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Hack Aye

A new engagement model to increase participation in young people.
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Sue Smith

on 5 March 2015

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Hack Aye
What happened during IndyRef?
Young people imagined and talked about the kind of country they wanted to live in.
Seeing the world as changeable
A program of creative activities based on tried and tested approaches from the hacker/ maker movements and culture.
Organisations such as Mozilla and Culture Hack throw maker events, hackathons and ideas labs.
Hive Learning Networks
Hack the Change
TODAY
Being unemployed, underemployed and/or living in poverty prevents young people from fully participating in their communities, in society and their own future.
Key Objectives
Take inspiration from contemporary global movements, exploring the history of the labour movement/ collective action.

Topics will include the Fast Food Campaign, Anonymous/ Hacktivism and Occupy.

Maximise on the momentum created during IndyRef by creative movements such as Radical Independence, National Collective and Common Weal, as well as the upsurge in activism engaging young people across Europe and beyond.
Disobedient Objects
A 2014 exhibition broke visitor records for the V&A museum.
Learn, Make, Change
Sometimes referred to as "ideas labs" or hackathons, maker events involve groups of people:
During IndyRef
In 2014, during the Scottish Independence Referendum, young people became highly engaged with the debate, taking to the streets and attending events in their thousands.
Learning and Exploring
An unprecedented equality gap

Young people facing no work, low paid or insecure work

Worker exploitation has become normalised, a dehumanising reality that is eroding confidence across a generation of young people
Networked Principles
A key example of hacking ideology applied to a social context.

Members collaborate to change the way learning works in their city:
Creating new kinds of learning experience for underprivileged youth
Connecting young people to opportunity
Connected learning
:
Collectively making on topics of interest

Web literacy
:
Becoming makers on the web
- not just consumers

Tools: X-Ray Goggles*, Popcorn, Thimble, Appmaker.
A new engagement model to increase the ability of young people to participate.

Challenging them to visualise the change they want to see.

Connecting them to the
skills
,
knowledge
,
tools
and
networks
they need to take control over their own working and community lives.
However, the majority of these young people feel disconnected from trade unions, the labour movement and traditional channels of collective action.
Paul Mason
:
"Scotland’s young, feisty yes generation has nowhere to go"
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/21/what-now-scotland-young-yes-generation
"...not having enough money to live on ...makes it harder to be resilient"
http://hivenyc.org/portfolio/
It highlighted the power of making in collective action, showing how movements share innovations.
We want to challenge young people to do this again -
visualise a different reality
.
As part of a learning program exploring the power of collective action, this creative process may be a crucial mobilising step.
We hope to help young people to acquire these
Hacker Literacies
, applying the hacker ethic in the context of political activism.
Steven Levy:
Hackers believe that essential lessons can be learned about the systems - about the world - from taking things apart, seeing how they work, and using this knowledge to create new and more interesting things.
Hive Learning Networks are hacking social and educational change in their cities
:
Empowering young people to fully participate on the web, in their own communities, education and working lives.
The Result
Participants:
gain confidence
experience the benefit of being part of a team
see that their interests align with the interests of the community
generate real solutions to problems


A dialogue arises between young people and participating organisations.
collaborating
to make/ remix something
learning
skills
expressing
views on topics of interest
interacting
and supporting one another
Activities will explore a range of themes:
identity
equality
work
culture
justice
environment

Participants will:
learn
tech and arts skills
recognised with Open Badges

connect
with leading artists/ international networks
Key Principles
The web gives us the ability to:
communicate
and
organise
on an unprecedented scale
share
resources and knowledge
operate within
decentralised
networks

Networked interaction presents new opportunities for engagement, putting individuals in control over how and when they get involved - meaning more people are able to participate.
https://medium.com/@codekat/hello-world-lets-re-make-networked-art-6bb06913ac3a
Networked Participation
The program structure will be:
decentralised
openly networked
and documented
producing
shareable
outcomes

Crucially, it will support participating:
as little or as much as you like
anonymously

Contributors such as artists, educators and technologists will facilitate activities, rather than "leading" them through a fixed process.
Creative experiences will stimulate young people to subvert the prevailing representation of working class culture and see themselves in a different light.
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/jan/21/estate-working-class-problem-st-anns-nottingham
Self Perception
The Agony in the Car Park, Grayson Perry
http://www.channel4.com/programmes/in-the-best-possible-taste-grayson-perry
"The estate we're in":
http://slw.povertyalliance.org/resources/videos
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/sep/09/yes-vote-in-scotland-most-dangerous-thing-of-all-hope
https://povertyalliance.wordpress.com/2014/11/24/life-below-the-living-wage/
Rather than working within existing systems and structures.
In a reality of poor working and economic conditions, this act of envisioning a better future was itself an empowering one.
http://empathetics.org/2012/04/19/hacker-literacies-ignite-talk-dml2012/
hackaye.com
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