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
21
2008
0

London

I have been in London the past 3 days to see some exhibitions, the design council and let some fresh wind blow through my mind. It was refreshing!

The exhibition in the Somerset House Wouldn’t it be nice. Wishful thinking in art and design is very field related since it explores the boundaries between different disciplines, questions the role of art and design and it offers a participative framework with room for dialogue.

In the Tate Modern I saw some works that were useful to me:

Jenny Holzer’s Inflammatory Essays working with the fine line between propaganda and information. Sophie Calle’s Hotel Room She creates (fictional) narratives in which she places herself. In this ones as a maid in a hotel and documenting the rooms, to give a peek in the lives of strangers. This Big Brother view is part of our society and we love to have this personal view in each others life. This is why I think the problem blog might work. What it needs now, is a turning point: going from reflecting on others reflecting upon yourself.

I had a meeting with Lauren Tan, she is a Phd student working with the Design Council on the Dott projects. which were/are case studies on how to engage communities in the process of design to the development and delivery of solutions to help tackle issues in health, education, transport, food and energy. Designers and communities were ‘matched up’ and worked closely together in an open-design-form. Lauren’s job is to articulate these cases. What has happened in the process? What are the results and outcomes? Different points of views, different methodologies how can they be used further?

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Nov
13
2008
0

Monitoring

I am trying to explore different ways of monitoring ( the success of) my project. Virtual and real time.
These are some pictures after the intervention or spreading the 50 problems through the city. Almost all of them were taken. And as you can see here, the problem was taken out of the envelop.

Virtual- or via internet- I am testing out if the  six degrees of separation is true. How quickly or in how few steps can I reach people all over the world. I have sent emails to almost everyone I know- especially people who have an international network- and now I am waiting for response..

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Nov
11
2008
1

A way to change behavior?

“Say for instance, you want to remember to take out the trash before you leave for work in the morning. Imagine yourself going about your AM routine. Close your eyes and focus on one specific thing. Something you know you’ll do for sure, like putting your shoes on before you head out the door. Got it? Now think about every little action you’d need to take to put on your shoes: kneeling down, slipping your foot in, adjusting the heel and tying the laces. Relive that memory—the more specific, the better.

Now comes the fun part. Imagine yourself standing back up, but instead of walking out the door, you walk over to the kitchen, open the garbage can, and lift the bag out. Go back to the beginning and repeat the process a couple more times. The goal is to mash up two memories and create an association between the act putting on your shoes (the trigger) and the act of taking out the garbage (the action). It’s mental rehearsal for something that hasn’t happened yet!”

found at Jack Cheng via swissmiss

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Nov
10
2008
0

Intervention

Last night I went to spread 50 problems around the city. I am not sure if they will get noticed- the weather was quite bad as well, so I also don’t know if all of them survived.

I think I need to do this spreading of messages every 2-3 weeks and maybe have some regular points as kaffebrenneriet , where people also can leave their ‘problems’ in a postbox or something.

And I certainly think it needs some theatrical elements. I have approached people in dance, theater, singing, etc and I hope they will work with me to create this performance aspect, which I think will be very important. During this performance-intervention problems could be handed out.

Furthermore I think it would be good if I can make connections between problems we have here and problems that are happening in other parts of the world.

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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!

Nov
05
2008
0

We are what we do

small actions make a difference. Combine all the small actions together and you get something bigger. As easy as that! We are what we do is a movement to help you do these little things. It is nice and easy and they have good tips..so check it out and participate!!

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Nov
03
2008
0

Sitting in a Tree

On saturday I was meeting a friend and when we were walking in St. Hanshaugen park there was this tree with a ladder. We climbed up the latter and sat for an hour in the tree enjoying the view and keeping the child inside alive. It was great to remind myself what kind of freedom of mind and perspective it gives to do things out of the ordinary. I tend to rationalize everything I want to do, what usually leads to not doing them because of the possible consequences.

The next day I went there again, but then to watch how other people were enjoying this tree.

I can recommend this tree to everyone!!

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