PROGRAM DESIGN CLARITY: We are hungry to know more about what exactly your model consists of. Please succinctly list a) what main activities are you doing with your beneficiaries, b) where you carry out the activities? c) how often? d) for how many hours? e) who delivers the services? and f) any other brief details
Digital Story Archive in the form of an online web platform which allows for sharing and collaboration. Delivered through the school system, always-on platform used within school hours.
INSPIRATION: What do you consider the most important trends or evidence that inspire you to believe the world is ready to Re-imagine Learning? Please elaborate.
The adoption of digital resources in learning has opened the doors for an exponential increase in exciting, new and innovative learning tools. Online collaboration and sharing is at our fingertips. global potential
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Play at an early age is an essential tool for the development of social and emotional intelligence. Evidence shows that preschool enrichment and social development programmes which target children early in life can prevent aggression, improve social skills, boost educational achievement and improve job prospects. We are also looking at using crowdfunding as a means of safe funding and project validation and growing our user base.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
We are pre start up and seeking funding, We are preparing an application for funding from European Union Horizon 2020 SME Instrument programme If we are successful, fund 50K for initial research and proof of concept demo as our project falls within their criteria. Looking at crowdfunding option
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
LifeStor's mission is to serve its customers, being a for profit social enterprise is, we believe key to help storytellers understand that we are a trustworthy secure company. Our profits are used to innovate, to research and provide a service to storytellers who could not access service otherwise. We are passionate to create societal change.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
I have supported the company to date from a very small inheritance from my mother. The $20K would be carefully spent on developing the back end of the web platform and supports services so that we could begin to offer our service.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
We have as yet developed no partnerships but are members of IC4.ie, Irish Centre for Cloud Computing and Commerce which allows us to access research and in time be part of research in this area (www.ic4.ie). This is quite unusual for a start up company. We are beginning to make important industry connections through this membership.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
We have talked with Project Starfish America Subhashish Acharya and would like to partner when we are up and running.
Also Pat Pinciotti of C.R.E.A.T.E, Ann Glick of One Globe kids, Ikedoos, when we are set up they might use our safe archive. We have received positive feedback from other projects.
VISION: If you had unlimited funding, and you could fast forward 15 years to when your program has been able to achieve wild success - what will it have achieved?
The platform has scaled sufficiently to have expanded across the world. Children talk about LifeStor as if it was always there and find it hard to understand their parents didn't have a way to express and capture their lives easily. The children are empowered and empathic. Money and violence are diminishing problems. We have global memory gardens, with cultural heritage centres to understand where we physically came from.
IMPACT - KEY METRICS: Please list the key data points that you would cite as evidence that you are able to achieve lasting learning outcomes. Please also share one data point for which you most hope to see better results over time
APPROACHES: Given the complexity of play, it is not surprising that there have been numerous research attempts to categorize the different types and approaches! Please indicate which of the following your project focuses on.
Symbolic Play, Pretence/ Socio-Dramatic Play, Creating a Supportive Socio-Emotional Environment, Adults Participating (Ensuring adults are able to play alongside children), Challenging Play (play that disrupts - where rules are disregarded and levels of imagination are high).
AFFILIATION: Please specify if your organization has any existing affiliations with the LEGO Group.