August 15, 2017 Partners Meeting

Present: Alan, Catalina, Colin, Dana, Gregor, James, Julianna, Liam



  • Alan updated about budgets, work is ongoing;
  • will send out information shortly about DEEP conference attendance


  • working with young people on storytelling through artisan work
  • volunteers are signing up via social hubs / incubators throughout Mexico
  • gathering material for youth to create stories about the community - about their daily lives
  • classes in different social incubators in different areas in Mexico - volunteers signing up this week



  • working on mockups as we flesh out more features of the storytelling tool
  • most recently thinking about what it looks like to search, what categorization looks like, also translation and how to request/provide/auto


  • translation and localization options for storytelling tool...
    •     user-contributed?
    •     fallback to Google translate
    •     requesting translation


  • been in touch with colleagues in Rwanda to identify who's working with young people with learning differences

  • identifying key youth-led organizations
  • looking through storytelling tools / showed to some others, putting feedback together and will provide a summary


  • in the middle of the admin stuff
  • not working yet with groups but this month want to get going on first part - develop services and interviews, then travel to each group
  • will see Jutta tomorrow in Cartagena with Silvia 


  • solidifying and finalizing details of the contract
  • thought of another storytelling use case 
    • The main idea was telling the story of a tree through different seasons. Like a bench with a sign that says "take a picture and send it to this URL" and then see how the spot evolves. 

    • Tree is a basic example. Could be a housing development project "take a picture of what's in front of you and tell me how you feel about it"

    • This idea reminds Alan of something from NYC's public library with photos of buildings

    • calling it Photospotz!
  • want to make sure it doesn’t constitute scope creep? or just possible future directions - not to impede or dilute the design process 
    • Alan says not to worry about this, feel free to throw it out there

  • will add thoughts/feedback to wiki

Other questions/concerns/thoughts

  • Questions about budgets
    • Timeframe? Aiming for the end of this month
    • Jutta has to talk to the Oak Foundation                      
    • Once the budget has been reorganized, we can start signing contracts
  • Question from James: If we're in Phase 1, what is Phase 2? What are the timelines?
    • P1 is sept 2017 to sept 2018
    • P2 is after that and involves further work with the youth groups
    • A lot of what we're doing right now is unknown territory so it’s hard to know for sure
    • P2 is projected to go out to December 2019