OUT OF MY MIND » education

slow design

barn-raising

As a designer working in a social field I am asked to work with communities or to develop projects within communities.

I have my ideas, my way of working on a project and I know what I want for them, regarding the general environment and living it I can sense what is important and the direction the project shall take. There is here a big danger :

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hcd connect

HCD Connect is a network for social entrepreneurs, allowing them to meet exchange and build projects together.
There it is also possible to find their toolkit for a Human Centered Design, consisting in three main points :

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changing behaviours is the new inovation

We are at the tail end of an era that has focused almost entirely on the innovation of products and services, and we are at the beginning of a new era that focuses on the innovation of what I like to call “behavioral business models.” These models go beyond asking how we can make what we make better and cheaper, or asking how we can do what we do faster. They are about asking why we do what we do to begin with. And the question of why is almost always tied to the question of how markets behave.

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via fastcompany

open ideo


An interesting initiative.

openIDEO

mobikadabra

A very interesting project from two french designers “Elodie Poidatz” and “Stephane de Sousa“.

le plus gros président du monde

A short inspiring movie.

pluk je momenten

Pluk Je Momenten ….

cooperative work

If you’re living in the Netherlands, there is a nice cooperation for social entrepreneurs in Eindhoven : IS•CE

off the grid

In days where technology is driving our lives, some people decided to take a step back, sometimes extreme.

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ban the cell phones

Through banning cell phones from school, a new business emerged in NY city, you can leave your phone in a truck in front of the school during the day, and get it back after your day. I’m wondering how this business idea can be extended in our daily life on a voluntary base, can I get rid of my phone for a few hours during the day, and how it would change my life.

Experimentation in progress.

fluent in 11 languages

One of my friend call me a Language freak, being able to communicate in different languages. Every language has its personality, we’re often trying to find a common language or level in a language to communicate. I think this idea of a common language is restraining our capabilities to express ourselves. There are things we can express the way we want it only in a certain language, it looses its meaning when translated. With the language comes also a thinking, it is not only about words but mostly about what is underneath the language, opening what you can express. There are feelings that I can only say in Japanese, and I’ve never found a proper translation for it. I do sometimes understand myself better in Japanese or English rather than French which is my mother-tongue. Switching from one language to another while speaking with friends is one of the greatest feeling, being able to express exactly what you want to express without any translation.

We shall embrace the language differences more than trying to avoid them or merging to a common language.

Video on BBC news

changing education paradigms

Is there a problem with our education system. Is it really fitting our needs in a moving society where we’re asked to cross the bondaries of our field of expertise. How can we haf a transdiciplinary education system ?

creavity inspired by freedom

A nice video from kreativ.hu.