FabRider marked its sixth anniversary this year. We continued our learnings integrating
- ‘Curate not create’ was the mandate we got from Heather Leson in developing a collection of social learning curriculum for data literacy. The result is IFRC’s Data Playbook (Beta), a prototype resource contains 66 pieces of content developed by and for humanitarians. Heather’s co-creation ethos drove greater success as a diverse set of stakeholders were engaged, invested and contributing from the start of the project.Lynne Stuart, from Idea in a Forest, developed templates and visual cues that help potential facilitators navigate content. We held an online discussion about the impact of the Playbook and took notes and a recording.
- MozFest has long been one of our favourites and a must-attend event. For the third year in a row, we worked with Sarah Allen, Zannah March, a team of 50+ space wranglers, and the 600+ facilitators to design and deliver workshop sessions. We contributed to the Facilitators Handbook and provided consultation and coaching sessions to enable facilitators to see MozFest as a collaboration between themselves and the 2,000 people that attend.
- Civicus engaged us to enable user-centred design methodologies for their Speak!
Campaign, a global day of action bringing together individuals from different sides of an issue to dialogue. We designed an icebreaker activity that would help collect data for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. The activity is designed to get participants to practice active listening skills by interviewing each other about their abilities to participate in government decision making. Look for the activity in the FabToolkit inthe beginning of 2019.
- The Centre for Economic and Social Rights asked us to facilitate a working group meeting to finalise direction and strategy prior to the release of the Egyptian Social Progress Indicators. Through interacting with user personas they realised they should stagger the release of the six topics so they would have more opportunity to learn about their potential impacts and refine accordingly.
- 360Giving has asked us to build expertise within a network of ‘Data Champions’ based in Community Foundations across the UK. During a series of interviews with champions, we learned how much they value learning from their peers, rather than identifying external expertise. We started a series of online discussions towards the end of 2018 that focus on sharing their learnings and look forward to continuing those along with developing a face to face workshops in 2019.
- Global Voices brought their core team to our adopted hometown of Stroud to digest and strategise the implementation of the Community Council Poll Results. We were honoured to facilitate the discussion of how the responses will drive change in the organisation. Thankfully,Hawkwood College turned out to be the perfect venue to hold these talks and we hope to do more facilitation there soon.
Our Designing Network Centric Resources project was in full swing in 2018. We published a draft of a Network-Centric Resource lifecycle that details a process for a healthy, sustainable and resilient resource that is a knowledge asset to communities and networks. We also ran a series of online discussions with resource developers that included:
- Adam Hyde on Collaborative Content Creation
- Milena Marin on Crowdsourcing Human Rights Research
- Maya Richman on Redesigning for the Responsible Data Community
- Soraya Okuda on Designing EFF’s Security Education Companion
And we can’t forget the FabBlog, with posts on:
- What we learned at Aspirations 15th Non-Profit Developer Summit.
- Questions to ask before taking a job at a social change organisation.
Phew, what a year! We are so looking forward to 2019. We hope you are too! Wanna share some learning experiences? Discuss challenges? Please get in touch. FabRiders offers free one-hour counselling sessions.