Last September, for the Amnesty unlawful detention challenge, I wrote about feeling powerless in my unsuccessful job search. Now I'm gainfully employed and it seems like everyone is looking for talented new people. Where is the disconnect?
In her TEDx talk, Ellen Dunham-Jones explores a collection of retrofit case studies, empty malls that have become libraries, art centers, groceries, and downtown central areas, with apartments, restaurants, and shops built atop old parking lots.
PieLab is a pie shop in Greensboro, AL which used a community built around pie to inform designers as they worked to design and implement solutions to community problems. This project can serve as a valuable case study to shape new initiatives.
I agree with the concern about trustworthiness... we are all blasted with partisan information during election time, so students might have difficulty believing the neutrality of a source. If this could be very clearly neutral and trusted, it could become an incredibly valuable resource for everyone. Maybe this could be achieved by including strong arguments and information from many sides of every issue.
Just saw this London game that tracks your travel and suggests missions to help people engage with the city: http://vimeo.com/22023369 The idea of combining data tracking with games that encourage certain actions could be so cool!