Navigating Week 2 @ PSP

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This week, D3 provided us with lots of successes but not without a few things to work on. It felt great to get another week of D3 under our belt, especially our first week on our own (sans Kim and Danny!). But we also faced the all-too-real effects of the extremely mobile teen population here at PSP. We had six of our participating teens move out, which is great news, but also reminds us of the need to anticipate inconsistency. We are working hard on an arsenal of ideas, tactics and go-to activities to navigate those inevitable turnovers. In the same vein, we had many teens express their interest in a smaller group setting (we had 2-3 repeat teens that participated in the success of both sessions), so breaking into small groups may be an idea we use in the future! With our teens this week, we focused on Brainstorming.
Our first session covered reaching out to the maintenance staff, a major component of this project that will hold a lot of weight regarding installation. We introduced ourselves, our PSPieces project and asked for support through visiting our sessions and keeping an open dialogue with them throughout the project. Due to the nature of the building’s approval process for installations, we will develop all three sites (stairwell, lobby and phone room) so we can bring options to the PSP staff. Using “inspiration” as a focus in our second session, we began with a splash page of things, people and feelings that inspire us (teens’ main inspirations were music, food, their favorite subject, the feeling of freedom). We supplied the teens with magazines, color swatches, textured materials and other art supplies that allowed them to brainstorm visual elements for each space. We listened to some of music they felt inspired by while we worked and also had them jot down their thought for each element, tying it back to an inspiration. Take a look at what they came up with!
Emily + Beau

Categories: dream it, people serving people


The D3 Lab is a collaboration between the Pearson Foundation's New Learning Institute, COMMONstudio design consultancy, and Nightingale Middle School in Los Angeles. It is one part idea lab, one part design and production facility, and one part "do tank." It is a place where students come to nurture and cultivate ideas, tackle big and small problems, and take action.

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