#MakingSenseEU
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  28. 28. http://www.pixedge.com/lastmoment http://treewifi.org
  29. 29. WHAT FOSTERS DSI? #MakingSenseEU
  30. 30. Elements Rules Agents THE FIELD OF POSSIBILITIES
  31. 31. THE FIELD OF POSSIBILITIES Elements Rules Agents
  32. 32. OPENNESS + RIGHTS + PARTICIPATION TO SCALE UP INNOVATION FOR THE COMMON GOOD #MakingSenseEU
  33. 33. making-sense.eu @MakingSenseEU #MakingSenseEU MakingSenseEU GET INVOLVED! world twitter facebook #MakingSenseEU If you’re interested in digital 'maker' culture, open design & environmental sensing, get in touch

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