Simon O'Rafferty

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schemer, design thinker & doer. leads research at Ecodesign Centre & E:DN ecodesign network, co-founder of Ark Lab & thinkARK, STEM Ambassador, PhD candidate....................................

ARK projects I want to develop...

1001 community ideas (to do before the city dies): This project will involve a 6-12 month exploration of issues affecting people across Cardiff. The 1001 ideas will be collected by ARK through dialogue and some user-centred design methods. The 1001 idea will be collated into an installation or public exhibition as a means of making visible the real issues of the people of Cardiff. At the end of the 6-12 months, ARK will facilitate a series design labs where the most popular/pressing issues will be tackled by multi-disciplinary design teams. The scale of projects isn't limited although they should be small, coherent and doable.

inspired by those 1001 things to do, visit, see before you die books.

Making the invisible visible: A series of on-street data visualisation projects that explore how data visualisation can be made tangible, temporal and participatory. It may be exploring data related to Cardiff as a way to facilitate a better understanding of the city.

Really Open Space: A pervasive/urban exploration game using the OY Bikes in Cardiff. This game will extend the open space facilitation method to the city and create open space of dialogue around issues selected by attendees. The game will make full use of social media and mobile technologies.

Cardiff Unconferences: a series of unconferences (involving members of the public) around broad social issues facing cardiff e.g. health, ageing, mobility, fuel/energy poverty, education.

Design Parliament: A "space" where design is used to facilitate dialogue between citizens and the local authorities and government. The "space" could a moving setting and situated in a local sports club, pub, park, post office, museum etc. The purpose of the design parliament will be to uncover and unpick local issues and provide practical (or impractical) solutions.

Pop-up education: exploring social methods of knowledge exchange. Maybe along the lines of

Bringing the Social Innovation Camp to Wales

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