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Brief introduction to the Department of Play projects (http://www.departmentofplay.org/).

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  • Building a network… we’ll never implement everything for all by ourselves… a much better approach involves fostering a network of collaborators…
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  • Department of Play portfolio

    1. 1. Fostering youth inclusion, participation and local civic engagement in the digital age Leo Burd Department of Play MIT Center for Future Civic Media April 13, 2011
    2. 3. http://www.departmentofplay.org/
    3. 4. Can technology help change this situation?
    4. 5. Although existing technologies could be used to foster youth inclusion, participation and local civic engagement, most tools are either too complex or lack appropriate functionality for the task.
    5. 6. http://www.departmentofplay.org/
    6. 7. <ul><li>We aim to develop an easy-to-use, open-source digital toolkit with corresponding curricula and pedagogical guidance to help young people: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Capture neighborhood knowledge by taking photographs, measuring distances, collecting data, recording interviews and constructing local maps </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Represent and share local information as “spatial narratives” integrating digital media and mapping in an online platform </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Organize civic engagement initiatives through an advocacy forum for children and adolescents to reflect, share, and act critically in their local communities. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>Goals
    7. 8. Community working group
    8. 9. Community working group Summer Institute 2010
    9. 11. organization of personally meaningful community events
    10. 14. What’s Up 2.0 <ul><li>What’s Up <your community name here> </li></ul><ul><li>Generic platform for local community outreach </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SMS integration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive call blasts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio polls </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web-based audio recording </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-language, multi-voice support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location-based calls </li></ul></ul>
    11. 16. Potential VoIP Drupal applications <ul><li>Go Out to Vote campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>2-1-1 and 3-1-1 hotlines </li></ul><ul><li>Phone-based community surveys </li></ul><ul><li>PTA and other meeting reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Story recording / playback </li></ul><ul><li>Group voicemail </li></ul><ul><li>Audio speed dating services </li></ul><ul><li>Language training </li></ul><ul><li>Audio tours </li></ul><ul><li>Adventure games </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive community radio programs </li></ul><ul><li>Emergency announcements </li></ul><ul><li>And much more! </li></ul>
    12. 17. Voip Drupal is… <ul><ul><li>A software platform that facilitates the construction of Drupal sites that literally pick-up the phone, make calls, record messages, broadcast audio, run voice polls, and more . </li></ul></ul>
    13. 18. Voip Drupal modules voip.module voip_directory.module voip_extensions.module voip_fields.module voip_voicemail.module voip_events.module voipcall.module callblast.module vote_registration.module voip_conference.module core useful specific voip_weather.module voip_voice.module voip_events.module voip_group.module voip_geocall.module voip_asterisk.module voiptwilio.module voip_freeswitch.module
    14. 19. The dialplan scripting system <ul><li>Dialplan scripts are like “audio pages” </li></ul><ul><li>Each module defines its own scripts </li></ul><ul><li>Basic commands include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dial <number, script> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Say <text> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Play <audio> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goto <script name> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GetInput </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hangup </li></ul></ul>
    15. 20. (617) 652.0978 $script = new VoipScript(‘weather report);   $script. addLabel('start');   $text = 'Local weather by phone. Please type your 5-digit zip code.'; $script->addGetInput($text, 5, 5, ‘’); $script->addSet(&quot;zip_code&quot;, &quot;%input_digits&quot;);  $script->addGotoIf('invalid_zip', ‘^%input_digits == '&quot; . VOIPCALL_NO_INPUT . &quot;'&quot;);     $script->addSet(&quot;forecast_result&quot;, &quot;^_voiptest_get_forecast(%zip_code)&quot;);  $script->addGotoIf('invalid_zip'), “^%forecast_result == NULL&quot;);  $script->addLabel('forecast'); $script->addSay(&quot;%forecast_result&quot;);  $script->addLabel('options'); $text = 'To repeat this report, press the star key. To restart, press the pound key.'; $script->addGetInput($text, 1, “”);  $script->addGotoIf('forecast', &quot;^%input_digits == '*'&quot;); $script->addGotoIf('start', “^%input_digits == '#'&quot;); $script->addSay(&quot;Invalid option selected. Please try again.&quot;); $script->addGoto('options');   $script->addLabel('invalid_zip'); $script->addSay(&quot;Invalid zip code received. Please try again.&quot;); $script->addGoto('start'); $script->addLabel('end call'); $script->addHangup();
    16. 21. Voip Drupal applications <ul><li>Go Out to Vote campaigns </li></ul><ul><li>2-1-1 and 3-1-1 lines </li></ul><ul><li>Phone-based community surveys </li></ul><ul><li>PTA reminders </li></ul><ul><li>Story recording / playback </li></ul><ul><li>Group voicemail </li></ul><ul><li>And much more </li></ul>
    17. 22. GrassrootsMapping.org [email_address]
    18. 23. Grassroots Mapping
    19. 37. Assessing the ICT needs of children and youth <ul><li>Basic survey to assess how children and youth connect with the people who are important to them and become aware of information that is relevant to their lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Sample questions include: </li></ul><ul><li>What are the best ways for people to get in touch with you? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you tell others about important events in your community? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you usually have access to computers? </li></ul><ul><li>How often do you use… (web, email, still cameras, etc.) </li></ul>New!!
    20. 38. Youth Radio Network Portal New!!
    21. 39. VwaJen – Voices of Youth Haiti Under planning!!
    22. 40. Ongoing collaborations
    23. 41. Youth Radio Network Portal <ul><li>High-level goals </li></ul><ul><li>Make it easier for young people to contribute and access meaningful content about their communities </li></ul><ul><li>Foster youth participation, social inclusion and recognition </li></ul><ul><li>Build a system that fits organically into existing socio, cultural, organizational and technological infrastructure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Facebook meets community radio in rural Zambia” </li></ul></ul>
    24. 42. Youth Radio Network Portal <ul><li>Process </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with CRF and UNICEF Zambia </li></ul><ul><li>Identify information and communication needs of children </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboratively define personas representing key stakeholders (children of different age groups, workshop facilitators, etc.) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Day in the life” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Aspirations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technological skills, challenges </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Implement series of small prototypes/interventions “with and for” local groups and a centralized “youth board” (TBD) </li></ul>
    25. 43. &quot; Two lessons I have learned: When it comes to learning and creative uses of technologies, children have more to teach adults than adults to children! When it comes to innovating for others, don’t guess what they want or do what they say : co-create what they—and you—will love once it is there! &quot; Edith K. Ackermann (1) (1) Honorary Professor of Developmental Psychology, at the University of Aix-Marseille 1, France. Currently a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Siena, Department of Communication
    26. 44. For additional information http://www.departmentofplay.org/ @deptofplay [email_address]

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