Sep
03
2009
0

350.org

I am working on an event/action to do for 350.org and organisation which will have a day of actions happening all over the world! This day is the 24th of October. Our plan is to even have pre-events and definitely more engaging, playful actions happening after that day as well with the group of people we are gathering through this. Time for change! We just created a facebook group for Norway and hopefully this week we will have a blog up and running too! Below are some words on the global organisation as well as what we are planning to do.

350.org is an international campaign dedicated to building a movement to unite the world around solutions to the climate crisis–the solutions that science and justice demand.
Our mission is to inspire the world to rise to the challenge of the climate crisis—to create a new sense of urgency and of possibility for our planet.

Our focus is on the number 350–as in parts per million, the level scientists have identified as the safe upper limit for CO2 in our atmosphere.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5kg1oOq9tY

On the 24th of October people and organizations all over the world will be organizing actions and events to highlight this message.
People in more than 1000 communities, and more than 100 countries have already announced plans.

This is meant to be a page where we can start organizing the actions taking place in Norway, connect with people planning actions, or people interested in participate in existing action.
I also hope we can use it as a place to discuss the most efficient ways of communicating the 350-message, whether we should try to coordinate all the different actions, and how we can start putting pressure on the government to adopt the latest scientific understanding when creating climate policies, and to set 350 ppm as a target in the international treaty to be created in Copenhagen in December.

Mar
09
2009
0

Creative workshop

A successful workshop with Louder happened last Friday. The strategy:

* Detach people from what they know and what they normally do
* Place them in a new setting and challenge them. Make it playful and (inter)active
* Experience new ways of exploring creativity and gain new resources to find inspiration
* Aim and outcome will be that the individuals in the team will feel more comfortable and confident in their ideas

I divided the team into 3 groups. Each group received several envelopes containing:

1) location
2) playful task to get out of your comfort-zone.
3) assignment for research and/or observation
4) the actual briefing with a client, aim and target group

TEAM 1
1) go to RÃ¥dhusplassen
2) write down your wish on the pavement or a wall. Do it big.
3) collect wishes (25-50) from random people, write them down and film it. Ask for instance:

– what’s your wish for today?
-what good news have you gotten recently?
– where would you wish to wake up tomorrow morning?
-make a wish for someone else
4) CLIENT: The Pope
BRAND: Hope
TASK: We need more optimism.What makes you happy? Create a product/message/service for optimism. Preferably an interaction where people can share and exchange hopes and wishes
Target Group: 18-35

TEAM 2
1) go to St. Hanshaugen Park
2) Introduce yourself to 5 random people. Pretend you are skiing (I gave them 2 tasks, since they didn’t have a hard time executing them.
3) observe people in Kaffebrenneriet: how do they socialize; how do they interact; what do they order; how is the interior? List all actions done there. Take notes.
4) Client: Kaffebrenneriet
Task: Kaffebrenneriet wants to profile themselves not only as a coffee to go place, but have their clients more socially involved. They want to introduce a new concept: Social Coffee. It comes with 3 new coffees and it needs a (social) activity. Create a(n interactive) concept
Target Group: 15-35 yrs

TEAM 3
1) Go to Oslo Sentralstasjon
2) Go to Stasjonskontoret Ask for Håvard Svendsen and show the mail in this envelope. You should get a spot assigned next to café La Baguette near track 13-19.
3) Create a temporary open office for problem solving. Go to café La Baguette (track 13-19) report yourself. They have some furniture for you there is some material there as well. Make yourself at home!
Ps. Giving solutions is 1 thing, making the client feel happy&smart is another. If possible give people tools for finding the solution (e.g. the Anger Management Kit)
4) CLIENT: anyone/ everyone
BRAND: Louder
TASK: Today you have an open office, random people can come with any problem and you will try to find creative solutions at the spot. Promote Louder and follow up on: Actions speak louder than words.
Your task is to brainstorm live and promote yourself: Impro-Marketing. Sell your services for free.

I connected the last team to my KNOTREALLY problem blog. I made an event for it on facebook, to redirect more people to the open office at Oslo central station.

To see picutures of the workshop visit my flickr

Jan
08
2009
0

theater workshop

I am preparing for the 1-afternoon workshop for theater students. To engage them in my project and experiment with theater as a social intervention. It will be challenging since I have no experience with teaching nor theater. But isn’t that the thing? We all don’t have the experience of a social conscience. And that is what I want to explore.
With these students I need to be specific, a director, strict and playful at the same time. Let them be the theater in the public space acting out their role. The one I am writing for them. I will need costumes of accessories of some sort. They have to make these simple attributes come to live.

The criticism the theater teachers gave me was- next to me having no experience and what the pedagogical value could be- that it is too much I want to do with these actors. It needs more background and introduction, they say. Time is ticking (away) in my project, but also in the world. If the whole world needs to be educated elaborately with loads of information, change will take forever. I think there is an easier way. It just needs to be found. Now I am wondering, cause I am of the opinion that it should be easier for creative people to relate to these global problems, but sometimes it seems to me that in this setting the ego gets even more ahead of us than in the non-creative scene. Maybe I am wrong. I hope I am.

Important for me when working with theater is to be aware of who is reading and what has been read (which is part of the evaluation afterwards) . Step outside what is known. Define for myself what the design is in this social theater situation.

Dec
08
2008
0

Problem Intervention

Today I started spreading these in public transport:


A gift package with a one of the problems I have collected in it and printed inside is a voting form. I hope to encourage people to vote for the best problem on KNOTREALLY.tumblr.com and for the best problem of the month I will be doing another Design Intervention which will bring a possible solution!! So come on everybody, VOTE!

Dec
03
2008
0

The Sun is Shining

It is dark weather in Oslo, but the sun is shining in my project! I found some very nice people who want to work with me, which is great. I will be having some meetings the next couple of weeks and discuss ideas, but now I will be able to create a theatrical setting. My plan is to work with the problems I have collected.

In the blog KNOT REALLY I have all tagged them. You can, for instance look for the city/country where the problem comes from. I have also categorized them in personal and global problems. So far there are 50 personal problems and 8 global problems, which is quite striking. Logical as well, I guess, since we are all very human we tend to think first of ourselves. Which is a sort of selfish behavior. My challenge is: how can I bring more reflection and balance in these problems?

The coming weeks I will be doing quite some interventions in the public space ( hopefully one performance intervention as well) and one of my ideas is to see if I can encourage people to bring out their vote for the best problem. For the winning problem I will be designing a solution in the form of an intervention.

Voting is open, so MAY THE BEST PROBLEM WIN!!!

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Nov
27
2008
0

Come Together

How to

I am really noticing my own struggle in gathering people to help me with this project: to design social engagement. How do I design forms of social engagement if I am not able to engage people in the first place to participate in my project? I realize it is busy times and looking at my own choices and behavior I know I say/said a lot of No’s as well. I am wondering how much of this No comes forth out of selfishness and how much is put upon us through societies pressure and choices. How to break this spell? These questions I am asking myself and also questioning my intentions with my project and what i would like to achieve with it, stop me from doing. Which is exactly the thing thing I shouldn’t stop. I saw a talk of Malcolm Gladwell on AIGA, called the story of success. He spoke about how even the greatest geniuses and successful people in history reached their success by an endless process of trial and error. Learning by doing, growing by making mistakes. It is a vulnerable position, but the only way to get results, either good or bad.

Next step. Can I direct/provoke people to gather at the same spot, at a certain time through messages left in the public space. ( step 2; can I provoke/encourage them to do something out of the nothing?)


Nov
06
2008
0

Knot Really

I am working on a test project now, which if it works as planned will be a BIG project. Let’s see if my theory can work in practice. I have and am collecting problems to see a) what is on people’s mind b) offer a moment of contemplation and self reflection c) if I can place these problems as challenges on a platform. This is at the moment the blog knot really.

I hope to create an open social dialogue. Where I will come up with design solutions and offer people the inititive to visualize answers and solutions as well. Can I connect people’s problem to each other so they’ll both benefit from it. Can I give local actions as a solution to the problems people send in, which would result in a contribution to society and the person feeling better about himself.

Anyway ideas are spinning and thwirling through my mind. On monday I plan to do an intervention in the public space related to these problems- see if I can get the viral working- and meanwhile I am exploring this idea to its limits and beyond!

If you want to send in problems/solutions in word or picture please send it to iamgood@goodindeed.org and/or post comments at KNOT REALLY…bring it on!

Oct
30
2008
1

What makes us appreciate?

I have sent the I love you notes to 50 design agencies in Norway, asking them if they could think about the universe or one of the other immaterial things on the note for two minutes and send me their response.

I will think about Sunshine today, since I am realizing how much I miss sunshine in these dark days. Do we take these things for granted? Do we start missing – and appreciating- their value once it isn’t their? And how do we appreciate things, what are the reasons to acknowledge value? Is it beauty? Is it love?

I wonder if we realize what it means to live in a society where we take so many things for granted, even when or maybe especially when the economic market falls, which should be the perfect moment to approach things differently.  Aren’t we selling our love and natural resources when we try to get a grip on the material things?

I came upon this article yesterday, which is elaborates much more on this subject.

more

Oct
27
2008
0

List of Annoyances

To test out my theory; how to trigger and change behavior, I need to choose a behavior/situation I want to change. Now I know what annoys me, but what annoys you? I have inquired a bit amongst my friends, but more suggestions are very welcome!!

– no honesty and respect

– in stores it’s a circus and everyone is rushing

– everyone does things just for themselves

– there are not enough recycling points

– the rules in the system are too complicated

– graffiti

– trash in the streets

– people who abuse common good (for instance not buying a ticket for bus/tram/subway)

– misspelling

– leaving the light on

– not separating the garbage

Sometimes I feel that we are stuck in our own world of make believe. Pretending to be something we are not, competing to be better than others.

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Oct
15
2008
0

Blog Action Day

We have global problems, which we have created ourselves and we are also maintaining them as they are, or even making them worse. On the other end we have the individuals who aren’t reacting to these problems, because they are not part of our present and everyday life. I call these  global problems or far & away problems because the consequences:
-will appear only in the future:  environmental problems as pollution, global warming, rising sea level, etc.
-are felt and taking place in other parts of the world like: poverty, hunger, etc
What these consequences have in common is that, we helped to cause them and
we have the power and resources to tackle them. To sum up, it actually is our problem, but we do not do anything about it. Why?

in between the ‘world’ and the individual are several levels as the family, community, government, all kinds of institutions and organizations as non profs, artists designers, science and technology.  The individual of my target group which is in the age between 15-35, has not experienced a war or a direct effect of the global problems and has only dealt with their local problems, which makes it harder for them to feel empathy or act. Maybe he sees and knows about the global issues going on, but since he is not experiencing them, he feels there isn’t much he can do about it. Consistently focused on status and objects, we are not engaged with the society. There is no team spirit, no compassion, no social conscience. Selfishness, pessimism, apathy and ignorance is a sort of behavior that cuts us off from the society.
Even if we try to take some actions, we feel they are turned down by government or restrictions on the market. For instance if you would try to buy products without plastic, you walk quite quickly upon a wall. Thus my individual feels it is up to authority and technology to solve.

Until a certain point it might be true that the government has the power and technology the solutions. We could say that it is up to the state to solve the problem, to tell their inhabitants how to live. However, the government is limited in influencing  choices and behavior of their inhabitants.
Moreover, there is also the issue of knowledge; technology and science have so many ideas, answers and initiatives that it is confusing even for them. There is so much information around and yet so much is unknown. The endless possibilities for what we can do and make, causes a luxury problem of choice. In a society where power, wealth, education and opportunities are the largest, the people are most unhappy.

It is up to the public to come with the demand. The past couple of decades consumers have demanded choice and convenience; now it is all there. If we would ask for conscience we would get it.

The question is not: how should we live?– waiting for someone to command us- but: how do we want to live?

What I want to say with this -and I can say much much more- Is that the way how visual communication has tried to sell awareness and change our behavior until now, does not work. I mean, I quite like these posters I made, but it doesn’t change a thing. What I am doing in my MA is finding this trigger and the perfect design to activate and change and maintain our behavior. I know, it sounds like a lot, but I think it is possible!!

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