Recognizing some of the Design Problems to be tackled
At the moment, my interest seems to be gravitating toward the following areas:
Re. Nigel’s post about Phebean Cole and the initiative to spread the IHL curriculum, I think this problem could potentially be very interesting. However, rather than just focusing on the marketing campaign for the curriculum (all of the challenges listed deal with marketing), I’d be interested in evaluating the curriculum itself and designing new ways of communicating the content (games, events, etc.) that will both make it a more dynamic learning tool and possibly more appealing to educators (Of course, I haven’t seen the curriculum yet so this is purely speculative). I think this could be a great chance to collaborate with education students, current grade school teachers and game designers.
“Developing a system of aggregated knowledge generated by volunteers” (quoted from Mathan) and others with local or specialized knowledge. I’d be interested in whether there was the potential for such a system/database/publication/mapping etc. to communicate useful information (possibly with early warning education in mind), as well as the potential for the development of this interface to be imagined as a collaborative experience that both creates a deeper engagement with the RC and allows participants to find new forms of collaboration. I have to admit that while this problem seems both interesting and challenging, I don’t know exactly where to start.
Last but not least is the least clearly defined area for me, but one that seems like it could benefit from attention. A few students including myself have observed instances where the Red Cross was not doing all that they can to communicate either what their role, mission, or current disaster response efforts were. Maybe those are three completely different projects, or maybe they are all things that can be addressed through similar means (or can at least be thought about in a singular way). As Nigel had mentioned in a recent post, it’s not that the RC doesn’t make that information available, but maybe its not being communicated effectively.
I also really liked Kelly’s proposal for the Red Cross Hotel. It may or may not be more than we could address right now, but I appreciate how it aims to transform multiple problems (affordable temporary housing, etc.) into multiple opportunities (education, community outreach, etc). I think it would be great to keep this kind of thinking in mind as we begin narrowing the scope of what we hope to address, because even if they are seemingly unrelated issues there could be a creative design solution that bridges the two.