“Now more than ever, we need to break down barriers to accessing technology and value diverse experiences and perspectives as we create new technical solutions.” If you are interested in tech, access and diversity and how to make change from the bottom up, then read this blog post by ParCos project member Zoe Banks Gross, who is the Sustainable Neighbourhoods Programme Manager at Knowle West Media Centre.
Digital Living Lab Days 2020 https://openlivinglabdays.com/, run by the Europan Network for Living Labs (ENoLL), took place from 2-4 September 2020. The conference was attended by 334 participants from 29 countries. KWMC won the ‘Public Voting Award for Best Research Submission’ for a practitioner presentation (video) called ‘Bristol Living Lab: Diversity & Inclusion’. The talk focused on the importance of increasing diversity within ENoLL and how Living Labs can develop more inclusive practices. We shared the work being developing through ParCos to create Principles for Diversity and Inclusion to guide the three citizen science case studies. This included practical examples and lessons learnt of how KWMC are working to address diversity and inclusion through Bristol Living Lab. Please see the video below.
Between 22nd and 24th of October, we have a virtual stand at the Science is Wonderful event, part of the EU R&I days. If you are curious and want to see our workshops on data storytelling, here is a link: https://research-innovation-days.ec.europa.eu
On 24th August 2020 the ParCos project was featured as part of a webinar on Energy Citizenship. This included a talk relating the use of ParCos methods to a participatory approach to understanding energy poverty as well as participation in a panel by Knowle West Media Centre’s Lorraine Hudson.
The pop-up guidebook opens a door to use arts-based methods in various stages of participatory processes of making sense of data. This is based on an ideology of making science participation a mainstream activity; one that is a part of popular and cultural activities, one that people want to – and more critically are able – to participate in. It is an iterative co-creation process.
Please find the guidebook here: https://hackmd.io/@art-based-methods-guidebook/HJMVIhHFL
ParCos project kicks off in Leuven on 13th January 2020!!