Monday, June 22, 2009

Participatory Survey

Interviewing is, by definition, a dynamic, unpredictable and participatory activity. The process of interviewing people yields valuable information that you would not get if someone else conducted the interviews and wrote a report for you. During most interviews, a great deal of data is communicated non-verbally, through body language, hesitation, gestures, and intonation. No matter how good the researcher, it's just not the same as experiencing the interview in person. This is why the exercise is participatory - you’ll be doing the interviewing.

Knowledge is power only if you absorb it, understand it and believe it. With the researcher out of the way, the "filter" between you and your interviewees is gone. Rather, your own experience and perspective becomes the filter through which you absorb data. You can decide whether or not to believe what you hear, but you've heard it with your own ears. Hence, the value of the research derives not so much in the outcome as in the process itself.

- WolfBrown

I was part of an amazing process this weekend, working with Alan Brown of WolfBrown. 15 or so of my cohorts and I interviewed 44 donors about their motivations.

It was commissioned as part of an intended end product by the San Francisco Foudnation and East Bay Community Foudnations' Fudn for Artists program. magnes was a grantee and we got META/DATA by Nomi Talisman up through this program!!

Deeply fulfilling, very educational -- some real life-lesson stuff.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

With Gratitude...

Thank you, @matwater213. For some reason, it's just what I needed right now. And I am not sure I can explain to you how it reels back the years. Thank you.

Strong Sentiment

Peter Gabriel & Kate Bush
"Don't Give up"

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
Ive changed my face, Ive changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Dont give up
cos you have friends
Dont give up
Youre not beaten yet
Dont give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that wed be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Dont give up
You still have us
Dont give up
We dont need much of anything
Dont give up
cause somewhere theres a place
Where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
Its going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Dont give up
Please dont give up

got to walk out of here
I cant take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That rivers flowing
That rivers flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Dont give up
cause you have friends
Dont give up
Youre not the only one
Dont give up
No reason to be ashamed
Dont give up
You still have us
Dont give up now
Were proud of who you are
Dont give up
You know its never been easy
Dont give up
cause I believe theres the a place
Theres a place where we belong

Sunday, June 07, 2009

CASE STUDY: Viral Video as Guerilla Theater

Check out the exchange here at Jewlicious -- a great space! This is a big story.

I feel like I've just lived through a major, tipping point moment that happened on the innernetz.

joy division - new dawn fades