Indeed Phones for Fearless was great campaign @raincoaster brewed up in no-time flat & executed during a snowstorm & holidays @nate_elliott
NEWS: Technology for all
Posted By: Jackie Wong
12/31/2008 12:00 AM
Re: Phones for Fearless campaign for Raincity Studios and Fearless City
A used cellphone or digital camera might linger in the dusty depths of a closet — or worse, in a landfill — for years. But now, local tech developers, community organizers and artists are breathing new life into used mobile devices with Vancouver’s Phones for Fearless campaign, a project that aims to gather used cellphones and digital cameras for redistribution in the Downtown Eastside, enabling neighbourhood residents to tell their stories with the technology and, ultimately, connect with family and jobs.
The campaign is organized by local web services agency Raincity Studios along with Fearless City, a non-profit organization that uses mobile technology to provide resources and cultural outreach to Downtown Eastside residents. The Phones for Fearless campaign has been operating since December 23, and is currently soliciting donations of used digital cameras, cellphones (preferably with video, camera, or wi-fi functions), chargers, and spare batteries. Donations can be dropped off at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews), Pathways (390 Main Street), or Raincity Studios (1 Alexander Street).
“A consistent problem we experience in the Downtown Eastside is being represented sensationally by outside media, fueling the notion of a helpless community,” says Irwin Oostindie, who coordinates the Fearless City mobile campaign. “Fearless City is a project to confront the digital divide in one of Canada’s poorest inner cities, while providing access and peer training to community generated media so that residents in our neighbourhood can control their own representation.”
Developers at Raincity Studios have been using Twitter, Flickr, and blogging platforms to spread the word of the Phones for Fearless campaign. “The thing that’s neat about using tools like Twitter, blogs, and Flickr is it opens us up to a much bigger audience,” says Dave Olson of Raincity Studios. “We’re getting responses from California and Ottawa. It really gives us an opportunity to amplify our message to a much wider area, and much more quickly.”
Once the phones are collected and inventoried by Raincity and Fearless City workers, they will be available to Downtown Eastside residents on an as-needed basis, enabling residents to engage with mobile technologies that might otherwise be unavailable to them due to financial barriers. “Many people can afford the occasional use of a device without being caught in an expensive data plan,” says Oostindie. “It’s about a ‘handset’-up, not a handout — giving people access to appropriate technology to be engaged citizens, not merely surviving below a glass ceiling of independence.”
Kris Krug, a developer with Raincity Studios, holds up the first batch of used cellphones and other electronic devices donated to the Phones for Fearless campaign
NOTE: Cross-posted from Fearless City.
Donate your old mobile phones to help DTES artists share stories, and tap into life, jobs & family.
How can you help?
- Your used mobile phones – preferably with video, camera, wi-fi
- Cash donations (* tax deductible) or new phone donations
- Conversation – tell your friend on your blog, twitter, etc. – post a badge
Action Plan: First, Gather phones! Collect all the un-used mobile phones at your office and home – dig into your boxes of stuff, ask you friends! Digital cameras gratefully accepted too.
Next, Arrange Pick-up:
- Let us know via Twitter: Fearless City, email: info (at) fearlessmedia (dot) ca, Phone/SMS: 604.644.4349, Voice mail: 604.682.3269 xt 8320
- We’ll come by on purple Yahoo bikes on Tues. Dec. 23rd & 30th to collect your devices
- We’ll take your photo, bring treats, and thank you publicly with a link
Or, Drop-off (after Tuesday, 23rd) at:
- Roundhouse Community Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews
- Pathways – 390 Main Street (kitty corner from the Canegie)
- Raincity Studios – 1 Alexander St. @ Water st.
Want to be a drop-off point? Let us know.
Even send by Postal Mail to: Fearless City
c/o DTES CAN
PO Box 88023
418 Main St
Vancouver, BC V6A 4A4
- Remove your chip, and clear your contacts before donating (all phones will be completely cleared before released).
- Please include chargers and accessories – used digital cameras also welcome, batteries too!
- Unusable phones will be donated to FreeGeek for reuse and recycling
Who is Fearless? Fearless is a Vancouver Non-Profit group providing tools, resources, and cultural outreach to artists and residents in the impoverished downtown Eastside neighbourhood. Fearless is a project of the DTES Community Arts Network (CAN)
- About Fearless City
- Fearless City wiki
- Fearless City community site
- Fearless City Youtube channel
- Fearless City Flickr photos
- Fearless City Flickr group
- DTES on Wikipedia
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At SXSW Interactive 2009, Robert Scales of web community building company Raincity Studios (now defunct) leads a conversation from the Maxell Studio on the trade show floor with his colleague, photographer (etc) Kris Krug, and Matt Mullenweg of WordPress. They discuss the variety of open platforms available for content creators and differences and similarities, and what the future holds for web publishers.
Dave O and Roland Tanglao riff about social media conference and events while enjoying some Cantonese style grub. Topics include: Northern Voice, Open Web and other upcoming Social Media events.
Dave and Roland hang out in a Japanese cafe in Vancouver and discuss all the upcoming social media related events coming up including: SxSW (all 3 parts), and plans for podcasting, photographing, making Drupal and lounging.
At a noisy New Town Cafe in Vancouver’s Chinatown, Roland, Richard and me (Dave), we riff about noted geeks, Northern Voice and Moose Camp with social media bootcamp, presenting skills, video blogging, previewing my Fuck Stats, Make Art talk, last year’s Podcasting spiel and how to get tickets.
Namechecks for Matt Mullenweg, Marc Canter, Jordan Behan, Andy Smith, Warren Frey, etc.
I rarely mention the tasks i do to pay the bills however, that will change a wee bit as i am involved in a couple of noteworthy projects in that whole “new media, social networking, community building, web biz” scene.
Today’s announcement is big fun since I’ve been apart as an observer, friend, participant and now employee for some time and dig working with folks who are determined to do it with their values intact.
Here’s just a tast of me gushing on the Bryght crew from the aforementioned blog post:
Aside from the actual billable client work, these guys (yes, twas all gents at Bryght) are individually remarkable. I am saying this as a co-worker but also as someone who has reaped knowledge, friends and goodtimes (and even a job) through “hanging out,” participating in their events and “getting in where i can fit in” here in tech-groovy Vancouver.
Roland Tanglao, Bryght’s Chief Blogging Officer writes about Raincity Acquiring Bryght
The noted Mr. Barefoot offers up Bryght Shiny Day for Raincity
The charming super-blogger Miss 604 chimes (from Iowa no less) with Raincity Studios Acquires Bryght
As per previous communique, while in Olympia I had a stirring 23 minute chat with docent Emmett plus Zhonka’s Jay, Nat with a cameo by Old Timey Dave. Not just tech talk, plenty of banter about Olympia’s unique character, you Olybloggers, free speech and fascism.
Get your mitts on the goods at:
Managing a Hyper-local Community with Drupal – Raincity Radio podcast MISSING AUDIO – will update if found
… and here’s the ‘offical’ blurb and snaps for posterity:
Managing an active, hyper-local community blog site using Drupal is the topic as Dave O sits down with Emmett, a docent at Olyblog.net and Drupal-ists Jacob and Nat from Zhonka Broadband at an Olympia, Washington coffee shop.
- Oly Coffee’s Cherry St. Cafe
- Dave White‘s Old Time Design
- emmettoconnell – enpen – Rick are three docents at Olyblog.net
- Emmett’s Olympia Time blog + stories on Washblog
- Jay’s Clubside Breakfast Time podcast + Condo blog