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My [inte]gration Data Co-op

My integration Co-op is an innovation targeting migration and human rights by using data/tech for good in Mexico-Central America- US- Spain

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

During the migration journey from Central America to the Mexican-USA border, I had the opportunity of walking alongside the “Caravan” families listening to their stories. The caravan migrant populations consisted of convoys of around 8,000- 10,000 families pleading for asylum to the USA and Mexico. During this time I gatheried insights, one interesting insight trigger my attention to propel this migration project; while migrant families became aware of their Human Rights as people on the move during their perilous journey into Mexico aided by Human Rights groups, the migrants could not do anything to stop abuses. Many of the migrant families were affected by authorities abusing power and hot deportations taking place in hostile situations. Add to this, the extreme violence they usually endure during the displacement travelling alone, such as sexual abuses, coyote smugglers or even death, all happening within the invisibility of the situations they experience. My research identified an underlying problem with migration; many Human rights abuses are consistent across borders and nations, constantly made towards migrants (especially those vulnerable for their irregular situation) they don’t have enough information to prove and build strong cases against constant abuses, nor does society, policy maker, NGO’s or academia obtain enough information to address these problems, as a result, there is a failure to provide dignifying opportunities, just working conditions, better livelihoods, social cohesion and proper Human Rights conditions. My [inte]gration Co-op (MIC) attempts to solve these ongoing Human Rights abuses by giving voice to the migrants by and for themselves. The systemic design behind the idea is built upon a data platform where migrants can place their testimonies, videos, maps, traveling journeys and personal data to build strong cases to identify human right abuses and build cases to address them,capturing relevant data to undertand migration conditions.

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Two geographies have been selected, Mexico and Spain, both bridge countries, transit, asylum and destination territories for migrants, both facing similar problems but have demonstrated different ways of addressing them; therefore I can implement data-driven solution by MIC. Border cities like Tijuana or Tapachula in Mexico or receiving cities like Madrid or Barcelona in Spain, will benefit from the design thinking methodology that can be implemented to prototype and validate these two contexts.

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

While nation-states give rights to their own citizens, these rights stop at the intersection of borders therefore deny rights to migrants. MIC is made for the integration of incoming people into the receiving territories, to collect data to be used for integration policies and migration innovations. MiC can address the lack of Mexican and Central American states having common migration policies via trans-territorial understanding and help to build integrated trans-migration innovation proposals.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

Beyond the fulfillment of basic human needs, MIC addresses the human need of having a frictionless access to Human Rights by storing useful information to build dignity ownership through their own stories and experiences. Usually Human Rights are hard to understand by end-user and are seen as a hard approach rather than a common everyday practice. Also the safeguarding of documents and information during the migration phase is vital to refugee and asylum seekers, since their belongings can be robbed or lost during the travels, the MIC platform will encourage the identity -building through useful data. Also, access to a platform where migrants can express, record and store their own data is a trigger for democratic participation providing a voice to grassroots to identify policies for common good that will amplify their needs and demands.For this we conceived My [inte] gration as a data cooperative model for collecting and sharing with a collaborative data protection model.

What will be different within the community of focus as a result of implementing your idea? (1,000 characters)

-Data-driven information for migration innovation: Technology literacy for vulnerable communities is scarce around the world, especially for raising awareness of problematic situations and how to address these using technology built specifically for migrants and used by them, the aim is to document their individual experiences and collecting data to identify patters that can be used to inform humane policy making innovation, this will be an empowering tool to enhance human dignity and socio-cultural integration. -Raising Human Rights Awareness : People on the move have little awareness that they are protected by Human Rights. The technology platform will be designed for friendly use and raise the awareness that data can be useful for them, but also to raise their awareness of the options available to them and to their circumstances, for example providing relevant information about processes that can help their journey (eg. access to legal help, organizations available to assist them)

What is the inspiration behind your idea? (1,000 characters)

This idea was born out a challenge for Mexican slums and smart cities that I completed 3 years ago, in which my research showed that most slums are built almost entirely of domestic migration and displacement. The solution proposed was about using big data to understand city dynamics and migration. Since then, several transformation and pivots have been made using design thinking process to understand the underlying problems of migration in different ways. My insights highlighted that the foundation of migrant claims has not been accomplished and as a result abuses continue to occur, across several touch points of the migration journey. My conclusion was that protection of migrant rights need to be addressed as a first step and is a focal point to enable integration of migrants into cities and provide them with better economic, health or education opportunities. We have to tackle the root causes behind the existing perverse migration systems and design and implement systemic change.

Describe the dynamics of the community in which the idea is to be implemented. (1,000 characters)

(1)Migrant communities in Mexican borders consist of different migration populations : there are diverse migration activities including people on the move, populations already established on the peripheries of border towns, deported migrants attempting new crossings, as well as returnees looking to re-establish themselves in the country of origin along the borders. These communities are made of men, women and children from diverse backgrounds, ethnicity, age, gender, religions and diverse languages, but mostly of Central American asylum seekers. I have also met people from Haiti, Venezuela or Cuba, as well as migrants from all regions of Mexico. (2) Migration communities in Spain : congregate an integrated community made out of networks, forming unions and collectives with shared interests, like working as street vendors in centric sites in Spain. These communities mostly share the same ethnicity predominantly African (Senegalese) ) but are also Pakistani and Latin American origin

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

Empowering migrant’s personal and shared stories and journey: The platform is aimed for highlighting their common stories and experiences to document for policy changes and data -driven advocacy, but also to demonstrate the power of their personal stories that may have shared patters amongst migration communities, this will enhance the belonging to a worldwide movement, stories that millions of people on the move can share and trigger for them, that their stories can contribute for change. My [inte]gration was conceived to give migrants a voice instead of being pushed to the shadows, we believe in empowering the people on the move to speak up for themselves and not infantilize their desires or voices, we also believe that data for good can provide a voice and create a movement in a changing world using the same technology they already use, but this time for data-driven advocacy for justice specifically for a world with 65 million people on the move.

What other partners or stakeholders will work alongside you in implementing the idea, if any? (1,000 characters)

Collaboration have been established for MIC with the Impact Hub in Tegucigalpa (Honduras), UNDP in Central America, International cooperation agencies in Guatemala , Innovation institutions and innovation departments, as well as Migration Ministry in Mexico and data sovereignty specialists in Spain and Australia. Further allies will have to be established ( some already have been contacted) like Google AI Prize, Universities and Academia in Mexico, Central America and Spain. Also Governments and municipalities, grass-root movements for Human Rights across the borders, Human Rights legal firms, policy innovation labs and legal innovation labs as well as impact investors in Mexico. We have now stablished partnership with the Refugee centres ( casas del migrante ) by jesuits all along Mexico.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Being on the move, crossing borders, and/or temporarily settled

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Prototype: We have done some small tests or experiments with prospective users to continue developing the idea.

Group or Organization Name

Good Rebel Design

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Good Rebels design Consultancy by Alejandra Aguilera is a systemic design and behaviour change consultancy based in Mexico. The design consultancy was born to tackle grass root challenges in the Global South and solve them using social innovation solutions and behaviour change communication/branding. I am also consider myself a migrant, having lived in 7 countries around the world, facing migration situations, I have placed my interest in social innovation with special attention in migration.

Type of submitter

  • We are a For-Profit Startup or Startup Social Enterprise

Organization Headquarters: Country

Mexico

Organization Headquarters: City / State

Guanajuato

In preparation for expert feedback: What are three unanswered questions or challenges that you could use support on in these categories? These questions will be answered directly by experts matched specifically to your idea. (600 characters)

This platform is made to gather and store data, how might we make it easy and accesible for the migrants to store their data individually, but still make collective knowledge to provide information that is usefull for them? Data sovereignty is a main driver for the design of this platform, the reason it is designed to be a data cooperative so migrants have the ownership and fate of their data, instead of the misuse of third parties, how might we make sure the data is owned and controlled for the migrants ? -How can this platform be widespread, used and adapted by the migrant end users?

Did you use the resources offered during the Improve Phase (mentorship, expert feedback, community research)? (2000 characters)

Thanks to our mentor's insights (A)There are endless human rights violations in all geographies, he himself had been personal witness to several police abuses and raids in Greece. This data platform can be scaled and used by migrants worldwide as well as by international Human Rights monitoring organizations to build innovative legal proposals to win “pilot cases”. (B) In order to understand and effectively use data, we need to create categories of HR, so migrants may systematically and consistently enter their personal data inside the platform in a user friendly GUI (C) People suffering from HR abuse can capture their data testimonies when offline and later upload it when connected to the internet.

During the ethnography of our users: (A) There is a network of Refuge Centers all along the Central America and Mexican migration path that need a platform for monitoring abuse actions by authorities to both migrants and themselves. These networks are willing to collaborate (B) Users from Central America do not trust Human Rights legal institutions managed by the government because they say it’s not reliable. But if it is a non- governmental platform based on technology in partnership with reliable institutions, they are willing to upload their data to have a personal testimony of the experiences (C)  The focus is on women and children migrant human rights. 

Our Expert research feedback: A) A number of Human Rights platforms already use data source software to collect, organize and analyze data but rarely any that collects this data from “vulnerable community” end users themselves. Additionally, the data cooperative model provides a unique methodology to offer data protection B) The need to increase the services available by expanding the system development.

In what ways would potential BridgeBuilder funds allow you to pursue your idea that other funding opportunities have not? (1000 characters)

To date we have received 1 offer of funding (a grant from the Interamerican Bank of Development) that unfortunately was not received due to changes in that organization that prevented their planned funding from proceeding.

Bridge Builder funding can provide us with the capability to quickly scale-up this project so that we can reach many migrants and enable them to tell their personal stories, and collaborate with established allies who are aiming to amplify the voices of migrants suffering from systematic abuses to enhance system-level justice change in many receiving countries.

Many grants in my experience focus on approaches for paternalism of migrants that systematically infantilize their voices, but I love the fact that Bridge Builder and Open IDEO are challenging us to provide innovative approaches that target core problems and go beyond obvious solutions.

What aspects or proportion of the overall idea would potential BridgeBuilder funds primarily support? (1000 characters)

The development of a beta-stage digital data cooperative platform and co-op governance model is our primary objective in the first 2 years.Firstly we will put together a "teampreneurship" model of operation and attract the necessary talent. Our team already consists of a designer specialist, as well an experienced operations manager. We initially require a data analyst, a programmer, and a human’s rights expert, along with outsourced legal and bookkeeping services. Where possible we prefer to hire talented asylum seekers, refugees or returnees with these skills.In short, the funds will be the seed capital needed to:1.Establish the team and its operational systems (40%) 2.Co-create sessions with end users and stakeholders in diverse countries (20%) 3.Test MVP to improve and launch beta platform, test and launch data cooperative model first stage in Mexico, Central America and USA (40%).The seed capital we require is minimum $250K over the initial 2 years.

What are the key steps or activities for your idea for implementation in the next 1-3 years? (1000 characters)

|Year 1| Build the MVP. Design, test & prototype the platform with end users-Build alliances with human rights stakeholders and other allies.Review existing data platforms to determine suitability and capability for use in this project. 

|Year 2|Branding campaign to raise awareness amongst potential users of the data,Document and demonstrate successful use of the data with legal activists,Develop algorithms to identify qualitative/quantitative data.

 |Year 3|Expand the platform for use in multiple countries, modifying the solution as needed to each environment, and building local chapters/resources in other host/origin countries.Raise additional funding to expand the use of the platform.Create our own data and innovation advocacy program.

What will community-level impact look like over the timeframe of your idea? How will you determine whether or not you have achieved that impact? And what outstanding questions do you still have? (1000 characters)

IMPACT by mid 2021 |around 10,000 immigrants, refugees or asylum seekers are part of the data cooperative system in Mexico, Central America and USA. Over 20 stakeholders become part of the data governance cooperative system.The refuge centre network has applied our data coop all along the migration route. At least 1“pilot case” for Human Rights violations for women has been fought and won. Using the data, at least 12 reports on human rights violations have been written by advocates in host countries.

MEASUREMENT.Performance against the above targets are measurable, however our main Theory of Change measurement is the level of justice change for women and children migrants we trigger by 2030. 

QUESTION :How do we achieve vulnerable people's rights and secure HR defenders integrity at the same time by creating a digital HR platform and achieve our objectives for justice change?

Describe the individual or team that will implement this idea (if a partnership, please explain breakdown of roles and responsibilities for each entity). (1000 characters)

Lastly, how did you apply new learnings to your idea? (1000 characters)

Thanks to our mentors we could identify several key topics to pivot to adapt the idea phase and previous strategy: our new approach is to reach women’s and children’s human rights monitoring, we are also becoming a Humans Rights innovation data-driven advocacy, our data protection and security is vital for people on the move so the data cooperative model is our main safeguarding data protection system. We also need a strategy for public relations with highly reliable Human Rights institutions trusted by migrants to be the key partnership model. We need to categorize data and improve UX design platform into monitoring categories for useful case analysis and accurate testimony, also the need to build a user-friendly design front-end and sophisticated back-end. We need branding by trust & transparency as our core values for the platform and cooperative model to have successful outcomes

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Today I read a quote form the IOM website that inspires this project to never surrender-
- When you dehumanize some else, it makes it easier for you to the support policies that further dehumanize them-
Paul Wilson
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Hello Alehandra! Congratulations on making it to the Improve Phase! I am the expert matched with the MIC Innovation Proposal. I am honored to read your innovation idea, and offer feedback.

Your questions for me:
1. How to make it easy and accessible for the migrants to store their data individually? while still making it collective knowledge to provide information that is useful to them?
2. How might you make sure the data is owned and controlled by migrants?
3. How can this platform be widespread, used and adapted by the migrants end user?

The first thing I am thinking about as read through your questions is the Progressive Technology Project (PTP). They are a software development group rooted in social justice organizing/movement. They have developed a data-keeping platform called PowerBase that is designed by organizers for organizers working with similar circumstances. I have found that the platform allows for adaptability from group to group based on individual program needs and is easily accessible.

I would highly recommend connecting with them, and learning more about how they have developed their platform, what their views on data control and information sharing are, and how they have addressed similar questions like your questions above? Here is the link to their website: https://progressivetech.org/about/.

If connecting with them makes sense for/to you, I am more then happy to make the connection to PTP.

I hope this is helpful to you. Please Let me if you need anything else from me.

Best of luck to you!

Maryan A.

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Dear Maryan,
I'm so glad to hear from you and very exited to hear your feedback.
I have looked at the PTP webpage and it seems they have the knowledge about database software for grassroots justice organizing, just amazing !
I would deeply appreciate it if you can connect us so we can talk further and maybe collaborate.
Best,
Ale

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Wonderfull! I will make the connections shortly. what is a good contact to use? Mine is Mabdinur@hope-community.org.

Be well,

Maryan

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Hello Maryan, Sorry for the late reply, my contact is alejandraaguileracano@ied.edu !

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hello Maryan Abdinur  I'm still very interested in the connection with PTPm is there any news ?

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Hi, Alejandra Aguilera I included you in the emaIl I sent to the PTP team. Let me know if you did not get it.

Best,

Maryan

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Hello Maryan, Yes I did, I t was wonderful to see their connection to other data co-ops !!! I will respond shortly. Thank you so much for the interesting connection !

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Hello Maryan this is a Alejandra again, I have been able to work on the idea with more users, do you know if we can still incorporate further ideas that contribute to the design of my[inte]gration data Co-op ?

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Hello Alejandra Aguilera 

Great to read through your final submission. I really like your framing of the problem, and the steps you have taken so far to actualize your idea, including having deep insights of the challenge, and the value your solution might provide. Might you have an idea how much data is enough data? At what point do you feel the data might start proving useful, is it by number of users or what other metrics?

Are there existing data that you can already plug in to test the full value of the project?

And lastly, what is your thinking around sustainability of the project?

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Hello Isaac,
Thank you for your comments, we really like your questions, it challenges us very much.

Might you have an idea how much data is enough data?
- We are currently working with two types of data sets :deep data( quality of the data) and big data (quantity of the data). Both data sets have to balance to give us accurate information about quantities ( trends) and also causalities ( whys ). Our initial focus is on collecting quality data and ensuring that migrants have confidence in the integrity of the system. We plan to build the data analytics within year 2 when we will have sufficient users to be able to identify patterns and be able to detect trends.

At what point do you feel the data might start proving useful, is it by number of users or what other metrics?
There are many definitions of useful, for us these include (1) empowering migrants to speak up and tell their own stories (2) legal activists being able to use this data to run test cases (3) providing insightful information for raising awareness through media, and influencing policy change via stakeholder partners ( long term). We believe one story can make a difference !

Are there existing data that you can already plug in to test the full value of the project?
We conceptualized this project based on in-depth interviews with several migrants, and plan to continue this methodology and etnography to use as test cases. Also we know there is a lot of "puke" data that has been captured by other organizations which we plan to data "mine" to ensure integrity before using this information as part of the design process.

And lastly, what is your thinking around sustainability of the project?
We have a 3 year plan to start MiC which we have divided into annual strategic actions to reach our outcomes over this medium term. Longer term we have a 10 year vision for justice change in which our platform and data become a valuable addition to achieve international agreements to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible migration and mobility of people through the implementation of planned and well-managed migration policies (as per SDG Goal 10 to reduce inequality within and among countries).

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Hello Alejandra Aguilera 
Please check this project:
https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/2019-bridgebuilder-challenge/improve/bridges/comments#c-917af0decb7083264bc681c23548e39e

I believe you guys can cooperate as they are dealing with the same problem you trying to solve but in another place in the world.

I put a comment for Valentina Angotti and mentioned your project. Hope this helps.

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Hey Khaled thank you soo much for putting us in contact ! I'm goig to get in touch with Valentina for the Border Violence Monitoring Network

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Perfect! Good luck!

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These are my last 3 sets of important questions for you and your team before the final review stage begins.

Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your mentor on your idea?
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Can you please list 3 bullet points - just one line each - short and sweet of what feedback you got from your user on your idea?
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Hello Bremley,

Sure thing, I'm still working to get the legal innovation end-user insights.

DESIRABILITY
I have amazing mentor's feedback :
1.- This Project has a huge potential for data- driven advocacy in human rights migration monitoring in every phase of migration, specially for justice innovation initiatives, transforming data into a system changer nudge.
2.- This is a universal problem solver, any organization working for migration can use it anywhere and anytime, regardless of the specific region, it involves the use of an app and platform for anywhere. Your data can help many other projects fulfill their objectives in human right's monitoring.
3.- Build an app and a platform so migrants can use them both online and offline. You can store different kinds of data with smart information management. Have a strong back end to store and manage data, algorythm and information and a user-friendly front-end, easy enough for people on the move to use it.

User feedback:
- There is an urgent need for monitoring the current proceedings of the National Immigration Institute in Mexico and National Police that flout the migration and human's rights laws and agreements , no monitoring system is working now and refugee centers in Mexico are willing to help - Director for the Refugee Center in Saltillo Mexico

- Users from Honduras ( Central America ) won't trust Human Rights Monitoring done by public institutions, they have no credibility and are not reliable by the citizens because they hold no accountability, but if your platform can provide a relationship with an international, impartial and non- public human rights organization, people will certainly use it to have proof and testimony of the human rights violations that are happening - Miguel X- Honduran Migrant .
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FEASIBILITY
Expert Feedback
- Ushahidi is data crowdsourcing system that uses a data platform for human rights, having the capacity to collect and store the data we need. Ushahidi uses an open source system in Github that we can develop further with our own needs of data collection and data analysis.
https://www.ushahidi.com/

- Huridocs is an awarded Human Rights data platform that has embeded a database software called OpenEvSys, this software is built to browse, record and analyse human rights violations. We can easily embed OpenEvSys into My[inte]gration platform to collect to verify and standardise data both for memorialisation of the victims and to urge for justice by monitoring legal proceedings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=zd5nD8bbf_0

- Pushback Maps is a Georeferencing map that documents and denounces systemic push- backs in the daily East European borders using GPS location. https://pushbackmap.org/es/push-back-mapa/

- Contact Progressive Technology project for data managment with Expert mentor
https://progressivetech.org/

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I am happy to see the progress that you have made so far with the feedback you have got from your mentor. You should be receiving the answers on the 3 questions that you have sent to the expert by the 7th of October which you can then incorporate into your idea before the final evaluation deadline on the 14th of October.

Please remember to answer all the 5 additional questions on the platform when you have got all the updated information with you from all your consultations with your mentor, expert and users. All the best!

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Thanks Bremley, the session with my Mentor was amazing, lot's of wonderful feedback and insights !

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Hello Alejandra Aguilera 

Great to learn that the session was amazing. We cannot wait to learn more about the insights and improvements on your project.

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Very interesting project! I wonder if you've heard of Ushahidi (https://www.ushahidi.com/) and whether it may be useful. It started out as a way to crowdsource data regarding election issues in Kenya. It may have some interesting functionality. It looks like they have a subscription model, but they also have a free demo (perhaps useful for prototyping) and if you don't want to pay at all but think the platform is useful you can download the open source code from GitHub. Good luck!

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Hello Gina, thank you for your comment it is very valuable, Yes, I have been looking at ushahidi's work for years and I admire what they've achieved in Keny and beyond. I have been influenced by them as well :), but I can't seem to understand their tech functinality as well as I should :/ Thanks for the tip to look on GitHub and I will look at the demo :)

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Thank you so much for your kind response and once you have received the valuable feedback from your mentor, please kindly share with us what steps you have taken to test your idea in the field with your users and how they feel about it after your consultation with them. Please post your thoughts here on the comments section next week after you know exactly what the users think of your idea. All the very best!

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Perfect, wil do :)

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Can you please confirm if you have made contact with your mentor and if you have agreed on a date to have your one hour check in call to discuss about your idea?

Can you please confirm if you have thought of 3 questions for your idea to post on your comments section that you would need an expert to answer by 20th September?

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Hello Bremley,

Yes I've aleady made contact with my mentor and agreed on a date for mentoring and I've already posted the 3 questions for experts too :)

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This idea Will solve a need that all migrants and organizations working on this issue have since many years ago. I think that of we could have accurate data about migration in Central América and México we could get a better impact to understand them in order to get solutions. I encourage you to work on it!

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Hello Luis Aguilar  I appreciate your support.
When we were in an Open IDEO meeting in Guatemala, we realized that we knew very little about migration in Guatemala and that there was little accurate real data we could start designing from, hence we didin't know where to start to solve this complex problem. My efforts will be to tackle this problem with real-time information through My[inte]gration platform.

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Hello again. Have been thinking about your proposal., and how you might use the individual migrant stories you capture to foster changes in the countries they come
from, so that conditions in those countries can be addressed and improved to in turn minimise the reasons why people are forced to migrate in the first place. Any thoughts/ideas about this ?

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Gavin, interesting that you have been keeping My[inte]gration in mind, I am thrilled. Thank you for your comment I dearly appreciate it and actually My[inte]gration was propelled by "reverse migration proposal", driven by the right "to not be forced to migrate", to remain home and thrive, this is the reason we wish to know the stories through data to give solutions from the reasons and desicions to leave the homeplace and solutions to address the root problems.

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We understand that migrants have a right to not migrate and these are encouraged by lack of maninly economic / securuty reasons, but we also understand that climate reasons are an "unseen reason" to leave, this is why we also intend to contribute to create data to address this priorities in the country of origin. Thanks Gavin for your insight.

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Since we started a few years ago, we were called "ruta ese o ese" we intended to use data to develop the place of origin and reverse the migration system throug systemic change, specifically in Mexico.

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This is also an important solution insight for domestic migration, we started to look for domestic migration in Mexico from state to state to understand the urgent need to migrate and develop cities for the migration needs.

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I believe we have to design for the whole migration cycle, thank you for your insiht

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Hello, it is a very interesting innovation approach, are you in contact with Mexican authorities ?

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Hello Alberto, thank you for your interesting question, it is indeed needed for My [inte] gration a stronger approach to the Mexican, Central American and USA authorities to start co-creating the use of the platform. For the next phase, we hope to start plannig stronger communication to increase the awareness of authorities and get them acquainted to this innovation solution for migration.

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Thank your for your response Leticia

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We have made contact with Guatemala and Honduras authorities for the moment.

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Also we will be in touch with policy innovation agencies in Mexico and USA, that are concearned about policy design thinking and innovation

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There is a big trend in policy and human centered design in Latin America to address top issues.

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Interesting approach to a complicated issue - using technology to document individual migrant experiences, and give their voices an opportunity to be heard, seems to me a great way to raise awareness and understanding of the issues they face

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Thanks Gavin, I surely hope this can be a problem-solving approach to this complex issue !

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The reason to raise awareness and undestanding is to contribute through their own stories, My [ inte] gration is a data platform based as a voice for the voiceless.

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A further comment, how are you going to protect the data for the migrants ? Is there any realiable platform ?

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Hello Fabi, Thank you for your insight, indeed the protection of the migrats data is vital for us, this is the reason we are designing a data cooperative, so the migrants can be sovereign to their data and are not vulnerable to tehft and misuse of the data. We have also seen the possibility to use Holochain as a platform to secure and trace the data to the owners.

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We are also thinking about using holochain a kind of fair and sustainable blockchain to assure the protectin of the data hence migrants may become more vulnerable due to data exposure.

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In short My[inte]gration is a platform for built data sovereignty using a cooperative model of platfom technology to keep the user power over their own data and it does not fall into misusage and criminal activity. It is also keep a safe storage of the information to use for justice and provide accurate information.

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My in[te]gration is also designed to give and maintain information for the migrants, no only to keep but to address the information gap they face while making desitions about their legal, economic, health and other status.

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@Alejandra it is very interesting to see how you target the situation going on between USA- Mexico and Central America, have you done some prototyping to see if the migrant / refugee people are prepared to share their stories?

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Hello Albert, thank you for your comment. Exactly it is our next phase, during the research phase we had the insight about stories and human rights, now we have to co-create with the migration population in the border towns.

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Alejandra, I've been reading your proposal, it is vital to understand human rights as a root cause for the migration worldwide. I have seen very few examples on human rights on the contest. I hope it becomes real.

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Yes Fabi, we velieve that human rights is vital for migrants situation at the moment. We have done a 2 year research to get to the root causes and understand the rights violation of migrants, this is the reason we wish to make design it.

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Impressive, I wish this becomes a real project

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Indeed a thoughtful approach to migrants and refugees need. Nonetheless, is there any special provision for disabled persons in the design? Physically challenged persons are the most vulnerable of all vulnerable groups, especially during migration resulting from emergency situations such as disaster, political, social, and economic instabilities.

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Hello Uchenna, thank you for your insight, it is very valuable to integrate disabilities in the design indeed, you gave me a great hint for the next phase. It is indeed a great appreciation to take in consideration the needs of disbilities during the migration phase, many migrants from Central America and Mexico take the train called the "Beast" crossing all of Mexico by train, many of them fall off the train and get seriously injured or disabled, many loose their limbs, legs or arms and are disbled for life, leaving them in a life vulnerable situation. Thanks for the idea !!