We speak often of art for activism, and I must say it is one of my very favorite things. We also talk often of design for this or that community, and not enough about design with communities. There are multiplying whispers of it out there, including
Thanks for sharing our work at Samasource, Nupur! We had a center in a refugee community—Dadaab, in northern Kenya—several years ago. You can read a bit about it in this BBC article, linked below. We also currently offer digital skills training through a program called Samaschool (samaschool.org). It started in the US, and now we're piloting classes in Kenya and online. Samaschool is all about giving access to technology, providing skills training, then connecting people to online work.
Shane – I hear you re: thinking about adapting these models to a situation where computer access isn't possible. Not coming up with a specific problem as an example offhand right now, but wanted to say I really love the different maker kits that are popping up everywhere. They give students a chance to learn via tinkering and building their own things, without investing in expensive hardware. Have you heard of littleBits, for example?
Fun fact: just discovered that the founder of TMP did the yatra in 2011, the same trip done by the friend who introduced this org to me. He was so impressed with the journey and young people on board that he decided to start a US version.
Hey Chris, I learned about your idea via the Google Hangout with Tim Brown. I'm generally excited about real-world/experiential type programs for students, having benefited a lot from out-of-classroom experience myself. So I'm curious to know your next steps for this idea. Have you had a chance to do the interviews? Gotten any more leads on what design and implementation for this program might look like?