Enjoy what you don’t yet fully understand (Night 18 and Day 19 of Brianna at OASiS)

movie_670Movie I watched in Hindi — without subtitles!

Pradeep and Shibani took me to my first Hindi movie theater to see my first Hindi movie! My challenge was that there would be no subtitles so I would have to see what I could understand from all different parts of the movie – gestures, music, cinematography and expressions. As it turned out, I could understand almost everything.

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Tutorial — Differential Equations

Over the summer, Social Innovation Simulation will be posting a series of technical tutorials designed to acquaint those interested with some of the technologies we’re working with.

This tutorial describes how you can implement a system of ordinary differential equations in Java and use them in a project.

Estimated Time: 1–2 hours

Dependencies: basic Java knowledge, basic Eclipse knowledgeknowledge of differential equations

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Finding not *the* answer but *an* answer (Brianna at OASIS, Day 18)

fish being piped_670An answer: fish in the tube that are being piped to the water

A lot of my time in Seoni had been spent writing. As soon as I lost the thread of the conversation in Hindi, I started writing. “What are you always noting down?”, they asked me. I was trying to rewrite and write the guide to thinking differently. I am starting to think that it will be the anchor of whatever else I produce in India. I want it to be the heart of my internship at OASiS.

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SimCity — Policy Simulation Game Evaluation

Example of a green city built in SimCity

We have been evaluating policy simulation games, both for design ideas, and for a sense of whether they might be useful for real world policy processes. SimCity, as you might imagine from the title, allows the player to build and run a city. The player has considerably more freedom than might be available to a municipal politician, leading to a certain lack of realism. This article discusses the 2013 version of SimCity, with the GlassBox simulation engine. 

Learning Curve: 10–30 mins

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Why is it my problem in the first place (Day 12 of Brianna at OASiS)

thebeautifulfrontgardenThe beautiful front garden

Up at 6:30AM, I marveled at how much time there is in the morning. I decided I’d rather trade time in the morning for time at night. I like the light and am so much less tired than if I try to do things later.

Pradeep gave me the morning to do some writing. He asked me to think about what the walls of my box were. What was keeping my thinking narrow and destroying my confidence in the voice of my child self?

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Developing Community Eligibility for Jobs in Mining Sector — Prototype

In December 2012, members of our team went to Sudbury to work with a group of people interested in how Northern Ontario might be affected by a transportation spine to the Ring of Fire.

The prototypes we were able to develop during the 3-day intensive allowed us to test models that have a high-degree of interactivity, whereby users can easily change variables and see how the changes might play out.

Steve Williams narrates this introduction to the InsightMaker model he developed for the project in consultation with economist David Robinson. 

This InsightMaker model shows cohorts’ eligibility for jobs in mining sector with education and employment factors. It also models population segments that are exiting the work force due to dropout and substance abuse issues. In this model we can see that while there may be large numbers of jobs available, communities may not have sufficient numbers of qualified employees to fill those jobs. Food security factors dramatically impact primary and high school graduation rates, thereby impacting the pool of labour qualified for extractive industries employment. Rather than investing in apprenticeship and trade school programs, we might better spend efforts ensuring adequate food security in the region to ensure that children stay in, and complete, school.

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Find solutions for problems before they become a way of life (Day 10 of Brianna at OASiS)

Madhya Pradesh Tribal Museum. I am serious when I say this: It was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been.

Again, I had breakfast with Mrs. Mukherji. We talked about some of the fourteen countries she has visited. She told me about the fire blossom trees in Cairo. In the summer, on the street she lived on, there were these explosions of colour, red flowers on all the trees.

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Understanding your “disability” (Day 9 of Brianna at OASiS)

pictures as communication2
No Hindi? No problem! Pictures bridging language “disability”.

Today I had breakfast with Mrs. Mukerji. Anu has gone to Delhi for a few days but will be back soon.

Shibani and Pradeep were visiting a possible venue for the Museum School’s annual function (all the children have the chance to perform on stage), so I was my own company in the morning. It was just what I needed to launch into writing drafts of each of my tasks.

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Making Maps on D3 — Tutorial

Over the summer, Social Innovation Simulation will be posting a series of technical tutorials designed to acquaint those interested with some of the technologies we’re working with.

This tutorial describes how you can use a JavaScript language called D3 (“data driven documents”) to do visualizations with maps.

Estimated Time: 1 – 2 hours

Dependencies: Basic HTML, basic D3, setting up a server.

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