[hackerspaces] member checkin

Bilal Ghalib bg at bilalghalib.com
Wed Apr 12 11:07:37 CEST 2017

Hey Willow! Cool you're doing that work! I'm very interested in doing
something that has an impact aligned with a clear intent (and hopefully
heartfelt personal connection). Here is a tool that might work as for the

And secondly to identify what metrics one may track I suggest using this
model and going to the data at the heart of the problem statement:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRcox743Dfg - in relation to the tool and
forms you will probably be identifying micro indicators (not macro, those
take years).

Hope you enjoy it! I liked talking with Rizwan (the author of the above
video) he's been very clear and incisive and helpful for me, let me know if
you might want an introduction.

It's a short video and I really like the coherent approach, I've found my
work over the years to be lacking impact assessments because I've been
unclear as to what is motivating me.

Hope these things help you! Say hi to Sam and Mike and whomever else is
working on this! Hugs!
PS, Athens is often a layover to Lebanon, you're so close, come say hi! The
Beirut hackerspace just opened up again!


On Wed, Apr 12, 2017 at 10:14 AM, idnc_sk <idnc_sk at vpslab.org> wrote:

> "It's a trick! Get an axe"
> /Ash
> On 04/11/2017 10:56 PM, Willow Brugh wrote:
> Hey all. Long time no post. Hope everyone is well. I've been deep in the
> humanitarian/disaster technology mines. Finally, an overlap between the
> work I've been up to, and my heydays with y'all has come to pass. A group
> called Communitere [communitere.org], which I really like (more
> community-based hackerspace than dropped-in fablab) is setting up a space
> in Greece. I come to you with a request for help in setting up access which
> also tracks metrics associated with humanitarian work.
> Our desired flow for gathering those metrics are based on what sorts of
> actions we can take after the data is gathered, how much information can be
> asked for in one setting without being burdensome, and how to increase the
> autonomy of the individuals and organizations answering the questions (we
> expect to be working with refugees and politically active Greeks).
> We anticipate the flow to be this:
> * First visit generates a unique identifier (required, can be
> pseudonymous) and a way to get the person updates (opt-in but encouraged).
> * Nth visit requests demographic information and thoughts on how they
> would change the space (both opt-in, with indicators of why it’s important
> for us to know and how the information will be used).
> * N+X visit has more of a survey on how they use the space, if their
> capacity has changed over time, etc (same as above).
> We think we’re basically looking for a clock-/check-in tool which
> auto-loads questions after a predetermined number of someone entering the
> space. We’re working in a resource-limited (but not -low) environment (we
> anticipate intermittent power and internet). Our field team is also not
> super technically savvy - asking someone to “spin up a local instance” is
> unlikely to work, although we could possibly throw some dollars at an open
> source project being supported or adapted to these needs.
> We can see implementation happening a few different ways:
> * Bar/QR codes on laminated cards or stored locally to a smartphone,
> scanned on an iPad or Android tablet at a front desk kiosk.
> * A security person at the front desk to inputs the person’s UID to a
> laptop or desktop computer.
> * An RFID reader which auto-sends a form to people via their preferred
> method of contact after a certain number of checkins, gives a different
> tone while the questionnaire needs to be filled out.
> * Et cetera.
> If you know of anything which meets (or could meet within 2 weeks) these
> needs, please do let me know! We’re also looking at tool library software
> to link to this.
> And of course, there are other spaces in Greece. We'd love to support what
> is already happening - be in touch!
> Thanks!
> Willow Brugh // willowbl00 <http://blog.bl00cyb.org/>
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