Catalyst - an overview

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Overview of Catalyst Research project given at FutureEverything conference 2012 giving an insight into the project, how it works, recent projects, including Patchworks and how to get involved.

Catalyst is a research project based at Lancaster University bringing together community groups and academics from social science, computing, design and management science to carry out transformative research on the theme of citizen-led social innovation.
Mission
Catalyst has two primary research questions:

(1) Understanding behaviour: what stimulates people to participate in civic actions and why?

(2) Tools for change: what next-generation digital technologies best support how people want to innovate in a civic action setting?

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Catalyst - an overview

  1. 1. C a t a ly s t #catalystas@catalystproj www.catalystproject.org.uk
  2. 2. A b o u t C a t a ly s t• Understanding behaviour – Why do people participate (or not) in society/civic actions?• Tools for change – Next generation social tools for social change• Citizen-led• Reflect on inter-disciplinarity
  3. 3. C it iz e n -L e d
  4. 4. c o -r e s e a r c h & c o - p r o d u c t io n • Research Sprints • Launchpads • Serendipity Cafes • Research Relays
  5. 5. L a u n c h p a d : L o c a l Tra d e
  6. 6. L a u n c h p a d : A c t iv is m & S o c ia l M e d ia
  7. 7. #P a t c h w o r k sResearch Sprint – 8 MonthsIs it possible to co-design, with homeless communities, asimple and cheap health monitoring and communication toolusing the methods and materials of ‘personalmanufacturing’ (DIY-Bio/garage science)?
  8. 8. #P a t c h w o r k s p r e s e n t s … #f u t r
  9. 9. #P a t c h w o r k s
  10. 10. G e t In v o lv e d• Expressions of Interest to Launchpads – rolling deadline• Expressions of interest for serendipity cafes• Round 3 Sprints info from Autumn 2012
  11. 11. C o nta c t• @catalystproj – #catalystas• Catalyst Project• catalystproject.org.uk

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