Design community-based "mobile" communication points that allows slum dwellers to make their voices heard, share information, map resources.
The communication point could take inspiration from mobile energy carts such as this one.
EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA
Slum inhabitants often lack community voice with outside authorities. On the other hand, they often also do not have access to vital services, information and resources. Our idea combines a highly visible and mobile pop-up physical space with multi-channel communication devices, including people ('communication ambassadors'), pen and paper, mobile and others to create a Portable Communication Point (PCP).
The PCP could be moved around, setting up at local schools, health centers and other places that people frequent. It would be managed by trusted local people who have access to and can share vital information. At the same time, they can act as a conduit for local voices. So a person could come to the PCP to find out something or to provide information about a particular problem in the local area. In addition, the PCP could also be used to organize and run activities such as local mapping.
Our idea would benefit inhabitants of slum areas who would have access to a highly-visible communication point. Because the PCP is mobile, it can move around the neighborhood and thus reach larger numbers of people. Users of the PCP could get vital information that affects their everyday lives (related to health and education, for example) or emergency situations (evacuation measures) and could also make their own voices heard.
HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?
Our idea addresses the first three design principles. The pop-up can be used in everyday life, not only in emergencies. It considers the system because it links slum inhabitants with local institutions, as well as each other. It's mobility and multi-channel character also make it very flexible.
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We are an inter-disciplinary group of faculty and students at the University of Sussex, interested in applying our knowledge as anthropologists, sustainable development researchers, designers, engineers and information systems specialists to challenge inequality, poverty and marginalization.