Daniella, Yuqiao and I began our brainstorm by thinking about existing network orchestrators, and the ways in which current examples have been successful.
From there we arrived at a statement that seemed to encapsulate what we were trying to identify:
Here is another way that we thought about the idea of Disruption, and how paradigms have changed and companies have exploited changing definitions of business and enterprise.
So if we define children as content creators, what are their needs? And how do those needs compare and sit next to the needs of the network orchestrators? We began to see some parallels, namely in the shared need to be adaptable.
Some more views here of our system diagramming and examples of some of our reference points and concepts re: network orchestrators. An interesting example we identified later on was Patreon. For a while we have been thinking about a network of video watchers and makers that convene around skill shares and tutorials. Patreon is one that I have used to support a Norwegian synthesizer guru who posts great YouTube tutorials.
We stuck our old post-it notes up on the board, but didn't really return to them. We did add a few that incorporated this idea of Patreon + Kids though.
We drew some user interaction scenarios, and we started to imagine what a starter kit for a young content creator might look like. It seemed to essentially boil down to a camera device and internet connectivity.
Maybe a partnership between YouTube + UNICEF could fund and distribute these kits?
Perhaps skillshare videos could be upvoted and curated locally, and then distributed locally - either over the internet (a daily educational video) or physically in a local community space (a cardboard projector or tv screen donated by YouTube that plays the daily tutorial).
Then I recalled the example of StoryCorps' booth at Grand Central, where participants got 45 minutes to record interviews and oral histories with their loved ones and family members that then got immediately uploaded to the Library of Congress.
What if instead of skillshare tutorials we open the idea of a YouTube + UNICEF sponsored oral history project, that puts the starter kit in the hands of the kids (empowering the next generation of content creators and opening up channels of access to opportunity), while documenting and preserving the knowledge and stories of the elder generations? Perhaps a very powerful and authentically generated batch of content that honors the stories of people all across the world and instantly places them on YouTube in exchange for the cameras/connectivity necessary. An interesting last thought to leave on...