Oct
29
2009
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Global Action Day

Last Saturday me and Jeiran staged a Social Dialogue in Vigelandsparken where we let the statues talk! The statues are very expressive and turned out to be a perfect means to talk about the serious global issues we are facing. We were able to raise a discussion in a friendly way, making it understandable and approachable for all passers by. At least all the people there, gave us thumbs up, big smiles and wanted to know more about 350.org.

Though we didn’t really get media attention, the responses of the public were meaningful. More pictures can be found on my flickr and Behance.

Oct
15
2009
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350.org

This post is part of Blog Action Day, where – for me – the main aim was to write something about the necessity for awareness, change and action towards our environment.

I have been involved in conceptualising actions and events for the global action day on the 24th of October for 350.org – 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.

Their 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.

The 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. At the moment we are in the danger zone and action need to be taken at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December, where world leaders will meet.

more info on their website

One of the things I initiated is the following:

Promote 350.org and spread the message by writing/drawing the number 350.org with a bar of soap on the glass wall of bus stops around the city. If you want to you can add an additional text as “this is an environmentally friendly message/ This message doesn’t do any harm to our environment/future/ Let’s clean up now so we can enjoy the future” or write down a way to cut down C02 emissions.


ps. If you leave your soap bar, you invite others to share their thoughts too!!

The underlying thoughts and strategies for this are using soap to ‘clean’ our future as well that you can wash it away it doesn’t leave permanent marks on the glass. Sort of an environmentally friendly message!

Further there is a plan to stage a (social) dialogue around the statues in Vigelandsparken and there will  be lots of activities going on at Oslo S and Rådhusplassen. Where we hopefully able to transmit information in an engaging way.

Oct
12
2009
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Found

This I found a while ago on a bench – when the weather was a bit warmer and sunnier – when I was waiting for the bus. It is a commercial for a new movie. Nice interaction!

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Oct
09
2009
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piano stairs

I got this clip forwarded by a friend. In a subway  in Stockholm the stairs were transformed into a piano. You could create your own tunes by stepping, dancing, jumping and bouncing on the stairs.  It is an initiative of Volkswagen and if I understood it well (my Swedish is not that good) it is a stipend they hand out. More info (in Swedish) on www.rolighetsteorin.se according to them  “the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better is by making it fun to do. We call it The fun theory.

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Oct
05
2009
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workshop service design

I participated in another workshop last friday, at AHO, the school of Architecture and Design in Oslo. Alice Andreoli, a Masterstudent service design, has contacted me before to talk about her project. in which she is exploring how SiO student accommodation in Oslo, could be improved through better services. In our talk we spoke about the tools of communication I used in my project and she was laying out her strategies. One of the things I really liked, was that, for a month, she moved into Bjerke Studenthus  – one of the SIO accommodations – and by doing so, becoming an user herself. In that time, she was also actively testing and experimenting with forms of connecting with the residents. She did this in ways I have done as well: providing some kind of tools/installations in which a dialogue could formed by the participants/respondents and generating solutions in the process. I have been following her blog and it was wonderful to see all the interactions and results.

For the workshop on Friday she had invited several (service) designers, architects from her school as well as residents of SIO and some of staff of SIO – who were very pleased with this project. I found the workshop to be a great learning experience and so many good ideas were generated. The strategies used to generate ideas, were very playful and simple with great success as an outcome. Personal and professional values were brought together on this platform. By starting with the simple question to close our eyes for 1 minute and think about home everyone was able to sympathise and relate personally to the subject of the workshop. We wrote down some associations and then we started with the next round. Another good tactic was that for one assignment – write down thoughts on how SIO can be better and improve the information and services – we wrote down all ideas and we passed them on to our neighbour, then, you could see if you got inspired by those ideas. I thought it was very effective.

Oct
04
2009
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Workshop Lloyd

Last Monday I helped out with a workshop organised by Slowlab for the Lloyd hotel in Amsterdam.

Slowlab recently acquired space in the Lloyd for a studio as well as integrating slow concepts of attitude and sustainability in the hotel. I am looking forward to projects happening there.

On Monday there was a annual fest for the staff of the Lloyd and Slowlab was asked to playfully introduce them to concepts of slowness, as well as inviting them to contribute ideas. This was done by staging a treasure hunt in the Frankendael park! It was a great experience and as with all workshops the end result is unpredictable.

Several tags with adjectives regarding slowness where attached to trees, benches, flowers, etc. in the park. Artifacts were made from plaster, with an imprint of leaves and other natural elements and these treasures were hidden in the park. Furthermore, 3 musicians and several performers were placed in the park, ready to provide experiences of discovery! For instance, one of the performers was sitting in a tree with bottles of Cava and in this tree we had hung champagne glasses. So the finders would try to catch the cava with the glasses.

Oct
03
2009
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Involve Yourself

2 weeks ago Involve Yourself – an Norwegian organisation which has the aim to engage and involve youth in causes as human rights and injustice – asked me to conceptualise and design postcards, will involve people actively in the campaign they are launching now. In a brainstorm we came up with the following:

front side

back side

This I promise card hopes to encourage people to make a pledge, which can be big or small. So for instance: “I promise to be nicer to my little sister” or “I promise to turn off the light when I leave a room” or “I promise to do community work at..” etc.

The thought behind these postcards is to make the users think and reflect in a playful way:the users will write the promise at the spot and address it to themselves. Involve Yourself will send the postcard a year later, reminding you of your engagement!

front side

back side

For this card the concept is that the writer/sender asks an artist (4 famous Norwegian singers) to include his/her sentence in the artist’s new song to support human rights. The sentence will be written on the front side of the card.

The artists don’t know about this!! So the senders are contributing sentences and asking the singer to write a song with him/her. I am very curious for the results, but I think this is a perfect interface, to engage the individual – and the idol as ambassador for the cause – in a larger dialogue.

How cool is it if you can write a song together with your idol, which supports an important cause!?!

To make it playful for user and receiver, the text below is added vertically in the middle of the card.

back side

We used the same concept for King Harald, only here the sender sends in a new years resolution/suggestion for the King’s New Year’s speech. Again creating an interface between the individual and authority.

Another task they gave me was to create speech bubbles inspired by the Bubble Project of Ji Lee

Several texts of the involve yourself campaign are placed in the bubble, hoping to raise awareness about the  the problems we have at this moment and to act now. FACE IT.

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