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Design a physical social network in which people of similar interests, ideas, skills are connected through means of the physical environment.
There are currently two paths my research can take me; both of which I am excited about. I am currently pursuing both paths to see if they can soon combine into one.
1) A Physical Social Network in which a location specific object (ie. table within a cafe) is the point of connection between two people with similar interests. In this scenario, people can leave specific ‘traces’ of themselves throughout the city. You can sit at a table and see those who have sat there before you; based on individual layers. This concept begins to form new community boundaries and connections by means of our physical environment.
2) A digital submission process for New Urban Mechanics. I am currently working with the New Urban Mechanics office in developing a way to easily submit ideas, connect with those interested in similar concepts, and immediately connect someone needing a specific skill with someone who has it.
I am simultaneously working to conceptualize a platform for the physical social network while connecting with the New Urban Mechanics office and other companies who are attempting at connecting specific people based on interests, skills, or location. Current connections include:
- New Urban Mechanics
- OurCommonPlace.com at Harvard iLab
- USAdelante at Harvard iLab
- Active Pepper at Harvard iLab
- Ed Walker with Small Cities Movement
- Sociologist Bart Bonikowski
- Connections Group at Berkman Center for Internet & Society