Making Concrete Steps
By making sketches earlier this week, we have managed to gain a lot of new input for the project. The sketches are a visual representation of all terms and concepts we link to Muna.Co. Together they formed a very broad overview of all possible roads we could take with the project.
By discussing our sketches in groups and with the course tutors we were able to gain insights and come up with new ideas. Due to this process we are now able to make our goal more concrete and start narrowing down ways to achieve this to hopefully be of assistance to Ilse and her organization.
What we identify as being the most important goal of the project is making sure everyone can understand what Muna.Co stands for and what the organization has to offer. This is deemed to be most important because the organization targets many different kinds of groups with their activities and literally everyone is welcome to partake. Because there are such a wide variety of people being targeted by the organization we mostly wanted to focus on communication that uses symbols, images and perhaps English as a universal language.
During the discussion in groups the possibility of making use of non-verbal communication and body language got a fairly large amount of attention. This has steered us into exploring an interesting path the project could possibly take. Mostly the idea of developing a unique language that could be used in the workshops got our attention. This language could apart from being practical also represent what the organization stands for. Additionally people partaking in the workshops and using this specific ‘language’ will have more common grounds and a kind of bond amongst each other because of this language (creating a feeling of belonging). Important in developing something like that is that it needs to be easily accessible, so that all target groups can partake no matter their background. A next step is therefore to look into how we can develop a ‘language’ that is understandable for all target groups that are brought together in the Muna.Co workshops.
Even though developing a way of communicating within the workshops presents a very unique opportunity, we do not want to lose sight of our initial aim to make sure the organisation is represented correctly to people outside of the organisation. Developing a language that is only used between participants, might not be able to achieve this goal unless it is expanded or extended in one way or the other.
Monday afternoon all project teams came together to play a game about the importance of (re)sources. The game turned out to be surprisingly fun, especially because at the start of the game the rules and goal weren’t all that clear. As the game progressed the degree of importance of all kinds of project elements became clear. It is also not always evident how to get access to certain (re)sources. The fact that this lesson was given in a more playful way made it a more pleasurable experience.
The next step the project is to design and develop a first prototype. This certainly wasn’t an easy step in the process and it always seem to be hard to get started on a first prototype because it requires you to become more concrete. Examples given in the lectures made the purpose of these first prototypes more clear. A project conducted by Pablo about “what to do when there’s no electricity and how to solve not having electricity” gave a clear image of what is expected of us. It is up to us to plan and create the first intervention by next week.
With these interventions we would mainly like to focus on two important questions in our project:
- How does society perceive a care- and diversity project like Muna.Co?
2. How would participants of the project preferably be perceived by society?