What we do
The project runs a mobile workshop using mobile phones as artefacts to create relationship between seniors, young people and the public space of the city. The mobile platform is Radar, a network of prevention and community action in which the co-design and participation of neighbours, shop-owners, students, volunteers and professionals from institutions are involved in problem-solving. During the workshop the attendees co-design solutions to facilitate and improve human life conditions in the public spaces of the seniors’ communities, using young people and their mobile skills as radars of digital culture. Students work together starting with an applied project based on methodology to build more human and supportive neighbourhoods with design-based thinking and an innovation-oriented process. The workshop consists of different phases (ideate, observe, test, prototype, iterate, learn) which result in new mobile services and products co-created based on seniors’ needs, especially the needs of women and migrants. ‘Inclusion by mobile’ is a counterweight against loneliness, social isolation and exclusion.
The ‘inclusion by mobile’ of girls and women, especially those living alone in the city, is the main objective of the workshop. The project leaders consider public space and the design of public space as the first indicator of inclusion or exclusion and believe that mobile learning can foster open access and opportunities for all. The other aim of the project is to contribute to creating a digital and human narrative about the life conditions of people over 75 who live alone in the city, via young people and mobile learning – a kind of participatory m-storytelling.
Our social impact
The workshop is developed on the basis of design thinking and mobile learning methodology, in order to foster and acquire digital and human knowledge of the processes of human-centred design based on needs in context, within a mobile learning framework. ‘Mobile inclusion’ includes psychological and sociocultural factors, cultural diversity, and intercultural, cross-cultural understanding, and responds to the needs identified by digital ethnography interviews and participatory analysis of the context – the public spaces shared by senior women and young girls. The project focuses on public space and ‘inclusion by mobile’ in order to create an innovative approach, scalable in different realities and communities, to co-design our society starting from the squares, streets, shops and places we live day by day, and open this access to the world via mobile, giving opportunities for all.