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Ambient "How Safe Are We Feeling?" murals

Lo-fi solution for places where technology is not prevalent. A mural is painted on a safe, trusted public space, it asks simply: "How Safe Are We All Feeling? On one side "I Feel Safe," on the other "I Think Danger is Coming."

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 Hopefully this alerts the community to imminent danger and creates a lof-fi early warning system. 

Please excuse the bad Arabic translation. This was meant to be in Somalia.

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Congrats on this post being today's onsite Featured Idea!

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Why don't we pair this with a bit of tech as well. For those areas that might have mobile and internet, maybe they could take a picture of the wall and post it to some kind of app that combines all the photos sent in.

That way we could include participation from NGO groups that might have access to this type of technology. You would then be able to see trackable results over time and messages could reach out to a larger audience.

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Awesome idea, Paul. I wonder if it could be also combined with the trader networks or riders for health as discussed in other Ideas and Inspirations. What if traveling sales people have a portable 'mural' that they can take with them, or drive past the mural to 'take temperature' of the communities they visit, so that they can bring the info out of the area?

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Here I was thinking I had an interesting build and Arjan is one step ahead of me ;-) 'Riders for Health' could drop off goods which need collecting at a point in the future (next day, next week?). The collection bags become an indicator - either by colour or by leaving a mark on them. When the goods are collected, it's clear if there are things to be concerned about or if life is ok. Will build later....

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Haha, it's completely your idea, Louise. I was simply connecting dots :). Looking forward to your build.

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Awesome idea, definitely agree with the need for low tech in this challenge. What if this wall was intentionally placed somewhere that a satellite could see? That way it could literally translate into digital data at best and at the least there'd be one level of verification on the data so it couldn't be as easily gamed.

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Thats a great ideao Paul. I think one critical information should be added: When. Otherwise you don't know to which point of time a certain picture refers to. Or after a while they would be perhaps 2000 stars on one side and 2300 on the other and the picture gets blured. I think it could add value to display say the "mood" of the last month. What if the signs are made with special paint that lasts only for a limited period. I don't know if such a paint exists but I guess yes. You could then leave the bucket next to the space with the signs for self-service.

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This is an awesome idea. Technology is a great avenue, obviously, however I think the fact that this idea is so low-tech and accesible is key. It also keeps everyone's feelings anonymous, which can be a source of comfort for those who are in danger. You never know what kind of situation they could be in. Thank you for sharing your idea!

To build on this, it might be beneficial to have an area of the wall to say what kind of danger a person thinks, or knows is coming. I'm not sure what this would look like, but my feelings are that one might react by saying "yes, I understand there is danger, but I do not know what kind so what should I do?" So this would leave an option to gether more information for the community.

It's just something to think about!

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I really like this idea in its simplicity. Grat concept, Paul!

PS: Not sure what the vernacular Arabic in Somalia is like, but the question on top in MSA is:
كيف تشعر؟
(And if you're addressing a woman) كيف تشعرين؟

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Will redo with the correct translation. Thanks for the feedback.

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Thanks for chiming in Sarah – the collaborative goodness of our global community!

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This is an awesome idea. Technology is a great avenue, obviously, however I think the fact that this idea is so low-tech and accesible is key. It also keeps everyone's feelings anonymous, which can be a source of comfort for those who are in danger. You never know what kind of situation they could be in. Thank you for sharing your idea!

To build on this, it might be beneficial to have an area of the wall to say what kind of danger a person thinks, or knows is coming. I'm not sure what this would look like, but my feelings are that one might react by saying "yes, I understand there is danger, but I do not know what kind so what should I do?" So this would leave an option to gether more information for the community.

It's just something to think about!