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Insights from Ethnographer

July 24, 2008


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:




World Mural Project – East Palo Alto Style

July 10, 2008

Hi all,  The Santa Clara team of Media/Press Relations, Corporate Affairs, Intel Studios and volunteers representing several business groups completed Part 1 of the mural project today at the EPA Clubhouse. We were pleasantly surprised to see the graphics the clubhouse kids are creating. They are very proficient with photo shop, and taught us all a skill or two. The designs are expressive, colorful, and full of pride. Alex Yamamoto, Technology Director for the East Palo Alto, computer clubhouse has done an excellent job prepping the youth on the project, and coaching them on how to explain their story in graphics. Agnes CK Kwan, Larry Bozman, and Phil (the world famous Phil’s feed) were on hand, as was the beautiful Artist who created the mural. I am very proud that Intel has taken on this project, and is partnering with our international computer clubhouse network as part of our celebration of 40 years of changing the world.

Visiting the East Palo Alto Clubhouse

July 10, 2008

We visited the East Palo Alto Clubhouse in California with a group of Intel volunteers yesterday to work together with the clubhouse members on the World Mural Project.  This was not my first time visiting a computer clubhouse, but visiting a clubhouse during the summertime was a completely different experience.  There was so much energy going on!   The clubhouse members were already waiting outside of the clubhouse before it’s open, ready to come in and start their day’s experience with computers.  

Very soon, the room was bustling with action, clubhouse members gathering in small groups, working together on a project or just looking over other members’ shoulders, admiring their work on the computer.  On top of the World Mural Project, there were members developing their own video game or doing research for their projects.  Alex Yamamoto, the clubhouse coordinator, showed us a short film featured in Sundance earlier this year produced by one of the members.

As one of the volunteers said, we were here not to teach the members skills – we were here to learn from them and to exchange experiences with them – these young people are already very savvy with technology.  We can’t wait to see what they will envision the coming 40 years of computers to be!

Stay tuned for more experience from some of the volunteers!