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
our main feature is an on-line platform connected to an e-mal engagement sequences which is also our direct communication channel.We designed a free one month urban gardening program and keep bi-weekly newsletters throughout the year. The team also does a few workshops offline about the topics we work on the site, so we can have a one-to-one connection for a few 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 visible growth of entrepreneur, permaculture and other civil organized movements. Also learning tools such as tinkering and use of new media can be big catalyzers of change.
By the fast virtual network rhythm we live in now and the environmental issues we need alternatives to linear thinking and formal educational methods.
LEARNING THROUGH PLAY: What does “learning through play” mean to you and why it is a must-have, instead of a nice to have?
Linear life is way to serious and we can live play not just as leisure. Play can help us better see how to apply what we are learning.
The ludic element is a key to connection and help us better remember what we learn and create new things from it.
SUSTAINABILITY: Please list a quick breakdown of your funding, indicating the percentage that comes from each source.
We got our money from seed funding and used about 50% to start out the website and team. A part of what we invested was in promotional gear and we made about 15% in profit from events and fairs.
Now we are working on workshops and online material to keep a steady revenue.
MODEL: How does your mission relate to your business model (i.e. Non-profit, for-profit or hybrid)?
We are a hybrid and do not want to rely on one specific funding model, so that we can creatively sustain our projects through clients and supporters.
We feel it is a creative and sincere way to sustain the business and team and engage the audience.
FUNDING PRIORITIES: If your organization were given $20K in unrestricted funding today, how would you use it? Why?
We would partner with a webmaster to use more improved technology and a designer to help us create a stronger visual identity. Then after inventing in better spreading the word we could use some of the money to make a few trips through Brasil to partner with other initiatives.
PARTNERSHIPS: Tell us about your partnerships that enhance your approach.
During this first year of existence Radiko has partnered with a with civil initiatives (environmental information channels, educational platforms, social causes movements and others) which helped us strengthen our program and connect offline. We have also interacted with collaborative spaces and alternative learning environments in ou city to learn more about who is doing and build a network.
COLLABORATIONS: Have you considered or initiated partnerships with any of the other Challenge Pacesetters? If so, please share.
I have definitely considered! There are so many great projects here and the feedback system helped increase interaction and has been great so far. Some people I have spoken to have a lot in common with my project and I have initiated some contacts and look forward to building deeper connections.
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?
Radiko will be impactful throughout Brasil in both collaborative and formal spaces. We are also one of the big communication channels using transmidia to work with socio environmental knowledge using creative learning tools and fictional storytelling.
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
So far we have:
-A fairly good network (we intend to grow in the next 4 months)
-online multi-platform content (we are working on improvements for 2015)
-tools to foment learning autonomy (we have feedback on that from a few users, but want to reach a larger number in a year)
Better results over time:
Increase interaction online and lower the gap between online and offline activities.
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, Educational Structuring (developing playful projects within educational contexts), 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.