Category Archives: 2014 Teams

21st Century Girlhood – Week 7

What we did

This week, we brainstormed for our upcoming focus groups. The first one will hopefully include some middle schoolers. Getting their perspective, as they are in the midst of girlhood, will be interesting. The next focus group will be with a group of young women traveling from NYC to visit Harvard and the MIT MediaLab. We have different activities planned for each group and we hope they will be as informative and interesting as our first focus group.

What went well

It feels as if we are finally getting into the swing of things. We have moved past the purely abstract phase. The ball is rolling and we are on our way.

What was challenging

Getting traction on our blog will be our next step once our blog is more fleshed out with more content. Right now, it is looking pretty bare. We will need to figure out a way to get people to make submissions.

What’s up next

We have some blog posts in the works (stay tuned for baby photos) and we want to start getting more content on our website. The two upcoming focus groups will ideally help us generate some new ideas.

21st Century Girlhood Week 6

What we did

This week we created an email and tumblr page, setting the foundations for our final project. The name we chose is “girlhoodbyus.” In the process of creating our page we wrote our mission statement and designed the layout. Additionally this week we met with an oral historian, Charlotte Krontiris, to discuss the ways in which we could incorporate this medium into our final project. We discussed the proper ways to conduct an oral history interview and powerful ways to incorporate clips of interviews into a larger project.

What went well

We are pleased with the format for the blog we created and feel it conveys the tone of our project well. Additionally we found the discussion with Charlotte very helpful and interesting. Because of her insight we are now rethinking about how to conduct our upcoming focus group.

What was challenging

Deciding upon a name and layout for the blog was challenging. There were a lot of options, but neither of us has a wealth of knowledge regarding tumblr format. Also we wanted to make sure that the blog conveyed our mission statement and description clearly, so that it would not get lost amongst all of our future posts.

What’s up next

Next we want to add more posts to our blog page. We are planning on using some of our own personal quotes along with ones we pulled from our previous focus group. Additionally we have two more focus groups coming up in April and hope to use them to create more diverse postings for our blog.

21st Century Girlhood – Week 5 + 6

With a week off from school for Spring Break, we too took a break from all things 21st Century Girlhood. Now that we are back, we are ready to get back in the swing of things and start tackling our project again.

First up, we are going to have a tutorial on how to construct oral histories. Oral histories are a way of documenting history through planned interview and they are a possible format for our project. We are really looking forward to learning more about oral histories and how to go about constructing them.

Up next, we hope to have more focus groups soon.  Our last one was very informative and talking to a greater range of age groups will be even better.

21st Girlhood Week 4

What we did

This week we held our first, of hopefully many, focus groups. We sat down with about eight girls ranging from seniors in high school to freshmen in college and posed to them our broad question, “What does girlhood mean to you?” This sparked a lively discussion of many facets of girlhood including the idea of girls in leadership, third wave feminism and social media. We then moved on to discussing the various forms and effectiveness of campaigns focused toward younger girls. Ultimately, we reached the conclusion that campaigns that focused more on things girls could control, rather than telling people how to treat or not treat girls, were more impactful. Finally we talked about potential platforms for our final project and the discussion reinforced our original idea of a mixed media and submission based website.

What went well

The focus group was extremely helpful and productive. We feel as if we have more tangible ideas for our project and clearer ultimate direction.

What was challenging

It was challenging to focus the group and separate the genuine reactions of people from the general attitude of the group or even the cultural dialogue surrounding some of these issues.

What’s up next

Next we need to more firmly commit to a final project direction and hopefully set up some more focus groups with a wider age range of girls.

21st Century Girlhood – Week 3

What we did

During our meeting this week, we continued to flesh out our ideas of what we want our project to be. We decided that we will pursue a multimedia platform — possibly a “tumblr-esque” blog. We also worked out the details of our focus group that we will be having this Friday.

What went well

Every new detail that we nail down is a huge step towards turning our unformed ideas into something real. We’ve even started thinking of domain/blog names for our project.

What was challenging

Our biggest challenge now is preparing for our focus group. This will be my first time facilitating one so it will interesting. We need to focus on about what we want to gain from it and what questions we want to ask the group.

What’s up next

We are really excited about our upcoming focus group. Having the chance to talk to high-schoolers will give us some direction on what type of project would be most meaningful to them.

SafeCampus Spring Semester Week 2

This week we drafted a new plan about how to move forward.  Our team got a little bit smaller, so our biggest challenge was trying to figure out the best way to move forward with the project.  We came up with a solution and feel as though we have a strong plan to continue progressing.  We have decided to focus on the online survey that we drafted last semester.  Our goal is to edit it and create a list of contacts that we will send it out to.  We have also discussed what would be the best way to contain and save the data that comes through from the survey.

We also presented our project at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society Luncheon.  We received many questions and suggestions about the status of the app’s development, people to get in contact with, incentivizing it and privacy issues.


21st Century Girlhood Week 2

What we did

We met for the second time to focus on refining our ideas. After recapping what we had discussed in our first meeting we decided to focus on a singular idea to begin. We believe that by narrowing our focus and flushing out the details of one project will allow us to see what direction we want our final project to take. Additionally we began discussing the categories and kinds of questions we want to ask the focus groups.

What went well

This meeting was especially helpful in brainstorming potential directions for our project. We were able to discuss a lot of ideas, both new and ones we brought up previously. Through our conversation we discovered that we were both leaning away from a static project that would end with our final presentation, but rather liked the idea of a more dynamic final product that allowed people to continue to add to it, whether in the form of a blog, oral history or hashtag.

What was challenging

Our discussion about the various forms of media campaigns and other projects revealed that we are still very unsure about the direction of our final presentation. We are also unclear about how exactly to approach such a broad topic, such as 21st century girlhood. The angles we could take in addressing this issue are extremely varied, which is both exciting and overwhelming.

What’s up next

The next step we hope to take is to begin actually talking to girls. We think that these preliminary focus groups will allow us to begin to focus and refine our ideas and the ultimate form we want for our final project. Also we plan on choosing a single possible format and planning it out from beginning to end to see if it seems feasible for our final project.

SafeCampus Second Semester Introduction

SaferCampus is back this semester, with the goal of finally producing and unveiling our app.

Last semester, our team worked to develop the interface of  mobile app that can educate Harvard students about bystander intervention and encourage active bystander behavior. The plan we came up with involves allowing students to check in with a selected group of friends while they are out (at parties or walking around campus), and release calls for help during dire circumstances. Using an incentive system, the app (tentatively called “Bonobo”) would encourage students to practice active bystander behavior, thus putting the responsibility not just on the survivor of harassment, but on the entire community.

Looking forward, our goal is to further streamline the visualization of our app, so that we can effectively use the 10 hours of developer time that Berkman has allotted us this semester. To help us in this project, we are looking to work with a professor in computer science to advise us on feasibility of aspects of our project.

Additionally, our group is currently applying for the a grant from the president’s office in order to fund extra developer time during this semester.



DocShop meeting 01 Spring

I. Intro

  • Welcome back and check-in.. we met many times during January, but I will include notes from the most recent meeting.
  • Group gave hugs
  • Welcome Heather Craig! She is joining DocShop!!
  • We applied to i-Lab Dean’s Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge.. we should hear soon.

II. Progress and notes from the field

Tina– at Global Voices in Manila, Phillipines. Balanga Elementary school> museum in the back. Memory and ethnography.

Lara– Showed pieces of BackStory timeline in Egypt, built a kitchen

Matthew– group with Peter Macmurray focused on archive and humanities, other connections for DocShop/Vox Populi

Valery– continues work on N. Dakota oil boom project

Dan– continues work on spatialized archive, show at Kirkland gallery with Magic card and sledding parties

Cris– talked about premiere of Cold Storage and launching of webdoc, good turnout of architects, humanists, and other interesting folks. Group gave their initial impressions, more detailed workshop soon.

Joe– continues to be interested in memory and narrative in tackling archives

Heather– MIT CMS, Datalore Hackathon, interest in storytelling and currently working on interactive doc about pebble mine

III. Lara (MIT OpenDocLab Fellow we are incubating) went into more detail on her ideas for Vox Populi this semester:

Her need from us will be:

  • Production/Exhibitions (what prototyping and production needs we can meet, vs. farm out)
  • Methodology (the field guide and some pedagogy reflections, focus groups)
  • Proposal (a more refined proposal to send to institutions, orgs, museums)
  • Documentation (video, ethnography of the events, interviews, etc.)
  • Pedagogy design (practice of the ‘socratic circle’ and other workshops we could run related to Vox Pop and DocShop’s goals/skills)


Next meeting Thurs. 2/19.

Systemic Justice Project – Kickoff

Our Systemic Justice team will be working with HLS Professor Jon Hanson and SJP Program Director Jacob Lipton. Our last for this semester is to design a website for the Systemic Justice Project that intuitively presents the research of Prof. Hanson’s law school class.

During our first meeting, team members spoke with Hanson and Lipton about their expectations and desires for the website. Given that the reports will primarily be coming from law students, both Hanson and Lipton expect the bulk of content to come in at the end of the semester, and therefore would like to see the content organized thematically rather than chronologically.

This coming week, we will be meeting with the entire team of students to start our brainstorming and development process. During the first few weeks, we aim to gather ideas and inspiration from other websites, with a particular emphasis on websites affiliated with similar organizations (e.g., policy groups, research centers, journals). Looking at similar websites will give us a sense of what organizational formats will work best in displaying the great content we will receive at the SJP.

Since our group is not composed primarily of developers, the biggest challenge for us will be to design a website from scratch that can be created with the 10 hours of free developer time we get through Berkman this semester. In order to not waste any of this time, we will have to make sure that our proposal is simple and feasible, and is as efficient as possible to produce.

Team Members:

Tez Clark (Team Lead). Harvard College ’17, Philosophy, Adams House.

Trevor Brandt-Sarif, Harvard College ’15, Philosophy, Pforzheimer House.

Hillary Do, Harvard College ’17, Social Studies.

Jacqueline Lin, Harvard College ’16, Government, Currier House.

Miga Purev Ochir, Harvard College ’17, Philosophy, Pforzheimer House.