I was asking our Intel ethnographer, Tony Salvador, his thoughts on youth’s ideas of the future from the World Mural Project.
Tony has some thoughtful insights that made me even more appreciative of the youth’s ideas, here are some of his thoughts:
“It’s interesting to see that not too many of the concepts were self-centered. Much of their care and concern is on world peace, greener environment, better healthcare, or improvements on issues around them in the community issues; not about their stereo system or their playstation.”
“I suppose these ideas reflect things they know or that are important to them: a strong sense of community and civic awareness. There is relatively small number of entries on how computers affect them on a personal level. I’m pleasantly surprised that most of the entries are not on selfish needs, but improvements about someone else, communication with one another or general issues in the world.”
“Many ideas seem readily attainable, for example, the small phone/watch that co-opts the hand signal for “call me.”
“You can clearly see a lot of influence of TV and movies from the responses of the youth and kids.”
“You can see there is a desire to go somewhere, aspirations of having or experiencing “the far away” – events they can’t get in person.”
Here’s also a video that Tony shared his thoughts on technology in classrooms that we did a couple of months ago: