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The unconference-styled day invited everyone to pitch a lightning talk or a suggestion for a workshop. Topics included privacy awareness, open source democracy tools and bottom-up, citizen-led involvement.  Participants ranged from developers, researchers, activists, journalists, academics and designers who came together to showcase their work, demo products, debate and plan. Here are a few highlights of the day.   Data-driven, participatory fact mapping, Pattrn Open source and free, Pattrn maps for human rights, conflict monitoring, investigative journalism and research and analysis. Recently mapped out the Gaza conflict for Amnesty International and political violence in Africa. Pattrn builds on existing free software libraries and infrastructure and is self-hosted. Grab it, store it, use it.   Re-imagine the city with Hackity Want to improve your neighbourhood? Create, support and be involved in solutions? Hackity allows you to put out proposals for local improvement - be it a fault on the street or unused public space. Over 500 people currently use it in Madrid - both online through the platform and offline at Hackity dinners and co-design sessions to solve unresolved issues. Democratic Cities Lab Madrid 2 Photo: MediaLab-Prado   Online deliberation for massive groups through Baoqu Mapping conversations, no trolls and open source - are the key points for Baoqu, who haven't launched yet, but if you're interested in signing up to be part of their testing group, head to their website. If you are a Spanish speaker they have put up their presentation here.  

Irina Bolychevsky , Redecentralizing

Decentralisation is not just technical thing but also sits on a social level - it needs cooperation to function. It requires standards and many nodes working for the same goals. It’s democratic. There are some issues including lack of innovation - dominance of freemium, monopolies, no real choice and lack of alternatives. 

Quietly, some geeks are decentralizing the net. Again. Who are they? Why are they doing it? What new technologies are they using? How will this change the world?

Redecentralize interviews them and builds a community around this. Watch Irina talk about redecentralisation on this video.

The book webmarking tool, Worldbrain

It's a bookmarking tool but for the web. Fact-check web articles, PDFs and videos with custom annotations. You highlight a bit of text to organise, share and discuss your personal web research to build the foundation for verifying the internet with science.

Follow the next few days on Twitter: #DemocraticCities

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It showcases the results of the D-CENT project (Decentralised Citizens Engagement Technologies) that has been working to transform democracy - helping movements, cities and political parties to build technologies, methods and tools that can make the democratic system work for 21st century aspirations. The Democracy Lab brings together a fantastic range of speakers - from Julian Assange, WikiLeaks Founder and Paul Mason, The Guardian Journalist to Maro Horta, Human Rights Lawyer and Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid. You can view the full speakers list here. I'm here with the Civic Bureau: a department for designing civic life. Our aim is to make public-interest technologies easier to use and civic information more visible and easier to understand. We design for participation and co-production so that citizens’ imagination is at the heart of shaping the cities the live in. Civic Bureau Are you in Madrid or interested in finding out more? Let's connect! Email:  civicbureau@gmail.com Twitter: Eve, Snook & Civic Bureau Sam, Tech For Good #DCENTMadrid [post_title] => DCentMadrid: Technologies for 21st century democracy [post_excerpt] => Eve is in Madrid for the Democratic cities: commons technology and the right to a democratic city week-long lab with the Civic Bureau. Find out more, follow updates and get in touch! 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On the Saturday during the festival, Sarah Drummond and Neil McGuire will facilitate Products for Democracy Hack to prototype ideas and make them come to life. Ideas can come from the World Cafe, taking place on the Friday, or from elsewhere. Sign up to take part in the Hack and in the World Cafe. And while both events are free, you will need to grab a ticket. Date: Saturday, 5th September Time: 10.30am – 3.30pm Location: Govanhill Baths, Glasgow You can get tickets here. For updates, follow @ImaginationScot. 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In June 2016, in partnership with The Democratic Society, we were asked to undertake a six week Discovery sprint to explore how the process of online consultations, as run by central government, could be improved. With a view of providing Government Digital Service (GDS) a recommendation about what to build (or not) and build a solid foundation of research for internal service designers to build on, we set about a series of interviews. Speaking to 60+ people, DemSoc undertook desk research and expert interviews to build up a global picture of best practice. In parallel Snook facilitated two-week long user research sprints with government departments, non-departmental public bodies, expert respondents and the general public.

Mapping the end-to-end experience

Despite the lack of a required format or process for consultation, there is a clear, common model for undertaking online consultations in the UK. What we call the ‘Q&A format’ is primarily based around respondents answering a series of questions in a survey format. Working alongside our research participants, we mapped the end-to-end process. This involved understanding the original motivation for consultation, how the questions were decided and written, right through to the respondents’ interaction and receipt of an output after the consultation has closed.

Capturing the detail

We captured detailed insights into the reality of what was happening at each stage. For example, understanding that some consultations need a lot of sign-offs and looking into the respondent’s desire to understand the reasons behind the requirement to submit particular personal data. Capturing the detail, reality and variety of each stage built a picture of the current process of online consultation.
“Four sign offs on the draft policy, three sign offs on the launch date, including putting it through Number 10...”
At Snook, we are big believers in ‘working live’. Documenting use cases live during the research process allowed us to quickly document the future needs of the users across the process as we began to identify opportunities for improvement on both respondent and creator sides. We found that creators need to split big consultations into sections so that they can direct respondents to sections relevant to them. Respondents also need to be able to see all the questions at once so that they can print them out and share them with their organisation.

The future of consultation

Q&A, while the dominant model in the UK, is just one approach to consultation. With a growing civic tech market, we're seeing examples around the world of alternative models of engagement, from broad ‘ideation’ models in Iceland to more detailed ‘commenting’ approaches in the USA. Adding to this, the prominent finding from the research is that culture plays as much, if not more, of a part than technology. What quickly emerged can be described in the words of Caroline Lucas:
“Digital democracy is not a silver bullet”
The recommendations to GDS, based on our user research, followed a tiered format. What could they do tomorrow but also, what could the future model shape up to be. With DemSoc, we provided a suite of short-term recommendations centered around small changes to the GOV.UK platform. For example, segregating open and closed consultations and listing the full name of a department rather than the abbreviation. Language is as much a part of service design as the process is. Looking at the future, DemSoc’s research into the global landscape revealed a multitude of emerging products and platforms within the civic tech space. Equally, the user research revealed a wide range and differentiation of user needs. The key recommendation that followed was to create an open and extensible core infrastructure into which consultation tools, from in-house or external developers, can be inputted - consequently stimulating the market in this space. This infrastructure should focus on functions common to all consultations such as continuity of communication with respondents, creating and growing an audience for engagement. It should be designed as such that tools for interaction - be that a survey or a space for deliberative discussion - can be embedded easily, allowing for a smoother and more consistent consultation experience. Building on this recommendation, the user research identified that the most common need for civil servants at present is a simple survey module with built-in backend support for government bodies and non-departmental public bodies. With Q&A being the dominant model, and creators currently using a variety of external providers, linking a survey tool into the core consultation infrastructure would answer the needs of a large segment of users while streamlining the experience for respondents and providing guidance for creators. Creating an approach that supports innovation in this sector would enable new and emerging consultation tools to be incorporated quickly into government practice, allowing development of new consultation methodologies - helping us to move towards a more iterative, collaborative and flexible democracy.

Find out more

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We call it Snookspiration.

To get our brains moving, inspired and ready to kick-off a Monday morning, Snook hold a Monday Morning Meeting (MMM).

A team member delivers a 15min activity that is energising, team building, thought-provoking, or simply crazy: from Snook Inc monsters and the Wiki Band Game to naming all of the countries of the world in 15mins (or at least trying to).

MMMs are also time to share learning and reflection. Each person writes five things:

As a long-standing tradition, we store the first two post-its on a spike. As you can imagine, we have accumulated a lot of post-its!

Reflection and Gratitude

December is a good time to reflect on what’s happened over the past year; what we’ve been grateful for; how we’ve grown and what we’ve discovered. Here’s an overview of the hundreds of post-its from last year’s MMMs.

As we really like findings and synthesis (and may we add we’re really good at it), we discovered the top things we are grateful for. What have you learnt in the last year? What are you grateful for? Tweet us.

  This week, we're grateful for:

World AIDS day

  [post_title] => Snook Advent Day 1: Snookspiration [post_excerpt] => December is a good time to reflect on what’s happened over the past year; what we’ve been grateful for; how we’ve grown [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => advent1 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-04 00:09:42 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-04 00:09:42 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wearesnook.com/?p=9169 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9118 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2015-09-25 12:03:38 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-09-25 12:03:38 [post_content] => I’m off to Better World By Design this year, for the second time in Providence, Rhode Island. I have to say, after my visit two years ago it was one of the best conferences I've ever been to.  Not just because it is split between the splendour of Brown University’s Campus and Rhode Island School of Design’s building but the way it is run, the content and most importantly the people. In 2013 I had the pleasure of being welcome by Isobel Whitney and this year Cole Moore has been looking after me over Skype sessions. Put together by students, they go the extra mile to make you feel welcome and ensure as a speaker you are well prepared to fit the agenda they are pursuing.  I really appreciate this as a speaker when the effort is made to go through the theme, the focus and intended impact of the event. I’ve no idea what’s in store this year but last year I had the pleasure of meeting retired soldiers working with Whole Foods, take part in a Hip Hop Design class and explore new technologies for crafting 3D products. I’m also impressed with their efforts to make this as sustainable an effort as possible.  Everyone is provided with reusable cutlery, we bring our own water bottles and they encourage using bikes to get around. They are using People’s Power & Light (PP&L)’s New England Wind program to power the event, offering the opportunity to offset your carbon footprint and working with a local student initiative to compost on site. These details are tough to remember when organising a conference of this scale over three days with multiple venues.  I take my hat off to the organising committee of 2015. You guys rock. So this year we’re focusing on democracy and design and the theme of access.  I’ll be talking alongside Frog Design and MOMA (NYC) on citizen participation and how design can play a role in civic life. I want to talk about the importance of surfacing creativity in all of us and providing these opportunities in our communities and civic landscape. In 2013 I closed the conference talking about the ‘concept’ of Dearest Scotland and how we were seeking to pursue our wee project of citizen letters to the future.  This year I return with the draft copy of the book to share with friends from the event, it feels like a real achievement of Lauren, Cat and I to bring this into fruition and a reminder for me that it’s good to share ideas with others,there’s something quite beautifully nerve wracking saying in front of an audience that you’re going to do something.  It holds you to account and makes your thoughts real. I also get to catch up with Andy Cutler, our magical over seas friend who keeps us smiling with his support from across the pond for Snook and Dearest Scotland.  I can’t wait to meet you again and share a beer - check out Andy’s Smarter Cities Unite, I feel like Providence and Glasgow have a unique connection because of him. If you’re interested in this diverse conference keep up with it this weekend on twitter at #BWxD15 [post_title] => Better World By Design [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => better-world-by-design [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-04 00:09:44 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-04 00:09:44 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wearesnook.com/?p=9118 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 7293 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2015-01-08 00:06:28 [post_date_gmt] => 2015-01-08 00:06:28 [post_content] => After getting through our inboxes as we started back on Monday and dusting off our post its and setting up our project sprints for a new year, we took a moment to look back on what was a pretty phenomenal 2014 for Snook. What a year we had.  There was some international travelling, a few awards and the launch of in-house ventures we've been sitting on for a few years as well as our continuing to design better services and experiences for people.  
  JANUARY persona_chinese_web Care Information Scotland Phase II We were again invited to work with NHS24 and Scottish Government to help implement the recommendations from our initial service redesign proposals, created in 2013 on Care Information Scotland. The first elements of the new service will go live at end of March 2015 as we've supported the phase by fleshing out a full service blueprint and developing further personas to develop digital use cases.  It's great to see our work being followed up and heading towards implementation on what will be a vital service as more of us take on a caring role both formally and informally in years to come.
  Team Training I lay a big emphasis on ensuring we train our staff well, and with many projects kicking off in 2014 centred on young people, around some particularly sensitive subjects we made sure to equip ourselves.  Thanks to our client Heather Sloan at NHS, as she managed to make us the first group involved in young people's mental health first aid training in Scotland.  
  Loch Lomond and Trossachs We presented our strategy work to Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park which led to the development of the Live Park Campaign across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and online.  What a fantastic, fun and 'roll the sleeves up' bunch the team were to work with, as were under pressure to release their Main Issue Report in the most dynamic and engaging way possible.  They even used lego to discuss planning, appeared on the TV, radio and did the best 'non-pro presenter' walk to camera we've ever seen. Thanks to Anna Maclean for being a star to work with and inviting us to work on the team's brand and strategy.  
  FEBRUARY  
  Macmillan Valerie continued our work with Social Value Lab evaluating the impact of the Macmillan Cancer for Glasgow Libraries services, engaging with service users throughout the city and producing feedback boxes for libraries, which Alex worked a fantastic job on.  
  Neilston Going Places 05aa6c8ea55711e389ad0edc7ffa5063_8 We began work with Tom Sneddon, Scottish Government and East Renfrewshire council on supporting ways to engage citizens in the consultation around local plans.  We set up an Open Design Studio in the Neilston Trust and ran a suite of events from lego workshops to community walks and interactive boards to gather opinion and humanise the planning process. We created a feedback platform for the Neilston community, to gather their opinion on the development of the town. One of our favourite moments was when one lady ended up becoming our biggest advocate, even baking us homemade macaroons and raspberry ruffles, delicious! You can find all our Instagram snaps here of our community engagement work.  
  Nigeria Hackathon  Our partnership with British Council continues abroad, this time programming and running our third Culture|Shift in Nigeria. After some dodgy Skypes, we had a plan and Andy travelled to Lagos to work with local innovators, designers and developers to create digital products to stimulate the local cultural economy.  
  MARCH  
  Whose Round research completed 
Our Whose Round work with NHS GGC on co-designing an alcohol awareness campaign for young people in Greater Glasgow and Clyde came to an end, bringing together the board, project partners and the young people involved in the research.  We produced a Newspaper in partnership with The Matter of the results highlighting insights across a 'night out,' and what campaigns young people did and didn't like. We presented behaviour research both of offline and online habits to the NHS to inform the development of our campaign for the rest of 2014.        
  Dearest Scotland Launch dearestscotland_letterspread We finally launch Dearest Scotland, a plan in the making since 2011.  We hosted an opening at the Glad Cafe and fantastic photographer Peter McNally came along to document the evening.  The project is our response to hearing people all over the country talk about future ambitions though never having the platform to share those visions, dream, hopes and fears. Dearest Scotland over the year grew into a popular space which encouraged open democracy and inclusive citizen participation. We start collecting letter written to the future of Scotland, both in hand written and digital submission format, the catalogue of which can be read here at dearestscotland.com    
  Nightriders launch We launched Nightriders, the finishing point of a support programme for eight people.  The programme was instigated by Unltd and Santander who reached out to Spark and Mettle, Good for Nothing and ourselves to brainstorm ways to develop a peer-to-peer network to inspire social entrepreneurship.  We brought a group of fantastic Nightriders together who wanted to 'start something' and every Monday night ran through a series of modules on business, design and network-based thinking.  Our friends at Flux Video made a fantastic video of the process which brought the energy from the programme to life.        
  RITA (Responsive Interactive Advocate) Funded by Innovate UK, as part of the Long Term Care Revolution, we worked with the University of Kent, Centre for Child Protection, Portsmouth University and Affective State, a Winchester based SME, to develop a personalised support system with an avatar based interface, RITA. Our role focused on developing the service and how RITA could be used as a product in supporting Long Term Care.  Friends at Igloo film produced videos that stimulated discussions on how technology can be used to support the growing need of those in care.      
  APRIL        
  Sexual Health and Well Being in Glasgow The Matter | Sexual Health Working with Young Scot and LGBT Youth Scotland, we explored young peoples views and experiences of relationships and sexual health in the Greater Glasgow & Clyde area for NHS GGC.  We produced this in partnership with The Matter and with a group of young people who ran their own consultation approach with their peers. The report is due to be released next year.        
  Future Cities Glasgow We came to the end of our work with Open Glasgow and Glasgow Future Cities.  We developed Service Blueprints of how My Glasgow would work for the city and how waste and road services could be improved to incorporate citizen action.  We worked with groups across Glasgow having interviewed citizens, produced future tech timelines and designed systems for how the council could both operate human-centered services whilst optimising their back end services with the goal to reduce spending in the provision of public services. Our work was produced into reports that brought the user need perspective to the development of new business processes inside Glasgow City Council and supported the building of narratives for how future cities might work in Glasgow focused on enabling people to live better lives.        
  Servdes We hung out at ServDes hosted by Lancaster University and Imagination presenting BadgeMaker tools for developing Open Badges, our project with Mozilla and TSB on open education accreditation.      
  Teach in Austria We taught in Austria at the Innsbruck Management School on behalf of our friend Marc Stickdorn, author of This is Service Design Thinking.        
  MAY        
  Broadway Kick Off Pic_3 We kick off our partnership with Broadway Cinema in Nottingham, running a large scale design and digital thinking training course, Know How, for arts organisations across the East Midlands area.  We hosted 16 organisations through the first part of the process, culminating in December 2014 and starting up again in early 2015.          
  D14 We presented at D14 on Innovation in Education thanks to Alistair Gunn.  We talk about open badges, user-centered thinking for education and the concept of digital and design fellowships in schools.        
  Service Design In Government
We keynoted at the first Service Design in Government Conference, talking about inside to outside innovation of public services and how design can make an impact on joined up services that consider empathy in how they are delivered.  At the conference we also launched our co-produced paper with Design Managers Australia on Design Principles for working in public services and government.  
  JUNE  
  Badgemaker goes to trial We run a small scale pilot testing of BadgeMaker in a high school in Edinburgh, releasing Open Badging to teachers to create additional activities for inside and outside the classroom which students can earn.
  CycleHack 2014 We ran CycleHack, a hack event aimed at reducing barriers to cycling, taking place concurrently over the same weekend in Beirut, Melbourne and Glasgow.  We attracted international attention and within a month we had 25 cities signed up for 2015.  Boom.  
  Berlin Keynote and Barcelona We keynoted at Berlin's webinale on all things digital and web.  Except we focused away from digital explicitly and talked to people about engagement. Apparently, it went down a storm and we recieved a lot of great feedback.  We then, after a segway trip to Brussels because missed our flight, talked at We Question Your Project event on Social Innovation and public services in Barcelona.  
  Glasgow School of art degree show We proudly sponsor the Glasgow School of Art Product Design show where there was an array of interesting products and services showcased, many exploring the use of data in the 21st century and complex human relationships.  
  JULY  
  Penny in your pants goes viral Penny in Your Pants was the simplest of ideas to help ladies who bike in skirts made at our 2014 CycleHack.  A 60 second film was produced showcasing this cyclehack and ended up reaching 3.2 million view and has now been featured in publications all over the world, including the Huffington Post, Cosmopolitan magazine and Slate.com.  Snook and CycleHack are supporting the team which is developing a slicker product to raise money for the Afghan’s Women’s Cycling Team in 2015. Watch this space for more more Cyclehack activity in 2015...  
  Carr Gomm report and launch of CG Futures Screenshot 2014-11-10 23.45.53 We worked with Carr Gomm, a care organisation who have scaled up across Scotland supporting a variety of different people.  We set up Carr Gomm Futures, an internal research and development capacity running design led projects inside the organisation with cross diagonal slices of teams from frontline to business development.  The process will be finished in February this  year with us stepping away after training staff in how to research needs of the people they support, co-design with them and prototype and test new ideas. We've been prototyping new marketing, one page profiles for their Merchiston home and new forms of engagement across the organisation.
  Includem We began work with Includem and part of our embedding programme by placing Keira on long term lease with the charity. Throughout July we met with young people across Glasgow and Fife, who work with Includem's Transitional Support Service. We encouraged them to tell us more about the experience of working with Includem, to highlight the best bits and to identify parts of the service which could be made even better.  We turned this into a short film and a began to piece together what the core components of the transitional service are.  
  AUGUST  
  Know Sugar In August, we ran a pop-up shop called Know Sugar in partnership with Design in Action.  Know Sugar was a campaign and public space where people could come and learn more about their sugar intake. Over the two days, we gathered research on the publics' attitude to sugar, and had more than 700 people pledging to take our Know Sugar Challenges. A highlight was the surprise people had on realising how much sugar was hidden inside fizzy drinks.  
  Dearest Scotland in parliament video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Bill Kidd MSP championed Dearest Scotland and hosted a Members' Business Debate on our campaign in the chamber of Scottish parliament.  We got a bit teary eyed when politicians from every side of the fence got behind it, including Scotland's Culture Secretary, Fiona Hyslop;
"I also commend the project’s inclusive nature, welcoming letters from those of any opinion or indeed none on the constitutional question and accepting letters that are in prose or verse or which are fact or fiction. People do not need to be ministers, parliamentarians or any kind of politician to add their own vision and weave their own thread into the tartan. Although everyone in those categories is welcome to contribute, so is everyone else. The only requirement is that the letter start “Dearest Scotland”, and I am sure that we can all unite in holding Scotland very dear indeed."
 
  Includem Research Paper on Transitional Services
In August, both young people and Includem's frontline staff worked together to develop a set of proposals to improve upon the Transitional Support Service. These were brought together in a newspaper, launched at Includem's annual staff conference in October. Alongside this, young people took the opportunity to tell their stories in a film, which aimed to help define the remit which Transitional Support Service works within.  
 
SEPTEMBER

Whose Round hit freshers week
By September our Whose Round campaign was up and running at full steam.  In the same month, lots of students arrived in Glasgow for the new academic year. Whose Round team raised alcohol awareness at freshers fairs across the city's universities and colleges, using a Whose Round pub quiz packed with Glasgow facts, and hangover grab bags full of alcohol awareness delights.

Design Management Institute
Our paper on Project 99 from 2013 on Young people, Mental Health and Technology is presented by us at the DMI annual conference in London.  We focus on the need for change in procuring design-led research and the ethics on designing and building sustainable platforms for co-producing knowledge and information between public services, civil servants and citizens.  
  OCTOBER  
  SDN Conference Screenshot 2014-10-16 23.53.50 We hung out at the Service Design Network Annual Conference and got an invite to the pioneers' dinner, which we were very thankful for, not least to get in these kind of Service Design Gold Selfies.  
  Oman Public Sector Innovation Conference Screenshot 2014-12-01 13.18.07 We are invited to Oman for a conference on Public Sector Innovation and talk about citizen engagement and running pilots and prototypes of public services.
  NOVEMBER  
  Blueprinting SQA
Between November and December, we worked in conjunction with SQA to develop a blueprint of their Business Development Directorate processes. The most complex and intricate blueprint that Snook have produced to date, it was great to witness the interaction of SQA employees with the blueprint and to deliver a piece that can continue to be amended and developed by the client over time.

Developing Glasgow Council on Alcohol's brand and digital presence
At the end of November, we attended the best kick-off meeting we've ever had. The Glasgow Council on Alcohol team had filled an entire room with visual props and information from all of their engagements over the last four years, which they walked us through in depth. It proved a great way to gain insight into your client and project – potential clients, please take note.  We look forward to sharing our work in the New Year with the GCA team.
  Broadway Hackevent Know How from Broadway on Vimeo. Our Broadway Know How programme comes to an end in a hack event of six organisations developing their ideas into working prototypes.  We have services from supporting people with Parkinson's Disease to dance using online tutorials to reduce shakes to artist skill sharing platforms.  
  Social Justice Award We win a final place in Government Knowledge's Social Justice Award and receive a nice glass trophy.  Thanks to Jonathan Baldwin who we found out nominated us!  
  British Council blurring the lines exhibition   We are featured in the British Council and Watershed's Blurring the Lines Exhibition with a focus on Dearest Scotland. Thanks to Tas Kyprianou for the photographs.
  Dearest Scotland NCTJ Award cat_award Dearest Scotland picks up the 2014 National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) award for best multimedia campaign in the UK.  
  Raft Building 10802398_809507525782626_1395174229_n With a few new team members at Snook, we all got to know each other when we headed off to Loch Lomond, spending the morning talking through a brief history of Snook and then off to build raft in teams.  No one got wet, which we celebrated with a pint while basking in our abilities to build wooden and plastic boats on the coldest of November days.  
  European Institute for Brand Management
Snook - Open Design, a history of our projects from Snook
We are asked by EURIB and Mike Press to talk about designing co-creative platforms with people to allow them to design products of the future.  We must have impressed, they've invited us back next year to Amsterdam.

  DECEMBER  
 
Analogue Social
We sponsor and narrate Analogue Social's event, 11 Mitchell Lane, showcasing local products for the home from local designers and makers. We're proud to support local design networks and gave a leg up to the curation of future shows like this.  We also got to DJ at a pretend house party in the Lighthouse which is a special moment.

Project 99 to grow in 2015
We receive confirmation from Chest EU that Project 99 has been funded for 2015 and is the only UK winner of five successfully funded initiatives across Europe.  Dr Trevor Lakey talks to the Herald about our ambitions.  
   Whose Round and Best Bar None
DecemberCashforKids
In December, Whose Round alcohol awareness campaign teamed up with Best Bar None to raise money for Clyde Cash for Kids, a charity which supports children who are living in poverty in Glasgow. The festive campaign was featured here in the Daily Record.  We raise over £1000 for the charity with our #morethanaglass campaign.

On with 2015
We've probably missed heaps out, though the knowledge we take from a fantastic year is having grown as a team, a company and in our capability set. As we move into 2015, we'll be publishing updates of the work we've built in 2014 in further case studies. Here's to another great year of creative impact and a thanks from me to our team and all collaborators and supporters who have helped make it happen.
Happy New Year!
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Snook has come a long way in the past six years. We started in a combination of coffee shops and bedrooms - I can't even remember now - but I do remember it was Sarah and I on our todd - just two girls with a big dream - and, in those first years, I could never have imagined doing anything else. But we did it. The two of us. We’ve flown all over the world, and delivered work I’m really proud of and shipped brilliant ideas but most importantly we’ve put Scotland on the map. I even made it onto one of those top list things!  And now we’re on track to have a brilliant year this year: we have the biggest contracts on our books we’ve ever had, an astoundingly talented team; more impactful, design-led projects are launching and we’re receiving global acclaim and support for the work that we are doing. We've barely had time to share our recent work but we've had the immense pleasure to work on the Future Cities project with Glasgow City Council, engaging with citizens in Glasgow on how the future of public services should be delivered. We're working in Nottingham with Broadway Cinema on a large programme called Know How for the cultural sector to put design and digital thinking at the heart of up to 40 organisations. We're supporting Carr Gomm, a fantastic charity expanding all over Scotland to support them to use design to innovate their services and put the people they support at the centre of what they do. As I write this, our team are on the streets getting photos of people on Glasgow's high street donning Gold Cones and talking about how alcohol affects their life.  This project is on alcohol awareness, Whose Round will take us into 2015 and I'm excited to see how it unfolds and we develop our capabilities as an agency that does marketing differently. This is exactly why it’s time for me to leave. Our phone rings by itself, contracts arrive on our doorstep and the work is coming to us. Don’t get me wrong there is a long way to go but we are in a really good place. Sarah and I have spent many late nights talking of our future plans to lead Snook for decades to come. I now know that the future isn’t as black and white as that and things change and people change. In January this year I went to MIT in Boston and I learned about the infrastructure required for success. I met start up after start up and I met people who saw the world in a totally different way to me. It made me look at Scotland through a whole new lens. I designed Nightriders and realised I something was missing. I started to imagine what Snook would be like without me and realised that actually, it would be just fine. It was an incredibly humbling, difficult yet exciting thing to realise.  It was an unleashing of possibility (where would I go next? what would I do?) I realised I wanted to have a boss, I wanted to be part of something much bigger than me. In short, I’m leaving because I am itching for a new challenge and although my love for Scotland will never leave, I’m aching for a new city. Scotland has brought me and Snook remarkable things and people that I can’t even begin to articulate but it’s also been really tough - it’s slow and small and can often be isolating and judgemental. Perhaps, the decision on the 18th will be a step towards changing some of the old ways and bringing in news ways. I certainly hope so. So, what’s next for Snook? Well Sarah will be Managing Director and I’ll remain co-founder. Snook is in a position to choose what projects we work on and who we work on them with. Exciting! This is not a decision I’ve made lightly. Snook has consumed me, for all the right reasons, since I left university. I've poured everything into building a design led business that inspires others and helps people believe in better. It’s all I’ve ever known but that in part is why I know it’s time to try something else. I keep coming back to: “It’s the things that scare you the most that you have to do”.  I’ve been scared to leave Snook - not because I thought the company wouldn’t survive without me, but because I didn’t want to let go. It’s my baby after all?! And now, over the past 6 months, it’s with true excitement that I have made this decision. What’s next for me? I am proud to say I will be Programme Manager for Hyper Island’s new MA in Digital Experience Design. I've been invited to teach at Hyper in Stockholm for three years in a row and I’ve hired six of their graduates. I know the place and the people - and it feels like a brilliant fit. Design education has always been my number one priority - it's the thing that gets me up in the morning and I can't wait to immerse myself in it full time. I’m so excited to be joining the island. I’ll live in Manchester and I’ll spend time collaborating and working with the Hyper Islands in Stockholm, London, NYC and at the rate they are growing who knows where else. What I do know is that Snook will always be a part of me. For now, my next chapter is dedicated to Hyper Island and supporting Sarah during this next phase. People often tell you running a business with someone is like a marriage and they are probably right. Sarah is like my best friend, my sister and my muse all rolled into one - together we’ve laughed, cried, argued and imagined. I am so grateful to her for supporting me through this transition and I know she will continue to take Snook on a brilliant path . Thank you to all of you for your belief, support, encouragement, and ongoing commitment to myself, the Snook team, and Snook as an organisation. I’m looking forward to seeing what the next chapter looks like - for Snook, for me, for Sarah and for each of you. Come and visit me in Manchester, Love Lauren xx Dear Reader, I should start this with, 'It gives me great sadness to announce..." but in fact I will start differently. I am immensely proud to congratulate Lauren on her position with Hyper Island as Programme Manager for the MA in Digital Experience Design. What is happening you might ask? Aren't you like a Lennon and Mc Cartney duo, is this the end? (I've lifted this from a joke one of our many mentors who have helped us over the years often tells, the ever fantastic Mike Press). Consider this Snook's White Album (without the drugs). When the Beatles released the White album in 1968, it was the first album to contain purely solo material but was still an umbrella of the band's iconic 4 piece.  They still worked together, they just explored other creative outputs and endeavours.  If you work on anything for a long time, repeating the norm you can lose inspiration and the ability to try new ideas and end up, just like the Beatles, playing the same 4 beats and sounds until you try something new. Don't think for one second we're bored by our work, or don't want to do similar work, we're far from it. Infact Snook is in the best place it’s ever been in.  Our contracts are larger allowing us more freedom to explore with our clients, our team is immensely talented and we have the creative freedom to implement ideas that we believe in. We all need creative holidays, time to reflect, to switch off from the task in hand and explore ourselves.  Lauren and I have always been intrigued by designers like Stefan Seigmesiter, take a look at his 'The Power of time off' TED talk where he takes a holiday every 7 years, closing the company to pursue experimentation which he states isn't always achievable during the working year. Experiments develop our thinking as people, and so, Lauren is on her essential time out to explore and also put her talents to brilliant use, back into education which we both fundamentally believe is a route we should be undertaking to share what we've learned as experienced designers and business owners.  As big admirers and contributors to Hyper Island we believe this is the best possible outcome where Lauren stretch herself and reconnect with what she has always been most passionate about and brilliant at - design education. So with pride, I congratulate Lauren and send her packing on her creative exploration to refresh, try something new and share her learnings with me in this new phase. Lauren remains co-founder and I am now the Managing Director of Snook. I’ll continue to strive to deliver the best work and push boundaries of how design can be applied into the development of products and services in the public domain. In the past, considering Lauren and I parting was almost inconceivable due to the immense time and pressure running a company like Snook entailed and the everyday just kept going as the everyday.  In the first 3 to 4 years we were running Snook there was barely a moment to pause in-between delivering our work and making sure the numbers added up to our business. We didn't have the time to discuss an alternative future from what we were doing to something else, these kind of discussions need reflection, small steps and time to ultimately breathe before decisions can be made.  We took our time to discuss what could be next. Since the summer of 2013 Lauren and I have been openly discussing the future. Exploring the possibility that one of us, or both of us may wish to go on and try new experiences.  Running a company without Lauren will be a new experience and I thank her for the trust and space she is giving me to develop the next chapter of social design projects from our home in Scotland. However, it gives me great pleasure, and as I said an immense pride to say we're in a position to allow one of us to go and explore and the other to steer the ship forward. Nothing is changing and everything is changing all at once. I said this is without sadness, but there is some sadness, even for this sabbatical. To share the experience of setting up a company together with someone so close to you, almost like a sister for over 6 years is a phenomenal experience.  If I'd done this alone, without Lauren's talents and tenacity Snook would not be what it is today. It's also safe to say if I had done this alone, there wouldn't be as much tears and laughter. I wouldn’t have had anyone to share the many emotional ups and downs with. Lauren and I have shared some real highs, and some pretty difficult lows together but come through stronger together.  Anyone who has set up a business or programme of any kind will understand this, and particularly the bond you develop in a partnership. On Friday we had a final lunch with the team who asked what our best moments of Snook together were to date.  It's pretty difficult to put it down to a few experiences but I am going to try: Keynoting at the Service Design Network Conference Berlin | 2010 At the Service Design Network conference in Berlin, we'd been running Snook for just over 10 months and were well into our MyPolice project setting up a platform for the public to talk to the police. To stand up, with at the time little experience but passion to drive us through 45 minutes of a closing presentation was daunting but we revelled in it.  Post conference we then attended the SDN dinner and met the people who had inspired us (from Engine to Live Work) to get into thinking about design applied to services.  They were complimentary, supportive and we'd always felt grateful they'd welcome two young women starting out in their careers into the industry. Scottish Parliament | 2010 to now When we started we set out to get design into Scottish Government. There was vision and mission and in several ways I think we've achieved this, and in other ways I think there is an incredible journey to undertake in creating people centered services that utilise design as a core component to innovation in public services. I recently met someone from government who told us we'd been a real inspiration to how they work and been a major part of the journey of SG understanding design thinking.  This alone makes me proud and even if we don't always directly deliver projects that are implemented, our sharing of what we do and how we do it I hope will always continue to be a source of inspiration to governments and people around the world. Secondly, our recent project Dearest Scotland was just debated, or rather accepted as a great exemplar of democracy in action by ALL sides of the political fence inside Scottish Parliament! Thirdly, I'll never forget me and Lauren being mic'd up in Alex Salmond's press room and going on to host a debate with over 200 young people in the debating chamber at the Scottish Parliament.  A real moment in our careers as directly putting design on the centre stage in government. Winning a Young Scot Award Louise McDonald, CEO of Young Scot has always been incredibly supportive of Lauren and I and our work in Scotland.  In 2012 we were awarded a Young Scot award for enterprise.  We had such a fantastic evening and a genuine shock at winning - this alone was a great night to celebrate with our team on the hard work we all do. What makes it even more memorable is that Lauren took up a rubber chicken on stage and said it was this key to innovation. Needless to say, if we ever need a pick up we watch our acceptance speech.  I think a few glasses of wine had been consumed by this point. The Projects 2009 - now As I said, we've had the joy of delivering work from rethinking the Learner Journey and having this published in the policy area of Scottish Government's website to seeing our ideas for embedded designers in the public sector and charities being realised with our current work with Includem.  From recent academic reviews of our Matter programme and the impact it is having in local areas in Scotland and giving young people skills to take action in their community to redesigning the way care information will be delivered across Scotland. This is not an end, as I said Snook is continuing forward.  With our country in a current state of flux and a monumental decision for our future in less than 3 weeks, wherever we go there is a job to be done in ensuring the design of our future vision is fitting for all of us.  I want to be part of that and believe at Snook we have a part to play in the future of how our world is shaped. Lauren and I set Snook up with optimism and audacity to try something we'd never done before.   I'm proud of everything we have achieved together in the past 6 years.  We will still strive to continue to collaborate, share knowledge and ideas about our work at Snook, education and design in a serious of letters to one another, just how we started so many years ago. So please raise a wee glass to my partner in crime, friend and long term collaborator Lauren as she embarks up on her next chapter. As always I'll end with one of my favourite writers and designers Buckminster Fuller in tribute to the fact we should never stand still and continue to develop our futures and pathways. 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I popped along to Inspace at Edinburgh University, made myself reasonably comfortable and waited for the magic to begin … First up to speak was Robin McAlpine, setting the tone for the rest of the day with a sit-down-chat, as if the audience had simply appeared in his living room - he was brilliant. Robin talked of the importance of narrative in growing ideas, citizen based thinking and flying to the moon in hot air balloons. He voiced many thoughts similar to those in the heads of the Snooksters; that ideas need to be thought through - cradle to grave, and that "doing nothing is not an option". We are doers as well as thinkers. Kevin Williamson followed suit with a talk around transformative power in direct democracy and technology. Ken's ideas are technologically possible now, right now, it's the level of trust and understanding that he feels will need a good 10 years to accumulate. I was excited to see the next stage of Ken's plans, to get involved with prototyping them - creating mockups and taking them to the streets - they are ideas with a great amount of mileage. Jim and Margaret presented a joined vision for the future of Scotland, by posing 5 questions key to Scotland's progress. These questions and their respective discussions centered in on economic changes, greater use and understanding of resources, that the idea of independence is possible - but the road there is still undefined and the implications of a sovereign debt crisis. I've never met Jim and Margaret before, but I'd like the rest of Snook to get to know them and their work - the confidence and ease at which they speak of such issues shows an immense knowledge. I'd love to see a discussion with Snook, designing steps to take to make these ideas a reality. We had a brief interlude, with poems by Elspeth Murray (who's site I have been dipping into all afternoon) - lovely. Kevan Shaw - a lighting designer talked about many things that I did not understand. As well as this, he spoke of the problematic replacement of filament light bulbs with energy efficient ones, as the factories producing them cannot work to a sustainable capacity, the "best way to save light energy is to switch your lights off" and a great part of light pollution in the UK comes from poorly considered street lighting, which reflects too much light upwards. He also spoke of mercury imports, profit margins and low-hanging fruit - one day I will know why! Tom Kane taught us, rather importantly, that all good ideas are not necessarily new ideas. We can, and probably should, consider ideas from the past. This sparked many similarities with Snook's thinking around the Scottish Enlightenment, and sent me looking up names such as Robert Owen and Patrick Geddes. Thanks Tom! FED presented a variety of thinking and questions around ideas for and in Scotland - there was a really enjoyable feeling in the room, as the thunder rolled around us and the rain clattered off the windows. Discussions were furthered with interesting questions expanding the original thoughts and ideas. The fact that the event organisers chose the tagline 'Ideas to sustain' intrigued me - I came along hoping to hear of ideas new, growing and established - I wanted to pitch-in and talk of ways of making these ideas sustainable. I believe that Snook have a valuable place to play in these next steps. We want to use design to test these ideas, prototype them and understand the distance that they can go to. I think that Global Sustainability Jam would be an excellent opportunity to get a brilliant group of minds together from all different disciplines around Scotland - and begin to road-test some of he ideas presented this weekend. I'm going to make it happen. 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Topics included privacy awareness, open source democracy tools and bottom-up, citizen-led involvement.  Participants ranged from developers, researchers, activists, journalists, academics and designers who came together to showcase their work, demo products, debate and plan. Here are a few highlights of the day.   Data-driven, participatory fact mapping, Pattrn Open source and free, Pattrn maps for human rights, conflict monitoring, investigative journalism and research and analysis. Recently mapped out the Gaza conflict for Amnesty International and political violence in Africa. Pattrn builds on existing free software libraries and infrastructure and is self-hosted. Grab it, store it, use it.   Re-imagine the city with Hackity Want to improve your neighbourhood? Create, support and be involved in solutions? Hackity allows you to put out proposals for local improvement - be it a fault on the street or unused public space. Over 500 people currently use it in Madrid - both online through the platform and offline at Hackity dinners and co-design sessions to solve unresolved issues. Democratic Cities Lab Madrid 2 Photo: MediaLab-Prado   Online deliberation for massive groups through Baoqu Mapping conversations, no trolls and open source - are the key points for Baoqu, who haven't launched yet, but if you're interested in signing up to be part of their testing group, head to their website. If you are a Spanish speaker they have put up their presentation here.  

Irina Bolychevsky , Redecentralizing

Decentralisation is not just technical thing but also sits on a social level - it needs cooperation to function. It requires standards and many nodes working for the same goals. It’s democratic. There are some issues including lack of innovation - dominance of freemium, monopolies, no real choice and lack of alternatives. 

Quietly, some geeks are decentralizing the net. Again. Who are they? Why are they doing it? What new technologies are they using? How will this change the world?

Redecentralize interviews them and builds a community around this. Watch Irina talk about redecentralisation on this video.

The book webmarking tool, Worldbrain

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[post_title] => DcentMadrid Democracy Lab Day 3: Unconference [post_excerpt] => Third day here in Madrid with Democracy Lab looking at initiatives for democracy. Unconference-styled day invited everyone to pitch a lightning talk or a suggestion for a workshop. Here are a few highlights of the day. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => dcent-madrid16-day3 [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-12-04 00:09:39 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-12-04 00:09:39 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://wearesnook.com/?p=11787 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [comment_count] => 0 [current_comment] => -1 [found_posts] => 10 [max_num_pages] => 1 [max_num_comment_pages] => 0 [is_single] => [is_preview] => [is_page] => [is_archive] => [is_date] => [is_year] => [is_month] => [is_day] => [is_time] => [is_author] => [is_category] => [is_tag] => [is_tax] => [is_search] => 1 [is_feed] => [is_comment_feed] => [is_trackback] => [is_home] => [is_privacy_policy] => [is_404] => [is_embed] => [is_paged] => [is_admin] => [is_attachment] => [is_singular] => [is_robots] => [is_posts_page] => [is_post_type_archive] => [query_vars_hash:WP_Query:private] => 537cfbbeb9fcf5165772cd86a4cbdd10 [query_vars_changed:WP_Query:private] => [thumbnails_cached] => [stopwords:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => about [1] => an [2] => are [3] => as [4] => at [5] => be [6] => by [7] => com [8] => for [9] => from [10] => how [11] => in [12] => is [13] => it [14] => of [15] => on [16] => or [17] => that [18] => the [19] => this [20] => to [21] => was [22] => what [23] => when [24] => where [25] => who [26] => will [27] => with [28] => www ) [compat_fields:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => query_vars_hash [1] => query_vars_changed ) [compat_methods:WP_Query:private] => Array ( [0] => init_query_flags [1] => parse_tax_query ) )

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