The public good programs have a broad remit, they engage participants in their environments and provide policymakers with mass sense.
Children of the World
Citizens around the world will be engaged to sign up as ‘citizen journalists’ in their local communities, both to journal their own day-to-day experiences and act as interviewers to gather such experiences from members in their communities, and encourage them to sign up as well. This ‘mass sensing’ and ‘crowd sensing’ of citizens’ sentiments is an important tool for policymakers and decision makers; it enables them to tap into an evidence base formed not by months-long conventional market research or polling but through rapid, first-hand observations by their constituents. If you are based in Wales and are interested in becoming a citizen journalist, sign up for your community by emailing Jules – if you happen to be from or based in Rhondda Cynon Taf, we have already trialled and are currently running citizen journalism projects with the Wattstown Girls’ RFC. Please see the section below for more details.
Since Spring 2015, the members of Wattstown Girls’ RFC were inspired by their coach Mark Hutton, himself a Communities Project Leader at the People and Work Unit and Regional Coordinator WRU Womens & Girls, Cardiff Blues, to become more actively engaged in the community. Many of these girls were first-time rugby players who gained life- and health-changing experiences with the club, and in turn gave back through their voluntary work with the elderly. These efforts then expanded when the girls became more well-versed in using SenseMaker® as a data collection tool, and they have been citizen journalists ever since.