Design-thinking and charrette materials


wakatta is a private online space where design charrette participants from the New York City Learning Networks project can connect and collaborate between onsite meetings. wakatta allows people to:

• share information about themselves and their institutions
• research briefings and video lectures about the field of digital media and learning
• share outputs from the design charrettes (i.e. idea maps, prototype designs)
• share stories of challenges and opportunities

Eventually, wakatta will become a public site—an open design commons—where a much larger community interested in digital media, learning and design can contribute, share, and collaborate. We hope that work posted on wakatta, especially the design prototypes, will stimulate a ripple effect of new ideas.

wakatta is part of the New York City Learning Networks Project funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Digital Media and Learning Initiative.

This project, jointly led by the Social Science Research Council and Parsons The New School for Design, leverages research and design as a process to assist civic and youth development organizations in New York City craft innovative and collaborative approaches that accelerate youth-centered digital media and learning. The DML project seeks to aid institutions in their understanding of the broad contextual shifts and institutional implications engendered by digital media and participatory learning practices. By engaging in collaborative methods, it provides a forum for institutions to surface their opportunities and challenges regarding the incorporation of digital media into their programming and to imagine new practices and products that could yield networked learning across multiple institutions.

Social Science Research Council

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Publication Date
Tuesday, October 20, 2009