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Mp3-tourism (audio story library)

Crowdsource "audio books" in a library for enhanced reality! Volunteers upload their stories/soundscapes. Geo-tag the starting point of each story to GPS-coordinates. Listeners download the Mp3 at home, travel to the starting point and press play!

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Whenever we travel — daily commute or a vacation trip to a far away city — we bring our phone and some other things, like book, travel guide or magazine. Maybe even our Mp3-player or laptop.

Online Mp3 sound library, for all people to listen to when they are out and about in Singapore. It is meant as a combination of: incentive for citizens to document, share their discoveries about their home town to others. Influencing citizens getting more exercise; walking around, experiencing and enjoying the scenic routes.

Enabling sharing of all types of stories/guides/narratives/activities and letting others discover the local heritage. Increase local tourism, increasing local peoples desire to stay at home during vacations to rediscover their city.

Technology;

MP3-library online Let citizens create, record, upload, download & "borrow" like Audio Books from a public library. (web based forum and/or App)

GPS-tagging with exact geographic locations and directions on how to walk/bike/follow the story in the actual city locations. (see more info about Geo-caching) If there are spoken instructions in the Mp3-file; for instance: jump onto the bus number 88, the listener should choose to do so, similar to when "Alice in the wonderland" crawled into a rabbit hole, and = experience the customized ride.

Equipment: any portable device that the users already own, that they can download Mp3-files to, from the internet — and bring with them into the streets and parks.


all sorts of narrated stories, sounds, background noise/field recordings, spoken word, informational (historic or architectural or botanical/zoologic) descriptions of a geographical location, or any route.

Meant for any mode of transport, from just sitting on a hillside or bench in a park watching the view — to walking around, biking, taking a bus or a train.
And learn as you listen and go along in the stories you can choose from to enjoy.

Web page or App with the library and functionality.
Upload instructions, so that users will be able to create their own stories and geo-tag them in a simple way.

Catalogue, Categorize and browsable in different ways:
1. Geographical (coordinates on a map)

2. Chronological (historic timeline)

3. Chronological (calendar for stories adapted for christmas, midnight, early morning, rainy days etc)

4. Dewey Decimal system (just like library shelves, topics, themes, fictional, educational, current events, historical, local celebrities, nature observations, Documentations of events, descriptions of a building, region…)

5. adapted to different user groups (age appropriate, bicyclists, bus riders…)

6. literary narratives or biographies about literature/movies that take place in those locations

7. Other ways to search/browse/find … ?

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Crowdsourced content creation:

People would spontaneously record their stories and trips and guides. There will be lots of creative volunteers that come up with their own individual ideas on how to create unique material, see the videos above. Potential for users to innovate new use around Mp3-s with Geotagging/calendar/wikipedia-connections.

Users can share and vote/recommend any Mp3 in the library (Connect with existing social forums, such as facebook, Google+…)

Enabling of "Social games", performances, collaborative activities "flashmobs"
Authors could write historical narratives & literary storylines that activate the listener into walking or bicycling between different locations.

Real time documentaries or fictional stories that take place at certain times of the year, perhaps horror stories at night?

Environmental reportages; how the environment needs a cleanup or describe how the neighbourhood are cleaner since yesteryear.

Listeners will be able to "experience" the stories and learn, as the narrator and characters make progress through the environment.

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This concept should be only a flexible frame work, that allow participants and content creators to use in any way that they can imagine! Construct the framework/infrastructure with flexibility (or "piggy-back" on existing audio-file and sharing technology like soundcloud.com, tagwhat.com, historypin.com, http://www.broadcastr.com, goprotravelling.com or http://www.singaporememory.sg/)

More info: improv everywhere See also my earlier description, that could include even more details about "flashmobs" And see also Pedros concept of Flashmobs

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Revenue models:

I have lots of different ideas to create income and make this a self sustained project. I will only mention a few of them here:

"Freemium" versions: A new user gets a couple of hours free downloads. (or a couple of hours free per week/month)

Price tag on each mp3 could be set by the creator, if they wish to share it for free or to earn profit from it.

Subscription services could be implemented, Users that pay a monthly fee could download up to X hours per month.

Automatic subscriptions of one of the most downloaded or most "Liked" story once a week could be delivered automatically to your email-box for a monthly fee. (if you receive one story that you already had listened to, you could exchange it for another one from the archive)

Content creators can get limited space to upload their files to, and when reaching a limit they are asked for a fee (or donation) to continue to upload more.

Price level that are proportionally relative in size to the distance that the customer is from the starting GPS-point. Singaporeans would get it nearly for free, while tourists from abroad, that pre-download sound files at their home before they fly to Singapore, will be charged a higher price, and asked for higher donations to local charities.

Donation models:

Purchase and pay for a Mp3, you could be allowed to send one free copy of it to one of their friends = buy 2, pay for 1.

Content creators could set a percentage to donate to charities. They could set any %percentage on the cost for the sound file, that is suggestion for the listener to donate, and to which charity they should choose.

In the end of each sound file, the content creator could include a read message/statement that influences the listener to donate to a charity, or to pay a symbolic sum, that lets them send the same MP3 to one of their friends. "Paying it forward" or "Café sospeso"-system.

Subscribers could earn credits/tokens when they recommend and share sound files on their facebook page, they could use these credits as discount on purchase of more stories. or as tokens to send to their friends as birthday gifts.

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Potential addons and features (only mention a few examples):

Connections to wikipedia? to make it possible to read more about famous people that was born or resides at the actual sites.

Organize regularly frequently scheduled open workshops to influence citizens to create new content. (collaborate with sound studios, schools for performing arts, arhitecture/design schools?)

Customize content for visually impaired people or disabled?

"Product Placement" becomes "Geo-location placement"

Content creators could include "paid product placement" from commercial restaurants/shops/companies by including those spots in the narrative about fictional characters, but should also choose to do equally amount of minutes on some sort of "socially responsible product placement" in their narratives, local shops, street vendors, food hawkers, "Mom&Pop-stores". More info, see this concept:"Amazing Singaporeans"

Commercial companies could choose to donate money through this concept, and "order" production of custom sound files by volunteers on this forum, if the company wish to "buy" some sort of customized background sounds in their restaurant or shop. or for their TV or radio adverts.

How does your concept inspire collaboration between individuals, private sector organisations, and the government in an effort to create cleaner neighbourhoods?

Sharing stories from citizen to citizen, documenting & saving the heritage or creating new heritage. Creating awareness for local environmental and socially responsible projects… while you walk and discover, or re-discover that area :) Combining Sight, Sound, Smell... several Senses, Emotions, Activities, Actions, Responses Influencing a bit more vacationing in their own city/country. "Stay-cation". Perhaps creating a bit more socially responsable and environementally responsible tourism to Singapore.

How might your concept be scaled in a way that creates even more connections between people?

I have lots of possibilities; hold series of different themed workshops with volunteers, culture workers such as theatre, acting schools, script writers, voice coaches… (have classes online or at sound studios) Open Competitions to aid creation of innovative content and collaborations between many different people from different career paths. (perhaps initiate a mentoring program within this concepts framework?)

How might you design a small experiment around your concept that would mobilise action?

trying out Ushahidi Crowdmap, that is little bit similar to this concept. But haven't found any technology that combine downloadable mp3-s with the functions that I describe above.

Evaluation results

7 evaluations so far

1. How easy would it be for citizens to get involved and take initiative for this idea?

Very easy; this would rely on ground-up participation from the beginning. - 14.3%

Somewhat easy; there are ways for citizens to get involved, but an outside organiser may be needed to sustain and grow this concept. - 57.1%

This concept needs to be led and maintained by the government or private business. - 28.6%

2. Can you build this concept on top of something that already exists, like an organisation, physical space, or system?

Yes. This could fold into, or extend from, something that already exists. - 42.9%

This concept taps existing networks for a few things, but also needs a lot of new processes, materials, relationships, etc. - 57.1%

This concept requires a new system to be built to support it. - 0%

3. After the initial launch and support, could this concept be sustained and cared for over time by the community it's designed to serve?

Absolutely! This concept is easy to keep going. - 14.3%

It depends. There are opportunities for growth, but it's not yet clear how the concept would thrive after launch. - 71.4%

Probably not. A lot of effort would be needed to keep this concept going. - 14.3%

4. Does this concept create community?

Yes. It naturally brings people together and inspires them to take care of one another. - 14.3%

There is potential to create a thriving community. - 57.1%

No. It doesn't galvanize people to come together for a common cause or interest. - 28.6%

5. Overall, how do you feel about this concept?

It rocked my world. - 28.6%

I liked it but preferred others. - 28.6%

It didn't get me overly excited. - 42.9%

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The Sidewalk Gallery Cafe: social entrepreneurship in Singapore
Slí na Sláinte — Path of health
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Oxygenator - going from art project to community support.
Tidy Street: Changing Neighbors' Behaviors through Voluntary Monitoring and Public Infographics
Hello Stranger!
Collective Roots
Improv Everywhere — collaborative performances
Greening the Rubble and Filling the Gaps
Smart Neighbors
Building Community Through Diversity and Music
East Asian Communal Exercise
Reminding ourselves the beauty of Singapore
Connecting people on public transport
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Crowdsource Advertising
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Local Walkabouts
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Adopt a lane/park - Gamify the Citizenship
The Fun Theory
Beautify public-walls w/ murals & art around the culture of Singapore
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Very Local News
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The Meeting (The Amazing Singaporeans) [UPDATED]
The pop-up museums of Singapore's communities
SingMoney
Flash Mobs for Social Good [UPDATED]
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Local SGstarter for integrating the community in future projects
Windows to the World

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First of all let me applaud the idea. People typically learn via 3 methods, reading, listening via audio and learning thru watching tv or videos. I am one who learns much faster listening.

It's virtually not possible to travel all countries as you probably need a few million dollars to do that. Some countries are also not that safe to travel to. Most important what we lack is time. You probably need to spend 3-5 years to travel all countries thoroughly.

The crucial thing you need is to have somebody that has a really good voice. One that has the ability to draw you into that scenery. Someone in the image of Robin Williams would be a great fit.


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Johan & Arjan - we're so sorry that we may have lost some of the updates to this concept over the last 72 hours - we lost the AWS server stack which included the backup and even after working through the night some updates escaped us.

We've extended the Refinement Phase to the 27th to give everyone extra time to re-upload their content and to push your concept even further - apologies again if you did lose any updates...

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No problem. All of the updates exists somewhere in the comment section. I hope that evaluators and the jury can understand the concept proposal. If anyone got questions, just ask.

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hi Johan, sorry was away for quite a while, will have a look at the project as soon as I get back in London next tuesday... Is it finished already? Can't wait to see all the improvements :)

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I have thougt a lot about perhaps including "gamifying" into the concept proposal, as "templates" or "guidelines" for users to experiment their own customization from out of. What do you think? Will it benefit the project, or will it become "obstacle" for freethinkers, early adapters or those that wish to experiment without rules; "Anarchy-techies"?

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"Their own customization." Along these lines, it may be worth considering ways to integrate social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.) in a manner that makes the information personalized, and highly relevant. I suppose that in, say, Central Park, there would be hundreds, or even thousands, of stories. This mechanism would allow the platform to organize large amounts of data. It would enable you to, for example, listen to a geo-specific stories by people that you have a connection with. Perhaps most importantly, it preserves memories and enables people to share them with anyone. Brilliant idea, Johan!

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I found one existing project, http://www.singaporememory.sg/contents/SMA-a09b870a-3019-4259-b094-a2e5ac7426b5
but don't really get their idea, concept or vision.
Cannot really browse or find audio, cannot find a searchable map or work out if the site could be improved.
But I would like it if the Singapore Public Libraries could partner up with my concept.

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I wondered if you could expand upon the metaphor of the postcard? Could people take one key image and caption it to accompany their MP3 audio? If there was an archive this visual representation might attract people to each download?

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I am not sure what is technically possible with images. But I do know that when I have put a CD into my computer and play it in my Itunes, I see a jpg of the CD-cover image on each of the tracks in the playlist.

There is also potential for content creators to upload a photo to the library along with their recorded soundfile.

There is of course also a couple of potential "backdoor"-versions, GPS-coordinates can be used to display a zoomed-in section of maps.google.com and enable the view of which photos is taken in that location and uploaded to www.panoramio.com : see my example from my "sculptural-documentation-project" : http://www.panoramio.com/map/?user=4282146

I don't know which rules maps.google have, but it would be a dream if the sound files could be attached "Piggybacking" in their database-system, for all internet users to see and listen to. (sadly it would perhaps loose most of the revenue-models that I wish to include to bring donations and paying a small fee to each content creator)

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For browsing in the library I am brainstorming different options:
1. Geographical (map)
2. Dewey system, just like library shelves
3a. Chronological (historical timeline,
3b. Calendar (in order to do annual "anniversary trips" or specific seasonal descriptions, horror stories after midnight… etc)
4. Subject tags (twitter/instagram hashtags)
5. ? can you come up with more ideas on how to search/find content ?

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Hi Johan. I love this concept - lots of great suggestions for enabling people to share personal experiences. With or without travelling through accessing your concept.

It's a great approach for enabling people to share personal experiences from all ages and backgrounds. Like the comments before, tuning into a personal account / shared experience while visiting a beautiful place would give me goosebumps too.



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Ciao Johan, try to have a look to www.tripnotes.co
it is a social travelling application. I don't know if the audio part is ready, but I know it was planned. Maybe can be useful to your concept.

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Thanks for the tip, but I cannot come in and check it out. "Invitation only"-demo, but seems a bit promising.

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Johan, well done -- your idea has made it to the NEA Challenge Shortlist. Your video drew us into the concept and how it could work. You have a lot of great ideas about how this could play out, and the models that could surround it.

As we move into the refinement phase, we wonder how you might choose a path to bring it to its final expression, considering the evaluation criteria. Focus on ease, and using existing resources -- these will make your idea easier to implement. Finally, hone in on how you might share the notion of the idea and get people to start using it and contributing. For more tips on how to iterate and prototype your idea during the Refinement phase, read here http://bit.ly/connect-refinetips and check this Lowdown: http://bit.ly/oi_refine

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Simply amazing... I would love to travel that way. Not just guided audio tours in the touristic parts of the city, but everywhere you go, from the countryside to slums, stories would emerge.

I imagine walking on a hill after a two hour climb. I'm alone. I sit down to take a breath, open my smartphone, and I see that on this exact same spot a story was told by someone that was here 25 years ago. That would give me goosebumps.

The fact that all sorts of organisations can use this tool for different purposes makes this concept extremely strong.

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Wow, this is so cool! I would totally use this. Right now I depend on apps like Foursquare and Yelp. What you are suggesting would let me wander through new places while listening to the stories and observing things I would have otherwise missed.

I remember taking visitors around Mumbai and Brussels and sharing so many interesting stories. I would love to capture those on this application.

The free version could just have one MP3 option. The premium version could have multiple - imagine I am ready to explore Singapore - I can choose to see it from the shoes of an artist, an environmentalist, a student, a businessman, a cyclist, a kid, someone who is visually impaired etc.

So many possibilities. Very very exciting!

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Another important thing to consider would be to eventually make it available in multiple languages, starting with the popular ones based on tourism statistics.

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Hello! thank you! if this is built, there is a simple way to "create language sections" but start primarily with English, Chinese, Spanish…

If this project is not built, take a look at www.broadcastr.com and start to practice recording your stories!!!

I guess people not wealthy enough to travel could also with this discover exotic cities, sitting at home in Sweden and listening to a story from Mumbai, or even enjoying during the daily boring commute and listen to sounds recorded on board the Transsiberian Express :)

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Sounds awesome. The possibility to travel without leaving. But maybe would work better with geo-location functionalities?

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This is a fabulous idea and a lovely film. I saw something similar at the Festival of Ideas (Lower East Side, NYC, May 2011). http://www.broadcastr.com. I'm not sure if they are still in business, and you've taken it much further in this concept, but it might be worth checking out. Great idea! Possible names: TalkWalk or ftSTEPS.

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I know about broadcastr, but it seems they haven't become trendy with the old design, and they lacked some functionality, that I wish that I could implement in the actual sound files, combined. But who knows when they will release their future version?

Thanks for the suggested names!

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Wonderful idea, Johan. I have often thought of something like this. Especially when I wander around the city I live in now, there are many stories I think are interesting for tourists, or just in general. I think a good combination of audio and video would be great.
Have you seen the talk to the dogs inspiration? http://www.openideo.com/open/connected/inspiration/talk-to-the-dogs-creating-community-from-the-ground-up/ - something like that would be an awesome addition, too, because you get a very different perspective.

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video could become slightly hazardous to traffic, if the listener bikes, or drives a car. But of course for a bus ride, or just sitting still at a café, you could perhaps combine with video or images

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Your concept reminds me of one of my friends who did a similar project for the Swedish town Nordsjö. Go to the last slide and watch the video. I swear it is worth it. http://designtalks.dh.umu.se/12/projects/projects/ixd/i-was-here.aspx

It is a really catchy idea. I can see how if I for instance were waiting for a bus, that it would be cool to see the stories that have happened around me. Somehow a location is enough to feel connected with strangers.

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Thank you for that! It was almost exactly what I had imagined, but I don't want to produce a new product/player. I wish to let people use their existing mp3-players/ipods/ipads/phones…

you could also sit on the bus, and be able to see on a map all the stories that begin near the next bus stop, if you see an interesting story, you could jump off the bus (at an earlier stop than you originally intended to ride to) and take a walk the rest of the way, when you listened to the mp3-s in that street corners.

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I really like this idea too Johan: I knew a similar video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZG7F9G4AEak

But I feel like there should be different kinds of flash mobs as Pedro developed in his concept (http://www.openideo.com/open/connected/concepting/flash-mobs-for-social-good-/).

it would really be great to have some kind of MP3 tourism network where:
- for some you would have smaller groups with specific themes (vote for theme etc...)

- for others you would have those very large events like on your video.

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thanks, I think that those that create/record content for this library should have free hands, and use the system any way they like. But of course for ease of use, there should be plenty of categories to choose from: team-events, games, and also literary or "narratives" for single persons that wish to go walking in solitude on exploration/immersing themselves totally in the tour.

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I know your concept is about free sharing of content, but I think it could be interesting to consider a freemium model. Why not think of how you can have also some ways of having this fund itself, and give some incentives to content creators, too. The iTunes model also comes to mind: if people pay, a certain percentage goes to the creator.

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Yes, revenue sharing with the content creators of course!!!

but I have been thinking hard about business models for some days now. Thanks for reminding me, that I need to add something about it in the concept proposal.

Lets try one of the ideas: by submitting content, you get X minutes of free space! when you have uploaded 1 hour, you will be asked to pay donation of 1$ to be able to upload another hour of content? and if you got 2 hours in your library, you will be asked to pay donation of 2$ ? how does it feel like a model?

I think borrowing should be as free and open as possible, but you could ask for donations at the end of the sound file, to make it a voluntary decision, and there could be a short list of environment-project proposals in the digital library, so happy listeners could choose between those, and donate any amount to any of them, or all of them, if they feel satisfied with the borrowed sound files.

Your thoughts Arjan? Bob? Meena? other creative people? feel free to drop any idea, anywhere in the comment section

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Hmm, interesting idea to ask content creators to invest by buying space to upload. Maybe you can turn it around a bit. Content creators could then buy space for premium uploads: files that they have put huge effort in to create, and they want to ask a token price for when they're downloaded (no more than 1 Euro in value?). Of that, maybe 75% can go to the creator, or something like that.

Also, I like the donation ideas. You could also say: you can download 1 hour per month for free, and donate if you liked it, and if you want more, you need to pay a small fee. This revenue can then be divided. Say 25% goes to the organisation, 75% to creators, based on number of downloads.

I think combining factors would be best. And if some content becomes really popular, you could create themed tourist guides and sell them for a small fee to affluent tourists. I like the free idea, especially for people who need to travel on a tight budget, but there are also people that have a bit of money to spend, and don't mind doing that for something so cool. In fact, you could also see that as the ones that are more able to pay subsidising those who are less able to pay.

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Oh, wait. Do you know the Caffè Sospeso principle? That could also be nice: buy one for yourself, and one for someone else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caffè_sospeso

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What about posting to a hashtag like #whatsthestory that's location-based (i.e., #whatsthestorySF)?

I really like the idea of a gift economy-based approach. I did a quick search and found this article (http://bit.ly/SMKIsv) about flattr.com developing a way to use twitter for micro payments.

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When I speak about geo-location and GPS-coordinates, I talk in detail a street corner, at a bus station, at a statue in a park. One hashtag for an entire city is too wide and not precise enough to describe a starting point for a story.

On a related note, you could read my concept proposal for "train-ride-edu-tainment" that I won 3rd price for in OpenPlanetIdeas 2,5 years ago, see page 68-69: http://www.openplanetideas.com/static/PDF/OPI_Book.pdf
There you could talk about defining hashtags, i.e. #TrainRideNYC->Washington

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The jury is still out on Flattr.com. I am not sure if it will ever catch on, it is many years since they launched, and not much progress so far, as I can see. probably closer to reality to see what will happen with iZettle

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Have you checked out http://tiptheweb.org? On another note, could QR codes be used as a starting point? Maybe even just on a temp basis so what a user discovers is constantly changing and evolving.

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I have been thinking about QR-codes on other concepts, But cannot really figure out how to apply it to this concept, what was your idea? to print decals and place on lamp posts, corner of a house? ( my guess is that singapores local legislation will lead to them becoming torn down and scratched away, since it could be considered littering or illegal graffiti?) Or where you thinking about something completely different method? (thanks for the tiptheweb, i will go and check it out now)

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Well, they could be guerrilla/popup codes that you anticipate being removed so that people are on the look out (maybe a bit of a hunt). Do you find it before it's gone? Do you form relationships with other "hunter"? These would be designed for easy removal/no damage. Maybe the poster even goes back and takes them down after a day or two (but you could catalog on a website so people could go back later).

Another way that could create connections is for the poster to seek permission that creates some sort of symbiotic relationship with the property owner.

Maybe post on public bulletin boards (cafes?) that would give a nearby location.

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what if the Mp3-library will be lasting 5-10 years? and someone listens to a story even after that? probably whole shops or even buildings cold be gone and replaced by then?

Maps on the phones can show street-location, Perhaps you would not need QR-codes at all to find the way?

But perhaps you got an entirely different environmentally-friendly concept somewhere with QR codes?

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One day I was wandering my neighborhood and came across a piece of paper with a QR code for a scavenger hunt. The code took me to a Facebook event. I think you could use both GPS maps, QR codes and word of mouth as a way to get people interested. The QR's would disappear and maybe even shops and buildings too over time. A lack of permanence creates a bit of mystery. Tweets (or other social) could fill in the blanks and give people a way to participate/add to without creating a whole episode.

I don't think you NEED QR codes but they could be one of many ways of entering. For example, while exploring the city, you come across a small poster with a code and "What's the Story Here? #wts [or the author's @handle which you could @tiptheweb if you wanted to]" If you're curious, you scan and go from there. Maybe teams of locals create episodes/hunts and post codes for friends and family that tourists could also join in on.

I scanned the scavenger hunt QR but didn't go. I was curious enough, though, to check it out. Not really sure how to solve the cleanup element. Maybe post a teardown date?

It seems like QR codes might end up with greater use now that Apple is using them in Passbook. Integration?

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I love this concept! I would totally use it. A bit like living someone else's life for a day. It reminds me of "literature travels", for example when I visited Moscow I went to a square where most famous scene from Bulgakov's "Master and Margarita" took place.
It could be fun to have celebrity walks - to wander around Singapore in footsteps of some famous writer or artist.

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Yes, I know about such tourism. I know it is on the rise, people come here to sweden and look for Pippi Longstocking and Lisbet Salander and so on… This service will have a literature section, and you are the first that are invited to record your literary walks :)

Do you have thougths on details of the functions or technology?
(don't worry about the content just yet, because I wish to keep that part open to users to develop, and keep open bar for all types of stuff that can be recorded and put in a mp3-player)

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I like this idea. Perhaps it could also include some stories of other critters that share our communities that would diversify and broaden connections.

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thanks for your idea, but "Critters"? are you thinking about pets, or rodents?

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"Wild" life, non-human. Community, to me, is about connections between individuals that need and depend on each other. We seem to have forgotten that we are part of and depend on a much larger whole. Telling stories that help us reconnect with each other and life as a whole has a lot of potential to help us remember and come together to improve local environments.

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I remember from my visit the monkeys roaming freely on Sentosa. There's a story in them, for sure.

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OK, now I get it, of course there must be people writing and telling the stories about the "critters", of course! but producers of content could also record "soundscapes" & "field recordings" of the animals natural sounds "in action", so to use in the background of the narrated stories :)
Thanks Bob, and Arjan, Now i understand you perfectly!

Animals are used brilliantly in surreal childrens fairy tales = "Fables". Would become a designated section, in this library of MP3:s for all of the old Fables from yesteryear, and also potential to inspire new authors to create new modern Fables

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Great thoughts, Johan. Wonder if the folks from: http://www.openideo.com/open/connected/inspiration/reminding-ourselves-the-beauty-of-singapore might have some learnings to share to help build this out?