Surviving in the City

Living life is about more than just money; what needs are often overlooked?

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At the heart of many of the challenges in our world, we can identify some financial lack or excess; a feature of an economic system around which innovation and design can achieve some balance

Occaisionally however, a defecit which is not so easily bounded can be at the root of a problem

How does improving the quality of life of a person, in dimensions which are not always related to money;(nutrition, mental health, social relationships, creative expression..); have an impact in other dimensions, and potentially on others?

The vast human organism, is now embedded across rapidly changing environments, constantly progressing in what we know; which is to be celebrated. How the applications of our new discoveries are managed however, sometimes escapes us; which could owe toward the present undercurrent, global Hacker culture

Resilience on a personal level and as a social group can be the difference between simply getting by, and having agency over one's own life and surroundings

  • Muhammad Khaleel Jaffer
    13 Jan at 16:16

    I'd like to invite anyone who feels they'd like to contribute to this session (even a little bit), to feel free to do so!

    Resilience, hacking systems (creating new ones) & social interaction in cities are probably the main starting points in this conversation that I might have outlined so far - any other perspectives are duly welcomed!

    I'd like to start thinking about how we might be able to conduct this particular session in a way that doesn't lead us to the same old conclusions, dead ends and 'brick walls' that are sometimes encountered when looking at a long-term, culturally entrenched issue.

    If you have any ideas about how we might make it quicker for us to get to outcomes, by making this session playful, or by simplifying some of the more complex concepts, don't hesitate. :)

  • Noel Hatch
    13 Jan at 19:18

    Great idea! You mention social interaction in cities, how about doing a "scavenger hunt" tour of the city (within the time we've got!) to to surface the ways people survive in the city, the hidden hacks we don't notice, etc? Turn it into a game?

    If not, there's a "day in the life" technique where you imagine a day in the life of someone in 2020 and you imagine the hacks they would be able to use to survive (see http://bit.ly/11NHjSp as example)

  • Muhammad Khaleel Jaffer
    14 Jan at 01:04

    I think both your ideas are wicked.

    Given the limitations of the actual unconference, maybe we can do the scavenger hunt on another day, a weekend might be more useful too, (maybe it can be an outcome of this session).

    I might try and get hold of some maps of London or localities, which we could use to do a similar excercise, from a bird's eye view. (Or formulate a board game to explore these points).

  • Claire Ritchie
    18 Jan at 11:38

    Talking to ex rough sleepers, they will nearly always mention a particular person who helped, supported or inspired them to make a change. They talk about simple kindness and understanding as being the most important thing. How can we create an environment where these traits are the norm and people feel "safe" to demonstrate them. One thing I do is smile at complete strangers to see their reaction...quite interesting.

  • Noel Hatch
    20 Jan at 09:29

    Just a quick heads up before tomorrow, we'll be using http://westminster.impacthub.net/book-our-space/#modal-thestage (and part of the cafe area) for the unconference, set up in cabaret style. Each session will be up to an hour and we will have simultaneous sessions going on within the main space (up to six depending on how many people per group). You'll get post its, pens and flipchart paper. Any questions, give me a shout!