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Week 320

This week was a change of pace from the few qui­et ones pre­ced­ing it: plen­ty of meet­ings, work ses­sions and events with project work pick­ing up again as well.

On Tues­day, I head­ed to Nijmegen to close off project KOKORO with the client. KOKORO is a dig­i­tal coach for ado­les­cent men­tal health. We reviewed the final ver­sion of the pro­to­type we cre­at­ed and made note of ideas it sparked for futu­ture prod­uct devel­op­ment. We also dis­cussed what good next steps might be for the client, who are keen to take our direc­tion and push it further.

Lat­er that day I head­ed to the Buik­sloter­meer area of Ams­ter­dam Noord to be present as an observ­er at the sec­ond State of Flux co-cre­ation ses­sion. As usu­al it was a plea­sure to be sur­round­ed by a huge­ly diverse group of peo­ple all intent on improv­ing their own neigh­bour­hood. And once again we were served amaz­ing food cooked by locals (Suri­namese-Javanese in this case).

Second State of Flux co-creation session in Buikslotermeer, Amsterdam Noord

Mean­while Alper attend­ed Talk & Play to meet Luke Crane of Burn­ing Wheel fame and to play his game Mouse Guard: Swords & Strong­holds. Luke is also head of games at Kick­starter and has self­less­ly cham­pi­oned Bycatch in the US table­top gam­ing scene, so it was a real plea­sure to see him.

This week we also kicked off the first sprint of the third and final phase of Free Birds’ devel­op­ment. Free Birds is a muse­um game about civ­il rights. This sprint is main­ly focused on get­ting a release can­di­date in shape, which includes mak­ing adjust­ments to the app so that it can be used in mul­ti­ple muse­ums simultaneously.

Thurs­day was anoth­er busy day. I par­tic­i­pat­ed in a work­shop at Free­dom­Lab aimed at devel­op­ing a con­cept for a seri­ous game about cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­i­ty. That same evening, I head­ed to Pakhuis de Zwi­jger to deliv­er a talk at the event ‘New Plan­ning Meth­ods’, which I sub­se­quent­ly wrote up.

Placard 'WHO OWNS THE CITY?' at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

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