Qkrowd engages with young peopleand enables them to work together tomake new jobs with assistance fromexisting national and EU supportagencies.Qkrowd enables young people byusing:-•Digital tribes call Krowds – findpeople who share your interest orpassion and make it work together.•Hyper-local geolocation - meet andmake jobs together near where youlive.
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Everyone has aspirations.Aspiration Joseph Rowntree Trust research shows how it is true whatever the social or economic status. There is not a class of people who do not aspire to live happier, better lives. How to enable peoples’ aspirations is the question.
Optimism is an enabler to push and pull people into a better life.Optimism Esther Duplo’s new research in India shows how people in extreme poverty can make their own lives better by building up skills and money through small tasks and with limited support. Optimism is the first step in unlocking peoples’ aspirations!
Connection to people, places and information is the bridge for making aConnection new life real. In a 2012 American Psychological Society research presentation, the importance of connection in goal achievement rather than self-esteem or worth was highlighted. Connection to society makes engagement possible.
Gamification is a crucial aspect of the app and how it engages with youngEngagement unemployed people. Using game mechanics, we can ask personal questions, show other people and places and demonstrate practical opportunities to the user. Using individualised play, we can offer a new digital conduit for service delivery.
Motivation to interact and change depends on aspiration and optimism.Motivation We will embed motivational interview and other proven techniques into the app structure to raise individual user expectations. Using game concepts of badges and rewards, the app pulls the user in to engage and connect
The app connects a user to:- •Other local usersConnection •Local employment and education support agencies •Local work or work experience opportunities The user communicates through FaceBook or Twitter but the app simplifies the identification of relevant local people and places.
The app uses themed The app uses hyper-‘digital overlays’ called local geographic data toKrowds. deliver connections, opportunities andThe mechanics of the information that areapp remain the same specific to the user.but the ‘look and feel’of characters, maps and Connections must beplaces are matched to relevant and local touser’s personal choice. enable engagement.
Digital Tribes and self-recognisedpersonas are important ways ofengaging with people who do notrecognise or relate to existingstructures of support.The app will have a range of digitalpersonas ,called Krowds, to choosefrom. The sample here are fromchildhood. User testing will provide areal selection.This choice at the very opening of theapp acts a soft pre-selection questionfor the type of people and types ofUser Experience that are offered lateron.
Once a Krowd has been chosen, theapp starts and the use is rewardedwith a point/badge.The use of points and badges tomaintain regular app use comes fromgame design theory.The app offers to show a map of localconnections or to start building the in-game character or avatar.
Building up the avatar is the way inwhich we engage with the user andbuild up their confidence in their self-assessed skills, knowledge andinterests.Using the motivational interviewtechnique (OARS – Open endedquestions, Affirm, Reflective listening,Summarise), the user can answerquestions (including some jokey ones)so we can build an in game avatar thatactually shows and affirms the user’sreal world capabilities.
The user can look at the local mapwhenever they like.The amount of information shown mayhowever, be limited by how muchinformation they have provided in theavatar building process.The key elements of the map are:Other app users who have differentskillsCentres offering training or supportOpportunities to work
Clicking on an opportunity will showwhat it is and offer the user the choiceto do it or not.At this point, the user can contactother users or service providers tobuild up support (skills or knowledgethey do not possess) to achieve thereal world task.Contact will be though FaceBook orTwitter as they already provideregulated secure and safecommunication systems .
Having gone out and worked withothers to achieve the task, the userlogs back in and is rewarded withpoints.These points build up through use ofthe app and show both the user andothers that they are achieving andmaking work in the real world.Using the app builds confidence andaffirms the skills of the user.
The user can keep playing the app foras long as they wish.However, the goal of the app is tomake them confident enough to stop.The app builds up a record of theirachievements which can betransferred to a CV or similar workrecord.By working locally, mutually and onsmall tasks, the app user has affirmedand proved their capabilities andknowledge through work.
We are currently looking to fund the app development and testing throughFunding the United Kingdom’s Design Council ‘Working Well’ Challenge. Qkrowd can work in any country, contact us if you want to start it where you are!
We are looking for partner organisations who are already servicePartners providers to young people seeking employment or training. The app acts as digital conduit to a real world service providers and we need people experienced in delivery of support.
For testing and prototyping, we will need to work with partner agencies toUsers work with users to define what works best Key development questions include: •Digital personas to be made available •What questions in avatar creation •Type of work opportunities offered
If your organisation is interested in working with us to trya new way of engaging with young people digitally tomake jobs, please contact me.Alastair Somerville+44 (0)7808 480749@QkrowdQkrowd@gmail.com