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Where is the Love: Tools for Radical Social Inclusion - Meetup


Last month’s theme was radical health. A big thanks to all those who attended, and a special thanks to the radical organisations who were there to pitch their ideas: ContentMine ScienceSource, Gay Men's Health Collective, Zinc's 50/50 challenge and FY1 body network.


March’s theme is social inclusion. We will be tackling problems that lead to social exclusion and isolation. Social exclusion affects individuals from all walks of life. According to a study commissioned by the Red Cross and Co-op Foundation, about a fifth of the British population experiences bouts of loneliness.


This is especially worrisome, as prolonged social isolation can affect all aspects of a person's existence, leading to physical, mental and social ailments, which often restrict the ability to take part in society and to make use of health and social services.


It is a punishing downward spiral in which one’s voice diminishes against waves of social silence until it is subsumed by emptiness. So how do we prevent people from being excluded? Does being old have to mean being lonely? How can we stop a diagnosis of a physical or mental disability from also being a social diagnosis? How can we change our social systems so as to reduce discrimination and provide inclusive communities of care? When technology is increasingly being used to drive us online and alone, how can it be used to get people engaging face-to-face? There are many radical initiatives working to tackle these problems. They need our help!


We are inviting organisations working in this area to meet engineers of all stripes (hackers, makers, designers and other technologists) who wish to contribute their spare time and talents to these projects. During the meetup we will run a speed dating session, for organisations to introduce themselves to our engineers.


New Location this month: Mindspace Shoreditch, 9 Appold St. London map

Date and time: Thursday 21 March 2019, doors open at 7pm, event starts at 7.30pm


Are you working on social inclusion issues and would like to represent your project? Reach out to us, we still have a few spots left: info@radicalengineers.com.


Theme song of the month: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WpYeekQkAdc


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Radical Engineers health meetup:
Heal The World


Join us for our Radical Engineers meetup at Newspeak House!

This month’s theme is health. Whether you lead a healthy life still largely depends on where you are born, your socio-economic class, race, gender and sexual orientation. Given this reality, how do we ensure we all have access to health services? How do we ensure issues that affect the health of marginalised populations (e.g. drug addictions, or tropical diseases) get researched and treated? And, how do we promote healthy habits when our digital lives, increased social isolation and sedentary lifestyles are putting our (mental) well-being at risk? Many radical initiatives are working to tackle these problems. They need our help!

We are inviting organisations working in this area to meet engineers of all stripes (hackers, makers, designers and other technologists) who wish to contribute their spare time and talents to these projects. During the meetup we will run a speed dating session, for organisations to introduce themselves to our engineers.

Location: Newspeak House, 133 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG
Date: Thursday, 21 February 2019

Doors open at 19:00, event starts at 19:30

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What we do

We build teams of hackers and makers and pair them with radical organisations. We help organisations find technical solutions to specific problems, or assess what technologies and infrastructures may help them be more effective in their endeavours.


Connect

We host workshops where our engineers connect with radical organisations and spend time gaining a deep understanding of their problems (either technical or non-technical).

Onboarding

We have a strict onboarding programme that helps engineers understand the intricacies of radical organisations, including financial constraints, building things that can be maintained, being realistic about the scope of the project etc.

Collaboration

We connect with organisations like Critical Incubator to source time-worthy projects.

Become a radical engineer


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Our Values


Mutually assured autonomy

Human beings depend on each other, but this dependence should not result in oppression. We believe technology should be governed by us all and enhance our collective autonomy.

Experimentation

We value trying and iterating with new things, and processes, without those experiments becoming a thing that we always do. Precedent is in tension with experimentation.

Diversity & Inclusion

We only succeed when the systems and tools we create are inclusive to anyone, regardless of time, physical fitness, wealth or digital literacy and built by a diverse group of people.

Effective Radicalism

Effective Altruism asks how we solve the world’s problems & pairs this with a theory of change: start by doing the most effective good you can. Effective Radicalism suggests that the best we can do, might be to consider changing systemic conditions.

Collaboration

Our problems are too great and our systems too complex to go at it alone. The Radical Engineers believe that lasting change happens when humans set their egos aside and collaborate.

Don’t disrupt, transition

Too often disruption takes the form of vulnerable people having their lives uprooted. Instead, we value strategies that help us transition to new economic systems.

Projects


Alternative Justices

District Commons

A collaborative community-based project that offers alternative systems for addressing harm in our communities. The Alternative Justices Project seeks to further the research, creation, and application of systems of justice that can transcend and transform the state and its flawed systems of law and justice. Together we are building a web app that allows those who experienced harm to inform a steward, while safeguarding their privacy.

How does this project contribute to systemic change?

This project aims at creating an entirely different system to the traditional criminal justice system. In this way it’s goal is to replace and create alternatives, not to reform the current system, but to change the system.

SOCIAL OBSERVATORY

District Commons

The human species needs to understand the forces that drive and modulate behavior if we are to stand a chance of designing society 2.0, a society that amplifies and supports prosocial human behavior, agency, participation that can safety steward this planet. To this end the Social Observatory is a shared resource for the scientific community, for the study of human social behaviour. We are equally interested in studying how humans behave in social settings, and how humans could behave if they were nudged.

How does this project contribute to systemic change?

This endeavour is about studying how humans act collectively, for the explicit purpose of building a different social system for the future.

Team


Anouk Ruhaak

Anouk is a data-journalist and software developer, with a background in social sciences. They recently started Scatterlab, a project aimed at prefiguring collective data governance, to build infrastructures that allow collectives to take back control over their data. Their expertise falls into data analysis, community building, new economic systems & technology.

Tom Berman

Tom is a software developer / hacker, interested in projects with clear social, political and environmental impacts. Also worked on an art comission looking into the future of work - Work We Want, shown at the Southbank.

Zarinah Agnew

Zarinah is a neuro-scientist who in addition works on building intentional communities and prefigurative politics. Citizen and nomad of the Embassy Network, where their projects include Alternative Justices, Second Life, The Social Observatory, Haight St Commons and many others.

Margreet Dijkstra

Margreet is a behavioural economist and web developer with an interest in projects with social and environmental impacts.

James Curtis

James is a business planner specialising in income and budget planning for charities and organisations with radical ideas for improving the world. You can also find them running around behind the scenes at events like the Escape Room Industry Conference, Now Play This and Hack the Police.